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Graduate Certificate in Accounting (GradCert(Acc))

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


0.5 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Hamilton Campus


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).

Entry criteria

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; University of Waikato College - Successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) programme.

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