Business - Accounting - 316 - 356

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
This program provides a thorough introduction to fiscal management and accounting theory.

Program Highlights

  • Prime employment opportunities include service with accounting firms and industry, in the cost and financial accounting areas of business.
  • Practical hands-on experience is gained through cooperative work experience conducted whenever possible under actual field conditions, assisted by working professionals.
  • Graduates are well-prepared to serve in a wide range of responsible positions up to and including mid-management levels in business and industry.
  • Option to transfer into the third year of the Business Administration - Accounting Advanced Diploma upon graduation.
  • The program offers transferability options to degree granting institutions where students can work toward their Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.
  • Learn from faculty with professional designations including members of the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Ontario who bring their real-life experiences to the classroom.

What you'll learn

  • The two-year Accounting program is structured to give the student both theoretical training and practical experience in accounting procedures and systems to prepare students for careers in accounting.
  • The goal is to provide the student with a working insight into the role of accounting as an information system for planning and controlling business operations.
  • Program curriculum offers specialization in the field of accounting.

Program Length

2 academic years (periods of 8 months), plus optional co-op

Fast Track - allows students to complete a two-year Diploma program in 4 semesters. Students will start in January and be in school for four semesters: Winter, Spring/Summer, Fall, and Winter. Students will not be off during the summer.

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Program delivery

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Domestic and International student admission requirements

  • 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)

Options are available for mature applicants.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

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Tuition and Fees

2021 - 2022 Domestic Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $831.02 $712.05
Co-op Fees N/A $466.81
Compulsory Program Fees $0.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,354.04 $1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester
without Co-op
$2,185.06 $2,066.09
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester
with Co-op
$2,185.06 $2,532.90
Total 1st Year Fees (Non Co-op) $4,251.15
Total 1st Year Fees (Co-op) $4,717.96

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2021 - 2022 International Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $8,095.00 $8,095.00
Co-op Fees N/A $466.81
Program Compulsory Fees $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester
without Co-op
$8,545.00 $8,470.00
Total International Charges Per Semester
with Co-op
$8,545.00 $8,936.81
Total 1st Year Fees (Non Co-op) $17,015.00
Total 1st Year Fees (Co-op) $17,481.81

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Additional Information

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Experiential Learning

How you’ll gain skills

  • Gain valuable experience during co-op work terms.
  • Test and apply course concepts through current software in our computer labs

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 

Co-op Content

Co-op Format (Fall Intake)

September to December  January to April  May to August
Semester 1 Semester 2 Vacation
Semester 3 Work Term 1 (Co-op) Work Term 2 (Co-op)
Work Term 3 (Co-op) Semester 4  

Co-op Format (Winter Intake)

January to April May to August  September to December
Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Work Term 1 (Co-op) Work Term 2 (Co-op) Work Term 3 (Co-op)
Semester 4    

Learn more about Business - Accounting

Work Term Capabilities

(Capabilities do not reflect individual work experiences and exposures.)

  • Accounts receivable/collections
  • Accounts payable/payments
  • Bank reconciliation
  • Job cost recording
  • Process cost reporting
  • Maintain perpetual inventory records
  • Maintain petty cash book
  • Maintain all special journals
  • Maintain subledgers (A/R, A/P, fixed assets, investments)
  • Personal tax preparation
  • Financial statement preparation and analysis
  • Budget preparation
  • Computerized and manual bookkeeping
  • Variance analysis
  • Cost behaviour analysis
  • Account analysis
  • Payroll
  • Cash budgeting

Microcomputer Knowledge

  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Simply Accounting
Co-op Pay Range Co-op Pay Average
Range: $14.00 - $18.90 Average: $16.45

For further information, please contact:

Gordana Mihajlovic, Co-op Specialist
Phone: 905-575-2168
Email: Gordana.Mihajlovic [at] (Gordana Mihajlovic)

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 Colleges and Universities (MCU) 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.

Career Opportunities

Your future career options

  • Controller, Accountant, Cost Accountant and Payroll Accountant
  • Accounting and Related Clerk
  • Accounting Assistant, Technician and Junior Staff Accountant
  • Junior Financial Analyst and Financial Cost Analyst
  • Office Administrator
  • Senior Management Position for graduates pursuing a professional accounting designation
  • Audit Associate

Where you could work includes:

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


Important update to CPA Canada's Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF): In July 2019, CPA Ontario has advised that the CPA ACAF program will be discontinued. Students will have until February 2021 to write the ACAF examination, after which time, CPA will no longer offer any exams for the ACAF. Learn more from CPA Ontario ACAF notice


Educational Pathways


Pathways to Mohawk 

If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.

Pathways within Mohawk

If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *

We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. * 

This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

Pathways beyond Mohawk

Earn a degree:

See for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

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*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

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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 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

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Choosing Mohawk College has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I can honestly say that I would be not where I am today without mohawk. Mohawk is a wonderful place where I can discover my hidden strengths and become the best version of myself. I’ve been earning a lot of experiences and learning important skills through volunteer activities, panel workshops, and events.