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Bachelor of Business (Accountancy)

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  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • 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 accountancy programme beyond those that qualify you for study at the University. However, competence in English is essential. If you are not confident in this subject 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.

Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) structure

In 2017 changes were made to the Bachelor of Business Studies qualification (now the Bachelor of Business). The course structure presented below therefore applies from 2017 regulations onwards. The BBus majoring in Accountancy has a total of 360 credits.

  • Core business courses totalling 120 credits
  • Accountancy major totalling 120 credits
  • Elective courses totalling 120 credits

(Note: you must include course 110.109 in your first year of study as you require this course to gain entry to most of the 200-level accountancy courses).

In order to widen your choice of courses, or to fit in with your other commitments, you may opt for a mix of internal and distance courses.


Meeting requirements for industry memberships

If you wish to complete a programme of study which meets the business and accounting requirements for membership of the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ), CPA Australia or ACCA, you should consider enrolling in Massey University’s Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc) degree. However it is still possible to meet the business and accounting requirements for membership with a BBus majoring in Accountancy provided you take advice with regard to your electives.

Contact us to discuss electives.

To qualify with a Bachelor of Business majoring in accountancy you will need to pass a total of 360 credits consisting of the following

Core business courses (120 credits)

Core courses are compulsory. These are courses which cover topics across the business spectrum. They are designed to give you the leadership, communication and solid business skills that you will need in your career. See main Bachelor of Business webpages for information on core courses.

Core courses
115.111 Strategic Workplace Communication
115.112 Accounting for Business
115.113 Economics of Business
115.114 Finance Fundamentals
115.115 Management in Context
115.116 Introduction to Marketing
115.211 Business Law
115.212 Fundamentals of Leadership and Teamwork

Accountancy major courses (120 credits)

Compulsory courses (75 credits)
110.109 Introductory Financial Accounting
110.209 Intermediate Financial Accounting
110.229 Intermediate Management Accounting
110.309 Advanced Financial Accounting
110.329 Advanced Management Accounting

Compulsory capstone course (15 credits)
110.303 Integrative Accounting

Subject course (15 credits) from
110.249 Accounting Information Systems
110.279 Auditing
110.289 Taxation

Subject course (15 credits) from
110.369 Forensic Accounting
110.379 Advanced Auditing
110.389 Advanced Taxation
115.388 Internship for Business
115.389 Business Internship

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


  • 110.109 must be included in your first year of study. You require this course to gain entry to most of the 200-level accountancy courses.
  • 110.303 is a capstone course, which means it is designed to be taken in your last year of study. It relies on you having completed first and second year courses and ties your learning together.

Elective courses

Elective courses can be chosen from any area of study that interests you, as long as it fits with the timetabling for the courses you need to take to complete your Bachelor of Business. For this accountancy major we do recommend that you choose one of the following first year courses for your elective choices in your first year: 161.101 Statistics for Business or 161.120 Introductory Statistics. These courses will assist with your numeracy abilities.

English language electives

If English is not your first language and you would like to increase your confidence in academic English we recommend you incorporate one or both of these courses as electives:

  • 192.101 English for Academic Purposes for Speakers of Other Languages
  • 192.102 Academic Writing in English for Speakers of Other Languages

Minor requirements

A minor consists of 60 credits in Accountancy; including 110.109, 110.209, 110.229, and either 110.309 or 110.329.

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