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Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting (Online)

The most flexible way to earn a valuable accounting credential


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Accounting Post-Grad Certificates from the School of Continuing Studies have received CPA Ontario Recognition. Read more.


A busy schedule is no longer a barrier to achieving your professional goals. With our online Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting, you can take an exciting step in your accounting or finance career without disrupting your job or personal commitments. The accelerated online program takes just a year and a half to complete and allows you to easily fit your studies into your existing schedule.

Our online option delivers the same curriculum as the in-class full-time program. Designed in consultation with senior industry executives, thought leaders, and prominent York University academics, the online Certificate provides relevant and in-demand knowledge that will deepen your understanding of accounting while simultaneously sharpening your critical thinking, communication, and management skills. Whether your goal is to become a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), or qualify for new opportunities in order to gain valuable accounting experience, the Certificate provides a solid accounting foundation from which to build on.

Just like the in-class program, the online Certificate culminates with a unique final capstone course where you will apply your knowledge to real-world business challenges, which serves as excellent preparation for future job interviews. Graduates of the program will be ready to move into junior accounting or finance roles, or continue on the path towards their CPA designation.

Program delivery.

The online program is by far the most flexible option for completing the Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting—especially for busy professionals. Over the course of a year and a half, you can study from the comfort of your home and network virtually with instructors and peers in your cohort. Scheduling your class time is entirely up to you (as long as you meet assignment deadlines), allowing you to complete the Certificate at your own pace.

Pathways in accounting

Preparing for your CPA designation.

The online Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting is the first step towards becoming a practicing Chartered Professional Accountant. Step two is applying to the Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting, an accelerated program that continues your CPA preparation and provides valuable training in accounting and finance. Both certificates can be completed in less than three years.

Once you’ve earned your certificates, you are now ready for the graduate level CPA Professional Education Program (PEP). Unlike students who complete college accounting programs, you will be fully prepared for graduate level courses as a result of your university training. With your York education and the CPA PEP under your belt, you will then go on to write your CPA Final Exam and receive your designation.

For a full list of our accounting courses and their respective CPA preparatory course equivalencies, please click here.

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Who should take this program?

College or university graduates outside the field of accounting who are looking for a flexible online option to help them:

  • Launch a career in finance or accounting
  • Pursue a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation
  • Enhance and validate their accounting acumen
  • Add a post-secondary accounting credential to support their plans for career growth
  • Earn a Canadian accounting credential from a respected institution


Nadine layer mask“For someone already working in the field, pursuing an accounting certificate may be an ideal way to demonstrate a personal desire to contribute more to the organization or aspire to a more senior position. An accounting certificate from a respected institution, combined with relevant practical experience on your CV are important considerations in the job selection process.”

Nadine Petsche – Director, Accounting Policy and Financial Reporting, Office of the Provincial Controller Division, Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat

Read more about Nadine Petsche and why she recommends pursuing continuing education as a way to further develop accounting skills


Online: Earn your Certificate in 1.5 years of online study in an accelerated format.

York University’s flexible, interactive online program helps you develop a rich network of peers while enjoying the convenience of learning at your preferred locationStudy at times that fit your schedule as long as you meet assignment deadlines.



This is a direct enrolment program. Simply register for the program online.

This certificate is designed for adult learners from all walks of life and educational backgrounds. To qualify for admission into this program, you must be:

  • a mature student (over 21 and out of school for at least 2 years with no significant post-secondary education); OR
  • have successfully attended at least a year of college or university; OR
  • otherwise be eligible for admission to the University

If you’re not sure, contact us so that we can talk with you about your specific situation.

Note: if you plan to pursue your CPA designation, please check the CPA website regarding their requirements (i.e. degree is required to earn the designation).

Career Qualifications

Graduates of the Certificate in Accounting are prepared for a wealth of different career options within the industry. Please see below for the anticipated educational, certificate, and work experience requirements for each position type.

