- Major in Accountancy — 24 credits
- Minor in Assurance, Fraud Prevention and Investigative Services — 12 credits
- Minor in Financial Reporting — 12 credits
- Minor in Management Accounting — 12 credits
The Accountancy curriculum is designed to impart the necessary skills required for entry into the accounting profession. The Department offers a wide selection of accounting courses that satisfy the educational requirements for the three major Canadian accounting designations: Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified General Accountant (CGA), and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Graduates have been very successful in passing the national examinations required for qualification as professional accountants, most notably the success of the Diploma in Chartered Accountancy graduates in passing the Uniform Final Examinations of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
The CA designation provides entry into the public accounting professions and employment within public accounting firms. CGA graduates are employed in a variety of organizations, including accounting firms, federal, provincial and municipal governments, not-for-profit organizations (e.g. charities, hospitals), manufacturing companies and financial institutions. The CMA designation prepares the candidate for work in organizations as a member of the management team. The program leading to the CMA designation is accredited by CMA Canada. Many students also seek the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification in the United States.
Sample courses include:
Financial Reporting I, II and III, Cost and Management Accounting, Income Taxation in Canada, Fraud Prevention and Investigation, Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting, Advanced Management Accounting, Assurance Services
Accountancy Co-op Program:
The co-op program links the academic requirements of the BComm in Accountancy with practical paid work experience. It introduces students and employers to the advantage of a connection between business, university and government. Many co-op students intend to obtain one of three professional accountancy designations: CA, CGA or CMA. Concordia’s graduates have been notably successful in passing the Uniform Final Examination of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Work tasks may include:
- Preparing financial statements
- Handling personal and corporate tax files
- Conducting audits and performing inventory counts
- Doing bank reconciliations
- Undertaking small business tax evaluation
- Participating in cost accounting dossiers
- Advising on financial and managerial situations
Certificate in Accountancy
This program is designed for students who wish to earn a certificate while completing the educational requirements for a particular professional accounting designation (CA, CGA, CMA). It is intended for Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have already completed an undergraduate degree. The admission requirements are the same as those for entry to the BComm program. For more information please visit Certificate in Accountancy.
Minimum cut-off averages, admission statistics and program requirements.
- Accountancy (BComm - Major) requirements
- Assurance, Fraud Prevention and Investigative Services (BComm/BAdmin - Minor) requirements
- Financial Reporting (BComm - Minor) requirements
- Management Accounting (BComm - Minor) requirements
- Accountancy (Certificate) requirements
Accountant, Budget Analyst, Taxation Specialist, Treasurer, Auditor, Credit Officer, Forensic Accountant, Controller, Business Valuator
Undergraduate admissions guidelines
For information on international admission, required documents, proof of language proficiency, the university admissions timetable, selection and notification process.
Special Programs in Accountancy
The following professional accounting organizations recognize specific Concordia University courses for exemption or advanced standing in their professional education programs.
Order of Chartered Accountants of Quebec:
Chartered Accountant (CA)
Diploma in Chartered Accountancy — 30 credits
This diploma is accepted by l'Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec (Quebec Order of Chartered Accountants) as qualification to write the Uniform Final Examination (UFE). The teaching faculty includes leading practitioners in public accountancy, assurance services, business law and taxation. The program may be completed in one year on a full-time basis. Students enrolled on a part-time basis generally complete the program in two years.
Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree. Those who hold a BComm in Accountancy with high academic standing ("B-" grade in 14 specified courses) normally satisfy the entry requirements. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements must successfully complete qualifying courses, as assigned by the program director, which may be completed within the Certificate in Accountancy.
Order of Certified Management Accountants of Quebec:
Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
Students who wish to follow the CMA program must register with l'Ordre des comptables en management accrédités du Québec:
Quebec CMA Order
393 Saint-Jacques, suite 920
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1N9
Order of Certified General Accountants of Quebec:
Certified General Accountant (CGA)
Students who wish to follow the CGA program must register with l'Ordre des comptables généraux licenciés du Québec:
500 Place d'Armes, suite 1800
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2W2