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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, and 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 six

  • 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 (see


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

Business and Information Technology

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 Semester


Fall Semester

Winter Semester

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the 2017-18 Academic Schedule which will be posted on our website in early 2017.

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
ACC 1100Intro to Financial Accounting 4
BUS 1034Intro to Business Management 3
BUS 1035Computer Apps for Business 3
BUS 1100Business Mathematics 4
ENG 1002College Communication 3
HRP 1000Intro to Human Resources 3
MKT 1004Marketing I 3
 Term Credits: 23
Semester 2
ACC 1310Financial Accounting II 4
BUS 1200Financial Math 4
ECN 1101Microeconomics 3
ENG 2205Business Reports and Presentations 3
ISP 3026Spreadsheet Management 3
MKT 1200Introduction to Marketing II 3
The following General Education course:  3
Positive Psychology 3
 Term Credits: 23
Semester 3
ACC 1117Intermediate Accounting I (Assets) 5
ACC 2320Management Accounting I 4
BUS 2040Organizational Behavior 3
ECN 1201Macroeconomics 3
FIN 1006Finance I 4
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Health Wellness 3
Intro to Indigenous Studies 3
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 4
ACC 1022Accounting Information Systems 3
ACC 1023Intro to Personal Taxation 4
ACC 1118Intermediate Accounting II (Liabilities) 4
BUS 1033Statistics 4
BUS 2320Business Law 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Cross-Cultural Understanding 3
Media and Current Events 3
 Term Credits: 21
Semester 5
ACC 1014Corporate Tax and Remittances 4
ACC 1119Intermediate Accounting III 4
ACC 3501Auditing 5
FIN 1007Applied Finance 3
MGT 1001Management Control 4
 Term Credits: 20
Semester 6
ACC 1021Advanced Financial Accounting 4
ACC 1115Project Management 2
ACC 1121Integrated Case Analysis 3
ACC 3610Field Placement 7
 Term Credits: 16
 Total Credits: 125
Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

Tuition fees for Year 1 of this program for the 2016-2017 Academic Year are $3,753.40. The breakdown of tuition fees can be found at

Tuition fees for the 2017-18 Academic Year will be posted at by May 1, 2017.

Tuition Fee (International Students)

Tuition fees for Year 1 of this program for the 2016-2017 Academic Year are $14,119.28. The breakdown of tuition fees can be found at

Tuition fees for the 2017-18 Academic Year will be posted at by May 1, 2017.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 for the 2016-2017 Academic year is approximately $1,000. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

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

University Degree Opportunities

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

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.


This program has multiple pathway options. Please visit for more 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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