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Business – Accounting
Business Administration – Accounting

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 manufacturing, services, travel, art, health, fashion, real estate or sports — the options are endless. Create the career you want working part-time, full-time, in an office, remotely, locally, nationally or internationally.

  • 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, the government, 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-Profit.
  • Start at Loyalist and put your career on track to become a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with advanced standing towards a university degree. Visit
    for more details. Visit for additional information on transferring your College diploma to universities in Ontario.

Our grads get great jobs

  • Accountant, Quinte Conservation
  • Accountant, Wilkinson & Company, LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants
  • Accounting Manager – Closson Chase Vineyards Inc.
  • Accounts Payable Associate, Stream Global Services
  • Adjust Welch LLP, change to “Chartered Professional Accountants
  • Auditor, Canada Customs and Revenue Agency
  • Financial Analyst, Corrections Canada
  • Financial Analyst, Amer Sports Canada Inc.
  • Junior Accountant, Welch LLP, Chartered Accountants
  • Office Manager – CBI Health
  • Personal Banking Officer, Bank of Nova Scotia

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:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Organization and attention to detail.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Time management.
  • Systems analysis.
  • Mathematical and deductive reasoning.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Active learning.
  • Clerical knowledge.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Commitment to excellence.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Service-Learning Community Clinics in semesters 5 and 6. Hone your customer service skills while assistance local small businesses and not-for-profit agencies with their accounting, budget and payroll needs.
  • 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 (CPAs) 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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