Accounting (ACCT) Accounting – Business Administration (ACC3)
Available as a two- or three-year program
Note: Upon successful completion, students will receive the Business – Accounting diploma credential (ACCT) or Business Administration – Accounting advanced diploma credential (ACC3).
- Program Code
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.
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.
- Access opportunities to gain 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, focused on obtaining the ACAF certification.
- Collaborate and formulate strategy in simulated business competitions.
- 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 2016 tax year, students completed more than 200 returns — putting more than $245,000 back in the hands of Loyalist students.
- 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 four-week field placement in third year provides 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.
- First Year - Semester One
- COMP1021 Business Computer Applications - Excel
- Organizations of varying sizes and in various sectors can benefit from the use of spreadsheets. As such, individuals who have highly developed spreadsheet skills using tools such as Microsoft Excel will be able to assist these organizations with their functional activities. This course explore skills such as: formatting cells and worksheets; using formulas and functions; analyzing and organizing data; and presenting data visually. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have covered the components and related tasks and skills needed to prepare for the MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) certification exam for Excel.
- COMM1048 College Writing Skills
- This course focuses on writing and research skills required for successful completion of college-level studies. The course will promote development and improvement of research and writing skills that can be applied to students’ chosen programs of study.
- ACCT1000 Financial Accounting 1
- Learn the essentials of accounting by examining the role of accounting in planning and controlling business operations. Using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), students will be introduced to the basics of accounting including the Statement of Financial Position, the Statement of Operations, books of original entry, the trial balance and the general ledger. The course emphasizes the development of a strong foundation for examining conceptual and procedural elements of the accounting cycle. International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Accounting Standards for private Enterprises (ASPE) are introduced as resources tools as well as the CICA Handbook.
- BUSI1016 Introduction to Business
- This course provides an overview of business in the Canadian environment using an integrated model. Topics covered include: the environment of business (social, technological, economic and political) as well as functional areas of business (marketing, accounting, finance, production and human resources) and legal and corporate governance information. A semester-long group project will provide students with the opportunity to explore the world of business, create work habits related to researching a company and stay current with what is going on in the business world.
- MRKT1005 Introduction to Marketing
- Welcome to marketing! Students learn how businesses reach and influence their customers. This course covers far more than advertising. Students discover how to create a marketing plan that can sell.
- MATH1001 Mathematics of Finance
- In this introductory course, students learn the mathematical tools and concepts needed for a career in accounting. The course covers concepts such as ratio and percent, the time value of money, simple and compound interest, annuities and bonds, and cost-volume-profit analysis. The course will focus on the use of business calculators and spreadsheets to complete mathematical calculations common in the world of business.
- First Year - Semester Two
- ACCT2000 Accounting Applications - Sage 50
Learn the fundamentals of Sage 50 (Simply Accounting) using a case-based approach. Students are introduced to the general ledger, sales, purchases, inventory and payroll components of Sage 50 Accounting in the creation of a variety of business enterprises and the recording of their daily business transactions. The case studies are used to reinforce accounting concepts in a computerized environment.
Prerequisite: ACCT 1000
- ECON1000 Economics
"It is thrifty to prepare for the wants of tomorrow" (Aesop).
Use economic fundamentals to interpret today's headlines and discover tomorrow's opportunities. This course will provide the learner with a "micro" view of Supply and Demand and Market Competition leading to a "macro" view of our economy (local, domestic and global) and the Canadian financial system.
- ACCT1011 Financial Accounting 2
The Statement of Financial Position (Balance Sheet) and its effects on related items in the Statement of Operations (Income Statement) is the approach which continues from the preceding course. The focus of this course is payroll and other current liabilities, long-term liabilities, partnerships, corporate organization and reporting, cash flow statements and concludes with an analysis of financial statements.
Prerequisite: ACCT 1000
- ACCT3005 Personal Financial Management
- This course is a hands-on opportunity to explore and plan for personal financial success. Students will develop the tools necessary to both manage their own finances over their lifetime as well as to help and teach others about the importance of personal financial planning. Topics covered include: money management and household budgeting; credit management; mortgages; home and car insurance; health, disability and life insurance; tax strategy; investing and retirement savings.