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Advisory Council

Accounting Advisory Council

Senior executives from many of Toronto’s leading organizations help us ensure that our graduates have the skills and knowledge that employers value most, including the following:

  • Gary Spraakman, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University
  • Allister Byrne, Former President & CEO, Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators (CICBV) retired
  • Edward Jonasson, CFO, Xagenic Inc.
  • Tom Kofman, CA, CPA, Chairman, M Partners Inc.
  • Tara Lenaghan, MBA, FICB Head, Global Learning & Development Operations, KPMG International
  • Andrea Linhofer, Partner, Deloitte
  • Grant McEwen, CPA, CA, SVP & CFO, Chubb Insurance
  • Nadine Petsche, MBA CPA CA, Director, Accounting Policy and Financial Reporting, Office of the Provincial Controller Division, Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat
  • Drew Stewart, Head, Capital Markets & Product Operations Accounting, BMO
  • Susan Wolcott, Thought Leader for CPA Canada, Accounting Instructor, and Independent Scholar


Brian-ArlinBrian Arlin, CPA

Brian is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with 15 years of experience in managerial positions at large enterprises and financial institutions. His roles have been diverse; most recently a Director of Investment Finance at OMERS Infrastructure, and prior an AVP of Financial Advisory at Manulife and a Senior Associate in the Audit & Assurance Group at PwC. Brian’s experience includes financial management, reporting and advisory of organizations as well as monitoring compliance with regulations and standards. His career has been focused in the investment management industry, specializing in private assets in global markets including infrastructure, private equity, and real estate. In his time at Manulife, Brian developed and led the “Investment Education Program”, the company’s in-depth investment technical training program. Brian holds a Master of Management & Professional Accounting from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.

Instructor Supinder BabraSupinder Babra, MBA, BBA, CPA, CMA, CCP

Supinder has 17 years’ experience working as a Financial Controller in various manufacturing industries from packaging, refinery services, lumber and door opening solutions in North America.  He has been teaching since 2007 with CPA Ontario and is currently teaching at York University Schulich School of Business in the BBA and MBA programs and with the York University School of Continuing Education. He teaches Management Accounting, Financial Accounting, Finance, Audit, Capstone, Accounting Information Systems and Tax.  Supinder holds the following designations: an undergraduate BBA degree from Schulich, an MBA from Warwick University, CPA, CMA In Ontario and CCP in Canada.

Instructor Dr. Syeda Fahmida HabibSyeda Fahmida Habib, DBA, MBA, M.App.Fin

 Dr. Syeda Fahmida Habib is a passionate, student-centered educator with 24 years teaching experience at University/College level. Her core area of teaching has been finance and banking. Fahmida has also taught accounting, marketing and general management courses. She has been involved in text book writing, curricula, course material and assessment development as well as managing teaching teams. Fahmida has authored a textbook on Islamic Finance and Banking for Wiley Publishers in 2018. She completed her DBA from SMC University, Zurich and has a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, Sydney plus an MBA, majoring in marketing.

Fahmida believes that learning happens when the material is adapted to the learner’s abilities and interest. She has had great rapport with her students and colleagues. Fahmida has worked with mature multicultural student groups and strives to instill in her students her own passion for life- long learning and learning beyond borders. She also encourages them to work professionally, independently, in teams and contribute to their work environment, their societies and to their families.

Instructor Sue-Ann MaislinSue-Ann Maislin, M.Ed

As a leader and the owner of S.A. Maislin Consultants, Sue-Ann is passionate about partnering with individuals and organizations to create healthy, sustainable and high-performing

workplaces. As a business professional, she can attest to the importance of professional competencies such as emotional intelligence and communication skills, as well as thinking and problem-solving skills for career success. Sue-Ann designs and facilitates educational programs that address relevant workplace issues, including business communication, mental health in the workplace, team building, time management, resiliency, respect and professionalism in the workplace, coaching and feedback, as well as leadership development programs for new and emerging leaders.

Sue-Ann played a leading role in the research and development of ‘The Mental Health Leadership Certificate Program™, supporting effective and informed response to mental health and performance issues, in partnership with Queen’s University Faculty of Health, Morneau Shepell and Bell Canada.

Instructor Adam ProkopAdam Prokop, MBA, MSc, MFin, CPA, CMA, CAIA

Adam has taught and developed accounting, finance, general business, mathematics, supply chain, and operations courses for several years across Canada. He has worked in various sectors including finance, energy, real estate, and government. He currently works as a senior risk analyst and consultant in the real estate industry, as well as a corporate trainer specializing in technical skills development.

