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Business – Accounting (ACCT)
Business Administration – Accounting (ACC3)

Available as a two or three-year program

Accounting is more than filing taxes and bookkeeping. It’s about understanding a business from the ground up and guiding it through sound financial practice. Every business has a numbers story. Whether it’s in the fields of art, health, fashion, real estate or sports — the options are endless. Explore a career path that can take you virtually anywhere.
  • Program Code

    ACCT/ACC3

  • Credential
    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma

    • Three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma

  • Start Date

    September and January entry

Find your career

Accounting skills are in demand in virtually every field:

  • You could work as a financial analyst, accountant, budget officer, account manager, financial planner, payroll officer or external auditor.
  • There are opportunities in arts and entertainment, news media, marketing, manufacturing, education, health and wellness, service industries and sports organizations.
  • Find the right fit — employers include large and small enterprises, as well as not-for-profit agencies — or start your own business.
  • With third-year studies in Canadian Public Sector Financial Management, advanced diploma graduates are uniquely positioned to take advantage of growing opportunities in the public sector and not-for-profits.
  • Start at Loyalist and put your career on track to become a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with advanced standing towards a university degree. Visit cpaontario.ca.
  • The CPA Canada Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) will provide the job-ready skills that employers across the country value within the accounting and finance functions of their businesses.

Our grads get great jobs

  • Auditor, Canada Customs and Revenue Agency
  • Financial Analyst, Corrections Canada
  • Accountant, Quinte Conservation
  • Financial Analyst, Amer Sports Canada Inc.
  • Personal Banking Officer, Bank of Nova Scotia
  • Junior Accountant, Welch LLP, Chartered Accountants
  • Accounts Payable Associate, Stream Global Services

Is it for you?

People who thrive in accounting have an eye for detail, while being able to see the big picture. This may be a good fit if you have:

  • A passion for numbers
  • The ability to explain things clearly
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • A commitment to excellence in your work

Experiential learning

This program delivers concrete, marketable skills with a dual focus on financial and management accounting:

  • Develop managerial skills in budgeting, product costing and price setting, eliminating financial waste and finding operating efficiencies.
  • Train to the newest International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
  • Graduate with certification in industry-leading software such as MS Excel, Sage 50 Accounting and QuickBooks.
  • A third year of study provides advanced knowledge of financial and management accounting, corporate taxation and audit techniques.
  • Collaborate and formulate strategy in our annual case competition.
  • Learn from case studies and guest speakers from the local business community.
  • Put your skills to work in Loyalist’s student-run tax clinic. For the 2015 tax year, students completed more than 200 returns — putting more than $245,000 back in the hands of Loyalist students.
  • Learn from case studies and guest speakers from the local business community. 
  • In year three, put your skills to work in our Money Matters clinic and gain customer service experience assisting students with budgeting and financial matters.
  • A 20-hour job shadow in second year and a four-week field placement in third year provide valuable industry experience and networking, and the opportunity to graduate into a job.

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Learn with enthusiastic Chartered Professional Accountants who take teaching beyond textbooks and into the real world.
  • Faculty include MBAs and former CFOs with extensive business experience in manufacturing, retail, aviation, transportation, real estate development, corporate acquisitions, business analysis and internal audit.
  • Professors have worked with high-profile accounting firms including KPMG, Wilkinson & Company and Price Waterhouse Coopers, along with experience in the corporate, public and charitable sectors.

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