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Accounting

Studying accounting is your pathway to working with clients to help them make their businesses more profitable and successful, and reduce their exposure to financial risk. With accounting you'll gain the skills you need to become a trusted business adviser and make strategic financial decisions for organisations. A qualification in accounting can lead you into all kinds of industries, such as agribusiness, manufacturing or entertainment.

Judit Dervadelin

Master of Professional Accounting
Judit Dervadelin arrived in New Zealand from Hungary armed with a degree in economics. But she knew a master's in professional accounting would be very useful for any kind of career in business.


Tim Doyle

Graduate Diploma


James Field

Bachelor of Business Analysis
James is in his 2nd year studying towards a Bachelor of Business Analysis, majoring in Accounting and Economics. James recently gained selection in the Central Districts Under 19s at the National Tournament and Hawke's Bay Senior Mens Honours.


Linzi Gao

Master of Professional Accounting
Linzi Gao is an international student from Sichuan, China who is motivated to build a successful career for herself as a Chartered Accountant and start a new life in New Zealand.


Artika Sharma

Master of Management Studies
Artika Sharma says the specialist skills she developed from completing a Master of Management Studies in Accounting at Waikato really helped her to stand out from other candidates when applying for jobs.


Accountants can earn attractive salaries and are in demand both in New Zealand and overseas. They often work in high-level management positions where skills in financial control, decision making, legal compliance and leadership are essential.

If you enjoy working with numbers and people, and want to help businesses grow, then accounting may be a good fit for you.

In this subject, you'll learn how to prepare financial records to comply with professional reporting standards, and gain an understanding of commercial and taxation laws that apply to businesses.

Become a Chartered Accountant

Chartered Accountants are paid attractive salaries, and can work anywhere in the world.

By taking a specific suite of 16 papers, you can meet the academic requirements to gain provisional CA membership of either Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) or CPA Australia once you graduate. See below for details.

Qualifications

If you wish to take Accounting as your 1st Major, you'll need to enrol for either the Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Business Analysis, or the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours.

Otherwise you can normally take it as a 2nd Major (8 papers) or Minor subject (4 papers) for any other bachelor's degree offered at the University of Waikato.

If you have never taken Accounting before at university level, and wish to study towards becoming a Chartered Accountant, graduates of any discipline may enrol for the Master of Professional Accounting, a 14-month intensive programme.

If you'd like to gain specialist expertise through postgraduate research, take a look at our Master of Management Studies in Accounting.

Internationally recognised

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 150 universities for Accounting, Finance, and Business and Management Studies, by the prestigious QS Subject Rankings. You'll study at our internationally recognised Waikato Management School, which has Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, placing it in the top 1% of all business schools worldwide.

 Career opportunities

  • Auditor
  • Business consultant
  • Chief financial officer
  • Company accountant
  • Financial accountant/controller
  • Management accountant
  • Tax accountant

Qualifications

Study Accounting in any of these qualifications

Accounting as a 1st Major (Bachelor's degree)

Accounting as a 2nd Major or Minor (Bachelor's degree)

Postgraduate qualifications

100 level

Accounting for ManagementACCTN10115.0 Points
Introductory Financial AccountingACCTN10215.0 Points

200 level

300 level

Capstone in AccountingACCT30120.0 Points
Financial AccountingACCT30220.0 Points
Accounting Information Technology and SystemsACCT31320.0 Points
Commercial LawACCT32120.0 Points
Law of Business EnterprisesACCT32220.0 Points
Legal Issues in Business and E-CommerceACCT32420.0 Points
Management AccountingACCT33120.0 Points
Financial ManagementACCT33220.0 Points
AuditingACCT34120.0 Points
TaxationACCT35120.0 Points
Directed StudyACCT39020.0 Points
Applied Project in AccountingACCT39920.0 Points
Industry Experience 2MSYS31920.0 Points

400 level

Capstone in Accounting AdvancedACCT40120.0 Points
Accounting for SustainabilityACCT40720.0 Points
Organisations and SocietyACCT41220.0 Points
Law of Business EnterprisesACCT42220.0 Points
Management AccountingACCT43120.0 Points
Accounting for SMEs: Understanding the ContextACCT48020.0 Points
Directed StudyACCT49020.0 Points
Industry Experience 4ACCT49520.0 Points
Report of an InvestigationACCT49920.0 Points

Prescriptions for the GradCert(Acc) and GradDip(Acc)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Accounting at an advanced level in their first degree. The requirements for the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are prescribed in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook.

Prescriptions for the BBA(Hons), BMS(Hons), PGCert(Acc), PGDip(Acc), MMS and MPAcct

Accounting may be taken as a major for the BMS(Hons) and as a subject for the BBA(Hons), MMS and MPAcct. A Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting are also available. The requirements for the major and subjects are prescribed in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook.

Students enrolling in 500 level Accounting papers should normally have a minimum of a B average in undergraduate Accounting papers, with no less than that in 300 and 400 level Accounting papers. All students should discuss their programme with the Management Student Centre before enrolling.

