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Bachelor of Accountancy


A unique degree

Join the only Bachelor of Accountancy in New Zealand.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Campus

  • Auckland, Manawatū
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Credits

  • 360
  • Duration

  • 3 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

Keen to become a professional accountant? This specialised degree will lead you to an accountancy career. You can become a member of one of the professional accounting organisations.

What will you learn?

The Bachelor of Accountancy will give you the skills needed to analyse accounting and business problems. You will gain a solid foundation in accounting and finance. You will also learn inter-personal and technical skills, knowledge and critical thinking skills. These are essential for success in today’s business environment.

Your study has a solid foundation of compulsory courses, but it also provides some flexibility to choose courses for yourself.

The BAcc degree will give you an understanding of the legal and regulatory environments. You'll learn to identify and evaluate ethical dilemmas and provide logical ways to resolve them. You’ll learn how best to communicate and use financial information to support business decisions.

You'll also learn the concepts and processes needed to protect and validate the integrity of accounting information.

Relevant study

Our lecturers are actively researching, bringing the most relevant developments in accounting theory and practice to your study. Massey is ranked third in Australasia and first in New Zealand for accounting research impact and productivity.

If you’d like to take accountancy as part of a broader business qualification, consider the Bachelor of Business (Accountancy).


  • The 2020 Student Experience Survey results for this programme found that 75% of students on this programme were satisfied with the teaching they have received, 81% believed assessment tasks challenged students to learn, and 83% highlighted that the programme has given them “confidence to learn independently”.
  • The 2020 Graduate Destination Survey results for this programme found that 82% of graduates are in employment and 50% have continued in further study. The most common job title for graduated students was “Accountant”. Respondents indicated that 60% were earning above the New Zealand median national salary.
  • Between 2018 and 2021 the average number of students enrolled in the programme was 735 (headcount). In the 2020 academic year, 73% of students in the first year continued their studies and across the whole programme 81% of courses were successfully completed.
  • The QS World University Ranking by Subject ranks Massey in the top 101-150 universities worldwide in this subject area.

Careers and further study


There are more employment and career opportunities in accounting than there are in many other areas of study. The management of financial information underpins all business activity.

With a Massey Bachelor of Accountancy, you are equipped for a diverse range of accountancy and financial roles in almost any industry, including:

  • chartered accounting firms - audit, tax, business services, or consulting
  • business - financial accounting, management accounting, or financial management
  • finance, banking and public sectors.

Our recent graduates have been employed by a range of companies, including the ‘big four’ international accounting and consulting firms.

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC)
  • KPMG
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • Fonterra
  • Toyota
  • New Zealand Post (business and industry)
  • BNZ Bank (finance)
  • Mid-Central District Health Board
  • Audit New Zealand (public sector).

Boost your career even further

Your Bachelor of Accountancy degree will allow you to join key professional bodies. You can then further develop your technical knowledge and professional skills through applied postgraduate learning and mentored practical experience.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


There are no specific entry requirements for this programme, outside of university admission regulations.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

360 credits

  • Compulsory courses from Schedule A – 285 credits
  • Courses from Schedule B – 45 credits
  • Numeracy course from Schedule C – 15 credits
  • Elective from specified business subjects – 15 credits

Ensure that overall, you have:

  • Not more than 135 credits at 100 level
  • At least 75 credits at 300 level

Courses for this programme

Schedule A: Core courses

285 credits
110109 Introductory Financial Accounting 15
110209 Intermediate Financial Accounting 15
110229 Management Accounting 15
110249 Accounting Information Systems 15
110279 Auditing 15
110289 Taxation 15
110303 Integrative Accounting 15
110309 Advanced Financial Accounting 15
110329 Advanced Management Accounting 15
115111 Communication Theory and Practice 15
115112 Accounting for Business 15
115113 Economics for Business 15
115114 Finance Fundamentals 15
115115 Management in Context 15
115116 Introduction to Marketing 15
115211 Business Law 15
125230 Business Finance 15
155203 Law of Business Organisations 15
155210 Commercial Law 15

Schedule B: Accountancy and Finance courses (45 credits)

At least 30 credits from
110369 Forensic Accounting 15
110379 Advanced Auditing 15
110389 Advanced Taxation 15
No more than 15 credits from
125320 International Finance 15
125330 Advanced Business Finance 15

Schedule C: Numeracy courses

15 credits
161101 Statistics for Business 15
161111 Applied Statistics 15
178111 Quantitative Methods for Economics 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, in your first year, you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.

If you wish to study over two semesters, you should aim for 60 credits per semester. You may be able to take some courses at summer school. Make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.

Typical pattern for the Bachelor of Accountancy

Core courses These courses are a compulsory part of your qualification.

Elective courses Follow your interests. Your qualification may have selection guidelines for elective courses.

Year one
110.109 Introductory Financial Accounting
115.111 Strategic Workplace Communication
115.112 Accounting for Business
115.113 Economics of Business
115.114 Finance Fundamentals
115.115 Management in Context
115.116 Introduction to Marketing
161.101, 161.111 or 178.111
Year two
110.209 Intermediate Financial Accounting
110.229 Management Accounting
110.249 Accounting Information Systems
110.279 Auditing
110.289 Taxation
115.211 Business Law
125.230 Business Finance
Year three
110.303 Integrative Accounting
110.309 Advanced Financial Accounting
155.203 Law of Business Organisations
155.210 Commercial Law
110.329 Advanced Management Accounting
300-level course from compulsory list
300-level course from compulsory list
300-level course from compulsory list

Courses are each worth 15 credits

Professional requirements

Becoming a Chartered Accountant

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) Requirements

If you complete a Bachelor of Accountancy degree with the required subjects included as electives (for details refer to the eligibility criteria to join CA ANZ as a provisional member). After completing three years of practical experience and the CA Programme you will become a Chartered Accountant (CA). Alternatively, after two years of practical experience and a professional competence programme you could become an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA).

CPA Australia Requirements

If you complete your BAcc degree with the required subjects included as electives (for details refer to the eligibility criteria to join CPA Australia as an Associate). After completing the CPA programme and practical experience you will become a CPA (Certified Practicing Accountant).

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Requirements

On completion of your BAcc degree with the required subjects included as electives (for details refer to the eligibility criteria for exemptions from nine ACCA modules). After completing the remaining five ACCA examinations, plus three years of practical experience and a professional ethics module, you will qualify as an ACCA member.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Requirements

If you complete your BAcc degree with the required subjects included as electives (for details refer to exemptions from seven CIMA courses – all five certificates, one operational, and one management). After completing the remaining CIMA syllabus you become a CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant).

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

A good fit if you:

  • know you would like to be an accountant
  • enjoy working in a team and meeting new people
  • would like a career with a new challenge every day.

Meet our students

Accreditations and rankings

AACSB accountancy accreditation

Massey's School of Accountancy is one of only two institutions in New Zealand and Australia, and one of 12 outside the United States, to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for its undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programmes.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Massey's accountancy programmes are internationally accredited by the UK's Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).


Massey's accountancy programmes have accreditation from Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

CPA Australia - Certified Practising Accountants

Accountancy programmes at Massey University have been accredited by CPA Australia - one of the world’s largest accounting bodies.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Accountancy programmes at Massey University are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

QS Ranking - Accounting and Finance

Massey is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 200 universities for accounting and finance.

QS Ranking - Business and Management

Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 300 universities for business and management.

ShanghaiRanking – business and finance

Massey University is ranked #1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities globally for business administration and finance by ShanghaiRanking.

Key information for students

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To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations or this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

Scholarships related to this programme

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships