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Advanced Diploma of Business Administration – Accounting
Advanced Diploma of Business Administration – Accounting

Advanced Diploma of Business Administration – Accounting

  • ID:SC010002
  • Level:3-Year Undergraduate Advanced Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements:

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12, minimum 60%


  • Mathematics, Grade 12 or mathematics, Grade 11 does not meet this requirement.
  • Minimum 65% or 70% overall average


Mature student status.

English requirements:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), 80 (20L,W,S,R) iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) or 550 Paper-based

  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition**, 80 (20L,W,S,R)

  • iTEP Academic**, 3.7

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Module, 6 – Overall Band Score with no Band below 5.5

  • PTE A (Pearson Test of English Academic), 58 - Overall Minimum Score  (49L,W,S,R)

  • FCE (Cambridge English First), 174 - Cambridge English Scale or FCE B

  • CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced), 180 - Cambridge English Scale or CAE C

  • CPE (Cambridge English Proficiency), 200 - Cambridge English Scale or CPE C

  • Sheridan EAP (English for Academic Purposes), 70%

  • Sheridan EPA (English Proficiency Assessment), 4.0 – Listening Band 4.0 – Reading Combined Band CLB 7 - Writing

Other requirements:

  • Applicant Selection

  • Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).

  • Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

  • Transferring from an Ontario College

  • Business students who have successfully completed one or two years of their program can easily transfer their credits to another college in the province. A system-wide agreement is in place at Sheridan and other colleges, permitting students to transfer among all college business programs across Ontario. The agreement means that business students in programs such as Business General, Human Resources, Accounting and Marketing will receive full credit for their completed courses. Given the high enrolment of business programs, these pathways provide additional flexibility for a significant number of students.

Course Information

Sheridan’s Business Administration – Accounting program prepares you for an exciting career in business, accounting or finance.

Industry connections

Sheridan's accounting professors are heavily involved in the financial industry, presenting at conferences and contributing to publications of accounting textbooks. Many have written books on financial topics, and many hold the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) designation. Our professors maintain strong relationships to local industry that often lead to co-op opportunities for our students.

What you'll gain

  • A solid background in standard accounting practices.

  • Expertise in spreadsheets, databases, and accounting and personal income-tax software programs such as Sage 50, MS Access and Profile.

  • Training in essential communication skills for advising business owners and managers.

  • Hands-on experience in applying accounting concepts.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Record financial transactions in compliance with Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for sole proprietorships, partnerships, private enterprises, publicly accountable enterprises and non-profit organizations.

  • Prepare and present financial statements, reports and other documents in compliance with Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for sole proprietorships, partnerships and private enterprises.

  • Contribute to strategic decision-making by applying advanced management accounting concepts.

  • Prepare individuals' and Canadian-controlled private corporations' income tax returns and individuals' basic tax planning in compliance with relevant legislation and regulation.

  • Analyze and evaluate organizational structures and the interdependence of functional areas, and contribute to the development of strategies which positively impact financial performance.

  • Analyze and evaluate, within a Canadian context, the impact of economic variables, legislation, ethics, technological advances and the environment on a organization's operations.

  • Analyze and evaluate an organization's internal control system, taking risk management into account.

  • Contribute to strategic decision-making by applying advanced financial management concepts.

  • Co-ordinate the planning, implementation, management and evaluation of team projects by applying project management principles.

Online Business Simulation Game

The popular online Business Simulation Game (BSG) is a unique way to test your accounting and business skills running a fictitious company against collegiate teams from around the world. Sheridan's three-year accounting program is one of the few in the area to offer this collaborative, hands-on simulation.

Additional information

Following a first year of common curriculum shared by all business administration students, you’ll begin an in-depth immersion in accounting principles and practices that prepares you for a career in accounting. The co-op program option provides an opportunity for three practical on-the-job placements.

As a student in the three-year program, you’ll also master skills essential for employment in the field’s more demanding positions:

  • Tax, audit and advanced accounting principles.

  • Budgeting, business analysis and financial statement preparation.

