Study for a degree in accounting (CAANZ/CPA)

Bachelor of Applied Management (Level 7)

Accounting major (CAANZ/CPA pathway)

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Programme highlights

Take the next step in your accounting career. Pathway to becoming a chartered accountant.

You will learn core skills in accounting and get hands-on experience with an accountancy project for a real business. We will support you to succeed. Our classes are small so we can work closely with you to achieve your goals and, our strong industry relationships keep you up to date with the latest business practices.

At MIT, you'll also get hands-on experience with an accountancy project for a real business.

This qualification meets the educational admission requirements of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. We are also one of CPA Australia's globally accredited institutions. This accreditation means your qualification is recognised in 127 countries.

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Flexible study option

Fast-track your programme of study to graduate sooner

Your work experience or previous tertiary study may count towards achieving your qualification. Our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme is designed for those who already have on-the-job skills and knowledge, but want to take their career to the next level with a qualification.

With RPL we can measure and match your existing skills against credits in our courses – creating a tailored path of study that will not only save you money but also help you to complete your qualification faster. To learn more make an appointment to speak with one of our RPL facilitators by phoning 0800 62 62 52 (or email

CPA Australia Accredited programme

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, July

Study location(s)

MIT Manukau

Level 7
Domestic fees

$6,500 (approx.) per year

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Youth Guarantee (fees-free*)

Not available

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Programme code MN4535

Full-time for 3 years (34 teaching weeks per year), part-time available.
The maximum time to complete this programme part-time is 10 years.

Study method

Full-time, Part-time (daytime and evening classes)

Credits 360
International fees NZD$22,000 (approx.) per year
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*)

Not available

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Qualification leads to

Bachelor of Applied Management

(with optional majors in Accounting, Communication Management, Human Resource Management, Sales and Marketing, Business Transformation and Change, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Operations and Production Management, Event Management, Strategic Management, Arts Management, Project Management, Tourism Management, Hospitality Management) 

(Level 7)

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Successfully completed at least 42 NCEA credits (or equivalent) at Level 3 or higher, made up of:
    • 14 credits in one approved subject
    • 14 credits in another approved subject
    • 14 credits from one or two additional domains or approved subjects; and
  • 8 credits in NCEA English Level 2 (four in reading and four in writing from the NZQA Literacy Requirements for University Entrance list) (or equivalent); and
  • 14 credits in NCEA mathematics (or pangarau) Level 1 (or equivalent);


  • Have successfully completed a minimum of 72 credits at NCEA (or equivalent) Level 2 including a minimum of 14 credits in each of four subjects and a minimum of 30 credits at Merit or Excellence. Applicants will need to have achieved degree entry standards for numeracy and literacy;


  • Provide evidence of equivalence through practical, professional or educational experience e.g.,three to five years' full-time work experience (relevant to business). Evidence of literacy and numeracy will be required. MIT literacy assessments are available;


  • Have English language competence to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English. Any applicant whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 6.0 or greater (with no score below 5.5 in speaking, reading, writing and listening) or equivalent.

Provisional entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme or training scheme may be eligible to be enrolled. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements may also be eligible to be enrolled in exceptional circumstances where they can demonstrate capability for study at the required level. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School.

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Programme structure

You will need to complete 15 compulsory courses as well as the courses from your chosen major (360 credits):
Compulsory courses

Level 5

143.505 Business Statistical Analysis (15 credits)

Gain a practical understanding of data analysis, spreadsheets, and how to present this data meaningfully in the form of graphs

181.519 Professional Communication (15 credits)

Study oral and written communication skills and interpersonal communication skills in the New Zealand business context.

311.537 Introduction to Accounting (15 credits)

Learn the basics of accounting in a New Zealand business context; create and understand financial statements; and analyse business performance for small companies

311.538  Accounting Practices (15 credits)

Learn essential accounting practices, including processing GST transactions, accounts payable, accounts receivable and using MYOB accounting software.

