Business - Accounting Program (B103)

Business – Accounting
School of Accounting and Finance
St. James Campus
2 years (4 semesters)
September, January
Ontario College Diploma
The Business – Accounting two-year diploma in Toronto provides you with a solid background in basic accounting concepts and practices, as well as broad-based business skills related to accounting application software, spreadsheets and databases, economics, communications, law and taxation. This rigorous learning experience will enable you to build and demonstrate the skills you need to work in the field of accounting.

Full Program Descriptions


The Business – Accounting two-year diploma provides you with a solid background in basic accounting concepts and practices, as well as broad-based business skills related to accounting application software, spreadsheets and databases, economics, communications, law and taxation. This rigorous learning experience will enable you to build and demonstrate the skills you need to work in the field of accounting.

These industry-ready skills include:

  • Processing common business transactions
  • Preparing reports on organization financial performance
  • Preparing financial budgets and plans to support management decisions
  • Analyzing operating performance
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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

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, college programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit

Course Outline

Required Courses 

In order to graduate from the B103 program, you need to complete 25 courses: 22 Mandatory courses, and 3 General Education Electives.

Depending on the results of your placement tests, you may be required to take COMM 1003 (English Skills) or CESL 1003 (English Skills-ESL) before progressing to COMM 1007. Similarly, you may be required to take MATH1027 (Business Math with Remediation) before progressing to MATH 1021. COMM1003/CESL 1003 and MATH 1027 do not count towards the 25 courses required for graduation, and you will be charged for these extra courses. Please speak to the Business Office staff if you need any assistance.

General Education Courses (Semester Two, Three, and Four): You must complete 4 General Education courses. 1 mandatory (“Successful Social Relations” - GHUM 1087) and 3 chosen from at least 2 of the following categories: Social Sciences (GSSC), Arts and Humanities (GHUM) or Science and Technology (GSCI).

You are required to make up any failed or dropped courses before you are eligible to graduate. You can make up these courses during the day, and some are offered in the evening through Continuing Education. Please check with the Business Office staff to ensure that the Continuing Education courses are equivalent to what is taught in the full-time program. Note that some courses may not be offered in every semester. Our staff can assist you in any special timetable requirements you may have.

Printable Curriculum Planner 2016-2017pdf file
Printable Curriculum Planner 2017-2018pdf file


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
ACCT 1001 Accounting Fundamentals 1 NONE
BUS 1038 Business Concepts I NONE
COMM 1007 College English NONE
MATH 1021 Mathematics of Finance NONE
ECON 1031 Microeconomics NONE
GHUM 1087 Successful Social Relations NONE


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
ACCT 1012 Accounting Fundamentals II ACCT 1001
COMP 1010 Business Computer Applications I NONE
ECON 1032 Macroeconomics NONE
COMM 1034 Professional Communications I COMM1007
STAT 1010 Quantitative Methods I MATH 1021
PSY 1129 Organizational Behaviour NONE
Select One General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
ACCT 2001 Financial Accounting 1 ACCT 1012
ACCT 2011 Management Accounting I ACCT 1012
ACCT 2012 Accounting Application Software ACCT 1012
STS 1037 Career Planning and Development NONE
ACCT 3008 Finance I ACCT 1012
Select One General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
ACCT 2004 Financial Accounting II ACCT 2001
ACCT 2028 Taxation I ACCT 1001
ACCT 2013 Accounting Information Systems ACCT 1012
LAW 2003 Commercial Law NONE
ACCT 2014 Management Accounting II ACCT 2011
Select One General Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates are prepared for careers in a wide range of business sectors including manufacturing, merchandising, service organizations, federal, provincial and municipal government offices, banks and other financial institutions. Graduates of the program have found employment as:

  • Accounts Analyst
  • Accounts Payable and Receivable Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Customer Service Representative

Future Study Options 

This two-year diploma has a pathway to the Business Administration - Accounting B107/B157 three-year advanced diploma.

For information on additional future study options, see

There are many pathways into the Business - Human Resources Diploma B103 program, including high school, work and other college or university programs. After graduating from the program, students can go on to work, or they can further their education through another university or college program, through a graduate certificate or entering the Business Administration Accounting Advanced Diploma Program.

Tuition and Fees


$3,716.00 *

Additional Cost 

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2016. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2017 and at later dates.

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)

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

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 this program.

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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Success Stories  

Yun Fu

"George Brown College has an excellent business accounting program, which offers good experience and practical knowledge and it also lays down the groundwork for your future career. With professors and other supporting people in the place to help, my questions can always be answered and explained thoroughly. It is great fun to study  and make friends with people from all over the world."

Yun Fu, Student, Business - Accounting Program

Jasminka Milovanovic, Student, Business - Accounting Program

"George Brown College gave me an opportunity to be myself and allowed me to reach my full potential. It is very important for me to be acknowledged for my work, something that was not possible back home. Diversity and equality is greatly valued here at George Brown. Professors are amazing and all of them create an inclusive environment where all students can thrive. The Business  Accounting program offers a solid accounting foundation that is highly applicable and makes you fully prepared to enter the workforce." Jasminka Milovanovic (Student, Business  Accounting)

Emily Tingting Song

"My learning experience at George Brown was amazing. It not only enabled me to apply the knowledge I gained in a real working environment, but it also directed me to pursue the CGA designation. The invaluable experience of being a tutor at Tutoring & Learning Centre also helped me to improve my communication and learning skills, and made me more confident in the workplace."

Emily Tingting Song (Graduate 2012, Business  Accounting)

Catherine Liu

"The Business – Accounting program offered me strong accounting knowledge and practice, which helped me to apply them easily at work. At George Brown College, the professors are mentors that lead you to career success. This great learning experience gave me a headstart to reach out into the job market."

Catherine Liu (Graduate 2012, Business  Accounting)

Contact Us

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Business – Accounting (B103)

For inquiries related to this program (for example, course-specific information) please contact the Coordinator:

Brent Cook, Program Coordinator



Brent Cook, Interim Chair, School of Accounting and Finance


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