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Degree Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Business and Information Technology
Location North Oshawa campus location
Start dates September
Length Four years
Program load Full-time
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Our Commerce program's Accounting major provides excellent preparation for an exciting career as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

General information

Our Commerce program's Accounting major provides excellent preparation for an exciting career as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). Our program is accredited by CPA Ontario and if you complete all required courses, you will be eligible to enter the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP). You will acquire up-to-date knowledge and develop the professional judgment and critical thinking skills that are essential for today’s—and tomorrow’s—professional accountants.

Accounting graduates who are eligible for CPA PEP can apply to our Graduate Diploma in Accounting, which allows you to complete the first four modules of the PEP during the summer following graduation.

Additional information

Faculty of Business and Information Technology website

Admission requirements

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including English (ENG4U) with a minimum average of 60 per cent and one of Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) or Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U) with a minimum average of 60 per cent. 

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.

Last year's cut-off 70 per cent
Expected cut-off Low 70s

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our admissions website:
 Ontario secondary school applicants 
• Ontario secondary school graduates
• Canadian out-of-province high school applicants 
• International applicants 
• Mature applicants (over 21 and never attended post-secondary) 
• Transfer applicants
• General Arts and Science (GAS) applicants 
• Home-schooled applicants

Program curriculum

Sample Courses

  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Auditing Standards and Applications
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting III
  • Intermediate Managerial Accounting
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • Introduction to Taxation

The first two years of the program have a common curriculum featuring simulations, teamwork and case studies. In your third year, students can proceed to the Accounting major.

A full program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar. Courses are subject to change without notice.

Experiential learning

You will gain hands-on experience as you learn how to apply theory to the processes of business decision-making and problem-solving. Our Accounting major includes the opportunity to participate in internship work placements (locally or aboard) or Capstone study projects in which you work within a team to provide consulting services to one of our industry partners.

Our emphasis on experiential learning also includes the integration of case study analysis, computer simulations, field-based projects, and problem-solving activities into our courses. In addition, students can enrich their opportunities for experiential learning by participating in student competitions and various student societies.

Career opportunities

  • accountant
  • auditor
  • banker
  • consultant
  • controller
  • credit analyst
  • financial analyst
  • financial planner
  • tax accountant

Success stories

"Ontario Tech is where students break boundaries and do things they never thought possible. Students have access to great Business and Accounting professors who motivate and share their professional experiences, and accomplished mentors and colleagues who push students to achieve greatness. I played varsity sports as a member of the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks men’s soccer team. I had the privilege of studying abroad on exchange in Europe for a semester; this experience will always be one of the best of my life."

- Nik Pandikiu
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), class of 2014
Accountant, CAA South Central Ontario, Thornhill, Ontario

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