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 250Accounting for Managers(3)
 or
ACCT 253

Introductory Financial Accounting*

Students who are planning to pursue a professional accounting designation are advised to take ACCT 253.

ADMN 232Introduction to Management (3)
ADMN 233Writing in Organizations(3)
COMM 243Interpersonal Communication(3)
 or
COMM 277Group Communication
CMIS 245Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows)(3)
ECON 247Microeconomics(3)
ECON 248Macroeconomics(3)
LGST 369Commercial Law (3)
MKTG 396Introduction to Marketing(3)
MATH 244Business Mathematics

(3)
 or
MATH 260Calculus for Social Sciences and Economics*
* Recommended for students who wish to pursue 400-level FNCE courses.
 or
MATH 265Introduction to Calculus I
 or
MATH 270Linear Algebra I
MGSC 301Statistics for Business and Economics I

(3)
PHIL 252Critical Thinking(3)
PHIL 333Professional Ethics(3)
 or
PHIL 337Business Ethics

Options* (21 credits)

  1. Business and Administrative Studies credits at the junior (200) or senior (300/400) level
(3)
  1. Non "Business and Administrative Studies" credits at the junior (200) level (an English course is recommended)
(6)
*A maximum of 3 credits in any area of study at the preparatory (100) level can be taken in the above 9 credits. 
  1. Non "Business and Administrative Studies" credits at the senior (300/400) level)
(12)

Required Courses (30 credits)

ACCT 355Cost Analysis(3)
ADMN 417International Business Management(3)
 or
ECON 401The Changing Global Economy
CMIS 351Management Information Systems (3)
FNCE/ECON 300Financial Economics(3)
 or
FNCE 370

Overview of Corporate Finance*

* Must take FNCE 370 if pursuing CPA designation.

MGSC 312Statistics for Business and Economics II(3)
MGSC 368Introduction to Production and Operations Management
(3)
 or
MGSC 369Service Operations Management
ORGB 364Organizational Behaviour (3)
HRMT 386Introduction to Human Resource Management(3)
ADMN 404Capstone I: Strategic Management*(3)
ADMN 405Capstone II: Application and Integration of Contemporary Business Topics*(3)
 *ADMN 404 and ADMN 405 must be taken with AU. Transfer credit will not be awarded. These courses should be taken as the last courses in the program. 

Accounting Major Core Courses (15 credits)

ACCT 351Intermediate Financial Accounting I (3)
ACCT 352Intermediate Financial Accounting II (3)
ACCT 460Principles of Auditing (3)
TAXX 301Taxation I (3)

And one of the following courses:

FNCE 371Applications in Corporate Financing(3)
 or
FNCE 401Investments
 or

FNCE 403

Derivatives and Risk Management


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 (6 credits)

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

(6)