323.510 Commercial Law (15 credits)

Learn the fundamentals of the legal system as it relates to business, including liability, contract law and consumer rights.

341.571  Business Heritage, Culture and Sustainability (15 credits)

Develop an understanding of New Zealand’s diverse cultural and commercial history, and how its cultural heritage relates to business today.

341.576 Management (15 credits)

Understand and apply the factors that influence people and change management of an organisation

341.582 Managing Operations (15 credits)

Understand and apply the factors that influence the operational and financial management of an organisation

351.515 Introduction to Marketing (15 credits)

Gain a basic understanding of the theory and practice of marketing, including market analysis, segmentation and consumer behaviour

371.514 Economics (15 credits)

Develop an understanding of elements of economic theory and how they relate to contemporary business issues, including exchange rates, international trade, and the relationship between market economics and regulation.

Level 6

341.628 Applied Management (15 credits)

Build on the skills learnt in the Management course by proposing, developing and executing a project that meets the needs of a specific business problem.

341.629 Research Methodology (15 credits)

Train in the key analytical tools used in business and how they affect management decision-making. You will learn to apply research methodologies to identify and solve a practical business related problem

Level 7

311.728 Advanced Financial Accounting (15 credits)

Gain the skills necessary to operate in New Zealand’s financial reporting environment, preparing and presenting complex financial statements in the context of accepted modern accounting practice.

311.729 Advanced Management Accounting (15 credits)

Build on the skills learnt in Intermediate Management Accounting, learning advanced techniques to provide and evaluate accounting information, how it affects behaviour and how it contributes to strategic decision-making.

341.752 Industry Project (equivalent to three courses) (45 credits)

As part of your Graduate Diploma or in the final year of your Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting Majors only) you will work ‘hands-on’ within a real business environment applying your learning. During this time you will complete a significant research project for your host organisation, overseen by an MIT lecturer. This experience will ensure you graduate with both a qualification and practical experience.

Courses related to your chosen major


311.646 Intermediate Financial Accounting (15 credits)

Gain an understanding of the regulatory and technical aspects of financial accounting, including the formation of new companies, analysis of financial reporting, and contemporary issues in accounting.

311.647 Intermediate Management Accounting (15 credits)

Build on the skills learnt in the Introduction to Accounting course, learning how to analyse and present management-accounting information to help an organisation make effective business decisions.

311.648 Taxation in NZ (15 credits)

Study the principles of accounting in the context of taxation and apply that knowledge of taxation rules to New Zealand businesses in a range of situations

311.650 Introduction to Finance (15 credits)

Gain a practical understanding of financial management, capital budgeting techniques, asset management and analysis of short-term and long-term financing alternatives

311.651 Auditing and Assurance (15 credits)

Learn about auditing and assurance processes, audit standards and frameworks, and current issues of auditing research

323.607 The Law of Business Entities (15 credits)

Learn about, and demonstrate an understanding of, the legal requirements for the creation, operation and ending of different kinds of business entities.

578.605 Accounting Information Systems (15 credits)

Learn to design, implement and maintain accounting information systems; gain skills in spreadsheets, databases and accounting packages; and learn to create meaningful reports and flowcharts.

Due to the structure of the CAANZ/CPA pathway, elective courses or a second major are not possible.
When planning your degree, remember that not all courses are available each semester. You must check the programme structure above, the pre-requisites, electives and availability of your chosen courses in advance.

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the business calendar.

Career opportunities

Chartered accountant. For potential salaries visit

MIT is becoming Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, MIT will next year become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa. This means that while you’re applying with MIT now, from Semester 1, 2023 when you enrol you’ll become a Te Pūkenga learner.

The new system has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including the programme that you’ve enrolled with. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

As the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time. Rest assured that we’ll notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you’re studying, where you’re studying or the ways you’re learning.

Information is correct as at 10 August 2022. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2022 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2022 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2022 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2022 are based on the 2021 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2022. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.