Accounting

With digital trends shifting and reshaping the future, strategic advisers have never been more in demand. A La Trobe qualification in accounting will give you the business and analytical skills you’ll need in a rapidly changing world.

Accounting at La Trobe

Develop your accounting skills along with an awareness of ethics, human rights, sustainability and public policy issues. We design our courses through a collaboration of academics, industry leaders, and professional bodies to embed our curriculum with social relevance and real world examples.

Be confident that your university is among the top three in Victoria for research in accounting, auditing, and accountability (Excellence in Research for Australia 2015-2016). We are also featured in the world's top 200 for accounting and finance subjects (QS 2016/17 Rankings).

We're flexible. You can study accounting throughout our metropolitan and regional campus network.

Experience our active guest-lecturing program. Our team of industry heavyweights are committed to imparting their experience and expertise to prepare you for your career. Be ready to gain valuable insights and real-world work-based problems in a supportive environment.

You'll have the opportunity to complete a professionally accredited accounting major. Refer to the detail for each course below to see what professional registration and membership options exist.

Career opportunities

A qualification in accounting is your key into a career in any sector of the industry. Graduate with the skills and knowledge to stand out in a competitive field. You could consider working in such fields as:

  • accounting
  • finance
  • auditing
  • taxation
  • consulting
  • financial planning

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.

Courses

Featured course

Bachelor of Accounting

Semester starts: March, July, November March, July, November
Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent (all campuses), 2 years fast-track full-time (Sydney Campus only) 3 years (all campuses) or 2 years fast-track (Sydney campus only)

Featured course

Bachelor of Commerce

Semester starts: March, July, November March, July, November
Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent 3 years

Doctor of Philosophy

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time 4 years

Master of Arts

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time. 2 years

Master of Financial Analysis/Master of Professional Accounting

Semester starts: March, July, November March, July, November
Duration: 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time. 2.5 years if you've completed study in a related discipline. 3 years or 2.5 years if you've completed study in a related discipline.

Master of Professional Accounting

Semester starts: March, July, November March, July, November
Duration: 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent (all campuses), 16 months fast-track full-time (Sydney Campus only) 2 years (all campuses) or 16 months fast-track (Sydney Campus only)

Student and graduate profiles

Find out about the experiences of one of our Accounting students.

I finished my course with a well-rounded education and a readiness for future career success

Ms Elizabeth Hemsley, Business, Economics and Law

La Trobe graduates

Where have graduates found work opportunities?

Our recent graduates have started their careers within mid-tier and local firms, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations, and have risen to high-level positions as company directors in commercial organisations such as:

  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  • Ernst and Young

How much can I earn?

The wage of an accounting graduate can vary greatly based on your specialisation, position and organisation you find work in. Below is an estimation of the salary and career path of an accounting graduate.

  • graduate accountant $45,000 - $50,000 per year*
  • experienced accountant $50,000 - $80,000 per year
  • management position or higher $100,000 + per year

*Average salary range for roles located in Melbourne and Sydney, as advertised on Seek, 2017

Industry links

What are industry links?

Industry links are organisations that work with us to shape our curriculum and provide partnership and placement opportunities. We look for strong links with industry, schools, community groups and other stakeholders to ensure you develop the best theoretical and practical skills required in your chosen career.

How do industry links affect me?

Our business industry links consider La Trobe graduates for internships, placements and employment opportunities, as they know our teaching and content standards. Our business industry links include:

  • 3M
  • CPA Australia
  • Drake
  • Oxford University Press
  • RACV
  • Rio Tinto
  • Westpac Banking Corporation
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Telstra
  • RSM
  • Victoria Police
  • Melbourne Water

Find out more about La Trobe Business School.

Alternative pathways

Are there alternative pathways into an accounting courses?

Going straight from school to university isn't an option for everyone. If you have not completed year 12, didn't get the score you needed or are working on ways to transition into tertiary education, we have options for you.

  • Aspire Program - Be recognised for the difference you make. Refer to dates to see if your eligible for an early offer.
  • Course transfer - Start your studies in one business course and apply for transfers into another. *
  • Tertiary Enabling Program - Successfully complete our 17-week program and improve you academic results to be eligible for a range of courses.
  • Work Recognition Program - If you are over 21 years of age, you may be eligible to gain entry into a Bachelor of Business based on your work experience.
  • Diploma in Business - Successfully complete a Diploma in Business at one of our regional campuses and transfer into second year of the Bachelor of Business.
  • La Trobe Melbourne - Successfully complete a Diploma in Business with our pathway provider, and get guaranteed entry into a second year of our Bachelor of Business.
  • TAFE diplomas - Do a relevant course and get Advance Standing for your prior learning.**
  • * Other than Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics of Bachelor of Laws.
    ** Minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) required for entry into some courses. You may also be eligible for Advance Standing

    If you'd like some more information, contact our future students team on:

  • T: 1300 135 045
  • W: Future Students website
  • Enquire online: Ask La Trobe
  • Or see alternative course pathways.

Our accounting staff

Experience the business industry in the classroom. You’ll learn from academics and Professors of Practice who have expertise across a range of industries and sectors. Our staff work with industry to:

  • link our courses with industry
  • design industry-relevant curriculum
  • reflect best practice nationally and globally through lectures, workshops and executive programs.

View staff in accounting or view all the staff from the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce.

Placement opportunities

Be career ready. Extend your learning beyond the classroom by testing your knowledge in a ’real world’ role. Create your industry network and gain practical skills through Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and placement subjects. Work with your course coordinator to find opportunities that best suit your skills and interests. Previous students have found internship opportunities within organisations such as:

  • Department of Treasury and Finance
  • Australian Taxation Office
  • Grant Thornton
  • Australia Post
  • Australian Red Cross
  • Australian Industry Group (AIG)
  • La Trobe University Finance
  • PwC

International opportunities

Give your qualification a global edge by taking part in our International Study. As a part of La Trobe Business School, you may be eligible for a number of opportunities, including study tours and international exchange. Previous study tours have visited:

  • Australian Embassy (Austrade in Paris)
  • Deloitte (Zurich)
  • EDF Nouvelles (Paris)
  • HSBC (London)
  • International Accounting Standards Board (London)
  • OECD (Paris)

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