Business Administration - Accounting Program (with work experience) (B157)

Business Administration - Accounting
School of Accounting and Finance
St. James Campus
3 years (6 semesters in-class, 2 semesters work experience)
September, January
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
The Business Administration – Accounting (with work experience) three-year advanced diploma provides you with a deeper level of learning to gain employment in accounting’s more demanding positions. This in-depth learning includes auditing, corporate taxation, law and strategic management. Your professors are committed to delivering a rigorous, professional learning experience that will enable you to build and demonstrate the skills you need to work in the field of accounting right after graduation.

Full Program Descriptions


The Business Administration – Accounting(with work experience) three-year advanced diploma provides you with a deeper level of learning to gain employment in accounting’s more demanding positions. This in-depth learning includes auditing, corporate taxation, law and strategic management. Your professors are committed to delivering a rigorous, professional learning experience that will enable you to build and demonstrate the skills you need to work in the field of accounting right after graduation.

Industry-ready career skills include:

  • Expertise in spreadsheets, databases, and accounting software programs.
  • Essential communication skills for advising business owners and managers on business decisions.
  • Current business administration accounting practices, including International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

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Part Time Study Options  

George Brown also offers a part-time Accounting certificate program and various evening courses in Accounting and General Education. See the Continuing Education Course Guide at

Field Education 


Your Field Study Options 

Work Experience (Co-op or Internship Work Term)

This program requires the successful completion of two semesters of work experience to graduate. This work experience is either co-op (paid) or internship (unpaid). Either one will give you the practical experience employers value.

George Brown works with employers and industry partners to identify potential work experience opportunities. Students are also strongly encouraged to pursue self-directed industry work experience opportunities they believe would provide the learning experiences they value and meet the learning outcomes of the program. This valuable work experience can in turn be added to your resume.

For more detailed Field Education information, visit

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Program standards apply to all similar programs of instruction offered by colleges across the province. Each program standard for a postsecondary program of instruction includes the following elements:

  • Vocational standard (the vocationally specific learning outcomes which apply to the program in question),
  • Essential employability skills (the essential employability skills learning outcomes which apply to all programs of instruction), and
  • General education requirement (the requirement for general education in postsecondary programs of instruction).

The vocational and essential employability skills components of program standards are expressed in terms of learning outcomes. Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved and verified.

View standards and outcomes by program.

Source: Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website

Course Outline

Required Courses 

In order to graduate from this program, you need to complete a total of 36 courses (29 mandatory courses, 3 General Education electives and 4 Business electives).

Printable version Curriculum Planner B157 2015-16


Course Code Courses (Mandatory) Pre-requisite
ACCT 1001 Accounting Fundamentals I None
BUS 1038 Business Concepts I None
COMM 1007 College English None
ECON 1032 Macroeconomics None
MATH 1021 Mathematics of Finance None


Course Code Courses (Mandatory) Pre-requisite
ACCT 1012 Accounting Fundamentals II ACCT 1001
ACCT 1031 Spreadsheet Concepts & Design None
COMM 1107 Communications for Business COMM 1007
ECON 1031 Microeconomics None
FIN 1011 Fundamentals of Financial Planning None
PSY 1129 Organizational Behaviour None


Course Code Courses (Mandatory) Pre-requisite
ACCT 2001 Financial Accounting I ACCT 1012
ACCT 2011 Management Accounting I ACCT 1012
ACCT 2012 Accounting Application Software ACCT 1012
MARK 1020 Principles of Marketing I None
COOP 1000 Work Experience Prep Course * COMM 1007 & 3.0 GPA
GHUM 1087  Successful Social Relationships in a Changing World    None
STAT 1010 Quantitative Methods I MATH 1021

*This course is mandatory only for students taking the Work Experience(B157)


Course Code Courses (Mandatory) Pre-requisite
ACCT 2004 Financial Accounting II ACCT 2001
ACCT 2014 Management Accounting II ACCT 2011
ACCT 3012 Database Concepts & Design ACCT 1031
HRM 1008 Fundamentals of Human Resource Management None
LAW 2003 Commercial Law None
STS 1037 Career Planning & Development None
Select One General Education Electives


Course Code Courses (Mandatory) Pre-requisite
ACCT 2007 Auditing I ACCT 2004
ACCT 2028 Taxation I ACCT 2001
ACCT 3008 Finance I ACCT 2004
ACCT 3014 Financial Accounting III ACCT 2004
Select One Business Elective
Select One General Education Elective


Course Code Courses (Mandatory) Pre-requisite
BUS 3001 Strategic Management Successful completion of semester 5
MGMT 4009 Operations Management MATH 1021
Select Three Business Electives
Select One General Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives


Below are Business Elective courses for Business Administration Accounting.

Course Code Courses (Mandatory) Pre-requisite
ACCT 2013 Accounting Information System ACCT 1012
FIN 1040 Estate Planning Fundamentals FIN 1011
FIN 1035 Retirement Planning FIN 1011
FIN 2001 Canadian Securities I FIN 1011
FIN 2002 Canadian Securities II FIN 1011
FIN 2005 Income Tax Planning FIN 1011
FIN 2007 Investment Planning FIN 1011
FIN 2008 Advanced Financial Planning & Ethics FIN 1011
FIN 2023 Risk Management, Insurance & Estate Planning FIN 1011
STAT 2011 Quantitative Methods II STAT 1010
BUS 1058 Corporate Governance Successful completion of semester 3
ACCT 3004 Finance II ACCT 3008
COMM 1127 The Business Media in Canada COMM 1107
ACCT 3009 Taxation II ACCT 2028
FIN 1003 Financial Systems in Canada None
BUS 3015 Applied Business Planning ACCT 1001, MATH 1021 & HRM 1008
ECON 1021 Environmental Economics ECON 1031 or ECON 1032 or ECON 1034
COMM 1156 Talking Business COMM 1107
MGMT 2034 Field-Based Consulting - Theory Successful completion of semester 3, by interview only.
MGMT 2035 Field-Based Consulting - Field Work Successful completion of semester 3, by interview only.

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

The unique combination of skills that you will obtain can lead to a wide range of excellent career opportunities. These include financial accounting, financial analysis and management accounting. Accountants are widely sought-after for many different management positions across a wide range of industries.

Examples of positions graduates can expect to obtain upon graduation include:

  • accounts payable and receivable departments
  • payroll
  • financial management training programs
  • corporate accounting departments
  • accounting information systems
  • financial and tax analysts

Future Study Options 

Opportunities exist for three-year Accounting or Financial Services diploma students to enter the Bachelor of Applied Business (Financial Services) program through an articulation agreement

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There are many pathways into the Business Administration -Accounting Advanced Diploma B157 (Work Experience) program including high school, work, the Business Diploma program and other college or university programs. After graduating from the program, students can go to work, or they can further their education through a graduate certificate, a professional credential or designation, or a university or college degree such as the Bachelor of Commerce - Financial Services Degree.

Tuition and Fees


$3,489.00 * †

Additional Cost 

*This program includes 2 Work Experience semesters. The tuition fee for this program does NOT include the cost of Work Experience semesters. The first Work Experience fee of $450 covers the cost of the Work Experience Preparation course and the first Work Experience semester. There is an additional fee of $450 for the second Work Experience semester.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)

Course Exemptions

Some college and university credits may qualify you for exemptions. Please visit for more information.

English Proficiency

Proficiency in English communications is necessary for success in these programs.

Applicants may be required to complete English testing to demonstrate proficiency.

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International students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2160


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