Cutting-edge tech meets conventional, hands-on accounting 

A compelling mix of traditional lectures and first-hand training in the latest industry software makes this advanced diploma program your ticket to a rewarding business career. Get ready for the real world with an intense focus on various essential accounting systems, blended with a well-rounded economics and business education. 
Traditional lectures, formal presentations, interactive discussions, individual work, and practical case studies model the real business world. An in-depth concentration on accounting is balanced with a broad education in related areas of business, with courses in financial accounting, managerial skills, finance, cost accounting systems, auditing, computerized accounting, and personal and corporate income taxation. The final semester provides a placement and networking opportunities. 

Program highlights

  • Hands-on training in the latest accounting software  
  • Placement in semester 6 
  • Networking opportunities 
  • Successful grads can fast-track through degree-related programs at partner universities 

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ACC 1045 Introduction to Accounting 3
BUS 1125 Business Professionalism 3
BUS 1146 Introduction to Business Management 3
BUS 1211 Business Mathematics 3
ECN 1101 Microeconomics 3
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
ISP 3026 Spreadsheets for Business 3
Semester 2
ACC 1050 Financial Accounting 3
BUS 1111 Business Research Methods 3
BUS 1153 CSR and Ethics 3
BUS 1212 Financial Mathematics 3
ECN 1202 Macroeconomics 3
MKT 1204 Foundations of Marketing 3
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 3
ACC 1028 Intermediate Accounting I 4
ACC 2321 Introduction to Management Accounting 4
ACC 1060 Accounting Applications 3
BUS 1233 Statistics 3
BUS 2320 Business Law 3
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 4
ACC 3502 Introduction to Audit 4
ACC 1027 Personal Taxation 4
ACC 1029 Intermediate Accounting II 4
FIN 1016 Introduction to Finance 3
IND 1011 Indigenous Business and Economics 3
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 5
ACC 1114 Corporate Taxation 4
ACC 1130 Intermediate Accounting III 4
ACC 1128 Intermediate Management Accounting 4
FIN 1017 Corporate Finance 3
QMM 1003 Business Analytics 4
Semester 6
ACC 1030 Business Leadership 3
ACC 3610 Field Placement 7
ACC 1035 Strategy and Governance 4
BUS 1037 Project Management 3
 Total Credits119

For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.

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

Additional admission requirements


  • Computer competency in relevant software

Program delivery


Fall term start
SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026
SEMESTER 5:  Fall 2026
SEMESTER 6:  Winter 2027

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026
SEMESTER 5:  Fall 2026
SEMESTER 6:  Winter 2027

Specific program pathways

Honours Bachelor of Business Administration - advanced standing opportunity

Graduates from this program (or equivalent) meeting a 2.5 GPA requirement are eligible for advanced standing in the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration program and will receive direct entry into Year 3 and have a potential to receive additional transfer credits. 

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.

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 are prepared for employment opportunities as:

  • General accountants
  • Accounting technicians/staff accountants/cost accountants
  • Internal auditors
  • Small business operators
  • Treasurers/financial analysts

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.