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Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology Diploma in Business - Accounting
Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology

Diploma in Business - Accounting

Belleville, Canada

2 Years


Full time

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CAD 16,337 / per year



Accounting is more than filing taxes and bookkeeping. It’s about understanding a business from the ground up and guiding it through sound financial practice. Every business has a story of a number. Whether it’s in the fields of manufacturing, services, travel, art, health, fashion, real estate or sports — the options are endless. Create the career you want working part-time, full-time, in an office, remotely, locally, nationally or internationally.

Pursue a Professional Designation

Students can elect to take third-party certification examinations (at their own cost) in software platforms such as Excel, Sage 50, and QuickBooks. They can also use their credits towards the completion of other professional designations such as the Canadian Payroll Association.

Turn Your Diploma into a Degree

Many universities across Canada and abroad will provide credit recognition for your diploma studies at Loyalist College.

The following is a partial list of agreements that are currently in place. Contact your university of choice to make individual arrangements.

Two or Three-Year Diploma

  • Algoma University – B.A.; B.B.A.; B.Sc.; Bach. Computer Science
  • Athabasca University – Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations
  • Brock University – various*
  • Carleton University – Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • Davenport University – B.A. in Accounting Fraud Investigation, Accounting Information Management or Finance; B.B.A. or M.B.A. in Professional Accountancy
  • Griffith University – Bachelor of Commerce
  • Humber College – Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting
  • Institutes of Technology Ireland
  • Lakehead University – Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Laurier Brantford – any honours program
  • Nipissing University – various*
  • Royal Roads University – Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management
  • Seneca College – Bachelor of Commerce in International Accounting and Finance; Bach. Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Ontario Tech University – Bachelor of Commerce (Honours); B.A. Adult Education and Digital Technology
  • University of Waterloo – various*
  • Wilfrid Laurier University – various*
  • York University – various*

Loyalist College Offers Flexible Learning

Pursue a double diploma in another Loyalist College program in as few as two additional semesters or complete a post-graduate certificate in as few as two semesters.

Transfer to or from the same program at any Ontario college and receive full credit for the courses you have completed.

Experiential Learning

This program delivers concrete, marketable skills with a dual focus on financial and management accounting:

  • Develop managerial skills in budgeting, product costing and price setting, eliminating financial waste and finding operating efficiencies.
  • Access opportunities to gain certification in industry-leading software such as MS Excel, Sage 50 Accounting and QuickBooks.
  • A third year of study provides advanced knowledge of financial and management accounting, corporate taxation and audit techniques.
  • Collaborate and formulate strategy in simulated business competitions.
  • Learn from case studies and guest speakers from the local business community.
  • Put your skills to work in Loyalist’s Service-Learning Community Clinics in semesters 5 and 6. Hone your customer service skills while assisting local small businesses and not-for-profit agencies with their accounting, budget and payroll needs. In semester 6, the Clinic operates a Student Tax Clinic.
  • A four-week field placement in the third year provides valuable industry experience and networking, and the opportunity to graduate into a job.

Outstanding Faculty Make the Difference

  • Learn with enthusiastic Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs) who take teaching beyond textbooks and into the real world.
  • Faculty include MBAs and former CFOs with extensive business experience in manufacturing, retail, public and not-for-profit sectors, aviation, transportation, real estate development, corporate acquisitions, business analysis and internal audit.
  • Professors have worked with high-profile accounting firms including KPMG, Wilkinson & Company and Price Waterhouse Coopers, along with experience in the corporate, public and charitable sectors.

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