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Bachelor of Accountancy

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Equivalent to 3 years of full-time study
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

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Entry requirements

There are no special entry requirements for the BAcc programme beyond those that qualify you for study at the University. If you are not confident with your level of competence in English you are recommended to undertake additional study prior to enrolling, or attend a Massey University summer programme in English.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree, candidates who commenced study towards the Bachelor of Accountancy prior to 01 January 2017 may be permitted to substitute courses already completed towards the Bachelor of Accountancy core for current core course requirements. Such candidates may also be exempted from the requirement to complete 110.309 and may be permitted to substitute: 219.202 or 219.203 for 115.111; and 115.101 for 161.101 or 161.120. These transition arrangements expire 31 December 2020.

Planning your programme

All BAcc courses are worth 15 credits each and full-time students usually take courses to the value of 120 credits each year.

The recommended workload per semester is 60 credits (four courses), with 75 credits (five courses) the maximum workload per semester usually only approved if you have a Grade Point Average of 4 which is B-. When choosing your courses, remember to check the Timetable button via the student homepage or the Course overview page to ensure you don’t have any lecture, tutorial or examination clashes. In your first year of study you need to include both 100-level accounting courses (115.112 and 110.109). If clashes appear unavoidable please seek advice from the School of Accountancy Administrator.

Every Bachelor of Accountancy course of study includes the following:

Compulsory courses

Courses in Accounting, Business Law, Communication, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Numeracy are specified.

Elective courses

  • accounting and finance courses to the value of at least 45 credits at the 300-level.
  • a business course from a defined range of disciplines at the 100-level, 200-level or 300-level.
  • a business course from a defined range of disciplines at 200-level or 300-level.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) Requirements

If you complete a BAcc degree with the required subjects (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 Program 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 (for details refer to the eligibility criteria to join CPA Australia as an Associate). After completing the CPA program 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 (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 (for details refer to exemptions from seven CIMA courses (all five certificate, one operational, and one management)). After completing the remaining CIMA syllabus you become a CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant).

Bachelor of Accountancy structure

The BAcc degree is designed to allow students to complete academic requirements for admission to CA ANZ and CPA Australia. The BAcc degree also provides maximum exemptions for ACCA, and recognised by CIMA.

Compulsory Courses

115.111 Strategic Workplace Communication
115.112 Accounting for Business
110.109 Introductory Financial Accounting
115.113 Economics of Business
115.114 Finance Fundamentals
115.115 Management in Context
115.116 Introduction to Marketing
115.211 Business Law
110.209 Intermediate Financial Accounting
110.229 Management Accounting
110.249 Accounting Information Systems
110.279 Auditing
110.289 Taxation
125.230 Business Finance
155.203 Law of Business Organisations
155.210 Commercial Law
110.303 Integrative Accounting
110.309 Advanced Financial Accounting

3 x 300-level Accounting Elective courses (note 1)
1 x Numeracy Elective course (note 2)
1 x 100-level or 200-level or 300-level Business Elective course (note 3)
1 x 200-level or 300-level Business Elective course (note 4)


  1. Chosen from 110.329; 110.369; 110.379; 110.389; 125.320 or 125.330; including at least 15 credits (1 course) from 110.329 or110.379.
  2. Selected from 161.101, 161.111 or 178.111.
  3. Chosen from 100-level, 200-level or 300-level with a prefix selected from 114, 115, 125, 127, 152, 153, 155, 156, 157, 178.
  4. Chosen from 200-level or 300-level with a prefix selected from 114, 115, 125, 127, 152, 153, 155, 156, 157, 178.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates


To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search.

Majors or endorsements

No major can be selected for this qualification.

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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