Pathway Certificate for MPA Entry

  • Upcoming start dates

    Semester 2 - 15 Jul 2024

    Semester 1 - 17 Feb 2025

  • Qualification

    Graduate Certificates

  • Duration

    0.5 years full-time

  • Credits


  • Location


Grow your accounting knowledge and skills so you can enrol in the Master of Professional Accounting (CPA) and the CPA Program®.

Even if you’re not from an accounting background, the Pathway Certificate for MPA Entry will cultivate your accounting skills, preparing you for a Master’s degree that expands your career opportunities with an internationally recognised professional accounting qualification. 

The Pathway Certificate for MPA Entry through Lincoln University provides the required accounting knowledge, skills and numerical competencies to enrol in the Master of Professional Accounting (CPA) and the CPA Program®. You’ll become eligible for Associate Membership of CPA Australia on successful completion. You’ll also build a solid understanding of contemporary issues and topics in accounting, economics, finance and law. 

CPA Australia Foundation Outcomes are compulsory documents for this programme.

Study for free

If you're a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to study this programme for free. Part time study options may be available. Terms and conditions apply. Learn more here

The Pathway for MPA entry is exclusively offered to domestic students.

Note: The Lincoln tuition fee waiver does not include the cost of the CPA exams. This has to be paid directly to CPA Australia for CPA embedded foundation papers.

How you’ll grow

  • By gathering the knowledge and expertise to move into a financial or accounting career.
  • By learning how to transition your skills and knowledge.
  • Developing the required accounting knowledge and competencies to enrol in the Master of Professional Accounting (CPA).
  • Gain extra support to complement the CPA Foundation distance learning programme, along with guidance as you prepare for CPA Australia’s Foundation examinations.
  • Participating in peer-to-peer forums that grow your capabilities to learn from others.

Career opportunities

This is a pathway to a successful career in accounting via the Master of Professional Accounting (CPA). As a graduate, you’ll be eligible for CPA Australia Associate Membership

Programme information

Programme Structure

The Pathway Certificate for MPA Entry is a level 6 certificate programme made up of six 10-credit courses. Five of these are CPA Australia Foundation courses. Fundamentals of Business Law (ACCT220) is a Lincoln University course covering NZ legislation, and provides an exemption from CPA Australia’s Business Law.

Distance learning requirements

All of this programme are taught by distance learning with the use of MS Teams video conferencing which will allow you to participate fully in lectures and interact with fellow students and lecturers.

To access lectures on the MS Teams platform, you need 

  • Broadband wireless or wired internet connection (3G or 4G / LTE)
  • Speakers plus microphone, either built-in, USB plug-in or Bluetooth wireless
  • Webcam or HD webcam, either built-in or via USB plug-in
  • HD cam or HD camcorder with video capture card can be used


Here are your next steps

Programme contacts

Gloria Hao

Dr Gloria Hao

Senior Lecturer

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