Study options

Accounting has been called the language of business and its graduates are among the most employable in the world. La Trobe Business School's accounting and finance subjects are ranked at the top globally (Rankings).

Career opportunities

Studying accounting at university can open up a variety of career prospects within the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. There is a diverse range of career opportunities available for accounting graduates including:

  • Financial and management accounting
  • Taxation
  • Finance
  • Risk management
  • Corporate social responsibility and sustainability management accounting
  • Insolvency, forensics
  • Financial planning
  • Superannuation
  • Education and many others

Forensic accounting minor

Our focus at La Trobe is much broader than the potential of employment in the private sector. La Trobe University's Bachelor of Accounting degree offers a minor in forensic accounting that prepares graduates for careers in the high demand areas of private entities, government, councils and non-government organisations (NGOs).

CPA and CAANZ Accreditation

A range of La Trobe's accounting courses are accredited by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), and graduates of La Trobe accounting courses may be eligible to apply for membership with other professional groups such as the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Successful completion of the appropriate choice of subjects qualifies Accounting graduates for membership of the following professional accounting bodies: CPA Australia, and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Studying Accounting at La Trobe will provide you with a well-rounded degree with a range of business skill-sets and specialisations, and will ultimately place you in the best possible position to pursue your chosen career path.



Bachelor of Accounting

This course offers more than just an accounting qualification. In addition to completing an eight-subject major in accounting, students study business, economics, finance, management, marketing, sustainability and entrepreneurship subjects.

Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Finance)

Combine a strong foundation in business with a double major in accounting and finance through this course. You'll graduate with a professionally accredited major in accounting as well as knowledge and skills in corporate finance, international finance, risk management and investment and portfolio management.

Bachelor of Business

This course gives you the chance to study a range of areas such as accounting, events, sports, tourism, hospitality management, economics, finance, management or marketing as your primary major, and match that with any business or non-business major, minor or elective from across the University.

Bachelor of Commerce

La Trobe's Bachelor of Commerce gives you the opportunity to complete a professionally accredited major along with the chance to talk and work with business professionals while you study. Choose from majors in accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing.

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

You will gain an understanding of research theory and design, study advanced theory in the disciplinary focus of your thesis and enrol in a research methodology subject chosen from a limited pool of research methodology subjects relevant to the primary disciplines on offer.

Contact a Course Coordinator if you need further information or advice.



La Trobe provides a pathway for graduates who did not major in accounting and financial management to achieve a professional accounting qualification and to extend their study beyond the minimum requirement for professional membership in the professional accounting bodies. It is a suitable course for people interested in changing their career paths or broadening the options in their existing field in, for example, engineering, medicine, science or the arts.

Master of Professional Accounting

The two-year Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) is suitable if you have an undergraduate degree without an accounting major. This degree helps you develop your understanding of accounting, economics, management and related areas.

Opportunities to study overseas include student exchange programs with our partner universities in over 30 countries, including the University of Innsbruck, Copenhagen Business School, the Berlin School of Economics or France's BEM Management School.

You'll be eligible for membership to professional bodies like CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Master of Accounting and Financial Management

This two-year degree is suitable if you have an undergraduate degree without an accounting major or financial management.

The course provides a pathway for graduates to achieve a professional accounting qualification. There is a compulsory core curriculum accredited by CPA Australia and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Further information on the requirements for full membership is available at:

Contact a Course Coordinator if you need further information or advice.

Research degree

Doctoral Research Degree (PhD)

A doctoral research degree involves the in-depth study of a particular aspect of your specialist subject, under the supervision of our internationally reputed staff, and typically lasts four years full-time or eight years part-time.

Many of our PhD students pursue a career in the higher education sector as an academic. However, a PhD also opens up many opportunities in industry and the public and the non-profits sectors.

The Department is home to researchers from around the globe, specialising in a wide ranging areas in accounting and public sector accounting.

Find out more about our doctoral research opportunities.

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Course Coordinators

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