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Graduate Certificate of Accounting

A single graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Business and Economics

  • Minimum 24 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Minimum 24 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.

The Graduate Certificate of Accounting suits students with various aspirations, including:

1. Graduates with no background in accounting who can study concepts and techniques in accounting without the need to enrol in a full degree.

2. Graduates with prior accounting studies who wish to develop advanced knowledge in accounting without enrolling in a full Masters program.

3. Graduates with prior accounting studies who need up to four more courses to fully satisfy the admission requirements of the Australian professional accounting bodies.

The Certificate program is designed to articulate into the Master programs in accounting. Students who wish to continue their advanced studies and complete the Certificate program with an average of 60% will be able to transfer to the Master of Professional Accounting or Master of Accounting program.

The program is taught by research active academic staff. Students are exposed to professional and scholarly academic research in commerce, enhancing their academic and professional competence.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Exercise judgement under supervision to analyse and solve accounting problems in diverse contexts using social, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives
  2. Integrate theoretical and technical accounting knowledge which includes a selection of issues in auditing and assurance, finance, economics, quantitative methods, information systems, commercial law, corporation law and taxation law, and with an understanding of issues in accounting development and accounting research
  3. Critically apply theoretical and technical accounting knowledge and skills to identify and review complex accounting problems
  4. Justify and communicate accounting advice and ideas in diverse collaborative contexts involving both accountants and non-accountants
  5. Seek and reflect on performance feedback to identify and action learning opportunities and self-improvements and initiate this process for others

Further Information

For Domestic Students applying through UAC: If you have completed an overseas qualification, please send a scanned copy of your original testamur (graduation certificate) and academic transcript through to The scanned documents should be in colour and unaltered in size. Please include your name and UAC number in the email.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a GPA of at least 4.5/7.0

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate of Accounting requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BUSN7005 Contemporary Issues in Accounting

BUSN7006 Public Sector Accounting and Reporting

BUSN7008 Financial Statements and Reporting

BUSN7017 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Accountability and Reporting

BUSN7021 Taxation Law

BUSN7031 Management Accounting and Cost Analysis

BUSN7036 Financial Statement Analysis

BUSN7045 Corporate Governance

BUSN7049 Corporate Financial Reporting

BUSN7050 Corporate Accounting

BUSN7052 Commercial Law

BUSN7054 Auditing and Assurance Services

BUSN7057 Business Association Law

ECON8069 Business Economics

FINM7006 Applied Foundations of Finance

STAT7055 Introductory Statistics for Business and Finance


Study Options

Year 1 BUSN7008 Financial Statements and Reporting 6 units FINM7006 Applied Foundations of Finance 6 units STAT7055 Introductory Statistics for Business and Finance 6 units BUSN7052 Commercial Law 6 units OR ECON8069;
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