- MATH2009 Statistics
- In this course, students are introduced to statistics. The course teaches quantitative methods used in data analysis and business decision making with a focus on the use and applications of contemporary statistical software.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Second Year - Semester Three
- ACCT3007 Accounting Information Systems
This course introduces information systems and their role in supporting business and accounting strategies. Based on the idea that information and knowledge are key business drivers in today’s data-rich world, students will learn how information is stored and shared; examine the importance of ethics, privacy and security; and explore the role of the internet and e-business. The course also stresses the importance of internal controls and process documentation in creating, sharing and protecting information. Specific topics include: hardware and software of computer systems, file and database organization, networks and mobile technology; the systems development process, enterprise resource planning, project management and enterprise architectures.
Prerequisite: ACCT 1000
- ACCT2003 Corporate Financial Management 1
In this introductory course students will develop the financial skills and logical thought processes necessary to understand and discuss the global financial environment and how it impacts our daily lives. In addition, students will learn to interpret and analyze financial statements using ratios; assess a corporation’s financial leverage and capital structure; evaluate dividend policy; determine working capital requirements; calculate cash and inventory requirements; and develop long-term financing plans.
Prerequisite: MATH 1001
- ACCT2018 Intermediate Accounting 1
A successful career in professional accounting requires well-developed analytical and critical-thinking skills. Intermediate financial accounting courses focus on standards for external financial reporting and require students to make choices and begin to use professional judgement. This course explores the framework for financial accounting and financial reporting. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of financial statement presentation requirements, including what should be reported and how it should be quantified and disclosed. Revenue and expense recognition including long-term contracts are examined, and we begin an in-depth study of the asset side of the balance sheet, including cash and receivables.
Prerequisite: ACCT 1002 or ACCT 1011
- ACCT2017 Management Accounting 1
This course introduces the concept of cost accounting for business decision making, focusing on the internal users and uses of numerical information. The course explores the terminology and purpose of a variety of management accounting tools including fixed and variable costs, cost-volume-profit relationships, contribution margin, job and process costing and flexible budgets. Students will learn to identify costs based on their behaviour and to accumulate product costs for management use.
Prerequisite: ACCT 1000
- BUSI3007 Organizational Behaviour
- The behavioural dynamics of the workplace are complex. Technology is impacting the way we work, the way we interact, and the way we manage people. This course examines the factors that influence human behaviour and performance in the workplace, including emotional intelligence, personality, motivation, team behaviour, leadership, organizational change and cultural characteristics.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Second Year - Semester Four
- LAWS1000 Business Law & Ethics
- Students prepare for the increasingly complex world of business. Students learn how the legal system and laws impact the organization and management of business enterprises. The course will focus on the principles of private law embodied in contract law, in employment legislation, in tort law and in understanding the legal decisions rendered by Canadian courts as they pertain to business. Issues of professional liability, ethics and codes of professional conduct are also discussed. Students develop an ability to recognize and respond appropriately to legal situations that can occur in an accounting environment.
- LAWS2017 Business Law & Ethics
- Course description not available
- COMM2025 Communications for Accountants
Students will continue to develop practices and techniques essential for communication by accounting professionals, including interpersonal communication; giving oral presentations; writing proposals, reports and notes to financial statements. Special topics include communication ethics, skills for communicating in a virtual work environment, and creating and maintaining a positive social media presence.
Prerequisite: SOMS 1002 or COMM 1048
- ACCT2020 Intermediate Accounting 2
This course continues to develop critical thinking and professional judgement skills. In this second of three intermediate-level courses, students will complete their study of the asset side of the balance sheet and move on to the liabilities side of the balance sheet. Topics include inventories, investments, property, plant and equipment, intangibles, goodwill, current liabilities, long-term liabilities and leases.
Prerequisite: ACCT 2001 or ACCT 2018
- ACCT2002 Management Accounting 2
This course deals with basic cost accounting systems such as job costing, process costing and standard costing. The focus will be on identifying and classifying costs for profit measurement, planning and control, along with the concept of variance analysis.
Prerequisite: ACCT 1001 or ACCT 2017
- ACCT2019 Taxation 1 Personal
This course is a first look at the Canadian federal system of income taxation, its history, the principles and concepts, and the administration of the system to assess and collect taxes. Emphasis will be on determining sources of personal incomes to be reported plus available deductions and tax credits used to calculate total income tax as well as net income tax payable.
Prerequisite: ACCT 1000
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Third Year - Semester Five
- ACCT3017 Advanced Management Accounting
Topics include: The role of cost management, measuring performance, managing costs of constrained resources, measuring costs of operations, activity-based costing systems, joint process costing, managing and allocating support service costs, cost estimation, financial modelling and decision making.
