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Be a business trailblazer and use your innovative thinking to help drive companies forward in a fast-paced world that is changing with a click.

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.


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Key information

Entry Requirements:

University Entrance, or its equivalent, or on a case-by-case basis.

Years: 3
Points: 360
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $6,913 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $30,260 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Area of Study:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

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

Degree Planner

Degree planner — BBus in Accounting

Year 1

100 Level
One of Business Fundamentals

100 Level
One of Business Fundamentals

100 Level
One of Business Fundamentals

100 Level
One of Business Fundamentals

100 Level
Elective or Minor

100 Level
Elective or Minor

Year 3

Choose one of:
ACCTN302, 303, 305, 306, 309 or MNMGT304

Choose one of:
ACCTN302, 303, 305, 306, 309 or MNMGT304*

300 Level
Work-Integrated Learning: WSAFE396/399

200 Level or above
Elective or Minor

200 Level or above
Elective or Minor

200 Level or above
Elective or Minor

  • Major
  • Field
  • Elective
This information is provisional and subject to change.

Required papers

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Business Fundamentals papers:

  • ECONS101 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
  • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
  • MGSYS101 Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
  • MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
  • STMGT101 Introduction to Management

Year 3 Accounting papers:

*9th major paper:

Students have the option to replace the 9th Accounting major paper* in Year 3 with the Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) paper* and count the WIL towards your Accounting major instead. This would give you the flexibility to take any other management paper at 300 level.

Work-Integrated Learning papers:

Degree planner — BBus in Accounting (CAANZ, CPA Australia, ACCA)

  • Major
  • Field
  • Elective

Year 1 required papers:

  • MGSYS101 Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
  • MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing

*Work-Integrated Learning papers:

  • WSAFE396 A Management Internship from Theory to Practice
  • WSAFE399 Report of an Investigation
This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — BBus in Accounting (double major)

Year 1

100 Level
One of Business Fundamentals

100 Level
One of Business Fundamentals

100 Level
One of Business Fundamentals

100 Level
One of Business Fundamentals

100 Level
Major 2

100 Level
Major 2

Year 3

Choose one of:
ACCTN302, 303, 305, 306, 309 or MNMGT304

100 Level or above
Any Management paper

300 Level
Work-Integrated Learning paper

300 Level
Major 2

300 Level
Major 2

300 Level
Major 2

  • Major
  • Field
  • Second Major
This information is provisional and subject to change.

Required papers

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Business Fundamentals papers:

  • ECONS101 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
  • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
  • MGSYS101 Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
  • MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
  • STMGT101 Introduction to Management

Year 3 Accounting papers:

Work-Integrated Learning papers:


Options in Tauranga

You can complete a BBus in Accounting in Tauranga. For advice before you enrol, contact a Tauranga Future Student Advisor by emailing [email protected] or phoning 0800 WAIKATO.



Accountants are trusted business advisors who work with clients to help them make their businesses more profitable and successful. If you enjoy working with numbers and want to help businesses grow, accounting may be a good fit for you. Accounting students can meet the academic requirements of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, CPA Australia or ACCA accountancy professional institutions by taking an approved suite of papers.

Accounting is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Business (BBus) and the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours (BMS(Hons)). Accounting may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Accounting as a single major for the BBus or BMS(Hons), students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Accounting, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete ACCTN101, ACCTN102, ACCTN202, ACCTN203, ACCTN204, ACCTN301, ACCTN308, and 30 points from ACCTN302, ACCTN303, ACCTN305, ACCTN306, ACCTN309 or MNMGT304. BBus and BMS(Hons) students may count one of WSAFE396 or WSAFE399 in place of 15 points from the 30 point option list.

To complete Accounting as part of a double major for the BBus, BMS(Hons) or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Accounting, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete ACCTN101, ACCTN102, ACCTN202, ACCTN203, ACCTN204, ACCTN301, ACCTN308, and 15 points from ACCTN302, ACCTN303, ACCTN305, ACCTN306, ACCTN309 or MNMGT304.

