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Certificate in
Advanced Accounting

Building on the skills learned in the Accounting – Finance certificate, the Certificate in Advanced Accounting further develops technical skills in managerial accounting, finance, taxation, and accounting information systems. The certificate develops students’ knowledge of laws around taxation and other accounting-finance practices. Students will also develop competencies in analyzing, identifying, and prioritizing issues; evaluating alternatives; and making appropriate recommendations that are feasible, ethical, and professionally sound. Students will be exposed to international accounting standards.

The courses may also be used towards the Accounting Minor or Finance Minor in the School of Business Management. Note: Business Management no longer offers an Accounting Major or Finance Major.

Regarding transferability, the Accounting (CACC) courses in the Advanced Accounting certificate are not applicable to the School of Accounting and Finance curriculum. Students will be expected to take the Accounting (AFA) and Finance (AFF) courses if they are accepted into the School of Accounting and Finance undergraduate program.

All of the courses in the Advanced Accounting certificate are applicable to the CPA preparatory course requirements.

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Admission Criteria

Eligible applicants must have the following:

Certificate in Accounting – Finance or equivalent as well as all of the following courses or equivalents:

CACC 504
CITM 102
CLAW 122

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 six courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

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 703   Accounting:  Advanced Financial Accounting
CACC 742   Accounting:  Canadian Business Taxation I
CACC 801   Accounting:  Intermediate Cost and Management Accounting
CACC 842   Accounting:  Canadian Business Taxation II
CITM 696   Information Technology Management:  Accounting Information Systems
CLAW 603   Law:  Advanced Business Law