What will I learn?

Finance professionals skilled in navigating the complex world of markets, banks and laws provide optimal advice about growing wealth. Accountants specialist number crunchers speak the language of business and are therefore key contributors to a business' success.

The skills you'll gain in this double degree will prepare you to interpret and communicate complex financial information so you can help businesses make informed decisions within financial and capital markets.


You'll gain essential accounting and reporting knowledge, as well as a range of business-related skills in assurance and audit, commercial law, economics, financial management, information systems and statistics.

The professional accounting sequence meets the tertiary education requirements of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

You'll learn to apply current theory and analytical techniques to real-world finance industry situations.

You can complete two degrees with only one additional year of study.


The Bachelor of Applied Finance, and associated double degrees, have been approved by ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission - authorised assessors) as meeting ASIC training requirements in relation to RG 146 compliance for generic knowledge, skills, securities, derivatives, managed investments, deposit products and non cash payment facilities, and foreign exchange, subject to the completion of certain units. The Bachelor of Commerce- Professional Accounting provides an excellent foundation for a range of accounting-based careers. The professional accounting program is accredited by Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

Career Opportunities

A Macquarie course can set your dream career in motion.


  • Business journalist
  • Financial analyst
  • Investment analyst
  • Management consultant
  • Market analyst
  • Planning/policy analyst
  • Public administration
  • Researcher
  • Statistician
  • Stockbroker
  • Teacher


  • Accounting and consultancy firms (such as Accenture, PricewaterhouseCoopers)
  • Commercial banks (such as Commonwealth Bank of Australia, AMP)
  • Government (such as Treasury, Reserve Bank of Australia, Productivity Commission)
  • International organisations (such as IMF, World Bank, OECD)
  • Investment banks (such as Macquarie Bank, Goldman Sachs)
  • NGOs (such as Greenpeace, World Health Organisation)
  • Research organisations (such as NERA, Access Economics)
  • Universities (such as Macquarie)
  • Business analyst firms
  • Financial institutions
  • Forensic accounting firms

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Business and Economics



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$37,500.00 (US$ 25,616) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 February 2020, 27 July 2020


Macquarie University

Balaclava Road,

North Ryde,


New South Wales,

2109, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have: IB points - 24-36; Scores for the International Baccalaureate (IB) are calculated based on the final aggregate result for 6 subjects, including any bonus points from Theory of Knowledge subject and Extended Essay. This must include one subject from each of Groups 1-5 (Language & Literature; Language Acquisition; Individuals and Societies; Sciences; and Mathematics), and a sixth subject from either Group 6 (Arts) or a second selection from Groups 1-5. A minimum of 3 subjects must be completed at Higher Level (HL), with the remainder at Standard Level (SL). IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent.

For international students

Students will need to have completed one or more of the following academic qualifications: A recognized senior secondary school qualification or university entrance examination, such as the New South Wales Higher School Certificate (NSW HSC) or other equivalent Australian or overseas high school qualification; A recognized university Foundation course; A recognized 2 or 3-year Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree; At least one year of a university degree from a recognized institution.

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed: senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC; one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification

IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent.


PTE Academic: 58

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About this uni

Macquarie University has invested AUD 1 billion to build new infrastructure and provide the latest technologies to its students.

  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world
  • Offers Australia’s most generous scholarship programmes
  • Boasts exceptional facilities across campus
  • Based in one of Australia’s largest high-tech precincts