Advances in Accounting Theory and ResearchACCT50130.0 Points
Advanced Financial ReportingACCT50230.0 Points
International AccountingACCT50630.0 Points
Accounting, Sustainability and a Changing EnvironmentACCT50730.0 Points
Organisations and SocietyACCT51230.0 Points
Advanced Management AccountingACCT53130.0 Points
Forensic AccountingACCT54130.0 Points
International Tax StrategiesACCT55130.0 Points
Governance Risk and EthicsACCT56130.0 Points
Advanced Audit and AssuranceACCT56230.0 Points
Corporate ReportingACCT56330.0 Points
Advanced Financial ManagementACCT56430.0 Points
Business AnalysisACCT56530.0 Points
Research ProjectACCT56830.0 Points
Fundamental Accounting for Decision MakingACCT57015.0 Points
Financial AccountingACCT57115.0 Points
Advanced AuditingACCT57215.0 Points
Advanced Management AccountingACCT57315.0 Points
Advanced Financial AccountingACCT57415.0 Points
Advanced TaxationACCT57515.0 Points
Commercial and Corporate LawACCT57615.0 Points
Financial ManagementACCT57715.0 Points
Accounting Information SystemsACCT57815.0 Points
Accounting for SMEs: Understanding the ContextACCT58030.0 Points
Professional Development CapstoneACCT58120.0 Points
Research ProjectACCT58220.0 Points
Professional InternshipACCT58320.0 Points
Directed StudyACCT59030.0 Points
Accounting DissertationACCT59130.0 Points
Accounting DissertationACCT59260.0 Points
Accounting ThesisACCT59390.0 Points
Accounting ThesisACCT594120.0 Points
Report of an InvestigationACCT59930.0 Points
Economics for BusinessECON50615.0 Points
Quantitative Skills for Finance and EconomicsECON50715.0 Points
Research Methods in Management StudiesMNGT50130.0 Points
Organisational BehaviourMNGT50415.0 Points

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Accounting MPhil ThesisACCT800120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Accounting PhD ThesisACCT900120.0 Points

At Waikato, you'll get hands-on experience with specialised accounting software such as MYOB and Xero.

You'll analyse real-life case studies of accounting situations, and learn about the business environment and how managerial decisions are made.

You'll also learn about contracts and trusts, evaluate the impact of taxes, and gain skills in auditing, investment, financing and asset management. You could also undertake an industry internship in an accounting workplace.

If you're new to Hamilton, there'll be plenty of opportunities for you to make new friends with similar interests. You could get involved with Beta Alpha Psi, a student accounting club that runs regular workshops and employer visits.

Accounting as a single major for the BBus - new students starting in 2018

If you wish to take Accounting as a single major for the Bachelor of Business (BBus), you'll need to pass 135 points (9 papers) in this subject area, including 105 points above 100 level and 60 points above 200 level.

The specific requirements for a single major in Accounting are that you must take the following 9 papers:

  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
  • ACCTN102 Introductory Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN202 Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN203 Management Accounting: Accounting for Organisational Control
  • ACCTN204/304 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCTN301 Capstone in Accounting
  • ACCTN308 Performance Reporting
  • Choose ONE of the following:
    • ACCTN302 Financial Accounting
    • ACCTN303 Management Accounting
    • ACCTN305 Auditing
    • ACCTN306 Taxation
    • ACCTN309 Law of Business Enterprise
  • MNMGT495/496/499 Business Experience paper

Accounting as a single major for the BBA or BMS(Hons) - new students starting in 2018

If you wish to take Accounting as a single major for the Bachelor of Business Analysis (BBA) or Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours (BMS(Hons)), you'll need to pass 135 points (9 papers) in this subject area, including 105 points above 100 level and 60 points above 200 level.

The specific requirements for a single major in Accounting are that you must take the following 9 papers:

  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
  • ACCTN102 Introductory Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN202 Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN203 Management Accounting: Accounting for Organisational Control
  • ACCTN204/304 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCTN301 Capstone in Accounting
  • ACCTN308 Performance Reporting
  • Choose TWO of the following:
    • ACCTN302 Financial Accounting
    • ACCTN303 Management Accounting
    • ACCTN305 Auditing
    • ACCTN306 Taxation
    • ACCTN309 Law of Business Enterprise

Accounting as part of a double major for any bachelor's degree - new students starting in 2018

If you are enrolled in a bachelor's degree that doesn't list Accounting, you can normally still take it as a 2nd Major subject. You'll need to pass 120 points (8 papers) in this subject area, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level.

