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Business – Accounting
Business Administration – Accounting

Available as a two- or three-year program

Accounting is more than filing taxes and bookkeeping. It’s about understanding a business from the ground up and guiding it through sound financial practice. Every business has a numbers story. Whether it’s in the fields of manufacturing, services, travel, art, health, fashion, real estate or sports — the options are endless. Create the career you want working part-time, full-time, in an office, remotely, locally, nationally or internationally.

  • Credential
    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma

    • Three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma

  • Start Date

    September and January entry

  • Location
    • Belleville campus

Find your career

Accounting skills are in demand in virtually every field:

  • You could work as a financial analyst, accountant, budget officer, account manager, financial planner, payroll officer or external auditor.
  • There are opportunities in arts and entertainment, news media, marketing, manufacturing, education, health and wellness, service industries and sports organizations.
  • Find the right fit — employers include large and small enterprises, the government, as well as not-for-profit agencies — or start your own business.
  • With third-year studies in Canadian Public Sector Financial Management, advanced diploma graduates are uniquely positioned to take advantage of growing opportunities in the public and not-for-profit sectors.
  • Start at Loyalist and put your career on track to become a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with advanced standing towards a university degree. Visit
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Our grads get great jobs

  • Accountant, Quinte Conservation
  • Accountant, Wilkinson & Company, LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants
  • Accounting Manager – Closson Chase Vineyards Inc.
  • Accounts Payable Associate, Stream Global Services
  • Auditor, Canada Revenue Agency
  • Financial Analyst, Corrections Canada
  • Financial Analyst, Amer Sports Canada Inc.
  • Junior Accountant, Welch LLP, Chartered Accountants
  • Office Manager – CBI Health
  • Personal Banking Officer, Bank of Nova Scotia
  • Accountant, Habitat for Humanity, Prince Edward Hastings
  • Accountant, The Children's Foundation

Is it for you?

People who thrive in accounting have an eye for detail while being able to see the big picture. This may be a good fit if you have skills in:

  • Written and oral communication.
  • Organization and attention to detail.
  • Analysis and problem-solving.
  • Time management.
  • Systems analysis.
  • Mathematical and deductive reasoning.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Active learning.
  • Clerical knowledge.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Commitment to excellence.

Experiential learning

This program delivers concrete, marketable skills with a dual focus on financial and management accounting:

  • Develop managerial skills in budgeting, product costing and price setting, eliminating financial waste and finding operating efficiencies.
  • Access opportunities to gain certification in industry-leading software such as MS Excel, Sage 50 Accounting and QuickBooks.
  • A third year of study provides advanced knowledge of financial and management accounting, corporate taxation and audit techniques.
  • Collaborate and formulate strategy in simulated business competitions.
  • Learn from case studies and guest speakers from the local business community.
  • Put your skills to work in Loyalist’s Service-Learning Community Clinics in semesters 5 and 6. Hone your customer service skills while assisting local small businesses and not-for-profit agencies with their accounting, budget and payroll needs. In semester 6, the Clinic operates a Student Tax Clinic.
  • A four-week field placement in third year provides valuable industry experience and networking, and the opportunity to graduate into a job.

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Learn with enthusiastic Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs) who take teaching beyond textbooks and into the real world.
  • Faculty include MBAs and former CFOs with extensive business experience in manufacturing, retail, public and not-for-profit sectors, aviation, transportation, real estate development, corporate acquisitions, business analysis and internal audit.
  • Professors have worked with high-profile accounting firms including KPMG, Wilkinson & Company and Price Waterhouse Coopers, along with experience in the corporate, public and charitable sectors.

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