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Study accountancy , Akona te mahi kaikaute

Study accountancy at Massey to help businesses, government and communities with financial strategy and management.

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Real-world experience

Internships or work placement during your Massey qualification means you get the work-integrated experience employers want to see.

Thrive in your career

Massey has the only specialised accountancy qualification in New Zealand. Fit your study to your current work and future goals.

Be widely recognised

Highly ranked globally for accounting and finance, you'll graduate Massey ready to work in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and US.

Overview

An accountancy qualification at Massey takes you places. More than balancing ledgers, you'll come away with the business reasoning and interpersonal skills needed to thrive in your career. We offer New Zealand's only specialised accountancy degree, and rank in the world's top 200 universities for accounting and finance.

Learn from lecturers who bring latest developments in accounting theory and practice to your study. Build industry experience and networks with internship options. Gain membership to one of the professional accounting bodies. Graduate work-ready, with qualifications recognised in New Zealand and in Australia, the UK and US.

Business internships through Massey

Accountancy is a good fit if you:

  • enjoy maths, business studies and economics
  • want to analyse accounting or business problems
  • like attention to detail and being methodical.

Accountancy courses may cover:

  • business ethics and risk
  • tax rules and regulations, and laws
  • auditing businesses' accounting and financial processes
  • financial accounting and reporting, such as balance sheets, cash flow and income statements
  • using financial information to support business strategy and decisions.

How to study accountancy

Discover what we offer if you’re interested in accountancy – whether you’re coming to university for the first time, changing direction or returning to advance your study or career.

Undergraduate study

An undergraduate qualification is generally the first thing you’ll study at university after leaving school.

Bachelor's degrees

Degrees are the standard qualifications you do at university – the most common is called a bachelor’s. Degrees give you enough time to explore your interests, and also focus on specific subjects.

Relevant undergraduate subjects to major or specialise in

When you apply to study at Massey, for some undergraduate qualifications you can choose what subject you’d like to specialise in. You can usually change your mind after you get to university, depending on the courses you enrol in.

Accountancy

Postgraduate study

Once you’ve graduated with a bachelor’s degree – or have equivalent experience – you’ll be ready to take on postgraduate study.

Master's degrees

A master's degree normally builds on a main subject of study from your undergraduate degree.

Postgraduate certificates

Postgraduate certificates give you an introduction to postgraduate-level study. They’re shorter than postgraduate degrees. If you’re successful, you may be able to use the credits towards a postgraduate diploma

Postgraduate diplomas

Postgraduate diplomas are postgraduate-level qualifications that are longer than a postgraduate certificate. If you’re successful, you might be able to use the credits towards the longer master’s degree.

PhD and other doctoral degrees

Doctoral degrees, including PhDs, are the highest degrees we award. They’re very demanding and their entry criteria reflect this.

Relevant research areas at Massey

Discover research expertise, projects and initiatives relating to accountancy at Massey.

Accountancy research

What our students say

“The BAcc has truly set me up well for my career as an accountant and auditor, and the experience and knowledge that I gained enabled me to secure a position with Deloitte before I had even completed my degree.”
Kayla Burrows

Deloitte Auditor

“My degree not only gave me a solid foundation for my accounting career but also gave me the right attitude, people skills and soft skills to take on the real corporate world. Vinaka vakalevu Massey.”
Tupou Veiogo

Deloitte Consultant/Analyst

Bachelor of Business (Accountancy)

“There are many aspects to Massey that made my tertiary experience significantly better than how I anticipated university study would be. That includes approachable lecturers, that were easy to have discussions with (in terms of both study and beyond), and they had a lot of wisdom and experience to share.”
Hema Bansal

Bachelor of Business (Accountancy)

Jobs in accountancy

From legal firms to central and local government, multinational firms to small businesses, financial analysis and accounting is important to all. Demand for experienced and graduate accountants is high, and expected to grow.

Accountancy careers include:

  • chartered accountants, who may specialise in areas such as audits, business services or tax
  • consultants, who may advise on financial strategy
  • management accountants
  • tax agents.

Annual salary ranges in accountancy

Salary ranges disclaimer

Indicative pay rates are:

Which accountancy qualification?

Examples of where our qualifications may take you.

Table showing jobs and what you could study to enter them.
Jobs Examples of what you could study
Chartered accountant / tax agent Bachelor of Accountancy
Management consultant / financial advisor Bachelor of Business (Accountancy)
Finance manager Master of Professional Accountancy and Finance
General manager or chief executive Master of Business Studies (Accountancy)

Accreditations and rankings

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

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

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CPA Australia - Certified Practising Accountants

Accountancy at Massey University has been accredited by CPA Australia – one of the world’s largest accounting bodies.

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Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ)

Massey's accountancy qualifications have accreditation from Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Representing more than 120,000 members, CA ANZ is committed to upholding ethical standards, delivering world-class member services, educating and advocating for the public good.

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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 degrees.

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Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

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

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Chartered Financial Analysts Institute (CFA)

Massey University is part of the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute's (CFA's) University Affiliation Programme.

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QS Ranking – Accounting and Finance

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

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Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Massey Business School is rated in the top 5% of global business colleges by AACSB International.

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