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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


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. At Waikato, you can take a specific programme of papers to meet the academic requirements to gain provisional membership of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) and CPA Australia once you graduate.

You'll need to major in Accounting for either the Bachelor of Business Analysis (Financial) or the Bachelor of Management Studies.

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

100 level

Accounting for ManagementACCT10115.0 Points
Introductory Financial AccountingACCT10215.0 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)(Fin), 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)(Fin), MMS and MPAcct. A Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting are also available. The requirements for the major, subjects, Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma 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.

Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS)

To complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Management Studies major, you'll need to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area, and include at least 60 points at 300-level or above, of which 40 points must be at 400-level.

The specific requirements for Accounting are that you must include:

  • ACCT202 Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • ACCT231 Management Accounting: Accounting for Organisational Control (see notes below)
  • ACCT301 Capstone in Accounting / ACCT401 Capstone in Accounting Advanced

And choose at least one paper from:

  • ACCT302 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT331 / 431 Management Accounting
  • ACCT341 Auditing
  • ACCT351 Taxation

If Accounting is your second major, then you can count MNGT221 as a major paper for this subject.

Please note: If you have taken ACCT231 to replace HRMG241 as a core paper for the Bachelor of Management Studies, then you can't count it towards your major; you must instead choose a different Accounting paper

Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours (BMS(Hons))

To complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours major, you'll need to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area. You must include at least 60 points at 300-level or above, which includes at least 40 points at 400-level or above and at least 30 points at 500-level.

The specific requirements for Accounting are that you must include the papers:

  • ACCT202 Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • ACCT231 Management Accounting: Accounting for Organisational Control (see notes below)
  • ACCT301 Capstone in Accounting / ACCT401 Capstone in Accounting Advanced

And choose at least one paper from:

  • ACCT302 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT331 Management Accounting / ACCT431 Management Accounting
  • ACCT341 Auditing
  • ACCT351 Taxation

If you are taking two majors you can count either the compulsory 599 or MNGT596 towards your Waikato Management School major papers provided it is approved as relevant to that major and you have included a further 30 points at 500-level in that major.

Don't forget, you must pass 120 points at 500-level for the qualification and submit a Portfolio of Achievement. If you have only selected 30 points at 500-level for your major, then a further 90 points at 500-level is required to meet this degree regulation.

Please note: If you have taken ACCT231 to replace HMRG241 as a core paper for the BMS, then you can't count it towards your major; you must instead choose a different Accounting paper.

Bachelor of Business Analysis - Financia (BBA(Fin))

To complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Business Analysis - Financial major, you must pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area and include at least 60 points at 300-level or above. To meet the Assurance of Learning requirements for this programme, you must include an X type occurrence from either ACCT313, ECON309 or FINA306, unless you have previously completed this requirement as part of an earlier paper.

The specific requirements for Accounting are that you must include the papers:

  • ACCT202 Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • ACCT231 Management Accounting: Accounting for Organisational Control
  • ACCT313 Accounting Information Technology and Systems (see note below)
  • ACCT301 Capstone in Accounting / ACCT401 Capstone in Accounting Advanced

And if Accounting is your first major you must also choose an applied project, work experience or business applications paper from:

  • ACCT351 Taxation
  • ACCT399 Applied Project in Accounting
  • ACCT412 Organisations and Society

If Accounting is your second major then you can count ECON200 or FINA201 as a major paper for this subject.

Please note: If ACCT313 is the earliest enrolment of either ACCT313, ECON309 or FINA306 then you must enrol in an X occurrence in order to complete the Assurance of Learning requirements for your programme. XS, XA, XB, XT are the occurrences available; the second letter corresponds to the specific semester.

Bachelor of Business Analysis Honours - Financial (BBA(Hons)Fin))

To complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Business Analysis, you must pass 120 points at 500-level, include at least 60 points from one subject area and submit a Portfolio of Achievement. You must also include:

  • ACCT591 Accounting Dissertation

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.

Bachelor of Electronic Commerce (BECom)

To complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Electronic Commerce major, you must pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area and include at least 60 points at 300-level or above.

The specific requirements for Accounting are that you must include:

  • ACCT202 Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • ACCT231 Management Accounting: Accounting for Organisational Control
  • ACCT313 Accounting Information Technology and Systems
  • MSYS319 Industry Experience 2 (see note below)
  • ACCT301 Capstone in Accounting / ACCT401 Capstone in Accounting Advanced

Please note: If you are taking Accounting as a second major for the Bachelor of Electronic Commerce, then MSYS319 may be replaced with another paper ticked as available for the subject.

Accounting as a second major

Even if you are enrolled in an undergraduate degree that doesn't list Accounting as a major subject you may normally still take it as a second major. In these circumstances you are required to pass 120 points at 200-level or above and include at least 60 points at 300-level or above. You must also include:

  • ACCT209 Accounting and Managerial Decision Making
  • Either ACCT202 Intermediate Financial Accounting / ACCT231 Management Accounting: Accounting for Organisational Control

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.

There are no specific requirements for this subject.

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

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 must also meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject. 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 Accounting are that you must include:

  • ACCT209 Accounting and Managerial Decision Making

Please note: This paper may be waived if an approved equivalent accounting package is already held. You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

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.

Please note: If you fail a paper then you may repeat it once. If you fail more than one paper, or you fail the same paper twice, then you will not be permitted to proceed with the Certificate. You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your 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.

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 diploma. You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your 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

There are no additional specific requirements for this subject.

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. You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

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.

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.

Department of Accounting

Dr Mary Low
Co-Chairperson of Accounting
Email:mlow@waikato.ac.nz

Maxine Hayward
Department administrator
Phone: +64 837 9281
Email: maxineh@waikato.ac.nz