Our online Accounting Major offers flexibility and generous transfer arrangements to meet professional accounting association requirements. Students focus on financial and management accounting, along with taxation, auditing, and accounting information systems.

Consult with your provincial accounting association regarding specific degree requirements, as requirements vary province to province.

Diploma holders please note:
The following requirements are for students who take their entire program with Athabasca University (AU). If you hold a college diploma, review our post-diploma program plans and contact a program advisor (see ‘Next Steps’ at right) to assist you with course selection.

Required Courses (39 credits)

ACCT 253 Introductory Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT 355 Cost Analysis (3)
ADMN 232 Introduction to Management (3)
ADMN 233 Writing in Organizations (3)
CMIS 245 Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows) (3)
ECON 247 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 248 Macroeconomics (3)
ENGL A junior or senior level English course (3)
LGST 369 Commercial Law (3)
MATH 244



MATH 260



MATH 265



MATH 270
Business Mathematics

or

Calculus for Social Sciences and Economics*
* Recommended for students who wish to pursue 400-level FNCE or 400-level MGSC courses.

or

Introduction to Calculus I

or

Linear Algebra I
(3)
MGSC 301



MATH 215



MATH 216
Statistics for Business and Economics I*
*strongly recommended

or

Introduction to Statistics

or

Computer-oriented Approach to Statistics
(3)
MGSC 312 Statistics for Business and Economics II (3)
PHIL 333 Professional Ethics (3)
  or  
PHIL 337 Business Ethics  

Options* (21 credits)

  1. Business and Administrative Studies credits at the junior (200) or senior (300/400) level
(3)
  1. Humanities, Science, or Social Science credits at the junior (200) level
(9)
*A maximum of 3 credits in any area of study at the preparatory (100) level can be taken in the above 12 credits.  
  1. Humanities, Science, or Social Science credits at the senior (300/400) level)
(9)

Accounting Major Years 3 and 4 (60 credits)

Required Courses (24 credits)

ACCT 356 Strategic and Competitive Analysis (3)
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems (3)
FNCE 370 Overview of Corporate Finance (3)

MGSC 368


MGSC 369

Introduction to Production and Operations Management

or

Service Operations Management

 

(3)
MKTG 396 Introduction to Marketing (3)
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour (3)
  A senior (300/400) level Organizational Behaviour course other than ORGB 364 (3)
ADMN 404 Strategic Management* (3)
  *ADMN 404 must be taken with AU. Transfer credit will not be awarded. ADMN 404 should be taken as the last course in the program.  

 

Accounting Major Core Courses (15 credits)
ACCT 351 Intermediate Financial Accounting I (3)
ACCT 352 Intermediate Financial Accounting II (3)
ACCT 460 Principles of Auditing (3)
TAXX 301 Taxation I (3)

And one of the following courses

FNCE 401

 

FNCE 403

Investments

or

Derivatives and Risk Management

(3)

 

Accounting Major Electives (9 credits selected from the following)

Any other senior (300 or 400) level Accounting (ACCT), Taxation (TAXX), Finance (FNCE) course, or CMIS 455. (9)

 

Other Options (12 credits)

Senior (300/400) level Business and Administrative Studies credits (6)

Senior (300/400) level Non "Business and Administrative Studies" credits

(6)