MA International Accounting

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Application Closed

Mode of Study


Mode of Funding


Intermediate Award

Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in International Accounting

Indicative Intake Target


Minimum No. of Credits Required

Master's Degree: 30, Postgraduate Diploma: 24, Postgraduate Certificate: 12

Class Schedule

Weekday daytime and evenings

Normal Study Period

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

Maximum Study Period

Full-time: 2.5 years;
Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years

Mode of Processing

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Programme Leader
Dr Zheng WANG
PhD (Maryland)
General Enquiries
Mrs Irene Li
+852 3442 7760
+852 3442 0349
Programme Aims and Objectives

This programme aims to provide accounting or finance major graduates an opportunity to enhance their skills by developing an expertise in international accounting as well as further understanding in Hong Kong accounting and related arena of knowledge.  Students will be provided with specialised knowledge in international and Hong Kong accounting as well as related fields of information management, international business and investment so that graduates can make a significant contribution to the functioning and development of their employing organizations – particularly organizations such as multinational enterprises, joint ventures, Hong Kong companies and government agencies engaged in foreign trade and investment, and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or consulting firms with multinational corporate clients and networks.


Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Programme, students should be able to:

  1. Apply creative and critical thinking to business problem-solving and the conceptual and practical aspects of mainstream accounting disciplines from an international perspective.
  2. Analyse and apply the accounting issues raised by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) and professional bodies of selected countries to the interpretation of financial reports from an international perspective.
  3. Identify and demonstrate legal and ethical concepts and the code of ethics issued by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and HKICPA, and their application in accounting practices. 
  4. Communicate, work, and manage themselves effectively both independently and within a team environment.
Entrance Requirements

Applicants must:


·       hold an accounting or finance degree from a recognised university; or

·       hold an equivalent qualification acceptable to CityU; and

·       preferably possess 2 years of experience in accounting or business disciplines.


Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

·        TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or

·        Overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or

·        Score 450 in the new College English Test (CET6) of Chinese mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or

·        Other equivalent qualifications

Course Description

Core Courses -- Accounting Information Systems; Advanced International Financial Accounting; Advanced Taxation; Corporate Governance; International Financial Management; International Financial Statement Analysis; Management Accounting Issues in Multinational Enterprises



(Minimum 9 credit units)

Students are required to take 9 credit units from the programme elective courses listed below or the consortium courses offered by the servicing Departments under CB.

  • Auditing (HKICPA required course for entry to QP)
  • Law Relating to Business and Companies (HKICPA required course for entry to QP)

Note:  The course list is subject to change during the academic year.

Professional Accreditation

This is an accredited accountancy degree for the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (HKICPA) Qualification Programme. Students who have successfully completed the programme and met the following conditions are eligible to enter the HKICPA Qualification Programme:


  1. Students must pass the seven core courses of the Programme of the three elective courses required by the Programme, two of them must be Auditing (AC6541) and Law Relating to Business and Companies (LW5962); and
  2. Students must have passed in their previous degree studies subjects on basic business knowledge, including Basic Accounting, Economics, Management, Marketing and Statistics (or Quantitative Methods).


The programme is also recognized by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for a possible maximum exemption of 5 papers* from its professional examination scheme.

*The exemption list is subject to periodic review by the ACCA.

Bonus Features

Applicants who meet the entry requirements but wish to exit early from the programme may apply for the Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate of the programme after completion of the designated courses and number of credit units.

† Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.