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Bachelor of Business (Accountancy)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Manawatu Campus


Become an accountancy specialist with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the world of business.

The Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) is an accountancy degree with an integrated business perspective, giving you the skills and confidence to measure the big decisions affecting modern organisations and societies.

You will gain many skills useful in different types of businesses, both in New Zealand and internationally, with a sound base in the business fundamentals of accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, law and communication.

Massey’s accountancy programme is taught by highly-knowledgeable and research-driven experts so your learning is focussed on the most recent and relevant outcomes.

You’ll study in a modern and connected environment with access to our active social groups and networking opportunities with industry.

If you are certain you would like to follow a professional accounting career, you should consider the Bachelor of Accountancy programme as an alternative to the Bachelor of Business (Accountancy).


The accountancy major prepares students for careers in business. However, as a graduate you may find employment opportunities in education, the corporate or public sector. Or you may work as a consultant providing business or tax advisory services. There are also opportunities for future advancement to general management.

Many of our graduates start their careers in accounting but later move into other areas, taking with them the financial and non-financial performance evaluation skills important for senior executives.

BBus graduates with an accountancy major are eligible for membership with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand or CPA Australia and other professional bodies by completing specific course requirements. Contact the School of Accountancy Administrator for more information on professional body membership.

Further study

Upon successful completion of this programme you may wish to consider the Master of Business Studies and then a PhD.

Professional requirements

Membership of professional accountancy bodies (Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ), CPA Australia, CIMA and ACCA) requires the completion of specified courses. Some of these courses are required for the Bachelor of Business majoring in Accountancy while the remaining professional courses can be selected as electives.

Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) structure

The BBus majoring in Accountancy has a total of 360 credits.

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

Entry criteria

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

Those who have completed 3 x B at level 5 or 6 passes in the New Zealand Diploma of Business may apply for entry into a Bachelor's programme. An NZQA transcript as formal evidence of the NZDipBus results is required before credit will be assessed and only papers with a minimum grade of B will be assessed for credit. The English language requirements can be met by: A minimum IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) used to gain entry to the NZDipBus or, a recent IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better

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