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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

A unique degree

Join the only Bachelor of Accountancy in New Zealand.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Keen to become a professional accountant? Massey University’s Bachelor of Accountancy is the only Bachelor of Accountancy offered in New Zealand. It will give you the skills you need to be a sought-after employee, both in New Zealand and internationally.

It is a specialised degree that leads you to an accountancy career and membership of one of the professional accounting organisations.

Study to suit your interests

The BAcc degree includes a solid foundation of compulsory courses, but it also provides some flexibility to choose courses for yourself. It's a specialised degree that can lead to an accountancy career and membership in one or more of the professional accounting organisations.

Many career options

There are more employment and career opportunities in accounting than there are in many other areas of study because the management of financial information underpins all business activity.

Learn from leading business experts

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools - it is ranked among the top two per cent of business schools globally and is AACSB accredited.

You will learn from well-respected academics and business experts, gaining an international perspective on accounting theory and practice.

Massey University’s School of Accountancy has accreditation from national and international professional institutions including the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK). It was also awarded the AACSB accreditation for the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programmes.  The School is one of only two institutions in New Zealand and Australia awarded  this  prestigious  accreditation.  Only around 12  other  institutions  outside  the  USA  have  achieved  this distinction.

Massey University’s accountancy and finance programme ranks in the 200 universities in the world according to QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings, while our business and management studies are ranked in the top 300. We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration, communication and finance programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Our lecturers are actively researching, bringing the most relevant developments in accounting theory and practice to your study. Massey is ranked third in Australasia and first in New Zealand for accounting research impact and productivity.

What will you learn

The Bachelor of Accountancy programme will give you the knowledge and technical skills needed to analyse accounting and business problems. You will gain a solid foundation in accounting and finance rounded out with the all-important inter-personal and technical skills, knowledge and critical thinking essential for success in today’s business environment.

You’ll understand how best to communicate and use financial information to support business decisions.

The BAcc degree will also give you an understanding of the legal and regulatory environment that commercial organisations and accounting professionals must work within. You'll learn to identify and evaluate ethical dilemmas and provide logical ways to resolve them.

When you graduate, you'll be able to demonstrate self-directed and independent learning. You'll communicate effectively through speech, writing, and multiple forms of media, and you'll be able to measure, analyse and communicate information about economic transactions and events in the global economy.

Finally, you'll learn the concepts and processes needed to protect, validate and attest to the integrity and reliability of accounting information.

If you’d like to take accountancy as part of a broader business qualification, consider the Bachelor of Business (Accountancy).


A good fit if you:

  • Know you would like to be an accountant
  • Enjoy working in a team and meeting new people
  • Would like a career with a new challenge every day
Ashley Hewitt
Bachelor of Accountancy
Price Waterhouse Coopers - Auditor

“The BAcc has given me the tool kit required to start my career as an auditor and its recognition helped secure a role with PWC before I had even finished my degree…”

"I completed a Bachelor of Accountancy at Massey University’s Palmerston North campus. Having not studied for ten years prior to starting my degree, Massey provided a solid support structure for my transition into this new environment.

The lecturers have been enthusiastic and approachable throughout my academic journey and Massey has provided support through various groups, including the Accountancy Club, the Board of which I was fortunate to be on in my final year. Being a part of the Accountancy Club gave me the opportunity to support the new students who were enrolled in the BAcc and BBus (Acc) programmes and provide them with opportunities to make the most of their time at Massey through various social, academic and professional events.

The BAcc has also provided the foundation for starting my CA qualification with CAANZ, and I look forward to applying that knowledge in all of my future endeavours."


There are more employment and career opportunities in accounting than there are in many other areas of study because the management of financial information underpins all business activity.

With a Massey Bachelor of Accountancy to your name, you’ll be equipped for a diverse range of accountancy and financial roles in almost any industry, including:

  • Chartered accounting firms - audit, tax, business services, or consulting
  • Business - financial accounting, management accounting, or financial management
  • Finance, banking and public sectors.

Our recent graduates have been employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Deloitte, and Ernst and Young - these are known as the ‘Big Four’ international accounting and consulting firms. Our graduates have also found jobs with companies such as Fonterra, Toyota, New Zealand Post (Business and Industry) and BNZ Bank (Finance), as well as Mid-Central Health and Audit New Zealand (public sector).

Professional bodies

To boost your career even further; Massey University’s Bachelor of Accountancy is accredited by the following New Zealand and international accountancy bodies.  Your BAcc degree will allow you to join these professional bodies to further develop your technical knowledge and professional skills through applied postgraduate learning and mentored practical experience.

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