Accounting involves the analysis of information to effectively manage business resources. It guides investment decisions and facilitates interaction between business and stakeholders.

CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants have accredited specific courses that can be taken in the undergraduate programs to meet their core curriculum requirements for progression to membership. A list of the courses required is available from Professional Recognition of Programs for Undergraduate Students in the UNSW Online Handbook.

Accounting graduates are employed initially in trainee positions before their experience qualifies them for higher level positions as Chartered Accountants, CPAs, Public Accountants, Cost or Management Accountants, Financial Managers, Chief Financial Officers, Business Risk Managers, Forensic Accountants, Taxation Advisors, Financial Planners, Management Consultants, Chief Executive Officers or Entrepreneurs.

Studying Accounting at UNSW

Accounting is offered as an undergraduate major by the UNSW Business School for students enrolled in commerce or economics degrees. The Accounting major is designed for students who are interested in becoming accounting and finance professionals, and complements studies in Finance, Information Systems, Taxation, Marketing, Management or other business disciplines. Over 90% of Bachelor of Commerce students choose to complete two business majors. The most popular combination is Accounting plus Finance. Students can complete this and most other double majors and still be recognised by the professional Accounting bodies.

Students with a Distinction average in their Accounting courses are invited to join the Honours Program, requiring an additional year of study. An Honours year adds extra value to an undergraduate degree and is highly regarded by employers.

Accounting can be studied in the following Programs 

Program Code & Name Stream Type Stream
3134 Mat Sci and Eng Hons/Commerce Major ACCTA13134
3136 Mat Sci and Eng / Commerce Major ACCTA13136
3155 Actuarial Studies / Commerce Major ACCTA13155
3460 Music / Commerce Major ACCTA13460
3462 Commerce/Education (Secondary) Major ACCTA13462
3473 Music (Honours) / Commerce Major ACCTA13473
3502 Commerce Major ACCTA13502
3521 Commerce/Economics Major ACCTA13521
3523 Advanced Maths (Hons)/Commerce Major ACCTA13523
3529 Commerce/Science Major ACCTA13529
3543 Economics Major ACCTA13543
3554 Commerce (Co-op) Major ACCTA13554
3558 Commerce (International) Major ACCTA13558
3559 Commerce/Media (PR & Advert) Major ACCTA13559
3563 Economics / Science Major ACCTA13563
3567 Commerce / Fine Arts Major ACCTA13567
3568 Commerce / Design (Honours) Major ACCTA13568
3573 Commerce / Arts Major ACCTA13573
3584 Commerce / Information Systems Major ACCTA13584
3586 Actuarial Studies Major ACCTA13586
3587 Actuarial Studies (Co-op) Major ACCTA13587
3588 Actuarial Studies / Economics Major ACCTA13588
3593 Commerce/Adv Science (Hons) Major ACCTA13593
3764 Engineering (Hons)/Commerce Major ACCTA13764
3835 Commerce / Aviation (Mgmt) Major ACCTA13835
3967 Commerce / Computer Science Major ACCTA13967
3978 Computer Science Minor ACCTA23978
4501 Commerce (Honours) Honours ACCTAH4501
4733 Commerce / Law Major ACCTA14733

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Accounting Co-op can be studied in the following Programs 

Program Code & Name Stream Type Stream
3554 Commerce (Co-op) Major ACCTB13554

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