The Department of Accounting, which forms part of the Economic and Management Sciences  Faculty,  offers  the  BCom  (Accounting)  and  Post  Graduate  Diploma  in  Accounting  (PGDA)  degrees for the  study to  become  a  chartered  accountant.  

The Department of Accounting also offers BCom  (Financial Accounting) which is for the  study of example, professional accountant or tax practitioner. The  BCom  (Accounting)  degree,  combined  with  the  Post  Graduate  Diploma  in  Accounting  (PGDA),  are  accredited  by  the  South  African  Institute  of  Chartered  Accountants (SAICA) to prepare candidates for Initial Test of Competency (ITC). The BCom  (Financial Accounting)  degree  is  aligned  with the  curriculum  prescribed by  the  South  African  Institute  for  Professional  Accountants  (SAIPA)  and  in  the process of being accredited.  

The  Department’s  staff  numbers have  increased  significantly  in  the  last  few  years,  and it  now  has  22  academic  staff  members  and  four  support  staff  members.  Recent appointments  like  Prof.  Walter  Geach,  Prof.  Carol  Cairney  and  Mr.  Andre  Hamel strengthen the Department’s efforts to become a centre of excellence in accounting education. Research in the Department includes a focus on accounting education in the modern teaching  environment,  financial  accounting,  tax  and  auditing. Community  projects include a winter school for Mathematics and Accounting education.

Vision

The establishment of a centre of excellence for the development of competency in the composite disciplines of Accounting (incorporating Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Financial Management, Auditing and Control, Information Systems and Taxation) for both the private and public sector environments.

Mission

To provide both relevant and quality training, research and community service that will cater for the accounting training requirements of civil service, local government and public enterprise in South Africa, as well as for the private sector.  
This objective has the following subsections: In complying with the standards and requirements of professional controlling bodies?, it is our objective to devise formal programmes (degrees, diploma's and certificates), syllabi and teaching methods in line with private and public sector needs in the disciplines of Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Financial Management, Auditing and Control, Information Systems and Taxation.