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Business - Accounting

Available at: Cornwall | Kingston



St. Lawrence College offers two programs in account­ing as follows:

Program Name

Program Length


Business Accounting

2 Years

Ontario College Diploma

Business Administration – Accounting

3 Years

Ontario College Advanced Diploma


The first two years in both programs are common. The Business Administration – Accounting (3 year) program offers students a more intensive background in financial accounting, corporate finance, cost accounting and taxation during the third year as well as a work placement in the final semester of the program.

Click here to read FAQ about our Accounting programs.

September - apply at K0259
November - You can start this program in November - code K0973OC. Applicants should apply at as a Business Fundamentals (0973OC) student. All students will start in this program and transition into the Business program area of their choice.
January - apply at  - code K0259

Learn more about the path from Business programs to the Bachelor of Business Administration program.


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

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 into 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 into 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. Also consult the attached letter, for further details. Please consult the ACCA web site for additional information on the ACCA program structure.

Program Name

Business - Accounting

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates

*NOTE - for November, applicants should apply at OCAS as a Business Fundamentals student (K0973OC) and will transition into the Business program area of their choice.
Special May Intake - International Students Only

Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

To view a detailed fee schedule, please click here. The fee schedule will open as a PDF in a new window.

International Fees

To view a detailed International fee schedule, please click here. The fee schedule will open as a PDF in a new window.

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 our 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 2020-21

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

Semester 2
ACCT 2 Introductory Accounting 2
ADMN 2000 Workplace Dynamics and Behaviour
COMM 39 Communications for Business
ECON 2 Macroeconomics
MATH 53 Mathematics of Finance
Business Elective - choose ONE of the following:
HUMA 53 Principles of Human Resources Management
MARK 201 Introductory Marketing 1

Semester 3
ACCT 5 Management Accounting 1
ACCT 36 Computer Applications in Accounting
ACCT 201 Intermediate Accounting 1
ECON 1 Microeconomics
COMP 45 Advanced Excel
HUMA 1079 Organizational Behaviour
GENE Online General Education Elective

Semester 4
ACCT 202 Intermediate Accounting 2
BTAX 1 Taxation 1
FINA 1 Financial Management 1
ACCT 11 Payroll and Government Reporting
ACCT 10 Management Accounting 2
BLAW 1 Business Law: Contract/Tort
GENE 60 Topics in the Contemporary Workplace

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

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.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details



Health Requirements


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

Lisa Knechtle-Jerkiewicz

Admissions Information

Connect with a Student Recruitment Officer:

International Students Contact:

Additional Information

Program delivery is run on weekdays; classes may start as early as 8:30 am and may sometimes run to 8:30 pm. 

Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

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

Advanced Standing

Once you have been accepted into your college program, contact your program coordinator at for details.

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