Accounting Major - Bachelor of Business

Study accounting in the Bachelor of Business degree. Accounting is a dynamic career, delivering multifaceted business analysis, and contributing to the strategic development of business, public sector and not-for-profit organisations.

Accountants must be excellent communicators and strongly analytical, as well as having the required technical skills specific to the vocation. They must relate to people from all walks of life, as they’re frequently called upon to explain concepts and strategies to those outside the financial sphere. The changing nature of accounting software packages means that accountants need to have well-developed technical skills. These broad-based skills mean that accounting graduates can start successful careers in a huge variety of roles.

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This is part of the Bachelor of Business.

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As an accounting student you'll become familiar with the accounting cycle, international accounting principles, local and global accounting issues, and auditing principles and techniques. You'll also develop an understanding of ethical dilemmas.

Year 1

In the first semester, you take four core courses that cover fundamental business concepts:

In Semester 2, you study:

You may also study another accounting course, and will start to take the first courses from your second major, minor(s) or elective courses.

Year 2 & 3

You gain an understanding of international regulations and practices, and how accounting supports management decision-making.

Accounting courses may include:

You also continue to take courses from your second major, minor(s) or elective courses.

Workplace experience

Work integrated learning is the final part of your degree and takes place in your final semester. You can choose to do a placement in an organisation of your choice, do a virtual internship or complete a research project, bringing together your learning and gaining valuable experience.

Recent placements included:

  • ANZ Bank
  • Auckland Council
  • Audit New Zealand
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • Vodafone NZ
  • Westpac Bank

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Read more about workplace experience in AUT programmes, how it works and why it’s so beneficial when you start your career.

Workplace experience in AUT programmes

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Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of this major are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

Current students looking for specific requirements for business majors should refer to Canvas.

Career opportunities when you study the Accounting major

  • Chartered accountant
  • Chief financial officer
  • Corporate accountant
  • Auditor
  • Management accountant
  • Taxation consultant
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Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Accounting Careers

AUT accounting programmes are accredited by the following professional bodies. Visit the organisations' websites for membership information and opportunities.

CA ANZ and CPA Australia hold regular information sessions and networking events at AUT.

ACCA Accredited Programme

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Graduates are eligible to register for ACCA membership and seek exemptions for some of the ACCA examinations.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) website

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Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ)

To become a chartered accountant and gain admission into CA ANZ you need to complete a three-year programme of academic study.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) website

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Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Graduates majoring in accounting will have an accelerated route to the CIMA Professional Qualification and the global professional designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

This programme is designed for high achieving undergraduate accounting students. It is a unique one-exam pathway to become a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).
CIMA A-Star Programme

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) website

CPA Accredited Program

CPA Australia

Graduates are eligible to apply for CPA Australia (Certified Practising Accountants) membership, provided core curriculum subjects are completed to meet academic requirements.

CPA Australia website

Key features
  • World-leading accounting department
  • Accredited by CA ANZ, CIMA, CPA Australia and ACCA
  • Includes valuable workplace experience in your final year
  • Option to include subjects outside of business as part of your degree
  • Offered at the City or South Campus
See yourself as
  • A strategic and financial planner
  • Enjoying maths, statistics and accounting
  • Interested in researching, analysing and interpreting information
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The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.