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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: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,590 per year (approx)
Fees (International): $28,525 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Faculty:
*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 (single major)

Year 1

100 Level
Business Fundamentals

100 Level
Business Fundamentals

100 Level
Business Fundamentals

100 Level
Business Fundamentals

100 Level
Elective or Minor

100 Level
Elective or Minor

Year 3

Choose one of:
ACCTN302, 303, 305, 306, 309 or MNMGT301

Choose one of:
ACCTN302, 303, 305, 306, 309 or MNMGT301*

300 Level
Work-Integrated Learning paper*

200 Level or above
Elective or Minor

200 Level or above
Elective or Minor

200 Level or above
Elective or Minor

  • Major
  • Elective or Minor
  • Compulsory
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 Integrated Thinking - Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
  • MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
  • STMGT101 Introduction to Management

Year 3 Accounting papers:

*Ninth major paper:

Students have the option to swap the ninth Accounting major paper* in Year 3 for the Work-Integrated Learning paper* and count it towards your Accounting major instead. This would allow you to fill the gap by taking any other Management paper at 300 Level.

*Work-Integrated Learning papers:

  • WSAFE396 Management Internship: From Theory to Practice
  • WSAFE399 Report of an Investigation

Degree planner — BBus - Professional Accounting pathway (CA ANZ, CPA Australia, ACCA)

  • Major
  • Compulsory
  • Elective

Year 1 required papers:

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

*Work-Integrated Learning papers:

  • MNMGT395 Industry Experience
  • MNMGT396 A Management Internship from Theory to Practice
  • MNMGT399 Report of an Investigation
This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — BBus in Accounting (double major)

Year 1

100 Level
Business Fundamentals

100 Level
Business Fundamentals

100 Level
Business Fundamentals

100 Level
Business Fundamentals

100 Level
Major 2

100 Level
Major 2

Year 3

Choose one of:
ACCTN302, 303, 305, 306, 309 or MNMGT301

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 1
  • Compulsory
  • Major 2
This information is provisional and subject to change.

Required papers

Open this section to read more

Business Fundamentals papers:

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

Year 3 Accounting papers:

Work-Integrated Learning papers:

  • WSAFE396 Management Internship: From Theory to Practice
  • WSAFE399 Report of an Investigation


Aleena Sutton Studying accounting provides you with many different options. It enables you to work in various branches of accounting and a wide range of industries. It’s also beneficial if you want to start up your own company or work in other areas of business.

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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, and the Bachelor of Management Studies with (Honours). Accounting may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to the approval of the Faculty 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 and ACCTN308, and 30 points from ACCTN302, ACCTN303, ACCTN305, ACCTN306, ACCTN309, MNMGT301. BBus and BMS(Hons) students may count one of MNMGT395, 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 and ACCTN308, and 15 points from ACCTN302, ACCTN303, ACCTN305, ACCTN306, ACCTN309, and MNMGT301.

