Business Accounting

Kingston Campus | Program Code: 0259 | Open for International Students
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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.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

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

Program Details

Code 0259
Start Date May, January, September
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Campus Kingston
Program Length 2 Years
Delivery Full-Time
Open for international students
*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.

Program Highlights

This program is comprised of the study of business fundamentals with a focus on accounting and finance, including financial and cost accounting, taxation, and accounting software applications. Students have the opportunity to pursue the payroll certification through the SLC Continuing Education Department.

Program Outline

  • Semester 2: Electives

Choose one of the following: HUMA 53 or MARK 201


Through the perspective of both the Canadian and global business environments, this course will provide students with a foundational knowledge of the current state of business and an opportunity to consider what the future may hold. Learners will develop their business vocabulary, understanding of business concepts, and engage with current and relevant issues in both a Canadian and global context. Students will learn the foundations of teamwork as a component of successful business operations. The functional areas of business and their relationship to management, leadership, and the future of work are discussed.

This course is designed to help students develop and practice the communication skills needed to succeed in college and workforce environments. Emphasis is placed on improving foundational communication strategies-reading, writing, listening, and speaking—and on developing research and critical thinking skills.

This course is designed to familiarize the student with basic computer operations and applications through instructor-led exercises, activities, and case studies. It explores various concepts of effective computer usage with a hands-on introduction to the Windows operating system, file management, and working effectively and collaboratively in an online environment. It also provides in-depth exploration and application of various features of the current version of Microsoft Office software including Word, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Excel is covered briefly in this course in relation to integration with the other Microsoft Office Suite products.

Introductory Business Math prepares students for success in business and financial mathematics. This course emphasizes the development of business-related numeracy and the fundamentals of the time value of money. Topics covered include basic numeracy, percent applications, payroll, tax, and time value of money.

In this course, students benchmark their norms and behaviours for professional and personal development. Students develop self-awareness utilizing formalized assessments to give language to the application of emotional intelligence and personal behaviours that could otherwise mistakenly be described as strengths or weaknesses. Students describe the impact of the their behaviours and further strategies to develop skills and compensate for barriers. Students practice using related terminology to better express their development progress. Students learn about high-functioning teams and practice those skills through teamwork activities. Students develop strategies for setting and implement goals.

In Accounting Fundamentals students create, use, and discuss foundational financial information. Students discuss the fundamental elements of accounting and their impact on business operations. By using accounting software to perform accounting operations students learn the elements of accounting software and routine accounting statements.

The economic environment is the theater in which contemporary managers plan, organize, lead, and control. This course introduces the language and navigational skills that condition students for success in this environment. Students learn microeconomic principals including supply and demand, the themes of scarcity, productivity, efficiency and effectiveness, the concept of opportunity cost, and the relationship between these fundamentals and the Canadian economy. Employing a practical approach to the Canadian macroeconomic environment, the course examines choices by individuals, businesses and governments and their effects on Gross Domestic Product, unemployment, the money supply, and exchange rates. The course addresses factors influencing both the supply side and the demand side of the economy including productivity, consumption, savings, and investment.

In this course, the emphasis is on the development of professional communication. Students develop communication and teamwork skills through the preparation and delivery of a range of professional documents and presentations utilizing current workplace technologies.

Principles of Human Resources Management is intended to provide students with an understanding of human resources management functions within organizations. The course introduces the purpose and the application of Human Resources activities which will assist organizations in achieving their goals and objectives. As such, this course is designed to lay the groundwork for more advanced studies in Human Resources and related subjects.

Marketing Essentials introduces students to the basic principles and practices of marketing management in the modern business setting. This course examines the consumer market for goods and services and the major decision areas of marketing: identifying and selecting target markets, product, price, distribution, integrated marketing communications and customer relationship management. Key concepts including value creation, marketing mix, marketing strategy, and marketing best practices are introduced and explored. Data and the application of metrics and analytics in decision making are discussed and applied.

This course provides an overview of the mathematics of business financial management. Annuities are studied and applied to various business applications and financial decision-making such as bonds, sinking funds, investments, loans, mortgages and net present value.  

This course expands on the student’s introductory level knowledge of spreadsheets and databases. Using Microsoft Excel, students learn advanced Excel features such as charts, logical functions, pivot tables, goal seek, data tables, macros, multiple worksheets, lists, look-up tables, and financial functions. The focus is on using advanced spreadsheet functions accurately and effectively to analyze problems that arise in business.

Graduates are entering the world of work just as it is being radically transformed. While technical skills remain crucial, organizations are now looking to hire a workforce with the human skills to thrive in the modern workplace. In this course, students will cultivate and apply knowledge for the contemporary workplace. Driven by case studies and real-world context, students will develop an understanding of the impacts of equity, diversity, and inclusion, social responsibility, ethics and sustainability, and client service. Students will work in diverse teams throughout this course, ultimately applying the course learning in a culminating capstone project where they will propose recommendations to an organization.

ACCT 5 is the first of two management accounting courses in the Business-Accounting program and the first of three managerial accounting courses in the Business Administration-Accounting program. Management accounting differs from financial accounting in that it concentrates on the estimation, accumulation and presentation on internal accounting information for performance evaluation and decision making purposes. Emphasis in this first course is on defining management accounting concepts and terminology. It introduces job order costing, cost behaviour and the preparation of contribution format income statements. Finally, special issues with cost-volume-profit relationships will be studied in depth.

Prerequisite(s): MATH53 + ACCT2

Computer Applications in Accounting is designed to provide the student with experience in maintaining computerized accounting records, primarily using current accounting software. This course will reinforce all of the principles and concepts that were introduced in Introductory Accounting. Students set up a computerized accounting system for a company, process transactions in all modules and are expected to print and interpret generated reports.

