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Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting – Online

Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting – Online

Develop the foundation and skills needed to excel in accounting

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May 16th, September 19th




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A busy schedule doesn’t have to be a barrier to achieving your career goals. In the fully online Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting, you will develop a solid accounting foundation and work towards earning a valuable CPA designation.

Why take our Accounting program?

Accounting professionals are an essential member for any organization, as they record, organize and interpret a business’ vital financial information. The online Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting will qualify you for roles in accounting and finance, and help you get the industry experience necessary to excel in this rewarding profession.

You can take this exciting step in your accounting or finance career without disrupting your current job or personal commitments. The accelerated online program takes just 18 months to complete, and allows you to easily fit your studies into your existing schedule.

What you will learn

Designed in consultation with senior industry executives and thought leaders, this online program 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 to qualify for new opportunities in order to gain valuable accounting experience, you will develop a solid accounting foundation from which to build on. The program also culminates with a final capstone course where you will apply your knowledge to real-world business challenges, helping you to prepare for future job opportunities.

Program Benefits

The online program is by far the most flexible option for completing the Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting—especially for busy, working professionals. Over the course of 18 months, you can study from the comfort of your home and network virtually with instructors and peers. Scheduling your class time each week is entirely up to you (as long as you meet assignment deadlines), allowing you to complete the program at your own pace.

You will also benefit from our student-cohort delivery, meaning you will advance through the program with the same peer group and learn through shared experiences. The cohort model provides an opportunity to network and build professional relationships that extend beyond the program.

Format: Part-Time, 100% online
Delivery: Fully online coursework
Program Length: 1 year, 6 months (8 courses)
Term Starts: Fall, Winter


Instructors in the Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting – Online all possess industry experience
with companies such as
OMERS Infrastructure, Manulife, and PwC.
Eligible Credentials

Delivery Format

Part-Time– Online (Asynchronous)

Courses instruction and peer interactions are done online through our course management system, Moodle. Course delivery is asynchronous, which means that while students have set deadlines to complete their work each week, they do not have any required “live” components (e.g. class at 7pm on Tuesdays).  There may be optional, live sessions, via Zoom, throughout the course for the instructor to provide additional coaching and support.  These optional sessions may be recorded and shared with students who cannot attend.

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.

Students can expect to write exams/quizzes, complete assignments (individual and group), and participate in live and online discussions with their peers.

Career Potential

Excelling in an accounting position requires much more than just technical knowledge. In fact, many top employers believe that emotional intelligence, critical thinking, communication, and business acumen are equally important skills to have. In this program, you will master these key competencies that will prepare you to pursue the jobs you want and continually advance in your career.

Graduates of the program will be ready to move into junior accounting or finance roles, or continue on the path towards their CPA designation.

Professional Associations

The online Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting is the first step towards becoming a practising 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 graduate 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 Final Exam and receive your designation.

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Students please note: it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the requirements of the external designation.

Please review a full list of our accounting courses and their respective CPA preparatory course equivalencies.

Get hired for jobs like:

Accounting Specialist
Accounts Manager
Accounting Analyst

Gain these skills:

Communication Skills
Critical Thinking

Who should take this program?

If you are a college or university graduate outside the field of accounting looking to launch a career in this in-demand field, then this flexible, online program is perfect for you.

This program will also help you if you are:

  • Seeking the Chartered Professional Accountant designation
  • Looking to enhance and validate your accounting acumen
  • Interested in gaining a post-secondary accounting credential to support your career growth
Enrolment Requirements

This certificate is designed for adult learners from all types of disciplines and educational backgrounds. It is a direct enrolment program. Simply register for the program online.

If you are ensure if you qualify for this program, contact us so that we can talk with you about your specific situation. Please note, a completed degree is a CPA requirement and also a requirement for the Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting.

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“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 (Advisory Council Member)

  • 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


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


Brian Arlin

Senior Director, Philanthropy, Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto

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Supinder Babra

Financial Controller, Entrematic Inc. North America

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Syeda Fahmida Habib

M.Fin., MBA, DBA

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Sue-Ann Maislin

Owner, SA Maislin Cosultants

Adam Prokop

Senior Risk Analyst and Consultant, Real Estate Industry

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Irma Spahiu

Course Director, York University

Advisory Council

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

Grant McEwen

CPA, CA, SVP & CFO, Chubb Insurance

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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

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