Adam holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) designation, the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from McMaster University, a Master in Finance (MFin) from Queen’s University, a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Organizational Psychology from University of London, and a Master of Science (MSc) in Supply Chain Management from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Instructor Irma SpahiuIrma Spahiu, PhD, LLM, MIM

Irma Spahiu is an academic and a lawyer with expertise in Administrative and Regulatory Law. She has a Master of Laws and a PhD in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Master in International Management from the University of Montesquieu-Boardeaux IV. She currently teaches law-related courses at the U of T and UOIT. Her recent teaching experience and practice includes areas of access to information and privacy rights, with a focus on Canadian and European legal frameworks.

Technology Requirements for Remote/Online Courses

Program Policies





This format was designed to make our program accessible to those working full-time, or those who may not be able to complete the course on a full-time basis.

  • Courses may be completed according to your schedule; there is no “live” requirement.
  • You will go through the program with the same group of people, allowing for a deeper peer-learning experience.
  • You will know when each course is scheduled at the beginning so you can plan accordingly.
  • Courses will not be cancelled, so you can complete the program on time.
  • You should expect to allocate six to nine hours per week to complete your work.
  • The courses are interactive and include case studies, weekly discussions, group work, videos, simulations, and narrated audio and video presentations.

How do I get my certificate and graduate?

The School of Continuing Studies has a student record review process of students that have completed courses in the previous semester. Students who have successfully completed all the program requirements are eligible to graduate. Students are not required to formally apply to graduate.

Students will have their course grades reviewed by the Program Manager as they approach the end of the program. Students should expect to receive their Certificates in August/September by mail.

Library privileges

Students enrolled in all of our Certificate programs have access to the York University Library. The School of Continuing Studies will provide you with the library application form.

How do I get the books and reading materials, and how much do they cost?

It is wise to budget approximately $150 – $200 per course. All the books and reading materials will be available at the York University bookstore. You can also order your books online at

If you would like to visit the bookstore in person, store hours are as follows:

Monday & Tuesday 9am–7pm
Wednesday–Friday 9am–5pm

Open Saturday for the month of September.

CLOSED Saturday & Sunday.

What does it mean to be in a cohort?

Students in a cohort travel together through the program, learn through shared experiences as a group, and complete courses in a designated sequence.

The cohort model provides an opportunity to network and build professional relationships that may extend beyond the program. Therefore, the courses cannot be taken at your own pace.

Is online learning right for you?

Online courses are convenient but require additional responsibilities. We recommend you consider the following before choosing to study online.

How are your time-management skills?

Time-management and study skills are very important in an online course. It’s hard to catch up once you’ve fallen behind. You’ll have group members depending upon your regular participation, and assignment deadlines to keep in mind. But if you follow the instructor’s suggested weekly schedule, you can stay on track.

Will you be able to take initiative?

In an online course, you’ll need to be comfortable with an instructor in the role of course leader/guide rather than lecturer. You’ll be absorbing information from readings, discussions, and questions. You’ll need to be willing to ask for the help you need from your instructor or TA, from classmates, or from the distance education/technical support.

Can you devote approximately six to nine hours of study time per week for each course?

While online courses are more convenient, they’re not necessarily easier. They often require more time than a lecture on campus because you are responsible for managing your learning. When you study online it’s easier for other activities to take priority and keep you from getting to your course work.

Are you comfortable expressing your thoughts in writing?

In an online course, you may be asked to write defensively and argue thoughts and issues as you communicate in the discussion area. You’ll need to be ready to share and post your thoughts and opinions with your fellow students in a respectful manner. The benefit is that you can take the time to think about what you are writing.

Do you have regular access to a computer and the Internet?

You will be required to log into the course website on a regular basis. All academic work and communications will be located there so it is important to log in a few times a week.

Are you open to learning some new Web-related skills?

In order to participate in your online course, you’ll need to feel comfortable navigating the course website by using a browser, email, discussions, chats/wikis, and assessment tools. You’ll have the chance to learn and practise these skills as you participate in your course.


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Fall 2021 Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting - Online (September 2021-May 2023) $6,152.00 Register
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