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Ontario College Diploma
Two years
This program is a great introduction to fiscal management and accounting theory

Fast Track - allows students to complete a three-year Advanced Diploma program in 6 semesters. Students will start in January and be in school for six semesters: Winter, Spring/Summer, Fall, Winter, Fall and Winter. Students will not be off during the first summer.

Program Highlights

  • Experience a balance of accounting theory and practical applications with integrated computer technologies
  • Specialize in financial accounting, cost and management accounting, taxation, business finance, and applied accounting systems
  • Progress towards a professional accounting designation or advanced accounting certificate through CPA Ontario
  • Upon completion of a common first semester, students can choose to transfer into second semester of one of the following programs:
    • Business Administration
    • Business - Financial Services
    • Business (General)
    • Business - Marketing
    • Insurance

Program Coordinator

Minimum requirements for admission to the Business - Accounting Diploma program

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
    • Grade 11 Mathematics, C, M or U level or equivalent (M or U level recommended)

Note: An additional requirement based on overall grades may be required to proceed into some programs.

Option are available for mature applicants.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Career Opportunities

The Business - Accounting Diploma program can lead to exciting career opportunities

Accounting careers may involve the following:

Industries of Employment: 

  • Small to Large Businesses and Manufacturing Companies
  • Government and Public Service
  • Public Practice

Occupational Categories:

  • Controllers, Accountants, Cost Accountants and Payroll Accountants
  • Accounting and Related Clerks
  • Accounting Assistants, Technicians and Junior Staff Accountants
  • Junior Financial Analysts and Financial Cost Analysts
  • Office Administrators
  • Senior Management Positions for graduates pursuing a professional accounting designation

Graduate Opportunities

For degree transfer/completion opportunities, visit Pathways and Credit Transfer


CPA Ontario has launched a new professional accounting certificate, Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF). Completion of the 2 year Accounting diploma will meet the pre-requisite requirements to enter the ACAF educational program. For more information, please visit the CPA Ontario (opens new window) website.

Progress towards an Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) through CPA Ontario.  Transfer college credits to a degree granting institution for students considering the pursuit of a professional accounting designation. For more information, please visit the CPA Ontario (opens new window) website.

Course Overview & Descriptions

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Fennell Campus
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Co-op option

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Paul A

As a recent graduate of Mohawk’s Business Accounting Co-op program I am pleased to say that my two years at Mohawk College have been well worthwhile.  The staff are supportive and understanding, and they wish only to see their students succeed in their chosen career paths.  I chose to attend Mohawk as it provided me different options for both my educational and career paths.  What attracted me most to the Accounting program at Mohawk was the opportunity to further pursue a professional designation as a CGA (Certified General Accountant).  If I had not decided to return to school to get my diploma my job prospects were few, and lacking the career advancements I sought.  Mohawk College has provided me with the knowledge and tools necessary to be successful in both my career and personal life.  I would strongly recommend to anyone wishing to pursue a career in business and in accounting too look closely at the opportunities Mohawk College has to offer.

Thanks again Mohawk for all you support.
Paul Allen, Mohawk College Graduate 2010


"I am a recent graduate from Mohawk College Business Accounting Program. I was also an International Student at Mohawk College has the best staff and offers a great deal of support to all International students! Mohawk College has given me everything I need to be successful in my field! Mohawk College instructors are knowledgeable and caring, making sure students enjoy learning. Searching through the job postings after graduation, I was pleasantly surprised to see that everything employees are looking for is exactly what I have studied at Mohawk! I have had two job interviews only a week after my final exam, and I am confident it wouldn’t be much of a challenge for Mohawk Graduates to find employment in their field."
Tatsiana, Graduating class of 2010 Business Accounting Coop

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“I went to Royal Bank as a co-op student. During the first co-op term Royal Bank management offered me 2nd co-op term. While I was in the 2nd co-op term, a full-time position as a personal banker was offered to me and was told to join Royal Bank as soon as I finish my final semester. I got the formal appointment letter on 30th of March 2001 before my final semester was to finish on April 16th, 2001.I am glad and very lucky that I opted for the right program i.e. Business Accounting Diploma (co-op). I am sure that without this program I would not have been able to get in to the job market before even finishing my final semester. Good Luck new students!”
Saddique, Account Manager, Royal Bank of Canada

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“At BDO Dunwoody LLP - an international accounting and advisory firm - we have been using co-op students from the the business program at Mohawk College for approximately 10 years with much success. We have found the students to be well educated, mature and a pleasure to work with. The knowledge that the students bring to the co-op position meets our needs. With minimal training the students are able to prepare financial statements, corporate tax returns and various other tax and accounting related functions.
Our goal is to hire the students full time once their co-op term has been completed. We have been fortunate to hire many of them and we currently have some long-term employees who began with BDO as co-op students many years ago. Based on our success, I highly recommend the use of Mohawk co-op students.”
Claudia, Accounting Manager, BDO Dunwoody, Hamilton

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"After graduating from the Accounting Co-op program in 2002, I continued my studies at Mohawk College and entered into the Business Administration program in year three. This program provided me with a full understanding of all aspects of business from finance to business management and organizational behaviour. In 2003, I left Mohawk College to continue my studies at a local university in pursuit of my Certified Management Accounting designation. I graduated from university in April of 2005 with first-class standings and have qualified for the accelerated program with the CMA Association of Canada. Mohawk College provided me with the knowledge and skills required to succeed! Although, it has been several years since I left Mohawk College, the professors have continued to support me. They have been there to provide advice, as well as help me in securing an employment position after graduation. Mohawk College is more than an education institute; it’s a place where life long bonds are made."
Rachel, Assistant Manager of Lending, Scotiabank

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“I have been seeking co-op students from Mohawk College for several years now. It has been an extremely convenient way to cover staff shortages and for the planning of future staffing requirements. Having a student each term and the option to have the same student for a second term allows me enough time to train and measure their performance. This gives me the option and comfort to hire a student when a position becomes available and the flexibility to utilize our departmental bridging mechanism to hire the student upon graduation. I have time and time again had success with the students. I plan to continue to place co op students whenever and wherever staffing permits! Thank you Mohawk College and keep up the excellent program.”
Marisa, Financial Management Services Supervisor, Environment Canada

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“Mohawk College provided a great opportunity for me and I am very happy with the way things have turned out. After completing the two-year Business Accounting (Co-op) diploma I now work as a Junior Corporate Accountant at SIR Corp and I owe it all to Mohawk College. Mohawk provided me with the skills, knowledge and attitude I needed to succeed in my career and day-to-day school activities.

Mohawk is filled with some of the most inspirational teachers I have ever come across. They are always there for you when you need them and will see to it that you succeed in your career.  During the interview I was glad and relieved to hear that my employer was a former Mohawk graduate. That definitely made the interview much easier and a more comfortable experience. Overall, Mohawk College has been two years well spent and I would not trade it in for anything in the world. I would recommend Mohawk to everyone who is looking for a great career and a wonderful life!”
Ben, Junior Corporate Accountant, SIR Corp