Students enrolled in the three-year program will have the option, if they qualify for the program, to gain practical work experience through a co-op placement. You’ll earn pay while getting valuable experience working for three semesters (360 hours per semester) performing the kinds of tasks you may do later in your career.

CPA recognition

Because of the strength of our program, our Accounting classes qualify for partial transfer to the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada's Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF).

Please note that in order to obtain CPA ACAF certification, you must meet CPA's entrance requirements and complete their program. CPA ACAF certification is solely conferred by CPA.

University transfer

Graduates of Sheridan's Accounting diploma program are eligible for a block transfer into Sheridan's Bachelor of Business Administration programs if they meet the admission requirements (currently a graduating GPA of 3.0).

Graduates of Sheridan's Accounting diploma program may also be eligible to enter an accelerated three-year or four-year degree program at Lakehead University, Northwood University, University of Windsor or Ryerson University, if they meet the university's entrance requirements.

Campus location notice (Ontario College Advanced Diploma)

As of September 2016, all Year 3 courses in our Advanced Diploma business programs are held at Sheridan's Hazel McCallion Campus (HMC) in Mississauga. Students in Years 1–2 continue to take their courses at our Davis Campus, and move to HMC at the start of Year 3.

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Semester 1

  • ACCG 16971, Introductory Accounting 1, 3

  • MKTG 19439, Marketing 1, 3

  • HRMT 16127, Human Resource Management 1, 3

  • APPL 19402, Computer Applications for Business, 3

  • COMM 12423, Business Communications, 3

  • MATH 16269, Business Mathematics 1, 3

  • TOTAL:, 18

Semester 2

  • ACCG 17937, Introductory Accounting 2, 3

  • ECON 13936, Microeconomics, 3

  • FINA 11079, Finance, 3

  • APPL 23727, Computer Applications for Financial Management 1, 3

  • COMM 28883, Reports & Presentations, 3

  • , General Education Course (Open), 3

  • TOTAL:, 18

Semester 3

  • ACCG 21627, Intermediate Accounting 1A, 3

  • APPL 30275, Taxation Software Applications, 3

  • ACCG 23626, Cost & Managerial Accounting 1A, 3

  • FINA 21048, Corporate Finance 1A, 3

  • ECON 22358G, Macroeconomics, 3

  • COWT 10022, Co-op Education Forum,

  • , General Education Course (Open), 3

  • TOTAL:, 18

  • COWT 19999, Co-op Work Term 1,

Semester 4

  • ACCG 21646, Intermediate Accounting 1B, 3

  • APPL 25360, Accounting Software Applications, 3

  • ACCG 20478, Cost & Managerial Accounting 1B, 3

  • FINA 28027, Corporate Finance 1B, 3

  • BUSM 25540, Business Law for Accountants, 3

  • INFO 31787, Accounting Information Systems, 3

  • TOTAL:, 18

  • COWT 20799, Co-op Work Term 2,  

Semester 5

  • ACCG 35141, Intermediate Accounting 2A, 3

  • ACCG 36913, Auditing 1A, 3

  • ACCG 34780, Taxation 1A, 3

  • MGMT 28081, Project Management in Business, 3

  • BUSM 35436, Business Cases, 3

  • , General Education Course (Open), 3

  • TOTAL:, 18

  • COWT 39207, Co-op Work Term 3,

Semester 6

  • ACCG 30624, Intermediate Accounting 2B, 3

  • ACCG 31709, Auditing 1B, 3

  • ACCG 30699, Taxation 1B, 3

Plus three of the following:

  • MATH 29875, Statistical Methods/Analysis, 3

  • ACCG 20009, Fundamentals of Payroll Accounting, 3

  • BUSM 25288, Leadership Development, 3

  • ACCG 30352, Advanced Financial Reporting, 3

  • ACCG 35483, Intermediate Managerial Accounting, 3

  • TOTAL:, 18

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Accounts Payable Clerk

  • Corporate Accountant

  • Accounts Receivable Clerk

  • Cost Analyst

  • Auditing Assistant

  • Financial Analyst

  • Credit Analyst

  • Accounting Assistant

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Health and Dental Plan - International: 580CAD/ per year

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