Graduate Certificate in Accounting (2790)

  • Approved Abbreviation: GradCertAcc
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 2790
  • AQF Level: 8

This program applies to students who commenced in Quarter 3, 2016 or later. 

This program is designed for those students who need to complete a minimum of four subjects to aid in achieving the educational requirements for admission to professional accounting bodies. It is also a program that is designed to allow students who do not meet the direct entry requirements into the Accounting Masters a pathway to progress to the Accounting Masters programs.

Study Mode

Six months full-time or one year part-time.

Program Advice

Dr Ushi Ghoorah

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |


Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie Street Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie Street Part Time Internal See above


Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree, or higher, in any discipline
Successfully completed an Associate Degree, or higher, in a business discipline
Successfully completed an Advanced Diploma, or higher, in a business discipline and have a minimum of five (5) years general work experience in a related field
Have a minimum of three years full-time equivalent managerial/professional work experience in a related field
Submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application. 

Statement of Service form

International applicants must achieve IELTS 6.5 overall score with a minimum 6.0 in each subset, or equivalent English language proficiency.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).  Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 40 credit points which consists of 30 credit points core subjects listed below and 10 credit points alternate subjects from the pool.

Subject Title Credit Points
Core Subjects
LAWS 7009Commercial Law10
ACCT 7018Introductory Accounting10
ACCT 7019Management Accounting10
Alternate Subjects
Select one of the following: 110
Accounting Theory and Applications
Company Accounting
Company Law
Corporate Finance
Information Systems for Accountants
Total Credit Points40

Or any other business subject with the approval of the Director Academic Program.

Exit Award

Students wishing to exit from the 2689 Master of Professional Accounting or 2691 Master of Accountancy may be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Accounting on completion of 40 credit points of approved subjects.