Accounting (BComm program) | College of Business and Economics

Accounting (BComm program)

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Our flexible and career-focused program prepares aspiring professional accountants for a meaningful career with impact.


Guelph’s accounting major develops the technical, analytical, and leadership skills needed for a successful career in accounting and related management areas. In this major, you will explore topics at the heart of financial success – human behaviour and sound judgment. You'll examine and understand the financial issues facing both entrepreneurial businesses as well as public corporations. Our accounting programs are fully accredited by the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Ontario and we offer all of the undergraduate courses required for entry into the CPA's Professional Education Program. In addition to your accounting courses, you'll have the opportunity of developing a secondary area of focus such as leadership, real estate and housing, public management, hospitality and tourism management, and human resources management.

Our accounting faculty have a commitment to your learning and skill development and engage students through experiential learning opportunities. They also hold professional accounting designations and have significant professional accounting and managerial experience.

Upon graduating, you’ll have the option of completing a brief 4-month graduate diploma in accounting that will help you progress further in obtaining your CPA designation and will help you further stand out in your job search. Read more about our Graduate Diploma in Accounting.


over $43,000 available to students in awards and scholarships
cpa accredited
16 months of co-op experience

 

accounting student at uofguelph

Versatile and Flexible


 

The Management major is a versatile and flexible major that will give you a solid base of transferable business skills, equipping you to pursue a number of unique career paths. Your 13 elective courses allows you to customize your learning based on your unique interests. 

Want to become a CPA? Major in Accounting and complete the Graduate Diploma over the summer.
Want to compliment your degree with additional skills? Major in Accounting and chose from one of 50 minors.
Want to add additional leadership skills?  Complete a certificate in leadership.


Kick Start Your Career


Our co-op option develops your professional and leadership abilities through relevant work experience outside of the classroom. You can even chose to complete a project-based assignment or an individual study for a course credit.
 

Go beyond the basics.

Before jumping into topics like corporate finance or taxation, we make sure you master the basics. You will first learn how to read a balance sheet, income and cash flow statements, that will give you a solid foundation of accounting and business know-how. All of which will help you prepare you for your journey as a CPA.

 

Sample career options:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Corporate Controller
  • Senior Accountant
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Financial Consultant
  • Auditing Officer
  • Accounting Analyst

 

Our graduates are working for:

  • Deloitte
  • EY (Ernst & Young) KPMG
  • PwC
  • BDO
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Manulife
  • Scotiabank
  • Linamar
  • CIBC
  • TD
  • BMO

 

Sample courses include:

Theory of Finance

This course looks at capital budgeting and long-term finance and investment decisions by firms and individuals. It introduces capital asset pricing under uncertainty and the concept of efficient markets. A major emphasis is on corporate finance.

Management Accounting
 

This course emphasizes the use of accounting information to facilitate effective management decisions. Topics include cost determination, cost control and analysis, budgeting, profit-volume analysis and capital investment analysis.

Applied Financial Accounting
 
Students will become adept at performing the functions related to each step in the accounting cycle, up to and including the preparation of the financial statements and client reports. Students will also develop the skills necessary for assessing an organization’s system of internal controls and financial conditions.

 

 

Estimated Cutoff Ranges: 77-81% for all majors.

Note: Estimated cutoff ranges are based on the admission averages from previous years and are provided solely as a point of reference. Exact cutoffs for the current cycle will be determined by the quantity and quality of applications received and the number of spaces available in the program. Co-op averages will often exceed the estimated cutoff ranges.

For more information, visit the Admissions website.

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Scholarships include:

The University of Guelph has an extremely generous scholarship program that recognizes academic achievements and supports students in their continuation of study. Below are some helpful links to entrance scholarships.

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