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Entrance Year Sept 2024

Programme Code 21046

Stream Code

MAF for Master (Full-time)
PAF for PgD (Full-time)
MAE for Master (Part-time)
PAP for PgD (Part-time)

Mode of Study Mixed Mode

Normal Duration

1 year for Master (Full-time)
1 year for PgD (Full-time)
2 years for Master (Part-time)
1.5 years for PgD (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation

36 for Master, 
21 for PgD

Local Application Deadline 30 Apr 2024 * Early Round Application Deadline: 2023-11-16 Main Round Application Deadline: 2024-04-30

Non-Local Application Deadline 30 Apr 2024 * Early Round Application Deadline: 2023-11-16 Main Round Application Deadline: 2024-04-30

Programme Leaders

Programme Director

Dr Jody WONG


  • Mode of study: Mixed-mode

  • Students can pursue their studies in either the full-time stream (MAF/PAF) or part-time stream (MAE/PAP). In general, one daytime/evening class per week will be scheduled for each subject over a regular 13-week semester and two daytime/evening classes per week over a 7-week Summer Term. Students should normally be able to complete the MPA programme full-time in 1 year and part-time in 2 years. Students should normally be able to complete the PgDPA programme full-time in 1 year and part-time in 1.5 years.


Notes to Applicants

  • An incomplete application cannot be processed promptly and will reduce your chance of admission. Please complete all relevant fields on the application form and upload all necessary documents.

Aims and Characteristics


Programme Aims

The Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) programme is a conversion Master's programme aiming to provide business degree graduates with an intensive education in accounting and related knowledge and skills. Students' achievement is targeted at two levels:

  • To become professional user, preparer, and auditor of accounting information upon completion of the Postgraduate Diploma;

  • To become expert users of accounting information for making executive decisions upon completion of the Master’s degree.


The completion of seven Core Subjects leads to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting (PgDPA). On completion of the PgDPA components, graduates will be able to:

  • Evaluate external financial reporting;

  • Apply accounting and finance concepts and data analytical tools in decision making;

  • Understand the legal, regulatory and ethical issues in accounting.

In addition to the above seven Core Subjects, the completion of two additional Compulsory Subjects and three Elective Subjects leads to the award of the Master of Professional Accounting (MPA).  On completion of the MPA components, graduates will be able to:

  • Master theoretical frameworks in accounting, finance and corporate governance;

  • Develop expertise in accounting and finance.

Professional Recognition

The seven Core Subjects of the programme (which lead to the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting (PgDPA) award, and constitute part of the Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) award) have been accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA). Graduates completing these seven Core Subjects, together with the Fundamental Business Courses, will be eligible for the exemption of 10 Modules in the HKICPA Qualification Programme (QP). Upon completion of another five subjects (i.e. two additional Compulsory Subjects and three Elective Subjects), students will be awarded the MPA.


The programme is also accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and recognized by the CPA (Australia). PgDPA and MPA graduates are eligible to claim a maximum exemption of nine papers from the ACCA examination. Together with meeting other undergraduate pre-requisites, graduates will also be eligible to apply for associate membership of CPA (Australia).


In addition, graduates are eligible to apply for exemption of three papers under the Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme of the Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute, and exemption of two papers under the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) Qualifying Programme of the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong.

Message from Alumni

Many lecturers were experienced practitioners or reputable scholars in the fields of accounting, finance and taxation. They helped me gain extensive knowledge and specialist skills.

HO Kwok Lun


The programme further enhanced and updated my technical knowledge as well as practical skills which have been critical to my career success. It also kept me abreast of the latest development in the accounting profession.

REN Fang


Graduating from the MPA programme has been a transformative journey for me. As a non-accounting background student, I enhanced my accounting knowledge, technical skills, and confidence to pursue my dreams during my study in the MPA programme. The exceptional faculty, diverse student community, and experienced lecturers provided an environment that fostered both my academic and personal growth.

The strong emphasis on practical learning and industry collaboration at PolyU ensured that I was well-prepared for the professional world. Today, as I embark on my career, I owe much of my success to the valuable education and support I received from the programme and PolyU. 

I am immensely proud to be a graduate of PolyU and would highly recommend the MPA programme to aspiring students who seek excellence in education. I encourage you all to embrace the remarkable opportunities that await you at our esteemed institution.

XIONG Kanghong

XIONG Kanghong

The MPA programme is an excellent choice for me. Some lecturers were experienced former practitioners from business sectors. Their practical skills and guidance helped me to gain in-depth and practical knowledge in the field of accounting and finance, which was invaluable and has prepared me well for my professional life as an accountant.

The programme not only sharpened my technical accounting skills but also enhanced my leadership and communication skills through different coursework and class interactions.

PolyU provided strong career support, and I am grateful to be selected as one of the mentees in the 'INSPIRE' Mentorship Programme. Connecting with a successful career mentor, who is a partner from a Big Four firm, allowed me to network with the practitioners and gain insights and advice about the accounting industry. Furthermore, regular career workshops and one-to-one consultation are available to students who are in need.

Thanks to the programme, it was a great stepping stone for me to pursue my first job in the field of taxation after graduation. I highly recommend the MPA programme to anyone who would like to stay abreast of the latest developments in the accounting profession and is looking to step up their finance knowledge and accounting skills.


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