Help businesses realize their goals with this bachelor of accounting degree
In Fanshawe's four-year Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree program, you will graduate with many valuable and transferable skills including financial accounting, cost accounting, management accounting, business finance, auditing and taxation in addition to a variety of general business management concepts including business strategy, marketing, and human resources. You'll be dynamic, with the power to continue a journey of life-long learning. Available in a traditional in-class format with a September admission.
Earn your bachelor of accounting with co-operative education
A requirement for graduation is the completion of a paid Co-operative Education work term. This process combines your studies with paid, related work experience. Fanshawe will be there to help you find the right business fit for your dream. You'll have access to consultants who will deliver classes, counsel and advise you as you move from the classroom to the real business world.
Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Accounting, you may be eligible to complete a Master's degree program at many other post-secondary institutions or complement your degree with a graduate certificate offered at Fanshawe College. Students currently enrolled in the Business-Accounting diploma program or Business Administration-Accounting advanced diploma program may be eligible to receive advanced standing in this degree program.
You'll satisfy the degree requirements for all accounting professional bodies and will be closely aligned with the requirements for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA).
A CONNECT lab fee is included in the Additional Program Fees stated in the Fee Schedule. This fee helps cover costs associated with the delivery of the CONNECT mobile computing program.
Students should not purchase a laptop computer or software until the College publishes the recommended configuration, models, software titles and versions for that academic year.
This four-year Honours Degree program requires completion of one mandatory co-op work term.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
Use the interdependence of various functional areas of business (i.e. financial, marketing, operations, human resources) to achieve organizational success in domestic and international environments.
Develop strategies that will achieve organizational goals through the integration of business methodologies that assess costs, benefits, risks, and opportunities, and that utilize current and emerging technology and trends.
Enhance business opportunities by incorporating external variables into various business decision models.
Assess the unique business needs of organizations of various sizes, the public sector, private sector, and not-for-profit firms.
Evaluate professional, ethical, and legal codes of conduct.
Research, analyze, and critically evaluate qualitative and quantitative data from a variety of sources to support effective business decisions and encourage innovation through problem-solving, critical thinking, logic and reasoning.
Communicate information, arguments, and analysis accurately and reliably for the message, audience, and purpose.
Perform effectively and efficiently within groups or teams, demonstrating leadership, team-building, and influencing skills.
Design personal learning plans and integrate learning strategies into current and future development goals.
Assess resource allocation decisions that influence sustainability practices and drive economic, social, cultural, and environmental stewardship.
Analyze domestic and international business opportunities within an international context.
Plan, implement, and evaluate projects and programs, using project planning principles and tools.
Apply management-level decision-making and strategic planning skills.
Develop a business plan based on sound research that integrates business principles and best practices.
Prepare, analyze and interpret financial statements and reports for both private and public corporations.
Prepare, analyze and interpret individual and corporate tax returns.
Apply and demonstrate computer skills and knowledge of information systems to support the accounting, auditing and taxation functions including maintaining accounting records, preparing financial statements, preparing reports and tax returns.
Advice on basic personal and corporate tax issues using the principles of Canadian tax law.
Design and evaluate an organization's internal control and accounting information system, taking risk management (including the risk of fraud and illegal acts) into account.
Plan and perform an audit of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards.
