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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.

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 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 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 more details. Please consult the ACCA web site for additional information on the ACCA program structure.

Program Name

Business Administration - Accounting

Program Code



Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

3 Years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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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 2020-21

Semester 1
ACCT 1 Introductory Accounting 1
ADMN 1000 Introduction to Canadian Business
COMM 110 Communications for College
COMP 222 Computer Application Fundamentals
MATH 35 Introductory Business Mathematics
GENE General Education Course

Semester 2
ACCT 2 Introductory Accounting 2
CARE 60 Career Development 1
COMM 39 Communications for Business
ECON 2 Macroeconomics
HUMA 53 Principles of Human Resources Management
MARK 201 Introductory Marketing 1
MATH 53 Mathematics of Finance

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

Semester 4
ACCT 10 Management Accounting 2
ACCT 202 Intermediate Accounting 2
BLAW 1 Business Law: Contract/Tort
FINA 1 Financial Management 1
BTAX 1 Taxation 1
BUSI 400 Restricted Elective Business 1
GENE General Education Course

Semester 5
ACCT 35 Auditing
ACCT 203 Intermediate Accounting 3
ADMN 5 Preparation for Placement
BTAX 2 Taxation 2
FINA 2 Financial Management 2
MATH 75 Business Statistics
PROJ 1 Project Management

Semester 6
ACCT 7 Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 204 Intermediate Accounting 4
ADMN 60 Business Strategy
FINA 45 Cases in Financial Management
INTN 60 Accounting Work Placement
ACCT 15 Management Accounting 3

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


Being forced into a mid-life career change, SLC proved to be the best possible choice I could have made.  Two years after graduating from the business program I am earning more than many MBA's....the value of a high GPA from SLC is not to be underestimated.

Kevin Bradshaw

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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