Business Administration – Accounting Program
(with work experience)

  • Program Name:
    Business Administration – Accounting
  • Code: B157
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Method of Study:
  • Duration:
    3 years (6 semesters in-class, 2 semesters work experience)
  • Centre:
  • School:
  • Location: St. James Campus
  • Starting Months: January, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $4,055.00 * †
  • Experiential Learning:
    Work Experience (Co-op or Internship) Required

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Program Overview

The Business Administration – Accounting (with work experience) three-year advanced diploma at George Brown College 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 Description

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)

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

This Centre for Business program is part of our School of Accounting and Finance.

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 valuable work experience can in turn be added to your resume.

For more detailed information about Field Education visit

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Record financial transactions in compliance with Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for sole proprietorships, partnerships, private enterprises, publicly accountable enterprises and non-profit organizations.
  2. Prepare and present financial statements, reports and other documents in compliance with Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for sole proprietorships, partnerships and private enterprises.
  3. Contribute to strategic decision-making by applying advanced management accounting concepts.
  4. Prepare individuals' and Canadian-controlled private corporations’ income tax returns and individuals’ basic tax planning in compliance with relevant legislation and regulations.
  5. Analyze and evaluate organizational structures and the interdependence of functional areas, and contribute to the development of strategies which positively impact financial performance.
  6. Analyze and evaluate, within a Canadian context, the impact of economic variables, legislation, ethics, technological advances and the environment on an organization’s operations.
  7. Analyze and evaluate an organization's internal control system, taking risk management into account.
  8. Contribute to strategic decision-making by applying advanced financial management concepts.
  9. Co-ordinate the planning, implementation, management and evaluation of team projects by applying project management principles.


Required Courses

In order to graduate from the B157 program, you need to complete 35 courses: 30 Mandatory courses, 2 Business Electives, and 3 General Education Electives. For the B157 program, you need to take a 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 2019-2020


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
GHUM 1087 Successful Social Relations NONE
MATH 1191 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
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 1191
BUS 1000 Work Experience Prep Course* COMM 1007 & 3.0 GPA
LAW 2003 Commercial Law NONE
Select One General Education Elective


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 1012
FIN 1011 Fundamentals of Financial Planning NONE


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
ACCT 2007 Auditing I ACCT 2036
ACCT 2028 Taxation I ACCT 1001
ACCT 3004 Finance II ACCT 3008
STS 1037 Career Planning & Development NONE
Select One Business Elective
Select One General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
BUS 3001 Strategic Management PSY 1129
MGMT 4009 Operations Management MATH 1191
ACCT 3003 Auditing II ACCT 2007
ACCT 3009 Taxation II ACCT 2028
Select One Business Elective
Select One General Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives


Below are Business Elective courses for Business Administration Accounting.

semester courses
CodeBusiness ElectivesPre-requisite
COMP 1115Business Computer Applications IICOMP 1010
MARK 1020Principles of Marketing INONE
MARK 2053Negotiation SkillsNONE
HRM 1008Fundamentals of Human Resource Management ManagementNONE
CMMK 1127The Business Media in CanadaCOMM 1034
FIN 1003Financial Systems in CanadaNone
FIN 2061Canadian Investments IFIN 1011
FIN 2062Canadian Investments IIFIN 1011
BUS 1058Corporate GovernanceSuccessful Completion of Semester 3
STAT 2011Quantitative Methods IISTAT 1010
FIN 1040Estate Planning FundamentalsFIN 1011
FIN 2005Income Tax PlanningFIN 1011
FIN 2007Investment PlanningFIN 1011
ECON 1021Environmental EconomicsECON 1031 or ECON 1032 or ECON 1034
FIN 1035Retirement PlanningFIN 1011
CMMK 1156Talking BusinessCOMM 1034
CMMK 1114Business Research & Report WritingCOMM 1034

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

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:

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

Educational Pathways

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

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. For information on additional future study options, see


Certain diploma credits may be recognized by CPA Ontario as preparatory courses. For more information, please contact CPA Ontario or our department office.

Graduates of this program may also wish to pursue membership in the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). For more information on the ACCA please contact

This is an ACCA Accredited Program and provide the following ACCA exemptions:


  • F1-F4 (On completion)
  • F5 (On the basis of Management Accounting I (ACCT 2011) PLUS Management Accounting II (ACCT 2014))
  • F6 (On the basis of Taxation I (ACCT 2028) PLUS Taxation II (ACCT 3009))

This programme will hold accreditation for a period of 5 years, for graduates from 01/01/2017 to 31/12/2021.

For more details on the ACCA and their exemptions, visit the ACCA exemptions page.

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.

Tuition and Fees


$4,055.00 * †

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 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.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

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 and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

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 Language Proficiency

Proficiency in English communications is necessary for success in this program.

Please visit for more details

International (Visa) Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

How to Apply

Apply To

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Student Success

Student Name
Rushi Patel

George Brown provided me with a base that I needed to start my career in the accounting/financial industry. The practical experiences and real-work exposure that I got as part of my program were immensely helpful.Read more about Rushi's story

Contact Us

Information Sessions

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Domestic Student Admissions

For inquiries about domestic admission requirements, admission deadlines, or the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Office at or visit the Admissions section.

International Student Admissions

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page.

Fees and Financial Information

For inquiries about OSAP, Bursaries, Scholarships and other financial inquiries, please contact the Financial Aid Office at or visit the Financial Aid section.

Entry Advising

For advice on the various program options and which program might be best suited for you, make an appointment to see an Entry Advisor. Please review these frequently asked questions.

Centre for Business

For questions regarding programs at the Centre for Business or if you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our knowledgeable staff are available to assist you.

For general inquiries, please contact the Centre for Business:
Phone: (416) 415-5000 ext. 2160

Business Administration: Accounting (B107/B157)

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

Rand Rowlands, Program Co-ordinator


Sam Levy, Chair, School of Accounting and Finance


Visit Our Campus

This program is offered out of our School of Accounting and Finance and classes take place at our St. James Campus, predominantly at 200 King St. E., and 290 Adelaide St. E., Toronto, ON, Canada.

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