To complete a minor in Accounting, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Accounting major, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Students must complete ACCTN101.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ACCTN101Accounting for Management15.022A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Internet Waikato College), 22B (Tauranga), 22C (Internet Waikato College) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper focuses on the analysis and use of financial and non-financial information by internal and external stakeholders to make informed business decisions.
ACCTN102Introductory Financial Accounting15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Tauranga), 22B (Hamilton), 22H (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper teaches students how to record, report, and analyse accounting information and prepare financial statements. The paper involves the use of current accounting software technologies.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ACCTN202Intermediate Financial Accounting15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Tauranga) & 22B (Hamilton)
This paper deals with the practices, principles and regulations of Financial Reporting in New Zealand with emphasis on financial reporting in partnerships and companies.
ACCTN203Management Accounting: Accounting for Organisational Control15.022A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)
This paper provides students with an understanding of management accounting, with emphasis on the use of costing, budgeting, and performance evaluation to make informed business decisions.
ACCTN204Accounting Information Systems15.022A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)
This paper employs hands-on application of current technologies to prepare students to use and develop accounting systems, to store and retrieve accounting data, and to analyze complex accounting data.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ACCTN301Capstone in Accounting15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)
The development of accounting and accounting theory, the conceptual framework, non-mandatory reporting, ethics and governance, unresolved issues, and a consideration of the nature and scope of accounting.
ACCTN302Financial Accounting15.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)
This paper involves detailed examination of current accounting practices, principles and regulations.
ACCTN303Management Accounting15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)
This paper examines current theory and practice in management accounting with an emphasis on the design of management accounting systems, and planning, control and performance measurement in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
ACCTN304Corporate Entities15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)
This paper explains the laws and regulations that govern the different forms of legal entities, including the significance of separate legal entity. The paper addresses aspects of company incorporation, directors' duties, governance, share transfers, role of company secretary, membership, meetings and dividends and directors and co...
ACCTN305Auditing15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Tauranga) & 22B (Hamilton)
This paper examines current audit practice techniques, audit theory, audit technology, and the processes employed to audit financial statements.
ACCTN306Taxation15.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)
This paper educates students about the main statutes and policy in New Zealand taxation. It also addresses the importance of taxation in business decisions, the calculation of income tax obligations and the preparation of tax returns.
ACCTN308Performance Reporting15.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)
This paper develops competencies in performance reporting pertaining to the key areas of financial management: investment, financing and asset management.
MNMGT304Commercial Transactions15.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)
This paper overviews the sources of New Zealand business law and obligations that arise under this law, and critically examines the importance of key aspects of: the Legal System and Treaty of Waitangi; Jurisdiction; Business forms; Directors duties; Agency; Contracts and On-line Contracts; Consumer Law - Fair Trading Act 1996 and ...
WSAFE396Management Internship15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Tauranga), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga), 22C (Hamilton), 22C (Tauranga) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
The Management Internship provides students with the opportunity to apply their management discipline-based knowledge to an authentic project within an organisation.
WSAFE399Report of an Investigation15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Tauranga), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga), 22C (Hamilton) & 22C (Tauranga)
This paper offers students the opportunity to complete a directed investigation of an approved topic relevant to an organisation or industry and in an area related to their management discipline of study.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ACCTN502Advanced Financial Reporting30.022B (Hamilton)
This paper equips students with sufficient practical knowledge to appreciate some of the problems involved in preparing advanced financial statements. It will also enhance an understanding of the different issues facing accountants and preparation of general purpose financial reports, as well as enabling students to critically inte...
ACCTN506International Accounting30.022A (Hamilton)
This paper explores and analyses accounting in a global and transnational context. Similarities and differences between accounting and its regulation in different national contexts, and attempts to harmonise the accounting practices of different countries are discussed. The paper also addresses issues relevant for an appreciation o...
ACCTN531Advanced Management Accounting30.022B (Hamilton)
This paper aims to develop skills and critical ability in management accounting. It will broaden the knowledge of participants by examining the diverse perspectives and approaches evident in the subject of management accounting.
ACCTN541Fraud Auditing and Analytics30.022A (Hamilton)
The paper emphasises contemporary methods for detecting and preventing fraud. Students will engage in case analyses and conduct data analytics using current technologies.
ACCTN570Fundamental Accounting for Decision Making15.022A (Hamilton) & 22H (Hamilton)
This paper emphasises learning the preparation of financial records and also provides an understanding of the techniques and issues related to management accounting.
ACCTN571Financial Accounting15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper addresses financial reporting principles, regulations and practices in New Zealand with emphasis on financial reporting in partnerships and companies.
ACCTN572Advanced Auditing15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper examines current audit practice techniques, audit theory, audit technology, and the processes employed to audit financial statements. The paper fosters professional judgement and inter-personal skills.
ACCTN573Management Accounting and Control Systems15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper will provide an overview of some of the developments in the management accounting field. Emphasis throughout the paper will be placed on the importance of information to decision makers. Techniques of planning and control will be examined. The importance of feedback will be stressed and the distinction between feedback a...
ACCTN574Advanced Financial Accounting15.022B (Hamilton)
The paper is designed to facilitate students' understanding of the issues involved in the principles, practices and regulations of accounting within the New Zealand environment.
ACCTN575Advanced Taxation15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper educates students about the main statutes and policy in New Zealand taxation. It also addresses the importance of taxation in business decisions, the calculation of income tax obligations and the preparation of tax returns.
ACCTN576Commercial and Corporate Law15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the New Zealand legal system and laws regulation specified business activities. The initial focus is given to the laws applying to business contracts. The paper also cover principles applying to companies.
ACCTN577Performance Reporting15.022B (Hamilton)
The paper will cover the three key areas of financial management decisions relating to investment, financing and asset management.
ACCTN578Accounting Information Systems15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper employs hands-on application of current technologies to prepare students to use and develop accounting systems, to store and retrieve accounting data, and to analyse complex accounting data.
ACCTN581Professional Development Capstone20.022G (Online) & 22H (Online)
The objective of this paper is to help students develop critical thinking and sound analytical skills about the past, present and future of accounting theory and practice. This paper covers key theoretical positions underlying the practice of accounting as well as key factors effecting the development of the profession. The princip...
ACCTN582Research Project20.022G (Online) & 22H (Online)
Students undertake a research project from an accounting workplace environment.
ACCTN583Professional Internship20.022G (Online) & 22H (Online)
Students undertake a professional internship within an accounting workplace environment.
ACCTN590Directed Study30.022X (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. This paper is available only to Waikato Management School students with the approval of the Chairperson.
ACCTN591Accounting Dissertation30.022X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ACCTN592Accounting Dissertation60.022X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ACCTN593Accounting Thesis90.022X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ACCTN594Accounting Thesis120.022X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ACCTN800Accounting MPhil Thesis120.022X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ACCTN900Accounting PhD Thesis120.022I (Hamilton), 22J (Hamilton), 22K (Hamilton) & 22X (Hamilton)
No description available.