Take all of the following Mandatory (Core) Courses:
The Minimum Cumulative GPA for Core Courses is 2.5
(Students who complete BAC Level 4 and enter Level 5 of the BCA program must also complete COMM-7021, LIBS-7001, MGMT-7008, METH-7023, MGMT-7006, MGMT-7007 and a General Education Elective course from previous levels of the program)
(Students who complete BAA Level 6 and enter Level 7 of the BCA program must also complete COMM-7021, LIBS-7001, MGMT-7008, FINA-7003, ACCT-7009, MGMT-7007 and 2 General Education Elective courses from previous levels of the program)
Level 1In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 1 requirement below
MATH-7007 Mathematics for Decision Making
ACCT-7002 Accounting 1-Intro
COMP-7012 Computer Applications for Business
MGMT-7006 Management Fundamentals
Level 2In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 2 requirement below
ACCT-7003 Accounting 2-Intro
MKTG-7001 Marketing 1
SYST-7001 Business Information Systems
COMM-7018 Professional Comm. in a Diverse World
Level 3 In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 3 requirement below
ACCT-7004 Management Accounting
MGMT-7007 Human Resources Management
METH-7022 Statistics for Business
LAWS-7002 Business Law
MGMT-7008 Operations Management
MGMT-7009 Principles of Organizational Behaviour
METH-7023 Quantitative Methods
ACCT-7005 Accounting 1-Inter
Level 5In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 5 requirement below
FINA-7001 Business Finance 1
ACCT-7006 Accounting 2-Inter
ACCT-7007 Management Accounting 2
FINA-7002 Personal Taxation
FINA-7003 Business Finance 2
ACCT-7008 Financial Accounting 1-Adv
ACCT-7009 Accounting Theory-Adv
Level 7In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 7 requirement below
ACCT-7010 Financial Accounting 2-Adv
FINA-7004 Corporate Taxation
COOP-1021 Co-Op Educ. Employment Prep
Level 8In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 8 requirement below
ACCT-7012 Management Accounting-Adv
MGMT-7023 Strategic Policy & Planning
COOP-5001 Degree Co-Op Integration
Students Must Complete 1 Co-op Work Term
COOP-BCA1W BCA1 Co-op Work Term 1
Take all of the following Mandatory (Non-Core) Courses:
The Minimum Cumulative GPA for Non-Core courses is 2.0
COMM-7021 Argumentation & Persuasion
LIBS-7001 Ethics in a Global Context
General Education - Electives
Take 6 General Education Elective Credits at the Introductory Level from two of the following subjects - Humanities, Social Science, Math, Science - Normally taken in Level 3
Take 9 General Education Elective Credits at the Upper Level (Non-Introductory) - Normally taken in Levels 5 and 7
Take 6 General Education Elective Credits at either the Introductory or Upper Level - Normally taken in Levels 7 and 8
Students must complete a minimum of 35 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the program residency requirement and graduate from this program.
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OSSD with courses from the University (U) or University/College (M) stream with:
Grade 12 English (U) (Note: minimum final grade required is 65)
Mathematics one of:
Grade 12 Advanced Functions (U)
Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (U)
Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management (U)(Note: minimum final grade required is 65)
Plus four additional Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses
A final minimum average of 65.0% based on the highest six Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses
Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above
Post-Secondary Standing* (if applicable)
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70, with test results within the last two years
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation
In addition to required mathematics courses in secondary school, students are encouraged to take additional mathematics and accounting courses.
Recommended Personal Preparation
Students are encouraged to strengthen their critical thinking, problem-solving and time management skills prior to entering the program.
Applicants with a Fanshawe College Diploma in Business - Accounting with a minimum GPA of 3.5 can apply to Level 4 of the Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) Degree.
Applicants with a Fanshawe College Advanced Diploma in Business Administration-Accounting with a minimum GPA of 3.0 can apply to Level 6 of the Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) Degree.
Applicants applying for individual course credits from Canadian universities must provide a detailed course content of theory and laboratory exercises (if appropriate).
International applicants may apply for course credit achieved at the post-secondary level. The detailed course content of theory and laboratory exercises from the international institution must be included with a transcript as part of the request (official documents provided to the Office of the Registrar in a sealed envelope). If a translation of the documents into English is necessary this must be performed by a recognized service.
Based on the guidelines established by the Postsecondary Quality Assessment Board for Honours Degree Programs, credits for advanced standing cannot exceed 50% of the program's total.
Applicant Selection Criteria
Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full).
Achievement in the Admission Requirements.
Achievement in Post-Secondary Studies* (if applicable).
Note:*Applicants currently enrolled in a university or who have previously attended university or other post-secondary institutions and are applying to transfer into the Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) program are considered on the basis of their post-secondary standing. Specifically, applicants currently enrolled in a university or who have previously attended university must maintain a minimum average of 65.0% on the last ten full credit or full credit equivalent courses in order to be considered for admission. Applicants with less than ten full credit courses must maintain a minimum average of 65.0% on all courses in order to be considered for admission. Applicants applying from a community college must have successfully completed a diploma program with an overall GPA of 2.5 in their program. In addition, all students applying from university or college must have completed the pre-requisite courses in Mathematics and English as stated in the Admission Requirements.
Students will be well prepared to write certification examinations for the CPA designation as well as fulfill experience requirements for these organizations after completion of the degree program. Graduates may work in positions such as accountant, budget analyst, controller, financial analyst, taxation specialist, treasurer or auditor.