Top 10 Universities for Accounting & Finance in Australia

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Accountancy is crucial as it provides updates on the financial health of the company. It advises the company of the progress and threatening problems that need to be addressed. A Bachelor of Accounting degree can lead to a wide range of careers. While typically such graduates become accountants or auditors (internal or otherwise), there are many opportunities. The accountant designation itself breaks down into several types: public accountant, management/corporate accountant, government accountant, chartered accountants (can be in private or public practice), forensic accountant and CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant). 

If you’re looking to pursue a career as an accountant and gain membership with a professional accreditation body such as CPA, you might consider completing an undergraduate degree majoring in accounting. However, some grads choose to add to the effort and earn a master’s degree. There are also additional optional certifications for accountants, including CA (Chartered Accountant) or ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). As for careers other than accountant or auditor for graduates of a bachelor’s degree in accounting, some require additional certification (academic and/or professional). 

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The top 10 universities in Australia for accounting and finance degree

Below we have summarised the Top 10 Universities to study accounting degrees which also includes some of the more affordable and good quality degree programs available. The highest ranked of these schools are the University of New South Wales (11th in the world rankings), the University of Melbourne (14rd in the world rankings) and the University of Sydney(20th in the world rankings).

No.UniversityQS World
1.The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)11
2.The University of Melbourne14
3.The University of Sydney20
4.The Australian National University (ANU)23
5.Monash University26
6.The University of Queensland (UQ)39
7.Macquarie University51-100
8.The University of Adelaide51-100
9.The University of Western Australia (UWA)51-100
10.University of Technology Sydney (UTS)51-100
11.Deakin University51-100
12.Queensland University of Technology (QUT)101-150
13.RMIT University101-150
14.University South Australia (UniSA)101-150
15.Curtin University151-200
16.La Trobe University151-200
17.University of Wollongong151-200

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Where to study Accounting courses in Australia? (Undergraduates/Degree Studies)

The following list of Accounting-related degrees continues our series of “Affordable Universities” for various Bachelor of degree programs. This includes bachelor’s degrees that are either strictly in Accounting, including Minors in Accounting or a related area of study, as well any suitable bachelor’s program which either leads to a career as an accountant, auditor or one of the alternate careers listed above — amongst others.

UniversityAreaAnnual Fee
in AUD
  University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)NSW$39,360
  Monash UniversityVIC$39,100
  Australian National UniversityCAN$39,024
  University of SydneyNSW$38,500
  University of MelbourneVIC$36,832
  University of QueenslandQLD$36,336
  University of Western AustraliaWA$36,000
  University of AdelaideSA$35,500
  Macquarie UniversityNSW$34,726
  Bond UniversityQLD$33,640
  University of Technology SydneyNSW$31,560
  Deakin UniversityVIC$30,800
  University of CanberraCAN$30,450
  Curtin UniversityNSW, WA$30,000
  RMIT UniversityVIC$28,800
  University of WollongongNSW$28,716
  University of South AustraliaSA$28,400
  Queensland University of TechnologyWA, QLD$27,867
  Edith Cowan UniversityWA$27,700
  University of TasmaniaTAS$27,600
  University of South QueenslandQLD$27,040
  James Cook UniversityQLD$27,500
  La Trobe UniversityNSW$27,000
  Swinburne University of TechnologyVIC$26,900
  University of NewcastleNSW$26,600
  Griffith UniversityQLD$26,500
  Flinders UniversityVIC$26,100
  University of Western SydneyNSW$25,480
  Victoria UniversityVIC$25,200
  University of New EnglandNSW$25,000
  The University of North DameWA$24,714
  Federation University AustraliaVIC$24,700
  Australian Catholic UniversityQLD, VIC, NSW$24,512
  Central Queensland University (CQU)QLD$23,760
  Charles Sturt UniversityNSW$22,800
  University of Sunshine CoastQLD$22,400
  Southern Cross UniversityVIC$20,560
  Charles Darwin UniversityDAR$20,440
  Kaplan Business SchoolSA, QLD, NSW, VIC$15,600

The program costs listed above are provided as a general guide for international students only. They have been sourced from the publicly available information or individual universities. In relying on the list below potential students should be aware:

  • The program costs were sourced in October 2017 for students commencing in 2018 but may change in the future at each school’s discretion;
  • Where schools have not provided annual program fees of 2018, we applied annual program fees of 2017 instead.
  • Program costs for local students may be different; and
  • While all care has been taken to ensure their accuracy please consult your school on your full fee liability before commencing your application.

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