What is Accountancy?Accounting has, over the last number of years, become more exciting as the field moves from tedious number crunching to more diverse activities such as cost analysis, interpretation and business strategy.
Why study Accountancy at Concordia?The undergraduate accounting curriculum is designed to impart the necessary skills required for entry into the accounting profession. Concordia's graduates have been very successful in passing the national examinations required for qualification as professional accountants, most notably the success of the Diploma in Chartered Accountancy graduates in passing the Uniform Final Examinations of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
The Department offers a wide selection of accounting courses that satisfies the educational requirements of the three major Canadian accounting designations:
- Chartered Accountant (CA)
- Certified General Accountant (CGA)
- Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
The CA designation provides entry into the public accounting professions and employment within public accounting firms. CGA designates are employed in a variety of organizations, including accounting firms, federal, provincial and municipal governments, not-for-profit organizations (charities, hospitals) manufacturing companies and financial institutions. The CMA designation prepares the candidate for work in organizations as a member of the management team. The CMA (Certified Management Accountants) Canada National Board of Directors has awarded the Bachelor of Commerce, Major in Accountancy full accreditation. This means students majoring in Accountancy with a graduating GPA of 3.2 will be exempt from writing the CMA Canada entrance exam, should they wish to pursue a CMA designation.
In response to the implementation of the North America Free Trade Agreement, many students are also opting to seek certification in the United States as certified Public Accountants (CPA). .
What are the potential skills can I acquire pursuing an accounting degree?
- Complex problem solving
- Strategic and critical thinking
- Accounting and budgeting skills
- Quantitative skills
- Ability to prepare, read, and analyze financial statements
- Understanding of tax system and tax planning
- Knowledge of auditing theory and practice
- Ability to interpret facts and figures
What are the potential career options I have with Accountancy education?
- Budget Analyst
- Taxation Specialist
- Credit Officer
- Forensic Accountant
- Securities Manager
- Portfolio Administrator
Who employs Accounting graduates?
- Accounting Firms
- Consulting firms
- Firms with imports, exports and small international involvement
- International organizations
- Foreign representations of governments
- Travel, tourism, and transportation
For more information on employers, types of jobs requiring an accounting degree and skills required for a career in accounting, visit Career Management Services: What to do with my degree in Accounting.
Did you know that the Accountancy Department offers a Co-op Program?Students in the JMSB Accountancy Co-op Program complete three 12 to 17 week paid work terms as part of their Bachelor of Commerce studies.
Here are just a few of the benefits of participating in the Co-op Program:
- You’ll have almost one full year of hands-on career experience on your resume when you graduate
- After working in three different jobs, you’ll have a better idea of the type of work you’d like to do and the size of organization that’s right for you
- You’ll get to apply the material you’ve learned in class to real-world situations
- Throughout your studies in the Co-op Program, you’ll be building an ever-expanding network of colleagues and potential employers
- You may even be hired by a co-op employer on a full-time basis after graduation
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Curriculum for Undergraduate Accountancy Degree
- All Business courses are 3 credits in length.
- All BComm students are required to declare a Major.
- Students can declare a business double major in the BComm program, replacing any previously declared business minor. The John Molson School of Business may impose quotas on some majors.
- The information above is strictly for the 90-credit program.
- To review the course requirements for your year of entry in the program please refer to the course calendar or degree worksheet for that year.
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