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

MATH 260Calculus for Social Sciences and Economics*
* Recommended for students who wish to pursue 400-level FNCE or 400-level MGSC courses.

MATH 265Introduction to Calculus I

MATH 270Linear Algebra I
MGSC 301Statistics for Business and Economics I*
*strongly recommended

MATH 215Introduction to Statistics

MATH 216Computer-oriented Approach to Statistics
MGSC 312Statistics for Business and Economics II(3)
PHIL 333Professional Ethics(3)
PHIL 337Business Ethics 

Options* (21 credits)

  1. Business and Administrative Studies credits at the junior (200) or senior (300/400) level
  1. Humanities, Science, or Social Science credits at the junior (200) level
*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)

Required Courses (24 credits)

ACCT 356Strategic and Competitive Analysis (3)
CMIS 351Management Information Systems (3)
FNCE 370Overview of Corporate Finance (3)
MGSC 368Introduction to Production and Operations Management

MGSC 369Service Operations Management
MKTG 396Introduction to Marketing (3)
ORGB 364Organizational Behaviour (3)
 A senior (300/400) level Organizational Behaviour course other than ORGB 364(3)
ADMN 404Capstone I: 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 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 401Investments


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 (12 credits)

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

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