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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
Since studying Accounting and Management, Tim has been a Chartered Accountant in London and an SME business specialist back home in NZ.


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.


Sam Gibb

Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours
Sam Gibb isn't one to rest on his laurels. In-between working as an analyst at Symphony Financial Partners in Singapore and travelling frequently, he's also finding time to train for a marathon.


Emma Haddock

Bachelor of Management Studies
Waikato accounting graduate Emma Haddock is thriving in her professional career at KPMG in Hamilton, where she works as an analyst.


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.


Brad Sherman

Bachelor of Business Analysis
Brad Sherman has been a gardener, a cook in a takeaway bar, exercised dogs for a pet motel, ushered at Chiefs rugby games, and tutored university students. Thanks to his BBA degree at Waikato, he's now employed as a consultant for Deloitte New Zealand.


Aleena Sutton

Bachelor of Business Analysis
Aleena Sutton is on track to achieve her dream of becoming a chartered accountant, thanks to her BBA degree at Waikato. She did a summer accounting internship at KPMG, and is now studying for a Master of Management Studies in Accounting.


Ella Tappin

Bachelor of Management Studies
Ella Tappin is well on track to fulfilling her ambition of becoming a chartered accountant since graduating as Waikato's top accounting student in 2013.


Ruth Venter

Master of Management Studies
While studying accounting, Ruth Venter realised that what she really cared about was sustainability. She ended up doing a masters thesis on carbon reporting by not-for-profit organisations, and now works as an environmental sustainability consultant.


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 professionally qualified accountant

Professionally qualified accountants are paid attractive salaries, and can work anywhere in the world.

By following a specific programme of study, you can meet the academic requirements to join either Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) or CPA Australia once you graduate, and gain an internationally recognised qualification. See below for details.

Qualifications

If you wish to take Accounting as your 1st Major, you'll need to enrol for either the 3-year Bachelor of Business, or the 4-year 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 studied accounting before at university level, and wish to study towards becoming a professionally qualified accountant, graduates of any bachelor's degree may enrol for the Master of Professional Accounting, a 14-month accelerated 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 200 universities for Accounting, Finance, and Business and Management Studies, in the prestigious QS Subject Rankings 2018.

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

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ACCTN101Accounting for Management18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online) & 18B (Hamilton)
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 Accounting18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
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 Accounting18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (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 Control18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
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 Systems18B (Hamilton) & 18B (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
ACCT301Capstone in Accounting18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga) & 18T (Hamilton)
No description available.
ACCT302Financial Accounting18B (Hamilton), 18B (Tauranga), 18S (Hamilton) & 18S (Tauranga)
A study of the principles and practices of company accounting.
ACCT313Accounting Information Technology and Systems18B (Hamilton), 18B (Tauranga), 18XB (Hamilton) & 18XB (Tauranga)
The design, acquisition, operation, management, and control of accounting information systems with prime focus on computerised accounting information systems, accounting packages, spreadsheets and databases.
ACCT321Commercial Law18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
A study of selected areas of the law regulating commercial and domestic consumer contracts. A review of statutory and common law developments in the general law of contract and agency, an introduction to trust law.
ACCT322Law of Business Enterprises18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
A study of the law relevant to the establishment, activities and control of business enterprises. Also, an examination of current legal issues that impact on decision making within business organisations.
ACCT324Legal Issues in Business and E-Commerce18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper is intended to provide students with an appreciation of the legal issues arising from electronic commerce; the students should develop the ability to identify the problems which they may face in the area, thereby assisting them in arriving at a solution.
ACCT331Management Accounting18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
A study of concepts, techniques and practices relevant to the provision of accounting and related data for management planning, control and decision-making.
ACCT332Financial Management18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper develops understanding of important issues with regards to financial management and decision making and how crucial this area is with regards to the impact that financial decisions will have on the creation of financial value of organisations.
ACCT341Auditing18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
A study of the theory and practice of auditing including computer based systems and the nature, scope and purpose of financial audits.
ACCT351Taxation18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
A study of the concepts, law and practice of the main direct, indirect and wealth taxes.
ACCT390Directed Study18B (Hamilton)
This paper is available only to Waikato Management School students with the approval of the Chairperson. Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
ACCT399Applied Project in Accounting18F (Hamilton), 18F (Tauranga), 18H (Hamilton) & 18H (Tauranga)
An applied research project investigating an accounting related issue in an organisational context.
MSYS319Industry Experience 218C (Online)
This paper requires a period of four to thirteen weeks work experience in an appropriate and approved host organisation with relevance to the student's degree and major. Investigation of three research topics supports the academic component of the paper.

