keeping to more complicated management of balance sheets and income statements.

Accounting majors at The Chubb Institute (Westbury) graduate prepared to make an immediate contribution to an organization, successfully complete the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination (CPA Exam), or enroll in a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for accounting professionals is expected to grow at a rate of 13% between now and 2022. Increased regulation has resulted in the need for additional accounting positions, causing many public accounting firms to offer signing bonuses and other incentives to accounting graduates. Students majoring in WLC's accounting program, through completing the required coursework and 150 total credits, are eligible to take the nationally administered CPA Exam and obtain a Certified Public Accountant license from the state in which they seek employment.
What makes the program distinctive?
Unlike many accounting programs, students at The Chubb Institute (Westbury) benefit from personal attention and advising from accounting faculty, as well as one-on-one career advice and planning. Professors in the program have real-world accounting experience in both public and corporate settings, bringing practical examples to the classroom.

Structure and content

Part 1

Papers in part 1 provide you with an introduction to the roles of business and fundamental concepts in business disciplines. You complete 5 core papers in part 1 which are:

  • Business in Context (30 points)
  • Management and Organisation (15 points)
  • Accounting for Decision Making (15 points)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business (15 points)
  • Economic Principles I (15 points)

In addition to the 5 core papers, to major in accounting you need to complete the elective paper Business Information Systems (15 points) and choose 1 elective paper from the list below, or from elsewhere in the university:

  • Economic Principles 2 (15 points)
  • Introduction to Finance (15 points)
  • Marketing, Advertising, Retailing, Sales: Positioning in an Omni Environment (15 points)
  • Design for Business (15 points)
  • Leadership for Sustainable Enterprise (15 points)
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation (15 points)

Part 2

Over the next two years you gain an understanding of international regulations and practices, and how accounting supports management decision-making. You learn to design systems around accounting controls, recognise the importance of finance, and evaluate tax legislation.

Part 3

Workplace experience (Co-operative Education) is the final part of your degree and takes a full semester. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s), for an organisation of your choice in New Zealand or overseas. You apply what you’ve learnt in a real-world business, not-for-profit organisation, entrepreneurial venture or through an applied project, which is a supervised research project. Recent placements included:

  • ANZ Bank
  • Auckland Council
  • Auckland International Airport
  • Audit New Zealand
  • BDO
  • Colenso BBDO
  • Crowe Horwarth
  • Deloitte
  • DFK Oswith Griffiths Carlton
  • EY
  • Grant Thornton
  • KPMG
  • Noel Leeming
  • PwC
  • Sovereign Services
  • The Warehouse Group
  • Vodafone NZ
  • Westpac Bank

Accounting major papers (105 points)

Level Five:

BSYS501 Business Information Systems

Level Six:

ACCT601 Accounting Practice and Systems
ACCT602 Financial Accounting for Companies
ACCT603 Management Accounting

Level Seven (select three):

ACCT701 Advanced Accounting Information Systems
ACCT702 Current Issues in Financial Accounting
ACCT703 Advanced Management Accounting
ACCT704 Advanced Auditing
ACCT705 International Accounting
ACCT706 Managerial Finance
ACCT707 Taxation for Accounting Studies

FINA701 International Corporate Finance

Related programmes

Please visit our AUT Postgraduate Business Qualifications page to view our range of postgraduate programmes.

Career opportunities

You can work in any role, from strategic planning to risk analysis. Wherever there is a need for someone with astute accounting knowledge, sharp business skills and ability to communicate, you will be in demand. Some roles include: 

  • Chartered accountant
  • Chief financial officer
  • Corporate accountant
  • Auditor
  • Management accountant
  • Taxation consultant

Browse the accounting career sheet to find out about industry trends, job descriptions, what employers may be looking for, and much more.

The accounting major is nested within the liberal arts. In addition to general education requirements and core courses in the accounting major, students benefit from courses in business administration, communication, mathematics, and philosophy, developing skills in critical thinking, analysis, communication, and ethical decision making. These skills prepare majors for success in such fields as wealth management, auditing, tax, consulting, accounting, asset management, and various other financial services.


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