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Why study Accountancy?

Outstanding accountants keep businesses ahead of the curve: solving problems, building sound financial strategies and ensuring good fiscal health. If you’re a high achiever with an appetite for continuous learning, consider us. You’ll join a program with a reputation for graduates who achieve excellent results at national professional accounting examinations.

By entering into a BComm with a Major in Accountancy, you build skills for good business practice, like:

  • Complex problem solving
  • Strategic and critical thinking
  • Accounting and budgeting skills
  • Quantitative skills
  • How to prepare, read and analyze financial statements
  • Understanding the tax system and tax planning
  • Auditing theory and practice

Combine that with our hands-on Co-op program, AACSB accreditation and courses that meet the standards of Quebec’s new accountancy designation, the CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant), and there’s no question you’ll leave us with excellent career prospects.

Program details

BComm in Accountancy
A Bachelor of Commerce degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background. All JMSB students follow a core business curriculum coupled with a JMSB major, which may be combined with a minor in another discipline or any combination of elective courses that interest them.  

JMSB minors in accountancy
Minors in accountancy (12 credits) are available only to JMSB undergraduate students. These minors fulfil half of the 24 elective credits in your BComm and complement your major field of study.

  • Assurance, Fraud Prevention and Investigative Services (12 credits)
  • Financial Reporting (12 credits)
  • Information Systems Audit and Risk Management (12 credits)

Certificate in Accountancy
If you already have an undergraduate degree in any field other than accounting and want to prepare for the CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) designation, our certificate program is for you. The Certificate in Accountancy is only open to Canadian citizens, landed immigrants and permanent residents of Canada who hold a Bachelor’s degree, in any subject other than Accountancy, and can only be completed on a part-time basis.

See the common admission requirements for all BComm and BAdmin programs. 

See the admissions requirements for the Certificate in Accountancy.

We consider complete applications year round and we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still available for the fall term only.

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November 1
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Outside Canada (International)  February 1    September 1

We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

The Co-op program gives you the chance to do paid work terms that last 12 to 16 weeks. Work terms make it possible for you to:

  • Find the right fit in the firm or field you want to practise in
  • Make key connections and network
  • Apply classwork to real-world situations
  • Add career experience to your resumé

During a Co-op term, you might:

  • Handle personal and corporate tax files
  • Conduct audits and perform inventory counts
  • Do bank reconciliations
  • Participate in cost-accounting dossiers

Learn more about the Co-op program.

Our program opens up many careers paths, including:

  • Accountant
  • Taxation specialist
  • Auditor
  • Forensic accountant
  • Controller

Accounting graduates get hired by:

  • Accounting firms
  • Multinational companies
  • Banks
  • International organizations
  • Government or NGOs
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