400 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ACCT401Capstone in Accounting Advanced18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
No description available.
ACCT407Accounting for Sustainability18B (Hamilton)
A study of how business organisations might integrate sustainable development into their decision making and performance evaluation. Emphasis is placed on understanding the wider environments in which the organisation exists.
ACCT412Organisations and Society18A (Hamilton)
This paper involves the study of change in organisations and society. It considers the accountability of organisations to their stakeholders. The role of education in developing good citizens is explored. Critical thinking is encouraged.
ACCT422Law of Business Enterprises18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
A study of the law relevant to the establishment, activities and control of business enterprises, and an examination of current legal issues that have an impact on decision making within business organisations.
ACCT431Management Accounting18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
A study of concepts, techniques and practices relevant to the provision of accounting and related data for management planning, control and decision-making. Students are required to examine developments in one management accounting topic in depth.
ACCT480Accounting for SMEs: Understanding the ContextThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ACCT490Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Tauranga), 18C (Hamilton), 18C (Tauranga), 18S (Hamilton), 18S (Tauranga), 18Y (Hamilton) & 18Y (Tauranga)
This paper is available only to Waikato Management School students with the approval of the Chairperson of Department. Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
ACCT495Industry Experience 418C (Online)
A period of four to thirteen weeks internship is spent in a host organisation with relevance to the student's major, located in New Zealand or overseas. Students find their own host organisation, which is then approved by the departmental co-ordinator. In addition to the time spent in the host organisation, Weekly small group elect...
ACCT499Report of an Investigation18D (Hamilton), 18D (Tauranga), 18F (Hamilton), 18F (Tauranga), 18J (Hamilton), 18J (Tauranga), 18M (Hamilton) & 18M (Tauranga)
Directed investigation of an approved topic, available only to students enrolled in the BMS degree.

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 BBus(Hons), 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 BBus(Hons), 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.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ACCT501Advances in Accounting Theory and ResearchThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ACCT502Advanced Financial Reporting18B (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...
ACCT506International Accounting18A (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...
ACCT507Accounting, Sustainability and a Changing EnvironmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ACCT512Organisations and SocietyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ACCT531Advanced Management Accounting18B (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.
ACCT541Forensic Accounting18A (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.
ACCT551International Tax StrategiesThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ACCT561Governance Risk and EthicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ACCT562Advanced Audit and AssuranceThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ACCT563Corporate ReportingThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ACCT564Advanced Financial ManagementThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ACCT565Business AnalysisThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ACCT568Research ProjectThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ACCT570Fundamental Accounting for Decision Making18S (Hamilton)
This paper emphasises learning the preparation of financial records and also provides an understanding of the techniques and issues related to management accounting.
ACCT571Financial Accounting18A (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.
ACCT572Advanced Auditing18A (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.
ACCT573Advanced Management Accounting18A (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...
ACCT574Advanced Financial Accounting18B (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.
ACCT575Advanced Taxation18B (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...
ACCT576Commercial and Corporate Law18A (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.
ACCT577Financial Management18B (Hamilton)
The paper will cover the three key areas of financial management decisions relating to investment, financing and asset management.
ACCT578Accounting Information Systems18B (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.
ACCT580Accounting for SMEs: Understanding the ContextThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ACCT581Professional Development Capstone18S (Online) & 18T (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...
ACCT582Research Project18S (Online) & 18T (Online)
Students undertake a research project from an accounting workplace environment.
ACCT583Professional Internship18S (Online) & 18T (Online)
Students undertake a professional internship within an accounting workplace environment.
ACCT590Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton) & 18Y (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.
ACCT591Accounting Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ACCT592Accounting Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ACCT593Accounting Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ACCT594Accounting Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ACCT599Report of an Investigation18D (Hamilton), 18F (Hamilton), 18J (Hamilton) & 18M (Hamilton)
Directed investigation of an approved topic, available only to students enrolled in the BMS(Hons) degree.
ECON506Economics for Business18T (Hamilton)
An advanced analysis of the economics of business from production through processing to markets and the consumer.
ECON507Quantitative Skills for Finance and Economics18B (Hamilton) & 18T (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with a thorough grounding in the applied quantitative techniques required for professional practice in business, finance and economics. The main emphasis is on recognising which techniques are appropriate for particular types of problems, using the techniques and interpreting the results.
MNGT501Research Methods in Management Studies18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Online) & 18T (Hamilton)
This paper aims to introduce students to the assumptions underlying the different methodologies and methods for performing research in the social sciences.The focus is on interpretive, positivist, critical, and mixed methods. The paper attempts to give students the conceptual and methodological resources needed to think and convers...
MNGT504Organisational Behaviour18S (Hamilton)
The course examines how individuals and organisations make sense of the world. The four approaches to framing - structural, human resource, political and symbolic - are examined. Concluding with a look at reframing both leadership and the organisation of tomorrow.

