The Accounting major provides capability and credibility across a broad spectrum of careers. It opens the door to many other markets and professions where the ability to understand and interpret financial information is the key capability. You will be provided with the opportunity to develop strong, technical, analytical and problem solving skills, while keeping abreast of contemporary issues in accounting practice. A feature of Sydney's program is that it takes an analytical perspective of how accounting is practised and how it should be practised. These and other questions are explored in an atmosphere that encourages a sense of enquiry.

Major outline

For a major in Accounting, you would must complete:

(1) three prerequisite junior units of study (18 credit points):

  • BUSS1030 Accounting, Business and Society
  • ACCT1006 Accounting and Financial Management
  • BUSS1020 Quantitative Business Analysis (or ECMT1010 Introduction to Economic Statistics*)

* Bachelor of Commerce students must complete BUSS1020.

(2) two compulsory senior units of study (12 credit points):

(3) a minimum of 24 credit points in elective senior accounting units of study selected from the available elective options listed in the University of Sydney Business School (Undergraduate) Handbook.

Course accreditation

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Completion of an accredited degree is a recognised pathway to a career in professional accounting. The Bachelor of Commerce and related Bachelor of Commerce combined degrees and the Bachelor of Economics have been accredited by CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA).

Students must complete a specified set of units of study to meet the core knowledge areas required by the two professional accounting bodies. For further details refer the University of Sydney Business School (Undergraduate) Handbook or the University of Sydney Business School website.

Graduate opportunities

The Accounting profession today is high profile and stimulating. Almost every business, public sector unit or not-for-profit organisation requires the services of an accountant at some stage. Graduates can look forward to working within an accounting practice or other public, private or third sector organisation in a wide variety of roles such as chief financial officers, chief information officers, financial controllers, company secretaries, financial analysts and planners, tax and estate advisers, financial and management accountants, auditors, system designers, investment advisors and managers.

Further study for major

Eligible students may apply for admission to an honours year in Accounting; or apply for admission to postgraduate study in the Business School. We offer a wide range of specialist master's degrees for graduates who want to gain specialised knowledge and skills.

The Business School's active involvement in quality-assurance and accreditation activities has earned us the top international accreditations available to business schools worldwide and has enabled us to forge strategic alliances on a global scale.

By choosing to study one of our accredited degree programs, you can be certain that the education you receive will be of the highest academic quality and will be recognised by the business community in Australia and around the world. Whatever your aspirations, our cutting-edge programs will help you to take your career in any direction you choose.

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