In recent years, the nature of accounting in the global business workplace has moved from being principally the preparation of financial reports to now include the role of business adviser and consultant. Most students seeking graduate placements in the field of accounting will have completed a standard three-year undergraduate degree in this subject. Otago's Master of Professional Accounting provides an opportunity for graduates with little or no experience or qualifications in accounting to pursue professional accreditation through an intensive course of study and applied research over a period of 18 months. On completion of the degree students can gain professional accreditation and membership to industry associations such as CAANZ and CPA Australia. Master of Professional Accounting students will be required to gain mastery of the subject matter and skills at an accelerated rate that is considered appropriate, challenging and manageable for a graduate. Starts February (semester 1). See the Research (Thesis) Masters' Degrees page for further information.