Master of/Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting

Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 21046

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code

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

Credits Required for Graduation

36 for Master,
21 for PgD

Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits


Tuition Fee

HK$180,000 per programme for local Master students
HK$241,200 per programme for non-local Master students
HK$105,000 per programme for local PgD students
HK$140,700 per programme for non-local PgD students

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Director

Dr Yuan Huang
PhD, MPhil, BBA 

Programme Manager

Dr Jody Wong

  • ​Mode of study: Mixed-mode
  • Students can pursue their studies in either full-time stream (MAF/PAF) or part-time stream (MAE/PAE). 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. For the MPA, depending on their study pace, students should normally be able to complete the programme full-time in 1 year and part-time in 2 years with a maximum study period of 4 years. For the PgDPA, students should normally be able to complete the programme full-time or part-time in 1-1.5 years with a maximum study period of 2 years.
  • The programme offers structured progression patterns, and students are highly encouraged to follow the pattern to benefit from a cohort-based study and to graduate within 1 year for the full-time option, or within 2 years for the part-time option.

Notes to Applicants

  • ​An incomplete application cannot be processed promptly and would reduce your chance of admission. Please complete all relevant fields on the application form and upload all necessary documents.
  • Applicants for the full-time stream are recommended to submit their GMAT scores.

Aims & 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:

  • ​Apply and evaluate contemporary development and framework in external reporting, including corporate financial accounting, Hong Kong taxation and auditing.
  • Apply up-to-date accounting and finance concepts and techniques in internal decision making, including management accounting, managerial finance and strategic management.
  • Analyse and evaluate the legal, regulatory and ethical issues facing professional accountants.


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:

  • ​Analyse and evaluate theoretical frameworks in accounting, finance and corporate governance.
  • Develop additional expertise in selected aspects of accounting and finance, such as theory and practice of accounting in China, strategic tax management in Hong Kong and China, financial statement analysis, finance for multinational corporations, mergers and acquisitions, or integrated knowledge through group projects.

Recognition & Prospects

The seven Core Subjects of the programme (which lead to the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting (PgDPA) award, and constitute part of the MPA programme) have been accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) as a recognised HKICPA conversion programme. Together with a degree recognised by the HKICPA, graduates completing these seven Core Subjects will be eligible to enrol 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 Master of Professional Accounting (MPA).

The programme is also accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and CPA (Australia). PgDPA and MPA graduates are eligible to claim exemption of 9 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, PgDPA and MPA graduates are also granted exemption of 2 papers from the Certified Tax Adviser (CTA) Qualifying Programme offered by the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong.


  • ​Students must complete 7 Core Subjects (21 credits) for the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting (PgDPA) award.
  • Students must complete 7 Core Subjects, 2 Compulsory Subjects (27 credits) and 3 Elective Subjects (9 credits) for the Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) award.

Core Subjects for PgDPA and MPA (21 credits)

  • ​Accounting for Corporations
  • Accounting for Strategic Management
  • Auditing Framework
  • Financial Reporting Environment
  • Hong Kong Tax Framework
  • Management Accounting
  • Managerial Finance

Compulsory Subjects for MPA (6 credits)

  • ​Accounting Theory
  • Corporate Governance

Electives Subjects for MPA^ (any three) (9 credits)

  • ​Finance for Multinational Corporations
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Strategic Tax Management in Hong Kong & China
  • Theory & Practice of Accounting in China

^ In line with the University's minimum enrolment requirement, not all subjects will be offered each year. Registration is subject to the availability of places.


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at

Entrance Requirements

  • ​A Bachelor's degree in business# awarded by a recognised tertiary institution;
  • ​A Bachelor’s degree other than in business awarded by a recognised tertiary institution plus evidence equivalent to the completion of pre-entry course(s) designated by the School of Accounting and Finance (AF) of PolyU.

If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.

We have a quota for admissions. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Suitable candidates may be invited to attend admission interviews.

Pre-entry courses are normally offered for local applicants only.

# Applicants who have completed courses in Financial Accounting, Business Law, Economics, Management, and Statistics are deemed to be business degree holders.

Other Information

  • ​The programme has been included on the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) list of reimbursable courses.
  • Classes are normally scheduled on weekday daytime, weekday evenings, and/or Saturday afternoons.
  • Applicants who possess professional designations [i.e. HKICPA, ACCA or CPA (Australia) membership] with substantial professional experience or Master of Corporate Governance (MCG) from PolyU will be granted transfer of a maximum of 18 credits, enabling them to complete the MPA award within ONE year on part-time basis.


For further information, please contact:
Tel: (852) 2766 4062 or (852) 3400 3229

For information on academic matters, please contact:
Dr Jody Wong
Tel: (852) 2766 4074

Student Message

The programme enhanced my technical knowledge and analytical skills and helped me to look at things from different angles. All of these are applicable to my job. It also broadened my horizons and enabled me to meet people from different business backgrounds.

Helen Tsang Ka Ling

Studying real-life cases with classmates from different backgrounds was a good way of provoking thought and generating ideas. The programme was highly intensive but the learning experience was very satisfying and rewarding.

Kevin Han Dongfang

The programme increased my knowledge of and exposure to accounting practices. It trained me to apply my knowledge in a corporate setting and helped me to build a solid foundation for exercising my professional judgement.

Yung Wai Kit

Additional Documents Required

Programme Leaflet


Transcript / Certificate

Copies of graduation certificate and official academic transcript of studies are required.


  • If you wish to be exempted, either in full or in part, from the summer pre-entry course(s), please indicate equivalent subjects that you have taken in your prior studies. Required subjects are: basic accounting, business law, economics, management, marketing and statistics. (Not applicable to applicants with HKICPA membership or equivalent.)
  • Applicants with any non-English certificates should also submit a set of corresponding official English-translated copies for reference.
  • Applicants for the full-time stream are recommended to submit their GMAT scores.

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