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The Department of Accounting, Data Analytics, Economics and Finance provides students with a range of highly prized skills, our graduates are well-rounded, professionally trained, and keenly sought after by employers.


Accounting has been called the language of business and students are taught to measure business activities, process data, write and analyse complex financial reporting. Accounting information is vital for business decision-making LBS accounting courses not only offer a direct path to becoming a qualified accountant but also open up a range of careers in the business world. Students develop accounting technical and professional competencies and apply the knowledge to real world business environment. 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).

Forensic accounting minor

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

For more information, see Accounting and Forensic Accounting options at La Trobe.

Data analytics and Business Information Systems

Data analytics and Business Information Systems comprise highly sought after professional skills. Digital disruption has radically changed the way businesses operate and a wide range of organisations now require an overwhelming amount of information about their operations, customers and products. Data analytics and business information systems graduates are skilled professionals who can interpret, analyse and translate this data into meaningful business solutions.

For more information, see Business Analytics and Digital Business options at La Trobe.


Economics has a long history at La Trobe University, dating back to 1967 when it was one of the foundational disciplines of the new university. Since then, students have been taught how economic principles and frameworks can be used to analyse real-world tensions and to inform policymakers. Economics is an exciting and challenging discipline that explores real-world issues and analyses ways to improve the well-being of people and the societies in which we live. Subjects cover all economic aspects of society, from the capitalist revolution, to recessions and inflation, to public policy, competition, and international trade, to scarcity, market failure and economic development. Graduates gain the skills for careers in economic and social policy, government, business, banking, financial markets and consulting.

For more information, see Economics options at La Trobe.


Finance is a key business discipline that not only provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to establish a successful career in the financial markets, insurance and banking sectors, but it is also equally fundamental to the funding and managing of all successful businesses.  Graduates can seek careers as financial analysts or fund managers, in the corporate or government sectors, or start their own businesses; whichever the direction, the knowledge and skills of finance are an essential pre-requisite for success.

For more information, see Corporate Finance, Finance, and Financial Management options at La Trobe.

Australian Computer Society Accreditation

The Master of Business Analytics and the Master of Business Information Management and Systems are accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). ACS accreditation is an acknowledgement that an institution and its programs produce graduates who have the knowledge and skills required of an ICT professional.

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).

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