Bachelor of Accounting/Master of Financial Analysis

Choose accounting and financial analysis at La Trobe

This combined course offers you the exciting opportunity to complete a professionally accredited* undergraduate degree in accounting paired with a specialised Master's degree in financial analysis in only four and a half years.

During your degree you will complete a major in Accounting while also having the opportunity to complete a second major from another area within the Business School. In your Master's degree, you can choose to expand on your accounting expertise by completing the six subjects required by Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia to complete all academic requirements of professional accreditation with CPA Australia, including the CPA professional exams. This will set you up well to apply for a position as a trainee accountant, which will provide you with the final practice component required for professional accreditation with CPA Australia.

*The Bachelor of Accounting is accredited by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ); students are required to complete specific subjects in order to graduate with the CPA Australia and CAANZ accredited qualification, please refer to the Handbook for further details.

Career opportunities

Our graduates now fill roles with major organisations such as:

  • EY (Ernst & Young)
  • VAGO (Victorian Auditor- General’s Office)
  • World Vision.

Graduate career choices include:

  • business and tax consultant
  • business analyst
  • accountant
  • investment analyst.

Your specialisation and professional memberships will ensure you stand out amongst other graduates. You’ll have highly transferable skills and the ability to work in:

  • financial management
  • public practice
  • business management
  • auditing
  • governance.

What you'll learn

Bachelor of Accounting

On successful completion of this course you'll be able to:

  • demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of accounting principles required to practice in a dynamic and competitive business environment
  • demonstrate and critically justify the use of specific accounting information in effective decision-making in a range of organisational contexts
  • select and apply appropriate financial (accounting) and non-financial tools to a variety of problems relating to sustainability, environmental, social and business settings
  • draw upon relevant accounting principles, perspectives and theories to inform professional values and practices and ethics
  • communicate professionally and effectively with a range of audiences, for a variety of purposes, using appropriate accounting tools.

Master of Financial Analysis

On successful completion of this course you'll be able to:

  • develop an understanding of the theory and operation of financial markets
  • develop an understanding of the financial, economic, statistical and accounting theory on which the practice of finance, investment and portfolio management is founded
  • conduct a financial study using econometric methods
  • value a range of financial securities, including fixed income and equities securities, as well as hybrid, structured, derivative and alternative securities
  • construct an investment portfolio, comprising equities or fixed income securities, within client-defined risk-return parameters
  • develop an aptitude for analytical thinking and problem solving through the application of financial theory and skills to actual financial, investment valuation and portfolio management problems
  • develop an aptitude for analyzing ethical issues arising from the practice of investment research, advice and management.

With the option of completing the six CPA Professional Accreditation subjects.


Students from Australia and New Zealand

2017 indicative: AUD$10,596 per 120 credit points (based on typical first year fees with a deferred HECS-HELP loan). Find out more.

International students

2017 indicative: AUD$27,500 annual tuition fee based on 120 credit points. Get more information on fees and how to pay.

International living expenses

Other than tuition fees, you should consider living and accommodation costs when planning your budget.

Course structure

First year subjects

Semester 1Semester 2
Business FoundationsFundamentals of Finance
Accounting and Finance for BusinessAccounting for Management Decisions
Business AnalyticsIntroduction to Business Law and Ethics
Business EconomicsElective subject (15cps)

For full subject details and majors available, see the handbook.

Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

For information regarding course accreditation, registration or memberships, please refer to the course details.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


There are a number of pathway options such as La Trobe Melbourne and Foundation Studies that are designed to give you the best chance of getting into your ideal course.

Check out some of our many other pathway options available.

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