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What will I learn?

This short course is a great introduction to the world of accounting, and provides a bridge to further study. Accountants are trusted business advisors who work closely with clients to help them make strategic financial decisions, and increase business revenue and profits.

If you enjoy working with numbers and want to help businesses grow, then accounting may be a good fit for you.

Professionally qualified accountants are paid attractive salaries and can find work in a wide range of industries.

They often work in high-level management positions where skills in financial control, decision making, legal compliance and leadership are essential.

In this subject, you'll learn how to prepare financial records to comply with professional reporting standards, and gain a better understanding of commercial and taxation laws that apply to businesses.

If you already have a degree but have never studied accounting before at university level, then you may be interested in the Master of Professional Accounting, a 14-month accelerated programme.

By following a specific programme of study, you can meet the academic requirements to join either Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), CPA Australia, or the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) once you graduate.

You'll study at Waikato Management School, which is in the top 1% of all business schools globally with Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB.

Students will complete four papers in total (60 points), worth 15 points each. This includes one introductory paper at 100 or 200-level, and three advanced papers (45 points) at 300-level.

You have the option to include one elective paper at 300-level in any subject.

Papers offered differ by location (Hamilton, Tauranga, Online).

Which department am I in?

Waikato Management School

Study options

Full Time (4 months)

Tuition fees
NZ$15,130.00 (US$ 10,725) per year

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

Start date

15 November 2021

Venue

Hamilton Campus

Gate 1, Knighton Road,

HAMILTON,

Hillcrest,

3216, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The most common entry into the GradDip is to have a bachelors degree from the University of Waikato, or a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall (no band less than 6.0); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Waikato Pathways - Successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic (CAAE) Programme.

For international students

Applicants must have:

  • completed a bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification; OR
  • be able to demonstrate they have adequate training, experience, and ability to proceed with the programme.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may still be considered for special admission, subject to completing some additional qualifying papers.

Admission to each paper is at the discretion of the subject convenor.

You also need to meet an English language entry requirement as follows: IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall (no band less than 6.0); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Waikato Pathways - successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) programme.

Note: To provide flexibility to students during COVID-19 who are affected by the closure of testing centres, and who wish to start their studies in 2021, the University of Waikato will accept the following alternative tests until further notice:

  • IELTS Indicator (this is an online version of the regular IELTS test)
  • TOEFL iBT Home (Plus) (this is an online version of the regular TOEFL test)
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) score of 110 for postgraduate programmes.

The University of Waikato will also accept IELTS and iBT TOEFL test results completed in the last 3 years, rather than the usual 2 years until further notice.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About The University of Waikato

The University of Waikato is renowned for its global research portfolio, distinctive future-focused courses, and world-class international education.

  • Top 300 institution worldwide (QS World University Rankings)
  • Small class sizes for personalized support
  • Over 2,000 internships and placements offered each year
  • Flexible degree structures for personal qualifications