Business Administration – Accounting (Co-op)

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Program Code: 2415

School: School of Business

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 3 years/ 9 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter, Summer

Location: Progress Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 2280

Centennial College’s Business Administration – Accounting (Co-op) program will put the focus on teaching students how to set up businesses for success.

The offering, facilitated by the School of Business, recognizes that accounting is more than just crunching numbers. As such, it will combine rigorous training with quality Accounting courses that will help students to develop skills in:

  • Financial accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Computers (from the use of suite software to advanced accounting software and systems design)

In the third year, taxes, auditing and corporate finance will be the three professional specialization choices available to students.


Centennial College’s Business Administration – Accounting co-op will give students the opportunity to work as employees for three terms prior to graduation.

The Career Services and Co-operative Education department staff will work closely with students to make their co-op work experience as meaningful as possible. In addition to assisting them with the sourcing of and preparation for co-op work placement opportunities, staff also work with a wide variety of organizations in business and industry to promote the program.

Co-op Placement Requirements

  • Completion of COOP-221 Employment Pre-placement
  • Completion of courses from semesters 1, 2, and 3
  • A minimum C (60%) grade in COMM-170/171 College Communications 2
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater by the end of semester 3
Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-112 Financial Accounting 1 Progress Campus
COMM-160/161 College Communication 1 Progress Campus
COMP-106 Applied Business Software 1 Progress Campus
FINA-110 Canadian Investement Funds Course Progress Campus
MATH-128 Mathematics of Finance I - E Progress Campus
MKTG-116 Principles of Marketing Progress Campus

Semester Note

MATH128 prepares students for MATH119, which is a required course for most School of Business Diploma programs. Applicants who test between 21/45 and 35/45 in the Math Assessment test will be exempted from MATH128, and will take MATH118. Students who score 36/45 or higher will be exempted from MATH128 and MATH118 and will take MATH119.
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-150 Small Business Software Progress Campus
ACCT-221 Financial Accounting 2 Progress Campus
ACCT-257 Accounting Information Systems 1 Progress Campus
COMM-170/171 College Communication 2 Progress Campus
COMP-126 Applied Business Software 2 Progress Campus
ECON-205 Principles of Microeconomics Progress Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-226 Taxation 1 Progress Campus
ACCT-228 Accounting Microcomputer Applications 1 Progress Campus
ACCT-256 Intermediate Financial Accounting 1 Progress Campus
BUSN-225 Intro to Research Methods and Data Analysis 1 Progress Campus
BUSN-333 Business Culture and Collaborative Practices Progress Campus
COOP-221 Employment Pre-placement Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus

Semester Note


Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-222 Management Accounting 1 Progress Campus
ACCT-224 Corporate Finance 1 Progress Campus
ACCT-356 Intermediate Financial Accounting 2 Progress Campus
ECON-206 Principles of Macroeconomics Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
HRMT-300 Organizational Behaviour Progress Campus

Semester Note


Semester 5
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-331 Auditing 1 Progress Campus
ACCT-334 Corporate Finance 2 Progress Campus
ACCT-357 Accounting Information Systems 2 Progress Campus
BUSN-331 Business Law Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
HRMT-301 Human Resources Management Progress Campus

Semester Note


Semester 6
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-322 Management Accounting 2 Progress Campus
ACCT-332 Auditing 2 Progress Campus
ACCT-336 Taxation 2 Progress Campus
BUSN-313 Career Action Progress Campus
BUSN-325 Research Methods and Data Analysis 2 Progress Campus
BUSN-350 Business Ethics Progress Campus

Semester Note

Minimum 2.0 (C Grade) required to graduate.

Program Highlights

  • The Accounting program will ensure students become adept in skills required for success in the business world.
  • Students will enjoy a strong foundation if they plan on pursuing an accounting designation.
  • The Business Administration – Accounting (Co-op) program's commitment to student success has resulted in flexibility in the curriculum design.
  • Most members of the accounting faculty are professional accountants with solid industry experience.
  • The School of Business offers leading edge information technology infrastructure.
  • Many classes will be taught in a lab environment that features an integrated network of computer systems.
  • Students will develop proficiencies with industry standard accounting software, including QuickBooks and ACCPAC for Windows.