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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.


To meet the academic requirements to join either Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), CPA Australia or ACCA once you graduate from your bachelor's degree, you will need to choose Accounting as a single major and follow a specific programme of papers.

This means it's not possible to take a 2nd Major (8 papers) in another subject without completing 4-5 extra papers, depending on your degree.

However, you may still have the option of taking a Minor (4 papers) in another subject, if you wish.

You will need to pass the following papers, in addition to any other papers required to complete your degree:

  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
  • ACCTN102 Introductory Financial Accounting
  • ECONS101 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
  • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
  • ACCTN202 Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN203 Management Accounting: Accounting for Organisational Control
  • ACCTN204 Accounting Information Systems
  • ECONS205 Data Analytics with Business Applications
  • MNMGT301 Business Law and the Legal Environment
  • ACCTN301 Capstone in Accounting
  • ACCTN302 Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN303 Management Accounting
  • ACCTN305 Auditing
  • ACCTN306 Taxation
  • ACCTN308 Performance Reporting
  • ACCT309 Law of Business Enterprise

Options in Tauranga

You can complete a BBus in Accounting in Tauranga. For advice before you enrol, contact a Tauranga Future Student Advisor by emailing [email protected] or phoning 0800 WAIKATO.


Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Location: MSB.1.50, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Phone: +64 838 4303
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc
Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday

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