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Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting – Online

Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting – Online

Jumpstart your career with foundational accounting skills.

Next Enrolment

September 23rd, January 27th




Build a solid foundation for the long-term success of your accounting career. In this fully online program, you’ll cover all the essentials of accounting and start working towards earning a valuable CPA designation.

What you will learn

Learn from expert instructors with experience in the accounting industry as you prepare to establish your career in this critical field. In our online Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting program, you will:

  • Develop a foundational set of accounting principles through experiential assignments and projects
  • Hone your cross-functional skills like critical thinking, communication, and management
  • Begin to prepare for CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) courses to become a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)

Program Benefits

  • Gain relevant and in-demand accounting knowledge with a curriculum co-designed and taught by senior industry executives
  • Complete the program in 18 months of online study, network virtually with instructors and peers
  • Advance through the program with the same peer group and build professional relationships that extend beyond the program
  • Engage in experiential assignments and apply your knowledge towards real-world business challenges

Format: Part-Time, Asynchronous
Program Length: 1 year, 6 months (8 courses)
Term Starts: Fall, Winter

Eligible Credentials

Career Potential

Begin Your Journey to 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.

Once you’ve earned both of your certificates, you are now ready for the level CPA Professional Education Program (PEP). With your York education and the CPA PEP under your belt, you will then go on to write your CPA Common 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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Get Hired For Jobs Like:
  • Accounting Specialist
  • Accounts Manager
  • Accounting Analyst
Gain These Cross-functional Skills:
  • Communication Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Teamwork

Who Should Take This Program?

This Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting is ideal for:
  • College or university graduates outside the field of accounting looking to launch a career in accounting
  • Professionals seeking the Chartered Professional Accountant designation
  • Professionals interested in gaining a post-secondary accounting credential to support your career growth
Admission Requirements

This is a direct enrolment program you can register for online. This certificate is designed for adult learners from diverse career and educational backgrounds. To qualify for admission to 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 one year of college or university; OR
  • Otherwise, be eligible for admission to the University
  • Please note that the CPA may require a post-secondary degree

Review the minimum language scores for this program.

Delivery Format

Part-Time– Online (Asynchronous)

  • Courses are done online through our course management system, Moodle.
  • Course delivery is asynchronous meaning students have set deadlines to complete their work each week, but do not have any required “live” in-class components
  • Students complete one course at a time which helps to balance multiple priorities such as work, home life, personal responsibilities, etc.
  • Students should expect to dedicate approximately 8-10 hours of effort per course, each week, for readings, discussions boards, practice opportunities, assignments, etc.


CSAC2500 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting

Be introduced to basic concepts in financial accounting, managerial accounting and their interrelationships to duties and responsibilities of an Accounting professional. Acquire a critical overview of accounting processes and a broad understanding of the role of accounting in modern society.

39 Hours

CSAC1010 Micro- & Macro-Economics

Become familiar with the basic principles and tools of both micro- and macro-economics. Explore the emergence of a market economy and the economic way of thinking. Major topics include demand and supply; the behaviour of consumers and firms; the influence of different market settings on costs, pricing, and profit maximization strategies; and contemporary macro-economic issues such as international trade and finance, public policies, inflation, unemployment, and economic growth.

39 Hours

CSAC2510 Introduction to Managerial Accounting

Study management accounting as an introduction to decision-making based on cost and budget information supported by planning and control practices. Emphasis will be placed on applying basic techniques of management accounting to both quantitative questions and case studies representing a variety of business organizations.

39 Hours

CSAC1020 Business Communications

To be successful in all accounting roles, professionals need to have a breadth of transferable skills that enable them to work effectively within teams across a variety of business functions. Through theoretical instruction, practical case analyses, interactive and team-based exercises, as well as oral and written assignments, students will develop strong critical thinking and problem solving skills, business acumen, communication and presentation skills, and many more key professional competencies.

39 Hours

CSAC2320 Statistical Methods in Business & Accounting

Learn statistical methods and how to evaluate the opportunities and limitations of these methods. Practical application will be stressed, with emphasis on suitability of method, interpretation of results, and coordinating statistical data with other information.

39 Hours

CSAC4541 Applied Corporate Finance

This course introduces students to the principles of finance and its applications. There will be emphasis on financial analysis & planning, treasury measurement, capital budgeting, corporate valuations and more.

39 Hours

CSAC2610 Legal Principles in Canadian Business

Review the legal principles that are both fundamental and relevant to Canadian businesses. Beginning with contracts and torts, students will also study forms of business organization including sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. Other topics to be studied include employment, consumer, environmental, and real estate law. The course will conclude with a look at intellectual property law.

39 Hours

CSAC2700 Applied Capstone

Make connections between the various topics in the program; to analyze, synthesize, and apply the knowledge gained throughout the program to real-world business cases.

30 Hours


Supinder Babra Accounting Instructor

Supinder Babra

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Neil Ganatra

Syeda Fahmida Habib Accounting Instructor

Dr. Syeda Fahmida Habib

Dorjana Nano Accounting Instructor

Dorjana Nano

John Nashid Accounting Instructor

John Nashid

Shannon Paine

Adam Prokop Accounting Instructor

Adam Prokop

Chris Rotolo Accounting Instructor

Chris Rotolo


Carol Tristani

Andy Tse Advanced Accounting Instructor

Andy Tse

Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting – Online

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Winter 2025


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