Prerequisite: ACCT 2002
- ACCT3001 Financial Management 2
Building upon the concepts from Corporate Financial Management 1, students will learn methods of calculating a corporation’s value and measuring its risk. Specific topics include: valuing stocks and bonds, determining net present value and other investment criteria, risk and return in the securities market, capital budgeting, calculating the weighted average cost of capital and project evaluation.
Prerequisite: ACCT 2003
- BUSI3011 Project Management
- This course engages students with its hands-on approach and in-depth coverage of currently utilized, industry recognized project management software systems including Microsoft Office Project. Through the exploration of these systems, students acquire foundational project management knowledge, in the areas of project planning, defining scope, priorities, and work breakdown structure, creating scheduling estimates for timing and project costs, developing project networks and communicating project information, identifying compliance and risk issues, assigning resources, identifying potential efficiencies and tracking progress.
- ACCT3004 Taxation 2 Corporate
This course is a continuation of personal taxation and an introduction to corporate taxation. Other sources of income, other deductions, attribution rules and international taxation will be examined. Basic tax planning concepts will be identified for corporations and their shareholders, plus an introduction to the use of tax software for filing corporate returns.
Prerequisite: ACCT 3000 or ACCT 2019
- Third Year - Semester Five (Electives)
- ACCT3014 Auditing Concepts
Students will be introduced to the role and practice of the external auditor and his/her reporting functions. Internal control is emphasized along with the auditor’s objectives and techniques as applied to the accounting records. Topics include reporting, auditing standards and ethics, legal liability, evidence and documentation, planning, materiality and risk. Students will also be exposed to the role of the internal auditor in the business organization along with the audit of computer-based information systems.
Prerequisite: ACCT 3007
- ACCT3013 Canadian Public Sector Financial Management
This course introduces accounting and financial management and public policy topics unique to the public sector in Canada. Topics will include the differences between for-profit and public sector accounting and budgeting concepts; fund accounting; accountability and control; and the budget cycle. Additionally, this course is designed to introduce students to the areas of responsibility of managers of not-for-profit organizations, and is intended to provide a broad overview of the management challenges of the not-for-profit sector. Topics include the scope and function of the not-for-profit sector, an overview of financial management, human resources management, strategic planning, and marketing functions within the non-profit sector. Specific issues are emphasized, such as accountability, board selection, volunteer management, risk management and fundraising.
Prerequisite: ACCT 1002 or ACCT 1011
- HRPG3003 HR Administration
- Management of human resources has become an essential business operation. Organizations everywhere realize that the cost of human capital is a tangible asset that needs to be managed effectively in order to stay competitive. This course explores the challenges and best- practices to ensuring domestic and global human resources assets meet organizational expectations.
- ACCT3018 Intermediate Accounting 3
This course will challenge students’ critical thinking and professional judgement skills with more complex accounting applications. Students will explore the equity section of the balance sheet; earnings per share; complex debt and equity instruments; pensions; accounting for income taxes; accounting for changes; and accounting change and error analysis.
Prerequisite: ACCT 2004 or ACCT 2020
- BUSI2010 Occupational Health & Safety
- Employers are required by law to ensure that workers have a safe work environment. This course examines the related federal and provincial legislation required to ensure compliance. In addition the course explores the technical aspects of health and safety, as well as trends and best practices used in the field today.
- BUSI3024 Principles of Buying
- This course provides a critical view into the purchasing elements of world of Supply Chain Management. Topical focus will relate to supply organizations, quality, supplier relations, sourcing, price and cost management and the role of transportation. The scope of this course will include the private and public business sectors.
- BUSI3005 Supply Chain and Logistic Management (EDI)
- This course encompassess activities and techniques utilized in supply chain and logistics management including customer service, distribution planning, transportation planning, transportation forecasting, logistics documentation, purchasing and third party chain management.
- Select 2 courses from above
- Third Year - Semester Six
- ACCT3019 Advanced Financial Accounting
This course will continue to develop your critical thinking and professional judgement skills. Students will explore business combinations, consolidation procedures, foreign currency transactions and hedge accounting. In addition, this course looks at accounting standards for private sector not-for-profit organizations, and for the public sector.