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 Occurrence / Location
ACCTN101Accounting for Management20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper explains that accounting is an important social practice; an integral aspect of organisational management and covers both the technical aspects of the provision and use of accounting information.
ACCTN102Introductory Financial Accounting20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20S (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
An introductory computer based accounting paper examining the preparation of accounting records. This paper provides opportunity to learn the language of accounting through addressing practical problems.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ACCTN202Intermediate Financial Accounting20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton) & 20S (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 Control20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
This paper examine the skills involved in everyday practice of management accounting; covers the organisational and behavioural aspects of accounting practices, and considers the ethical environment within which accountants operate.
ACCTN204Accounting Information Systems20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
This paper focuses on the practical application of technology in an Accounting context. Students experience a hands-on approach to the use of spreadsheets, relational databases, and dedicated accounting software through practical exercises.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ACCTN301Capstone in Accounting20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga) & 20G (Hamilton)
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 Accounting20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga), 20S (Hamilton) & 20S (Tauranga)
This paper examines various issues of accounting practice particularly the application of New Zealand Equivalents to International Financial Reporting Standards.
ACCTN303Management Accounting20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
The foundations of this subject lie in accounting, decision theory, control theory, economics, and in organisational behaviour theory. The paper provides an overview of developments in management accounting literature.
ACCTN305Auditing20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
This audit practice and theory paper examines the role and profession of the NZ auditor and the process according to which a statutory audit of the financial statements are performed.
ACCTN306Taxation20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
This paper educates students about the main tax statutes and policy in accounting. It also addresses the importance of taxation in business decisions and the calculation of income tax obligations.
ACCTN308Performance Reporting20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
Performance reporting looks at the critical elements needed to conduct effective financial statement analysis. This reporting includes analysis of the quality of accounting information, risk assessment and forecasting.
ACCTN309Law of Business Enterprise20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
This paper concentrates firstly on legal framework comprising company law, the main legal business form used in New Zealand, and then on areas of law which impact companies.
MNMGT301Business Law and the Legal Environment20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton) & 20B (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 Internship20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20C (Hamilton) & 20C (Tauranga)
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 Investigation20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20C (Hamilton) & 20C (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 Occurrence / Location
ACCTN502Advanced Financial Reporting20B (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 Accounting20A (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 Accounting20B (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.
ACCTN541Forensic Accounting20A (Hamilton)
A focus on fraud and forensic auditing. Topics are examined in-depth and selected on the basis of their controversial nature or their knowledge building potential. Analysis is facilitated by a case-based approach to learning. There is a computer element to this paper.
ACCTN570Fundamental Accounting for Decision Making20S (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 Accounting20A (Hamilton)
This paper covers the preparation of general purpose financial reports for partnership, companies and other business combinations. The paper addresses the use and the interpretation of New Zealand International Reporting Standards in the preparation of financial reports.
ACCTN572Advanced Auditing20A (Hamilton)
This paper examines the role of financial audit, the profession and market mechanisms. Included in this paper are discussions on audit practice, the audit process report internal controls and systems as they relate to professional standards and guidelines.
ACCTN573Advanced Management Accounting20A (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 Accounting20B (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 Taxation20B (Hamilton)
The paper provides an overview of the New Zealand Income Tax Act, Tax Administration Act, Goods and Service Tax Act, and Fringe Benefit Tax, and how they are relevant to individual and corporate taxpayers. Topics include the nature of income, taxation of common types of income, the deduction and prohibition of various types of expe...
ACCTN576Commercial and Corporate Law20A (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 Reporting20B (Hamilton)
The paper will cover the three key areas of financial management decisions relating to investment, financing and asset management.
ACCTN578Accounting Information Systems20B (Hamilton)
This paper addresses the design, acquisition, operation, and control of computerised information systems specific to the accounting field. the theories and learning in this paper are applied and reinforced through practical exercises using spreadsheets, relational databases, and accounting packages.
ACCTN581Professional Development Capstone20G (Online) & 20S (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 Project20G (Online) & 20S (Online)
Students undertake a research project from an accounting workplace environment.
ACCTN583Professional Internship20G (Online) & 20S (Online)
Students undertake a professional internship within an accounting workplace environment.
ACCTN590Directed Study20X (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 Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ACCTN592Accounting Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ACCTN593Accounting Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ACCTN594Accounting Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ACCTN800Accounting MPhil Thesis20X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ACCTN900Accounting PhD Thesis20I (Hamilton) & 20X (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

There are two ways to complete a BBus in Accounting in Tauranga. For advice before you enrol, contact a Tauranga Future Student Advisor by emailing info@waikato.ac.nz or phoning 0800 WAIKATO.

Take the full three-year degree at our new CBD campus

From 2019, we're offering all three years of the BBus at our new CBD campus. Accounting is one of four majors on offer.

Optional Toi Ohomai pathway

Your other option is to begin with the Accounting strand of the one-year NZ Diploma in Business (Level 5) at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, and then transfer into Year 2 of the BBus at the University of Waikato. You'll receive guaranteed credit for eight 100-level papers of the BBus (120 points).

Once you've started your NZDipBus, we recommend you contact the Tauranga Student Services team at the University of Waikato to discuss your intended programme of study.


Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Location: MSB.1.50, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Phone: +64 838 4303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz
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.

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