Accounting as a profession has seen a major shift from a strictly financial focus of economic accountability to a more complex role within business organisations and management. The accounting profession has also expanded to include areas such as information systems, insolvency and forensic investigations.
USQ's Faculty of Business and Law offers a variety of programs and courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Students interested in accounting as a career should consider our Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), which is accredited with the Australian accounting professional bodies. The accounting major is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge base in financial accounting, management accounting, business law and audit. Second majors or minors are available in business, commerce and selected areas in Science or Arts.
Graduates from any discipline wishing to obtain accounting qualifications may enrol in the Master of Professional Accounting.
Students undertaking the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) or the Master of Professional Accounting (12 or 16 course program) will meet the educational entrance requirements of CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Students undertaking the Bachelor of Commerce (with a major in Accounting and a minor in Finance) will meet the educational entrance requirements to become an Associate Member of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (Finsia). Successful completion of the Accounting major can qualify students for exemptions from the Fundamental level (9 papers) of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exams. For further details please refer to the ACCA website.
Completion of the Master of Business with specialisations in accounting and sustainable business, applied finance, forensic accounting, commercial law or information systems provides graduates with two exemptions in the CPA program.
Accounting can provide career opportunities in areas such as financial and corporate accounting, taxation law, corporate planning, government, management accounting and taxation. The University also provides helpful advice on job searching and career planning for students.
Student profiles of graduates from the accounting discipline can be found within this area.
Further accounting-specific resources and staff lists about the programs offered by the Faculty of Business and Law are also available.