Prerequisite: ACCT 3002 or ACCT 3018
- WKPL3001 Placement
- Students, in consultation with their faculty adviser, will complete an approved placement opportunity with a cooperating organization or business. The placement period will be for a period of four weeks or 140 hours, generally commencing at the end of the sixth academic semester of the Advanced Diploma in Accounting program. The student’s performance will be closely monitored by their faculty adviser and their workplace supervisor. A diary of their workplace activities and the workplace application of the content they have learned will be maintained, and assessed by the faculty advisor. The workplace supervisor will also submit a report of the student’s activities and performance for the month. The placement is intended to give the student a realistic, hands-on work experience in the area of accounting.
*Courses subject to change.
Accounting – UOIT BCOM Stream (ACCU)
Diploma-to-Degree Pathway with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
Loyalist Accounting students can earn both an Accounting diploma and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UOIT in just four years!
Qualified Accounting students will earn five UOIT Accounting program credits during their two-year diploma studies at Loyalist allowing them direct entry to third-year degree studies in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology.
To determine eligibility:
- Students apply to the UOIT bridging pathway during their first semester of study at Loyalist.
- Admission to the UOIT bridging pathway program requires a minimum 75% GPA in Loyalist courses at the end of semester 1.
- Continued eligibility is evaluated each semester and requires:
- Cumulative 75% GPA in Loyalist courses; and
- 'C' grade or better in EACH UOIT embedded course
- Those students who wish to pursue the Accounting major at UOIT must achieve a minimum 65% in ACCT 1002 - Financial Accounting 2, a minimum 70% in ACCT 2002 - Management Accounting 2 at Loyalist College, and a minimum “C+” in EACH embedded course.
For more information, contact: email@example.com
Pursue a professional accounting designation
Certified General Accountants (CGA) of Ontario has unified with Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Ontario and the CGA program of professional studies will end in September 2015. Final unification of the profession in Ontario will come with the introduction of a new Chartered Professional Accountants Act, which CPA Ontario will seek from the Government of Ontario as soon as possible. CGAs became members of CPA Ontario in July 2014.
The organizations are now working to integrate operations. Students currently in the CGA program will continue in the CGA program until September 2015, at which time those with academic requirements remaining will have the opportunity to transfer to the CPA program. Click here for more information.
The CPA Canada Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF), scheduled to launch in fall 2015, will provide the job-ready skills that employers across the country value within the accounting and finance functions of their businesses. Click here for more information on the CPA Canada ACAF.
Turn your diploma into a degree
Many universities across Canada and abroad will provide credit recognition for your diploma studies at Loyalist. The following is a list of agreements that are currently in place. Contact your university of choice to make individual arrangements.
Two or three-year diploma
- Algoma University – B.A.; B.B.A.; B.Sc.; Bach. Computer Science
- Athabasca University – Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations
- Brock University – various*
- Carleton University – Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
- Davenport University – B.A. in Accounting Fraud Investigation, Accounting Information Management or Finance; B.B.A. or M.B.A. in Professional Accountancy
- Griffith University – Bachelor of Commerce
- Humber College – Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting
- Institutes of Technology Ireland
- Lakehead University – Bachelor of Business Administration
- Laurier Brantford – any honours program
- Nipissing University – various*
- Royal Roads University – Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management
- Seneca College – Bachelor of Commerce in International Accounting and Finance; Bach. Interdisciplinary Studies
- University of Ontario Institute of Technology – Bachelor of Commerce (Honours); B.A. Adult Education and Digital Technology
- University of Waterloo – various*
- Wilfrid Laurier University – various*
- York University – various*
- Australian Catholic University – Bachelor of Business
- Queen's University – various*
- Trent University – Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
- Univeristy of Windsor – various*
* Various potential degree pathways. Please confirm details with the receiving institution.
Loyalist offers flexible learning
Pursue a double diploma in another Loyalist program in as little as two semesters
Transfer to or from the same program at any Ontario college and receive full credit for the courses you have completed
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2018 – 19)
- Domestic Tuition/Ancillary Fees: $4,322.54 (two semesters)
- Additional Program Costs: Year one: $907; Year two: $808; Year three: $452
- Additional costs, such as travel and parking, may be incurred during placements, and for supply kits, calculators and professional certifications.
Bursaries and financial assistance
Loyalist has a number of scholarships, bursaries and academic awards available to students. Our Financial Services Office can help you explore your options, or assist you with a student loan.
Required academic preparation
- OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level, and
- Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent
Recommended academic preparation
- Grade 12 Mathematics (C) level or equivalent
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Applicants with work experiences or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist. Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions) are granted. Click here for more information about our assessment and credit challenge process.
Click here for information about how to apply, international student fees and more.
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