Master of Professional Accountancy and Finance

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One of a kind

Join the only master’s programme in New Zealand endorsed by the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA). The Master of Professional Accountancy and Finance is the only postgraduate degree in New Zealand combining the vital business disciplines of accountancy and finance.

What is it like?

The Master of Professional Accountancy and Finance (MPAF) is the only master’s qualification in New Zealand endorsed by the CFA (Chartered Financial Analysts). Massey University is one of only 130 partner universities around the world to have a partnership agreement with the CFA.

Elevate your career

The Master of Professional Accountancy and Finance shows a commitment to gaining the business capabilities that are sought-after by potential employers. It will build on your previous study and/or practical work experience to help you develop an excellent understanding of accountancy and finance principles and practical applications. It is the only masters qualification where your study covers both these disciplines.

Whether or not you come from a background in accountancy and finance, the MPAF will help build on your skills to help you move into more senior roles.

Relevant to employers

Our partnership agreement with the CFA means that the MPAF programme covers 75% of the curriculum learning outcomes deemed essential by the organisation. These have been developed by the finance industry, meaning your learning is relevant and aligned with what the industry demands. An understanding of accountancy and finance is highly sought-after by potential employers and will help you step up in your career.

An internationally-ranked business school

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools - it is ranked among the top two per cent of business schools globally and is AACSB accredited.

Our School of Accountancy has accreditation from national and international professional institutions including the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK).

Massey University’s accountancy and finance programme ranks in the 200 universities in the world by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings and our business and management studies are ranked in the top 250. We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration and finance programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Our lecturers are actively researching, bringing the most relevant developments in accounting theory and practice to your study.

Study that fits around your life

Our uniquely broad range of study modes means you can fit your study around your life. You can study towards this qualification on our Auckland campus, via block courses. Or you can study via distance, from wherever you are, whenever it suits you. Massey has the largest and longest-running distance learning courses in New Zealand, giving you access to our expertise and world-leading tools.

Recognised as one of the best

As well as being recognised by the Chartered Financial Analysts organisation, MPAF is accredited and meets the academic requirements of the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ), CPA Australia and the ACCA.

  CFA Programme Partner

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The workload of the Master of Professional Accountancy and Finance replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles and high-level research. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate qualification in any subject
  • Want to increase your in-depth knowledge of accountancy and finance
  • Would like to take the next step in your career

Flora Wang
Master of Professional Accountancy and Finance
Audit New Zealand - Auditor

“I am definitely confident in saying that MPAF has laid very solid foundations for me to step into the workforce…”

"I completed my Master of Professional Accountancy and Finance (MPAF) in 2015 and started in a graduate role at Audit New Zealand straight away. I am confident in saying that MPAF has laid very solid foundations for me to step into the workforce. What I gained from my study was not simply the extensive knowledge, but also the soft skills that employers are looking for. The things I learned from these two years have really held me in good stead in my work. I have completed all four technical modules of CAANZ at this stage and am looking to be qualified in a year."

Andrea Li
Master of Professional Accountancy and Finance
NASDAQ - Accountant

“I got a job offer only two months after I completed my MPAF degree…”

"As a first year student at Massey University, I was deeply impressed with its cultural atmosphere and historical significance. I was delighted that I got the chance to complete Massey’s MPAF programme with its first class technology and very experienced professors. During my two-year degree, I had opportunities to discuss academic questions with fellow students from different nationalities, to get answers from experienced professors, spend time on research reports that were realistic, and experience exam questions where I could apply academic knowledge as well as real world experience. The MPAF at Massey is a very popular degree in New Zealand and it attracts international students from all over the world. I got a job offer only two months after I completed my MPAF degree. Now, I am working at a NASDAQ listed company in a group accountant role. I believe any student who chooses the MPAF programme will greatly enjoy studying at Massey University."


Sought after by employers

International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well, especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report found that:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after leaving study, most young domestic graduates will be earning above the national median earnings
  • Young masters graduates earn 86 per cent more than the national median
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives

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