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.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ACCT800Accounting MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

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.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ACCT900Accounting PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

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, BBA or BMS(Hons)

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 at least 105 points above 100-level and 60 points above 200-level.

As all papers are 15 points, you will need to complete 2 x 100-level, 3 x 200-level and 4 x 300-level papers for your major. No more than three 200-level papers may be included in this major.

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
    • MNMGT201/301 Business Law and the Legal Environment
  • MNMGT495/496/499 Business Experience paper

For the BMS(Hons), in fourth year you are required to complete a further 60 points at 500-level in papers relevant to your Accounting major.

Accounting as a 2nd Major for any bachelor's degree

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 at least 90 points above 100-level, and 45 points above 200-level.

As all papers are 15 points, you will need to complete 2 x 100-level, 3 x 200-level and 3 x 300-level papers in Accounting.

The specific requirements for a 2nd Major in Accounting are that you must take the following 8 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
    • MNMGT201/301 Business Law and the Legal Environment

Accounting as a Minor for any bachelor's degree

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

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

  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management

Choose your other 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 4 papers (60 points) at 100-level or above, which includes at least 3 papers (45 points) at 300-level or above. At least 45 points must be from the subject area of Accounting.

Paper offerings can change; for full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/ACCTN

Graduate Diploma (GradDip)

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Diploma in Accounting, you must pass 8 papers (120 points) at 100-level or above, which includes at least 5 papers (75 points) at 300-level or above. At least 90 points must be from the subject area of Accounting.

You can choose to take up to 30 points from other subjects with the permission of the Graduate Convenor of Accounting.

The specific requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Accounting are that you must include:

  • ACCT209 Accounting and Managerial Decision Making

Paper offerings can change; for full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/ACCTN

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Certificate in Accounting, you must pass 60 points at 500-level from the subject of Accounting.

You must also meet with the Graduate Convenor of Accounting to discuss an appropriate programme of study.

Paper offerings can change; for full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/ACCTN

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma, you must pass 120 points at 500-level, which includes at least 90 points from the subject of Accounting, and submit a Portfolio of Achievement.

You can choose to take up to 30 points from other subjects with the permission of the Graduate Convenor of Accounting.

You must also meet with the Graduate Convenor of Accounting to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study.

Paper offerings can change; for full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/ACCTN

Master of Management Studies in Accounting (MMS)

The completion requirements for the Master of Management Studies in Accounting vary according to your admission criteria; please see the MMS qualification page for further details. However you'll need to:

  • Meet with the Graduate Convenor in Accounting to discuss an appropriate 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 Accounting
  • Submit a Portfolio of Achievement
  • Meet the specific subject requirements prescribed for Accounting

Paper offerings can change; for full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/ACCTN

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.

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

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

Please contact the department's Graduate Convenor.

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 16 papers, in addition to any other papers required to complete your degree:

  • ACCTN101/201 Accounting for Management
  • ACCTN102/222 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
  • ACCTN204/304 Accounting Information Systems
  • ECONS205 Data Analytics with Business Applications
  • MNMGT201/301 Business Law and the Legal Environment
  • ACCTN302 Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN301 Capstone in Accounting
  • ACCTN308 Performance Reporting
  • ACCTN303 Advanced Management Accounting
  • ACCTN305 Auditing
  • ACCTN306 Taxation
  • 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.

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