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Certificate in
Accounting – Finance

Note: This program may be completed entirely at a distance. Visit the distance education website for further information.

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This program is designed for those who want a good understanding of the current principles and practices in accounting–finance in Canada. The required courses provide a strong grounding in financial and management accounting skills. Students who plan to continue on to the Advanced Accounting certificate should choose two electives that provide the necessary prerequisites for that certificate. If you are working towards completing the CPA preparatory requirements, please see this list of Ryerson courses (PDF) before choosing your electives.

If you are working towards completing the CPA preparatory course requirements, please refer to the CPA course equivalency chart links that follow to inform your choice of electives.

Note that Ryerson University has two business undergraduate programs which are independent of each other: one through the School of Accounting and Finance (in which students can major in accounting and/or finance) and one through the School of Business Management (in which students can minor in, but not major in, accounting). Courses are not interchangeable between the Accounting and Finance and Business Management programs; however, in both programs, courses are degree credit as well as accredited through the CPA (refer to the CPA course equivalency chart links).

CPA Course Equivalency Chart for The Chang School of Continuing Education (PDF)

CPA Course Equivalency Chart for Ryerson University’s Bachelor of Commerce (Business Management) (PDF)

CPA Ontario

For detailed certificate and program information, please visit ryerson.ca/ce/accounting.

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits, or equivalent, or mature student status with experience in business.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of eight courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate. After completion of the six required courses, students then select a further two courses from the electives. Up to four course credits may be granted on the basis of courses successfully completed at other institutions.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Awards and Financial Aid

If you require financial assistance, you may apply for merit-based awards and/or need-based financial aid. As well, students officially registered in a Chang School certificate program may be eligible for funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). For a complete list of certificate programs approved by OSAP, visit the Student Financial Assistance website.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete, within your official timespan, the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses*

CACC 110   Accounting:  Financial Accounting
CACC 410   Accounting:  Management Accounting
CACC 414   Accounting:  Intermediate Accounting I
CACC 514   Accounting:  Intermediate Accounting II
CFIN 300   Finance:  Managerial Finance I
CFIN 401   Finance:  Managerial Finance II


*Internationally educated professionals who have received a waiver from the CPA for CACC 110 and CACC 410 may apply to the academic coordinator to waive these courses for certificate requirements. Students granted this waiver must complete four Elective courses instead of two.

Electives (select two)

CACC 504   Accounting:  Accounting Cases and Concepts I
CACC 521   Accounting:  Auditing
CACC 522   Accounting:  Taxation for Managers and Financial Planners
CACC 621   Accounting:  Internal Auditing
CFIN 502   Finance:  Personal Financial Planning
CITM 102   Information Technology Management:  Business Information Systems I
CLAW 122   Law:  Business Law
CQMS 102   Quantitative Methods:  Business Statistics I


 

Note: Some of the courses in the Accounting – Finance certificate program may qualify for exemption in the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario’s programs. For more details, see the Professional Designations tab under the Business, Management, and Economics area of interest.

Professional Development

You can receive an acknowledgement of professional achievement once you have successfully completed two or three courses as follows:

Professional Development Award: Introductory Accounting requires completion of (CACC 110 and CACC 410) or (CACC 100, CACC 333, and CACC 406).

Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CACC 110   Accounting:  Financial Accounting
CACC 410   Accounting:  Management Accounting
CACC 414   Accounting:  Intermediate Accounting I
CACC 514   Accounting:  Intermediate Accounting II
CFIN 300   Finance:  Managerial Finance I
CFIN 401   Finance:  Managerial Finance II
CFIN 502   Finance:  Personal Financial Planning
CITM 102   Information Technology Management:  Business Information Systems I
CLAW 122   Law:  Business Law
CQMS 102   Quantitative Methods:  Business Statistics I