Prerequisite(s): ACCT1

This course expands on the principles and practices of financial accounting covered in the introductory financial accounting courses. Further training in accounting systems and the preparation, analysis, and interpretation of financial statements is provided at an intermediate level. The topics covered in this course include the accounting for business assets specifically: cash, accounts and notes receivable, inventories, and investments. Canadian Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE) and the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) are applied to various situations involving this material, with further reference to financial statement presentation in adherence to both legal and Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CPA) Handbook requirements.

Prerequisite(s): ACCT2

This course introduces students to the workings of our market system, within which business organizations must function. In particular, the course studies consumer and business behaviour within a mixed government-market framework. Emphasis is placed on understanding how microeconomic analysis is employed in such functional areas as accounting and finance, marketing, and human resources management, as well as in interpreting government actions in the marketplace and other events of a microeconomic nature.

This course covers Excel from basics to advanced topics. It is designed to introduce students to electronic spreadsheets and then introduces more advanced features of Microsoft Excel. During the course students will create simple spreadsheets using the four building blocks of cell content: labels, values, formulas and functions. Students will also gain skills in visually formatting the spreadsheet and creating simple charts. Students will create spreadsheets using more complex functions including arithmetic on date values; managing multi-sheet workbooks; incorporating protection within the workbooks and use filtering of data in tables. Advanced topics in Excel includes: creating automated worksheet tasks, What-If analysis, Pivot Tables, exchanging data with other programs and programming in VBA.

Prerequisite(s): COMP222

The study of organizational behaviour is the study of three separate, but interrelated, processes. The course begins with the study of individual behaviour in organizations, including such topics as perception, attitudes and work motivation. The study of group dynamics is also addressed, including such topics as team building, leadership, and decision-making. Finally the course explores the study of organizational structure, culture and change.

This course expands on the principles and practices of financial accounting covered in the introductory financial accounting courses. Further training in accounting systems and the preparation, analysis, and interpretation of financial statements is provided at an intermediate level. The topics covered in this course include the accounting for business assets and liabilities specifically: capital assets, current liabilities and capital and operating leases. Canadian Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE) and the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) are applied to various situations involving this material, with further reference to financial statement presentation in adherence to both legal and Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CPA) Handbook requirements.

Prerequisite(s): ACCT201

This course provides an introduction to the taxation of various sources of personal income in Canada. The structure of the Canadian Income Tax system and the rules imposed by the Canadian Income Tax Act are examined. Topics studied include the concepts of income, capital gains, deductions, capital cost allowance, and taxable income as they apply to the individual taxpayer. 

Prerequisite(s): ACCT2

This course provides an introduction to the field of business financial management. FINA 1 includes a review of the preparation of the primary financial statements and emphasizes their application in financial forecasting. Other major topics addressed include financial statement analysis, working capital management, and sources of short-term financing. The course also provides a brief review of time value of money concepts and their application in capital budgeting decisions which are examined in detail in FINA 2.

Prerequisite(s): ACCT5

This course is designed to familiarize students with the Government Reporting required in the daily course of business operations. A strong understanding of payroll is an important part of Government Reporting in that payroll deductions must be remitted to the Receiver General at specified intervals. Students will calculate and/or prepare the following: payroll including taxable benefits, payroll deductions, remittances for: HST (Harmonized Goods and Sales Tax), WSIB (Worker’s Safety and Insurance Board) and EHT (Employer Health Tax),T4s, and Records of Employment.

Prerequisite(s): ACCT2

This course provides an overall understanding of the accounting system, particularly the usefulness of accounting to management.  The three main areas to be covered are: routine reporting to management for planning and controlling current operations; special reporting to management for long range planning; and routine reporting on financial results for external use. 

Prerequisite(s): ACCT5

In Administrative Law students review the legal environment for businesses and identify its impact on operations. Students analyze legislation, statues, regulations, and company policies to identify compliance requirements, mitigate risk, and determine strategy. Exploring contracts, the law associated with business relationships, and various special legal rights and relationships students learn to consider the complex regulatory context in which businesses operate.

This is a course designed to help students adapt to the rapidly changing workplace. It provides an historical overview of our working society and how it has evolved. Issues such as employment equity, harassment, regulation of health and safety, unionization, professional organizations and codes of ethics are discussed. Students also identify strategies to meet the needs of current employers and to make interview processes work to their advantage.


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.

Other Requirements

Computer Requirements

Please use a PC computer for your accounting program studies. The use of a Mac computer is not recommended since the accounting and tax software used in this program does not run on Macs.



Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
$2,721.36 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$1,262.52 CAD
$3,983.88 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
$15,500.00 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$1,953.85 CAD
$17,453.85 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.


Our Kingston campus has seen significant renovation over the past few years, including a brand new Student Life and Innovation Centre that houses a new gymnasium, fitness centre, pub, and more.

Kingston Campus

Career Opportunities

Graduates find careers in bookkeeping, an office setting, or accounting in private business, not-for- profit organizations, government, and the finance industry.


"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
" The accounting program taught me how to be a better student, human and someone who cares about teams and team work. I can not express the importance of the 3rd year placement I had. I was able to get a job one week after graduation due to the fact my placement had a huge influence in me getting hired."
Sadegh Firouzi

Other 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.

Program Contacts

Program Contact
Lisa Knechtle-Jerkiewicz
613.544.5400 ext.1567

Admissions Information
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International Students Contact
+1 613.544.5400 ext. 5514

Credit Transfer Opportunities

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.

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.

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.

Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below.

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. 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.