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 in Toronto provides you with the knowledge and skills required to perform a range of complex accounting functions including financial analysis, planning and control as well as using analytical and evaluation skills to support management functions, and collaborating in the design of an organization's internal control systems. The program includes auditing, corporate taxation, law and strategic management. This 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 Administration – Accounting (with work experience) three-year advanced diploma provides you with the knowledge and skills required to perform a range of complex accounting functions including financial analysis, planning and control as well as using analytical and evaluation skills to support management functions, and collaborating in the design of an organization's internal control systems. The program includes auditing, corporate taxation, law and strategic management.

This learning experience will enable you to build and demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in spreadsheets, databases and accounting software programs
  • Essential communication skills for advising business owners and managers on business decisions
  • Ability to perform accounting transactions in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
B107 - Photo of students

This program (B157) is offered with work experience. Students wishing to apply for Business Administration – Accounting without work experience should apply to B107.

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 Education Options 

Work experience (Co-op and Internship)

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 will provide the learning experiences they value and meet the learning outcomes of the program.

This vauable work experience can in turn be added to your resume.

For more detailed Field Education information visit

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 B107 program, you need to complete 34 courses: 29 Mandatory courses, 2 Business Electives, and 3 General Education Electives. For the B157 program, you need to take an additional course Work Experience Prep Course (BUS 1000) in semester 3, and complete 2 Work Experience (Coop or Internship) Terms.

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 35 courses required for graduation, and you will be charged for these extra courses. Please speak to the Business Office if you need any assistance.

General Education Courses (Semester Four Five and Six): 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. Please 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 I NONE
BUS 1038 Business Concepts I NONE
ECON 1031 Microeconomics NONE
COMM 1007 College English NONE
MATH 1021 Mathematics of Finance NONE


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
ACCT 1012 Accounting Fundamentals II ACCT 1001
COMP 1010  Business Computer Applications I NONE
COMM 1034 Professional Communications I COMM 1007
ECON 1032 Macroeconomics NONE
FIN 1011 Fundamentals of Financial Planning NONE
PSY 1129 Organizational Behaviour NONE


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
ACCT 2001 Financial Accounting I ACCT 1012
ACCT 2011 Management Accounting I ACCT 1012
ACCT 2012 Accounting Application Software ACCT 1012
STAT 1010 Quantitative Methods I MATH 1021
BUS 1000 Work Experience Prep Course* COMM 1007 & 3.0 GPA
GHUM 1087 Successful Social Relations NONE
*This course is mandatory only for students taking the Work Experience Option (B157)


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
ACCT 2036 Financial Accounting II ACCT 2001
ACCT 2014 Management Accounting II ACCT 2011
ACCT 2013 Accounting Information Systems ACCT 1012
ACCT 3008 Finance I ACCT 2004
STS 1037 Career Planning & Development NONE
Select One General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
ACCT 2007 Auditing I ACCT 2004
ACCT 2028 Taxation I ACCT 1001
LAW 2003 Commercial Law NONE
Select Two Business Electives
Select One General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
BUS 3001 Strategic Management PSY 1129
MGMT 4009 Operations Management MATH 1021
ACCT 3003 Auditing II ACCT 2007
ACCT 3009 Taxation II ACCT 2028
ACCT 3004 Finance II ACCT 3008
Select One General Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives


Below are Business Elective courses for Business Administration Accounting.

semester courses
Code Business Electives Pre-requisite
COMP 1115 Business Computer Applications II COMP 1010
MARK 1020 Principles of Marketing I NONE
HRM 1008 Fundamentals of Human Resource Management Management NONE
CMMK 1127 The Business Media in Canada COMM 1034 
FIN 1003 Financial Systems in Canada None
FIN 2061 Canadian Investments I FIN 1011
FIN 2062 Canadian Investments II FIN 1011
BUS 1058 Corporate Governance Successful Completion of Semester 3
STAT 2011 Quantitative Methods II STAT 1010
BUS 3015 Applied Business Planning ACCT 1001, MATH 1021 & HRM 1008
FIN 1040 Estate Planning Fundamentals FIN 1011
FIN 2005 Income Tax Planning FIN 1011
FIN 2007 Investment Planning FIN 1011
FIN 2023 Risk Management, Insurance & Estate Planning FIN 1011
ECON 1021 Environmental Economics ECON 1031 or ECON 1032 or ECON 1034
FIN 1035 Retirement Planning FIN 1011
CMMK 1156 Talking Business COMM 1034
CMMK 1114 Business Research & Report Writing COMM 1034

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Educational / Degree Pathway 

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

For further information, see

Your Career 

The combination of skills that you will obtain through this program can lead to a wide range of excellent career opportunities in many sectors. These include financial accounting, financial analysis and management accounting. Accounting skills are widely sought-after for many different management positions across a wide range of industries. Graduates of the program have found employment as:

  • Accounting Analyst
  • Accounts Payable or Receivables Clerk
  • Junior Accountant
  • Financial Analyst

Future Study Options 

Graduates of the Business Administration – Accounting advanced diploma may be eligible for advanced standing in the Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services) program at George Brown. In addition, George Brown College has agreements with several universities in Canada, the United States and abroad that will give you credit for your college diploma. For information on additional future study options, see


Graduates of this program may wish to pursue other designations or credentials. For information on the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, visit

Note: The requirements for each designation/certification are set by the granting body, not George Brown College. In order to qualify for any of these designations/certifications, you need to follow the process listed on its website and meet all the requirements applicable to you.

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


$3,716.00 * †

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.

†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)

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.

Please visit for more details

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Business Administration: Accounting (B107/B157)

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

Rand Rowlands, Program Coordinator



Brent Cook, Interim Chair, School of Accounting and Finance


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George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.

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