Complex global markets and reporting requirements mean that never before has accounting been a more dynamic and exciting profession. Businesses and individuals rely on accountants to assess their financial situation and give advice on financial dealings.

Get work-ready

Accountants are finance and information specialists who inform business decision-making within a wide range of organisations. Through courses that are developed and reviewed with industry, practical experience and networking opportunities, you'll graduate with a well-recognised qualification, ready to bring your expertise to a rewarding career in business.


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.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Professional recognition

We'll prepare 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)
  • Australian Computer Society.

Learn with the best

We’re ranked one of Australia’s top universities for accounting and finance subjects.* Our leading accounting programs will help you develop the skills you’ll need to make your mark as a finance professional.

Career opportunities

The role of accountant has undergone a shift towards wide-ranging specialised advisory roles across business including:

  • adviser in mergers and acquisitions
  • financial planner
  • investment adviser
  • market analyst
  • treasury banker
  • tax consultant.

CPA has a well-defined program for volunteers like me. I worked with business development relationship managers promoting CPA at various universities. It was a great way to learn about the industry and the profession of accounting.

Akash Punjabi

Master of International Finance/Master of Professional Accounting


Deakin has been awarded the following prestigious accreditations:

  • Deakin Business School (DBS) is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only five per cent of business programs worldwide are AACSB accredited and DBS is one of only three business schools in Victoria to achieve this recognition.
  • DBS has 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 per cent of business schools worldwide.

Deakin Business School Alumni Chapter

The Deakin Business School Alumni Chapter is an active chapter that offers meaningful ways for our business graduates to stay connected and involved with Deakin. Core activities include networking, social and professional development events.

Deakin Business School Alumni Chapter

Research with us

Develop independent research skills that will enable you to pursue your own theories and ideas at a high conceptual level. Undertake research in accounting and you can cover topics from corporate social responsibility and ethics, through to financial planning and assessment.

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*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021