Graduate Certificate in Accounting

Study Discipline: Business Administration
Study Programme Details
Country: New Zealand
Admission Sessions: Autumn Session, Spring Session
Study Format: Full Time, Part Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type



4 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

Dive into the dynamic realm of accounting with our Graduate Certificate, an illuminating introduction to the world of finance that serves as a stepping stone for your educational journey. Aspiring accountants are not merely number-crunchers; they emerge as trusted business advisors, intimately involved in client collaboration, strategic financial decision-making, and the enhancement of business revenue and profits.


If the prospect of working with numbers and catalyzing business growth excites you, accounting could be your ideal career path. A professionally qualified accountant commands an attractive salary and is in demand across various industries. Delve into high-level management positions where expertise in financial control, decision-making, legal compliance, and leadership is crucial. Throughout this program, you’ll master the art of preparing financial records to comply with professional reporting standards, gaining insights into commercial and taxation laws that underpin successful businesses.

If you hold a degree but haven’t explored accounting at the university level, consider the Master of Professional Accounting, a 14-month accelerated program. This specific curriculum ensures you meet academic requirements for membership in esteemed institutions such as Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), CPA Australia, or the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) upon graduation. Recognize the global standing of Waikato, ranked among the top 201-250 universities for Accounting & Finance in the QS Subject Rankings 2020. Additionally, our distinction as the number one institution worldwide for research in experimental accounting information systems (BYU Rankings) underscores our commitment to excellence. Your academic journey unfolds at Waikato Management School, positioned in the top 1% of all business schools globally, with Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AMBA, and AACSB.

Admission Requirements

  • 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.
  • an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no bands below 5.5), or
  • a TOEFL iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 80 with a Writing score of 21, or
  • a TOEFL iBT Home Edition score of 80 with a Writing score of 21, or
  • a B grade or better at Level 7 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
  • a PTE Academic overall score of 46 with no band less than 36, or
  • a Language-Cert International ESOL (LRWS) B2 Communicator Expert with 33-37 score per skill, or
  • awarded a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4), or
  • a Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) II with distinction in all four components, or
  • a B2 First (formally known as Cambridge English: First (FCE)) with an overall score of 169 and no bands below 162, or
  • a C2 Proficiency (formally known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)) with an overall score of 169 and no bands below 162, or
  • a Michigan English Test (formally known as Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)) minimum score of 54.

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.

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Future Career Outcomes

Witness the real-world impact of our Graduate Certificate in Accounting through examples of successful alumni. Understand industry demands and how our program strategically aligns with these evolving needs. Emphasize the development of skills that remain relevant in today’s dynamic job market.

Visa Requirements:

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