Global Citizenship and Equity Portfolio

Students will develop a portfolio documenting their engagement with the College's signature global citizenship and equity competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship and Equity, the GC&E Portfolio, opportunities for international travel and the available supports available, please visit

Articulation Agreements

Start in a diploma program, end with a degree! Successful graduates of this Accounting (Co-op) program will have the opportunity to apply their credits towards further study at the degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering universities that are available for this program.

Students should note that each partnership has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, details for which are searchable here

University Degree
Algoma University Honours Bachelor of Arts - multiple majors
Honours Bachelor of Business Administration
Athabasca University Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Commerce, with Major
Bachelor of Human Resources & Labour Relations,
Bachelor of Management, 4 Yr
Bachelor of Management, 3 Yr
Bachelor of Management, with Major, 4 Yr
Athlone Institute of Technology Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Accounting
Conestoga College Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting, Audit and Information Technology
Davenport University Bachelor of Business Administration – Finance
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting Fraud Investigation
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting Information Systems
Bachelor of Business Administration - Professional Accountancy
Masters of Business Administration - Professional Accountancy
Dundalk Institute of Technology Bachelor (Hons) of Arts in Accounting, 3 Yr
University of Guelph Honours Bachelor of Business Administration
Institute of Technology Blanchardstown Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Business in Accounting and Finance
Institute of Technology Carlow Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting
IT Sligo B.A. (Hons) in Accounting
Kookmin University Bachelor Degree
Laurentian University General Bachelor of Arts Degree (Multiple Majors)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Multiple Majors
Lakehead University Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
Letterkenney Institute of Technology Bachelor of Business (Hons) Accounting
Bachelor of Business (Hons) - subject to validation
New Brunswick, University of Bachelor of Applied Management
Nipissing University Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Business Administration
Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), 3 Yr direct entry
Royal Roads University Bachelor of Commerce - Entrepreneurial Management
Business Degree
Ryerson University Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management
Bachelor of Commerce Business Technology Management
Waterford Institute of Technology Bachelor of Business
Bachelor (Hons) of Arts in Accounting
Bachelor of Business (Hons) Accounting stream

Educational Partners

Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance

Centennial College works in partnership with CPA to offer a pathway to the Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF). The ACAF credential will give students a competitive advantage after graduation and the opportunity to accelerate to a rewarding career in accounting and finance. Any student enrolled in one of Centennial's certificate or diploma Accounting programs may qualify to enroll in the ACAF.

Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA)

Ever dream of an accounting career overseas? Centennial is the only Ontario college partnered with the Association of Chartered Accountants (ACCA), an international organization offering a globally recognized designation. This partnership provides graduates of our three-year Advanced Diploma Accounting program with several course exemptions toward the academic requirement for the ACCA Designation. No other Ontario college offers such a significant number of exemptions, giving Centennial's students a head start on their Accounting careers in Canada or abroad!

Nipissing University: Bachelor of Business Administration or Bachelor of Commerce

Upon graduation, students will be eligible to enroll in Nipissing University's Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with advanced standing, meaning they could graduate with a degree in as little as 16 months! This partnership will allow students to complete their studies at Centennial using a blended learning model that incorporates both in-class and online learning. With the advanced diploma and degree students will qualify to complete the remainder of the CPA Designation requirements.

Please note: The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body — not by Centennial College. In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.

Career Outlook

  • Bookkeeper
  • Merchandising accountant
  • Service accountant
  • Public/private/non-profit accountant
  • Enterprise corporations
  • Not-for-profit
  • Start-ups
  • Offices
  • Banks

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
  • Mathematics Grade 11 or 12 C, M or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College Math Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

  • Students will be placed in the appropriate English level based on skills assessment results. This may lead to additional courses and require extra time and fees.

Co-op Requirements

  • Completion of 80% of the courses from semesters 1 and 2
  • A minimum C (60%) grade in COMM-170/171 College Communications 2
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater by the end of semester 2, which must be maintained for the duration of the program
  • Students who meet the above prerequisites will register for the Employment Preparation course (COOP221), in semester 3

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $1,300.00 $4,067.00
International $12,400.00 $2,845.00 $15,245.00