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Accounting

Specialization requirements

Year 3
COMM 353 Financial Accounting - Intermediate I
COMM 354 Cost Accounting
Year 4
COMM 450 Financial Accounting - Intermediate II
One of:
COMM 452
COMM 454
COMM 459

Taxes and Decision Making
Accounting for Management Control and Incentives
Financial Statement Analysis
One of:
COMM 452
COMM 453
COMM 454
COMM 455
COMM 459

Taxes and Decision Making
Financial Accounting - Advanced
Accounting for Management Control and Incentives
Principles of Auditing
Financial Statement Analysis

Employment outlook and opportunities

Accountants do more than prepare financial statements; they can also audit, find cost and efficiency gains from new technologies, participate in strategies for mergers and acquisitions, do quality management, develop and use information systems to track financial performance, work in tax strategy, and manage health care benefits. While professional accountants must be good with numbers, their clients and employers often think of them as business problem solvers.

For students focused on starting their career in public practice, the Chartered Professional Accountant Program is where it all begins. Each September, approximately 20 public practice firms and a few governmental offices/corporate sector employers come to campus to recruit articling students for summer, co-op and permanent positions. We support students through all stages of the recruitment process with one-on-one coaching, workshops, networking simulation, mock interviews and online resources.

Skill set required to be successful in Accounting

  • Analytical skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Communication skills (written and oral)
  • Mathematical skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work well independently and within a team environment
  • Excellent work ethic
  • High ethical standards
  • Computer literacy