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Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 6 semesters | Barrydowne

In Cambrian’s advanced program, you’ll benefit from hands-on training in the latest industry software, a placement opportunity, multiple pathways to degree programs, and credits that can be used towards a professional designation.

The Business Administration – Accounting program blends traditional lectures with interactive student discussions, formal presentations, individual work, and practical case studies that model the real business world. The program balances an intense focus on accounting with a broad education in other areas of business by combining courses in financial accounting, managerial skills, finance, cost accounting systems, auditing, computerized accounting, and personal and corporate income taxation. A placement in semester six provides additional hands-on experience and opportunities for networking.

This program has been designed to prepare students who want direct entry into the workforce and/or obtain advanced standing into professional accounting programs such as the Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) or the Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation. In order to obtain advanced standing in the credits for the ACAF certificate or the CAFM designation, students must achieve a 60% average or more in certain courses and an overall average of 65% in the program.

Program Highlights

  • 3 years – 6 semesters

  • Field placement in semester 6

  • Hands-on training in the latest accounting software including Sage 50, Profile, and Caseware

  • Receive credits towards the Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) and/or Certified Aboriginal Financial Management (CAFM) designation

  • Agreements with universities allows successful graduates to fast-track through a related degree program

  • This is a Northern College’s Collaborative Delivery program


All Business Administration – Accounting students participate in an unpaid, practical experience in the sixth semester. The placement is arranged by the coordinator of field placement, and students are formally evaluated by their employers. This exposure to the working world enables students to put into practice their recently obtained skills and knowledge.

4D Learning Opportunities              

Tax clinic – Each year, students provide tax preparation services free of charge to Cambrian students.

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How to Apply

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Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)

  • Any grade 11 mathematics (C), (U), or (M)

Recommended: computer competency in relevant software


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2019
  2. SEMESTER 2 Summer 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2019
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2020
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2020
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2021


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2019
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2020
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2020
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2021
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2021
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2022

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2020
  2. SEMESTER 2 Summer 2020
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2020
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2021
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2021
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2022

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule posted on our website.

Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ACC 1100 Introduction to Financial Accounting 4
BUS 1100 Business Mathematics 4
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
MKT 1004 Marketing I 3
BUS 1104 Introduction to Business Concepts 3
HRP 1000 Introduction to Human Resources 3
ISP 3026 Computer Applications for Business I 3
Semester 2
ACC 1310 Financial Accounting II 4
BUS 1200 Financial Math 4
ENG 2205 Business Reports and Presentations 3
MKT 1200 Marketing II 3
ECN 1101 Microeconomics 3
BUS 1035 Computer Applications for Business II 3
The following General Education course: 3
Positive Psychology  
Semester 3
ACC 1025 Intermediate Accounting I 6
ACC 2320 Management Accounting I 4
BUS 2040 Organizational Behavior 3
ECN 1201 Macroeconomics 3
BUS 1033 Statistics 4
One of the following General Education courses: 3
Health & Wellness  
Rock Music, Culture & Technology  
Canadian Political Studies  
Cross-Cultural Understanding  
Media and Current Events  
Semester 4
ACC 1022 Accounting Information Systems 3
ACC 1023 Taxation I 4
ACC 1026 Intermediate Accounting II 6
BUS 2320 Business Law 3
FIN 1006 Finance I 4
One of the following General Education courses: 3
Cross-Cultural Understanding  
Media and Current Events  
Health & Wellness  
Rock Music, Culture & Technology  
Canadian Political Studies  
Semester 5
ACC 1014 Taxation II 4
ACC 3501 Auditing 5
FIN 1007 Finance II 3
MGT 1001 Management Control 4
ACC 1021 Advanced Financial Accounting 4
QMM 1003 Business Analytics 4
Semester 6
ACC 1121 Integrated Case Analysis 3
ACC 3610 Field Placement 7
EXL 1004 Excel & Access for Accounting 3
BUS 1037 Project Management 3
 Total Credits132


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $1,500. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates can pursue a wide range of excellent career opportunities with financial institutions (banking and finance), public accounting firms, large private and public companies, government agencies, tax preparation and financial planning firms, and retail sector organizations. Graduates may find employment as:

  • General accountants

  • Accounting technicians/staff accountants/cost accountants

  • Internal auditors

  • Small business operators

  • Treasurers/financial analysts

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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