Study Accounting,
Finance & Economics

Develop healthy economies

Together, accounting, finance and economics play a crucial role in guiding every area of business and economic policy. Accountants provide reliable, timely and accurate information for decision makers. Economists understand and guide the supply and demand behaviour of resources, while finance graduates learn to build and apply data to make informed decisions and improve profitability.

With a business degree, your career options are endless. Combining comprehensive knowledge with real-world application, you’ll be able to tailor your degree to your own interests and emerge ready to make your mark anywhere across the globe.

Belong to one of the best

Our finance and economics degrees rank among the best in the world:

  • Top 10 in NSW: In 2020, the federal government’s Quality Indicator for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW sixth in NSW/ACT for Business and Management.
  • Top 250 in the world: UOW was rated among the top 250 universities in the world for Accounting and Finance, and Economics and Econometrics in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.
  • A world-class MBA: The Executive Master of Business Administration placed 28th globally in the QS Global Executive MBA Rankings 2021. The EMBA program was also ranked the best in the state and in the world top tier by the London-based CEO Magazine in its annual EMBA and MBA Rankings for 2021. 

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Develop the specialist skills that employers want:

  • Common undergraduate first year: Bachelor of Commerce students have the chance to try study areas before selecting a major in second year.
  • A choice of 11 majors: Undergraduates can choose to major in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Financial Planning, Management, Marketing, Human Resource Management, International Business, Public Relations, Supply Chain Management, or Business Law.
  • Choose more than one: The undergraduate program allows you to take a second minor, or combine complementary specialisations in a double degree.
  • Two master's in two years: Combine two master's degrees and graduate with two specialist qualifications in as little as two years offered by the Sydney Business School, UOW.

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The QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey (2017-2019) found that over 90% of our graduates are employed within four months of completing their degree.

 

Earn a recognised qualification:

  • Accredited: Our business degrees are recognised by professional associations in Australia and overseas including Chartered Accountants, and the CFA Institute Affiliate program. See individual course descriptions for more information.
  • Take it to the next level: Stay at the top of your game with a postgraduate short-course, or earn a master's degree in as little as one year offered by Sydney Business School.

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Study close to home:

No matter which UOW campus you choose, you become part of one big community of learning. UOW Business degrees are offered at UOW metro and regional campuses located in:

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A degree from UOW opens doors:

  • Get noticed: Gain valuable real-world experience, and make professional connections that will help launch your career, with a business internship. You'll work with industry leaders such as KPMG, Mercer, NAB and Accor Hotels.
  • Industry collaboration: UOW has a strong business research reputation in collaboration with industry.
  • Access to experts: Learn from industry guest lecturers.
  • Be rewarded: Earn an industry sponsored scholarship or cadetship.
  • Travel: Study a short course at our partner institutes in China and Dubai, or a semester exchange through our Study Abroad network.

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Launch your entrepreneurial career:

  • Prepare: Take subjects in entrepreneurship, innovation and start-up management to develop your entrepreneurial skills while you study.
  • Connect: Become part of iAccelerate, UOW's unique business accelerator program where startups, scaleups, social enterprises and intrapreneurs thrive.
  • Partner: Benefit from strong connections with start-up incubators which can help fund business ideas into action.

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Globally recognised:

UOW is accredited by AACSB, a globally recognised accreditation that has been awarded to only the top 5% of the world's business schools. This is a public recognition that UOW’s business curriculum meets the highest standards, our students learn from the best business minds, and that our graduates have the skills, knowledge and experience that today's global employers are looking for.

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Developing responsible future leaders:

UOW are signatories to the UN Principles of Responsible Management - a global movement providing future leaders with the skills needed to balance economic and sustainability goals.

Working through the Six PRME Principles, we ensure that our students take a holistic view of the impact of their decisions, consider the impact on all stakeholders, understand requirements for corporate governance and develop their skills as responsible leaders. Making our graduates ready to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

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5 stars

UOW Business and Management received a 5-star rating for graduate outcomes, with 82% in full-time employment within four months of graduating.

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Become one of the world's most employable graduates

At UOW, you'll develop the skills employers want. The latest QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey ranked employers’ overall satisfaction with UOW graduates at 89.6%, placing UOW 1st among NSW universities.

You'll gain a qualification that will earn you up to 50 percent more than a typical Year 12 graduate in the same role.

Here is just a sample of the careers you can pursue:

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Banker
  • Analyst
  • Financial controller
  • Financial planner
  • Policy advisor
  • Stock broker
  • Fund manager
  • Business adviser
  • Insurance broker
  • Exporter/importer
  • Market researcher
  • Data analyst

Learn more: What can I do with my degree?

Meet Anthea

I see a business degree as an opportunity to become a future leader that will positively contribute to society. I chose UOW because it’s a world-leading university where students are treated as a name and not just another student number. You’re encouraged to be yourself and think critically. Employers don’t want you to be from a cookie cutter of business graduates. They want you to be unique and think outside the box.AntheaFourth Year Student. Bachelor of Commerce (Dean's Scholar)

Make your mark

Joao is studying a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accountancy, and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Spanish. Joao sees financial knowledge as a means to creating change that matters. He wants to create his own not-for-profit helping disadvantaged youth in Latin America.

Alumni stories

With my degree I'd like to eventually create my non-for-profit helping disadvantaged youth in Latin America.
Finance and Accounting to me is the bones of how business works and provides you with business knowledge. I find that
is valuable in the world. I want to integrate culture and business knowledge in order to facilitate change on a global scale.

Study in the home of innovation

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iAccelerate

iAccelerate is UOW's unique business accelerator and incubator program. The centre has the most innovative minds, creative ideas and entrepreneurial vibe that make it a unique place to start your business and scale it.

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Global Challenges

The Global Challenges program brings together diverse groups of world-class researchers to address real-world problems - from the future of work to sustainable marine zone economies.

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Sydney Business School, UOW

Enhance your career opportunities with a postgraduate degree offered by the Sydney Business School. With flexible delivery, and campuses in Sydney CBD and Wollongong, you could earn your master's degree in as little as one year.

At UOW, you'll be on the forefront of future industries. Discover how business can create change that matters.

Real-world experience

Jorge Perez shares how a UOW business internship assists students in gaining invaluable exposure to successful businesses, and the opportunity to apply their learning with real-world practice.

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Internships is an add-on to what they learn at the University. We learn theory concepts but we don't necessarily get taste off of the workforce. Once they go into an internship, they're able to put that theory into practice.

The idea is that the internship program that we run on is actually supported by a team at the Faculty of Business. We actually source the opportunities. We know our industry partners. We put students through our recruitment process which is very similar to what they'll face when they go into industry and you know university degree is great but you need that experience.

A lot of recruiters will ask for that two to five year experience. How do you get that as a university student when you are studying? Internships give you that. It's the combination of workplace experience and university degree, combining it and then be able to go to a job interview and say: “yes, I've got the experience you require”.

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