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Business Administration - Accounting

Available at: Cornwall | Kingston


St. Lawrence College offers two programs in accounting: Business Administration – Accounting, a three-year program and Business – Accounting, a two-year program. The Business Administration – Accounting program offers students a more intensive background in financial accounting, corporate finance, cost accounting and taxation during the third year.

The first two semesters of most Business programs offer the same curriculum. The curriculum for the remaining semesters in the accounting programs focuses on the areas of accounting and finance.


The professional accounting bodies in Canada (CGA, CMA, CA) have undergone a unification which has resulted in the formation of one designation (CPA - Chartered Professional Accountant). This led to a number of changes to the qualification processes and requirements for SLC graduates planning on entering the CPA program. 

CPA ACAF Certificate Program
Graduates of the accounting diploma programs can pursue the CPA Canada Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF).  A university degree is not required for this certification.  For more information on transfer credits, please review the CPA ACAF / St. Lawrence College transfer credit policy.

CPA Program Information
Students interested in pursuing a CPA designation can refer to the CPA Ontario web site for additional information on the CPA program.

The CPA program requires a university degree as an entrance requirement to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP Program).  Graduates from the SLC accounting diploma programs have the opportunity to complete a university degree right here at SLC as described below. 

BBA University Degree at SLC
Graduates of our accounting diploma programs have the opportunity to continue to the Laurentian University Bachelor of Business Administration degree offered on the Kingston campus. For more information about this opportunity, please refer to the BBA program web site.

Graduates of our accounting diploma programs have the opportunity to transfer to the professional program offered by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).  For more details on the accreditation agreement, please see here by entering the name of the institution and following the steps. The attached letter provides additional details.  Please consult the ACCA web site for further  information on theACCA program structure.

Stenberg College
In addition to the post-graduate opportunities described above, Stenberg College and the Professional Business Accountants’ Society of Canada (PBA) recognize St. Lawrence College as an approved institution for articulation of 12 of the 20 PBA Program courses. Graduates with these designated courses can immediately become "Associate Members" of PBA and can continue their progress towards full designation through additional online courses.

Program Name

Business Administration - Accounting

Program Code



Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

3 Years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2017-18 tuition fees are $2,935.68. Compulsory fees are $733.35. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

International Fees

2017-18 International tuition fees are $13,800.00. Compulsory fees are $1,420.35. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details, visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2018-19

Semester 1
ACCT 1 Introductory Accounting I
ADMN 1000 Introduction to Canadian Business
CARE 60 Career Development
COMM 34 Introduction to College Communications
COMP 222 Computer Application Fundamentals
GENE 114 Professional Effectiveness
MATH 35 Business Mathematics

Semester 2
ACCT 2 Introductory Accounting II
COMM 39 Communications for Business
ECON 2 Macroeconomics
HUMA 53 Principles of Human Resources Management
MARK 201 Introductory Marketing I
MATH 53 Mathematics of Finance

Semester 3
ACCT 5 Management Accounting I
ACCT 36 Accounting Software Applications
ACCT 201 Intermediate Accounting I
COMP 45 Advanced Excel
ECON 1 Microeconomics
HUMA 1079 Organizational Behaviour
GENE General Education Course (Online)

Semester 4
ACCT 10 Management Accounting II
ACCT 202 Intermediate Accounting II
ADMN 1100 Supply Chain Management
BLAW 1 Business Law
BTAX 1 Taxation I
FINA 1 Financial Management I
General Education Course

Semester 5
ACCT 35 Auditing
ACCT 203 Intermediate Accounting III
ADMN 5 Preparation for Placement
BTAX 2 Taxation II
FINA 2 Financial Management II
MATH 75 Statistics I
PROJ 1 Introduction to Project Management

Semester 6
ACCT 7 Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 15 Management Accounting III
ADMN 60 Business Strategy
FINA 45 Cases in Financial Management
INTN 60 Accounting Work Placement

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.


Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities


My instructors at St. Lawrence College are excellent. My accounting teacher has worked in the industry for thirty years. He’s worked all over Canada in the accounting field. And for us to be able to walk into an Accounting program our very first year, our very first semester, and have this person with such a massive background of experience — it’s incredible.

Mike Brown

Program Contact

David White

Admissions Information

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Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which  used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Students starting their program in January must take the second semester of study during the spring / summer semester  in order to be on track for the third semester in the fall.

Advanced Standing

High school students with a minimum grade of 75% in Grade 12 M level accounting (BAT4M) are eligible to receive advanced standing in St. Lawrence College Introductory Accounting ACCT 1. Once you have been accepted into your college program, contact your program coordinator for details.

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