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Study accounting

Gain the skills needed for a rewarding career in accounting
Accounting is often described as the "language of business". It provides managers and external stakeholders with the vital information they need to understand and evaluate an organisation's financial position and performance.

Our accounting programs will expose you to the broad organisational, regulatory, market and technological contexts in which accountants operate.

Your learning will extend beyond balance sheets and budget preparation as you develop the practical and analytical skills that will allow you to understand and interpret important financial information. 

Why study accounting with us?

  • Our professional accounting programs are accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and CPA Australia. 
  • Study in our ultra-modern Abercrombie Building.
  • Learn from academics who are leaders in their field.
  • Access our dedicated Careers and Employability Office for specialised services that will help you achieve your career aspirations.
  • Experience work and study while you complete your degree with a wide variety of opportunities available in Australia and overseas.

How can I study accounting?

Course options

You can choose from two options to study accounting, based on your goal upon graduation:

  1. Professional accounting program – recommended if you wish to obtain professional body associate membership after graduation, with the goal of becoming a professionally qualified accountant.
  2. Studying an accounting major or minor as part of your degree – provides you with a solid understanding of accounting practice in business, a valuable skill once in the workforce. However, completing a major or minor in accounting will not cover all the core competencies that you require to apply for professional accreditation.

Professional accounting accreditation

The University of Sydney Business School accounting programs are accredited by three professional accounting bodies; CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and Association of Certified Chartered Accountants Australia (ACCA).

Within an undergraduate degree

Completion of an accounting major is not sufficient for professional accounting accreditation. For CPA Australia and the CAANZ, if you have completed an accounting major only, you will need to have your degree assessed by the CPA or CAANZ to determine what further study is required. For accreditation with ACCA, if you have completed an accounting major only, you are eligible to receive between 4 and 9 exam exemptions for completing specified accredited units of study.

Studying the Professional Accounting Program provides you with all of the core competencies and pre-requisites required to apply for the associate/provisional membership with CPA Australia and CAANZ. Alternatively you are eligible for nine exam exemptions with the ACCA.

Within a postgraduate degree

The core units of the Master of Professional Accounting cover the accreditation requirements of both CAANZ and CPA Australia. Alternatively you are eligible for nine exam exemptions with the ACCA.

If you are enrolled in the Master of Commerce you can complete all, or depending on the area(s) of specialisation and elective units you select, you can attempt to maximise the required units of study covering the professional competency areas to meet the accreditation requirements for CPA Australia and CAANZ. Alternatively, you would be able to obtain four exam exemptions with ACCA if you have completed an accounting major, and up to a further five exemptions depending on the completion of specified accredited units of study.

Download the Professional Accounting Accreditation guide (pdf, 174KB) for more detailed information.

You can choose to study the Professional Accounting Program in the Bachelor of Commerce or the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies.

You can choose to study a major or minor in accounting in the below courses:

Undertake advanced coursework and complete a research thesis by completing honours. 

Visit our honours page for more information.

Where can studies in accounting take you?

Studying accounting at the Business School will help you develop capabilities for a broad spectrum of careers – opening the door to professions in which the ability to understand and interpret financial information is key.

There are many employment opportunities for accounting graduates, including:

  • auditor
  • chief financial officer
  • financial analyst or planner
  • financial and management accountant
  • financial controller
  • investment adviser or manager
  • management consultant
  • tax and estate adviser.

Muhammad Rehan Rana, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting major)
Muhammad Rehan Rana, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting major)
“One of the reasons I decided to study at the Business School is the flexibility. I have a wide variety of majors to choose from and I can also combine subjects from other faculties and schools with the Bachelor of Commerce.”
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Jessie Hu, Master of Professional Accounting
Jessie Hu, Master of Professional Accounting
"I chose the University of Sydney Business School for its international reputation and connections to industry. I have completed internships in Singapore and Hong Kong, worked on a consulting project in Nepal through the Community Placement Program, and participated in the Deloitte FASTRACK Innovation Challenge.”
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