The specific requirements for a 2nd Major in Accounting are that you must include the following papers:

  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
  • ACCTN102 Introductory Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN202 Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN203 Management Accounting: Accounting for Organisational Control
  • ACCTN204/304 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCTN301 Capstone in Accounting
  • ACCTN308 Performance Reporting
  • Choose ONE of the following:
    • ACCTN302 Financial Accounting
    • ACCTN303 Management Accounting
    • ACCTN305 Auditing
    • ACCTN306 Taxation
    • ACCTN309 Law of Business Enterprise

Accounting as a Minor for any bachelor's degree - new students starting in 2018

If you wish to take Accounting as a Minor subject for any bachelor's degree at the University of Waikato, you'll need to pass 60 points (4 papers) in this subject area, including at least 30 points (2 papers) above 100 level.

The specific requirements for a Minor in Accounting are that you must include:

  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management

And choose any three papers from the following:

  • ACCTN102 Introductory Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN202 Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN203 Management Accounting: Accounting for Organisational Control
  • ACCTN204/304 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCTN301 Capstone in Accounting
  • ACCTN308 Performance Reporting
  • ACCTN302 Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN303 Advanced Management Accounting
  • ACCTN305 Auditing\
  • ACCTN306 Taxation\
  • ACCTN309 Law of Business Enterprise
  • MNMGT201/301 Business Law and the Legal Environment

Graduate Certificate (GradCert)

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Certificate in Accounting, you must pass 60 points at 100-level or above and include at least 40 points at 300-level or above. At least 40 points must be from one subject area.

The specific requirements for the Graduate Certificate are described in the Waikato Mangement School Student Handbook.

Graduate Diploma (GradDip)

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Diploma in Accounting, you must pass 120 points at 100-level or above and include at least 80 points at 300-level or above, and pass the Writing Competency Module.

You can choose to take up to 40 points from other Graduate Diploma subjects with the permission of the department's Graduate Convenor.

The specific requirements for the Graduate Diploma are described in the Waikato Mangement School Student Handbook.

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Certificate in Accounting, you must pass 60 points at 500-level from one subject area and meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

The specific requirements for Accounting are that you must meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma, you must pass 120 points at 500-level and submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see the Postgraduate Diploma qualification information for further details). You must also meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject. You can choose to take up to 30 points from other graduate subjects with the permission of the department's Graduate Convenor.

The specific requirements for Accounting are that you must meet with the Department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study.

Master of Management Studies (MMS)

The completion requirements for the Master of Management Studies are dependent upon your admission criteria; please see the MMS qualification information for further details. However you'll need to:

  • Meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study and to ensure any specific subject requirements are met.
  • Take MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies (unless passed previously)
  • Take a dissertation (591/592) or thesis (593/594) in your subject area
  • Submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see MMS information for further details).
  • Meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject

Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcct)

To complete the requirements for the Master of Professional Accounting, you must pass 220 points at 500-level and submit a portfolio of achievement (see qualification information for further details).

You'll need to include:

Stage one: core knowledge and skills

  • ACCT570 Fundamental Accounting for Decision Making
  • ACCT571 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT576 Commercial and Corporate Law
  • ACCT577 Financial Management
  • ACCT578 Accounting Information Systems
  • ECON506 Economics for Business
  • ECON507 Quantitative Skills for Finance and Economics
  • MNGT504 Organisational Behaviour

Stage two: advanced professional knowledge

  • ACCT572 Advanced Auditing
  • ACCT573 Advanced Management Accounting
  • ACCT574 Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACCT575 Advanced Taxation

Stage three: professional development capstone

  • ACCT581 Professional Development Capstone and
  • ACCT582 Research Project or ACCT583 Professional Internship

Please note: If you fail a paper or papers (no more than 30 points), then you may repeat the paper once, or take an alternative paper. If you fail more than 30 points you will not be permitted to proceed with the degree.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Please contact the department's Graduate Convenor.

To meet the academic requirements for provisional CA membership once you graduate from your bachelor's degree - of either Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), CPA Australia or ACCA - you need to take Accounting as a 1st Major and follow a specific programme of study.

This means it's not possible to take a 2nd Major (8 papers) in another subject without having to complete 4-5 extra papers, depending on your degree. However, you may still have the option of taking a Minor (4 papers) in another subject.

These 16 papers are as follows:

  • ACCTN101/201 Accounting for Management
  • ACCTN102/222 Introductory Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN202 Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN203 Management Accounting: Accounting for Organisational Control
  • ACCTN204/304 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCTN301 Capstone in Accounting
  • ACCTN302 Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN303 Advanced Management Accounting
  • ACCTN305 Auditing
  • ACCTN306 Taxation
  • ACCTN308 Performance Reporting
  • ACCT309 Law of Business Enterprise
  • ECONS101 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
  • ECONS205 Data Analytics with Business Applications
  • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
  • MNMGT201/301 Business Law and the Legal Environment

Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc
Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.

Undergraduate/Postgraduate Convenors in Accounting

Dr Mary Low
Email:mary.low@waikato.ac.nz

Associate Professor Martin Kelly
Email: martin.kelly@waikato.ac.nz

Dr Vida Botes - Master of Professional Accounting
Email: vida.botes@waikato.ac.nz