Become an accountant of the future through studying at IIE MSA

If you are interested in joining academic community that knows what the future profession will look like, as we are shaping it ourselves, please have a look at IIE programme offerings at IIE MSA:

Undergraduate offerings:

  • SAICA accredited undergraduate degree

The SAICA accredited undergraduate accounting degree allows you to shape your studies towards becoming a Chartered Accountant (SA). It is a degree that gives you highly-valued, globally-relevant skills, increasing your local and international opportunities. The degree is a specialist accounting programme which will provide graduates with high level specialised skills in accounting and general skills in South African business law. The programme blends a conceptual theoretical framework with a range of practical applications and covers the basic discipline material through to more specialised accounting concepts.

In your first year you will study subjects like principles of accounting and finance, introduction to management, business statistics and South African business law – giving you a strong foundation in business theory and management. In your second and third year, you will focus on core competencies in Accounting, Finance, Management Accounting, Auditing and Tax. All years of your study will be integrated with professional skills development, like critical thinking, entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence, data skills and so much more to ensure you meet the demands of the profession once you enter the workforce.

  • The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) accreditation

Membership with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) will allow you to build a career as an accountant or auditor (external or internal) or consultant in private practice, commerce and industry, the academic environment or in government. Areas of specialisation include finance and costing, taxation, auditing, international accounting and many others.

Graduates wishing to qualify as a CA (SA) must obtain a SAICA-accredited postgraduate qualification after completing the IIE Bachelor of Accounting undergraduate qualification offered at IIE MSA, this qualification is awarded by The IIE on HEQSF level 7. The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (PGDip Accounting), offered at IIE MSA, takes a minimum of one year to complete and gives access to write SAICA’s Initial Test of Competence.

Postgraduate Accounting offerings:

These qualifications are offered at IIE MSA and awarded by The IIE on HEQSF level 8.

Accounting Career opportunity

Business skills are in high demand worldwide. They equip leaders with knowledge and expertise across a broad range of disciplines that have immediate value in the workplace.

Graduates of the undergraduate and postgraduate offerings in Accountancy are prepared for careers in business, industry, government, academia and international organisations. Take advantage of global employment opportunities in a variety of disciplines across the public, not-for-profit and private sectors in fields like:

  • The SAICA accredited degree and post-graduate qualification will create the pathway to becoming a Chartered Accountant with SAICA
  • Associate General Accountant (AGA(SA))
  • Global Chartered Management Accountant (CGMA) with CIMA
  • Internal Auditor
  • Tax practitioner
  • Management accounting
  • Auditing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Ethics
  • Investment management
  • Management
  • Share trading
  • Small business ownership
  • Tax advisory

Please see find interesting insights into the Accountancy profession:

Do you want to become a Chartered Accountant (CA(SA))? Do you want to be ready for the way Accountants’ roles will be changing in future?

Do you want to become an Associate General Accountant (AGA(SA)), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)? Or a tax practitioner, internal auditor, financial analyst?

These Accountancy roles are highly sought after in the job market, but the role of the Accountancy profession is changing. Trends such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and automation are changing the operating environment for accountants, as these allow for routine accounting tasks to be automated. This in turn empowers accountants to shift their focus towards becoming trusted advisors for the business rather than merely ‘number crunchers’. They have more time to interrogate historical and current fiscal data, enabling them to generate invaluable insights for their data-fuelled business. The accountant then focusses on managing risk, effective budgeting, analysing variances, tax planning, forecasting, valuations, optimising operations and compliance with the more technical and specialist aspects of accounting and tax.

Forward-thinking institutions of higher learning are already helping prepare today’s accountancy students for their future workplace and this new trusted advisor role. At IIE MSA for example, students are encouraged to learn the technical knowledge and business skillsets required within their profession, along with the soft skills they need in the digital era such as entrepreneurial skills, critical thinking, data analysis, communication and intercultural group work, with an overarching view of being ethical responsible leaders that will become value creators in their own right. Additionally, students are encouraged to adopt a learning mind-set that enables them to continuously update their skills and become life-long learners to remain highly employable and sought after in the job market. The accountant’s key value proposition therefore lies in how the knowledge (or information) that is readily available to everyone, can be INTERPRETED and used to create value for the client or entity in such a way that no artificially-intelligent machine or robot can ever do. Moreover, all the accounting programs have a large focus on professional skills development, including problem solving, critical thinking, innovation, judgement, professional scepticism, leadership, finance in a digital era and many more.

Profession bodies like the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA) has driven their competency frameworks to develop the Accountants of the future. IIE MSA has responded by taking on this challenge and being a leader in changing the way that accountants are educated in order to deliver business-savvy professional and chartered accountants, management accountants and many more to the profession that will drive it into the next era!

Ultimately, accountants need to expand their skills beyond the traditional scope associated with accountants, to remain relevant in the digital era. They must establish themselves as creators of business value.

If you are interested in joining an academic community that knows what the future profession will look like, as we are shaping it ourselves, please have a look at programme offerings listed above.

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