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Accounting at Deakin

Deakin’s accounting discipline allows you to join a profession that has never been so dynamic and exciting. Accountants are finance and information specialists who inform business decision-making within a wide range of organisations, give advice on financial dealings and navigate complex global markets and reporting requirements.

Finance at Deakin

Finance is all about decision-making. Do I buy or sell, invest or borrow? Studying finance at Deakin unlocks your ability to analyse the financial aspects of organisations and markets. Learn to provide advice on investments and other areas of financial management such as the effects of interest rates and risks on the pricing of assets.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Professional recognition and membership

Studying accounting prepares you to become a professionally qualified accountant before you graduate. Graduates can apply for membership to these key professional bodies (depending on units taken):

  • CA Program of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
  • Associate Membership for the CPA Program CPA Australia
  • IPA Program of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) (exemptions may apply)
  • Financial Planning Association (FPA)

Study finance and you can apply for membership to these professional organisations:

  • Finance and Treasury Association
  • Financial Planning Association
  • Financial Services Institute of Australia.

Being able to delve into different areas of commerce during my first year before deciding what to specialise in enabled me to explore all my possible career moves. The student-centred support meant I was also welcomed into the Deakin community before enrolling.

Shraddha, Mauritius

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance)


Deakin Business School (DBS) is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only 5% of business programs worldwide are AACSB accredited and DBS is one of only three business schools in the Australia state of Victoria to achieve this recognition. DBS has also been awarded EQUIS accreditation through the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). This global best-practice recognition places Deakin Business School in the top 1% of business schools worldwide.

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) develops your employability through experiences in professional environments, working on tasks relevant to your future career. The Faculty of Business and Law offers several flexible WIL programs for students in all our degrees. These include placements and internships, domestic and international experiences, as well as classroom or online options. A WIL experience helps prepare you for the expectations of your chosen profession and career path.

How to apply: international students

Deakin University students Tatyana and Kaweesha talk through the application process at Deakin. Learn about meeting entry requirements, organising your documents and submitting your application – either directly or through a Deakin agent.

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