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MMS - Accounting as a main subject

Set yourself up as a future business leader and rise to the top of your profession with specialist management expertise. Get the edge over other graduates with a Master of Management Studies from Waikato's Triple Crown Accredited business school.

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

Years: 1 to 1.5
Points: 120 or 180
Start Dates: February (Semester A) and July (Semester B)
Fees (Domestic): $7,896 (120 pts) or $11,844 (180 pts) approx - 2020 fees
Fees (International): $29,955 (120 pts); $44,935 (180 points)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate 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 — MMS in Accounting - 180 points total

Your MMS must include at least 120 points inside the field of your specialist subject. You may take up to 60 points outside the field of the degree.

Outside field of degree (30 to 60 points)

ELECTIVE PAPERS
in any subject at 500 Level (up to 30 points)

  • Field of degree
  • Explanatory note
  • Compulsory paper
  • Elective paper/s

Please note: Admission to each paper requires the approval of the Subject Convenor. In some cases, you may be asked to complete some prerequisite papers.

This information is provisional and subject to change.

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 info@waikato.ac.nz or phoning 0800 WAIKATO.



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

The qualification regulations define the subject requirements for the BBus(Hons), PGCert(Acc), PGDip(Acc) and MMS. There are no specified subject papers that must be completed for the BBus(Hons), PGCert(Acc) and PGDip(Acc) programmes.

MMS students must complete MNMGT581 and one of ACCTN590, ACCTN591, ACCTN592, ACCTN593, ACCTN594. Students taking the 120 point MMS are required to complete at least 60 points from the papers listed for the subject. Students taking the 180 point MMS are required to complete at least 120 points from the papers listed for the subject.

MPAcct students must complete MNMGT504, ECONS506, ECONS507, ACCTN570, ACCTN571, ACCTN572, ACCTN573, ACCTN574, ACCTN575, ACCTN576, ACCTN577, ACCTN578, ACCTN581 and one of ACCTN582 or ACCTN583.

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 Making20A (Hamilton) & 20S (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.

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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

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.