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Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting – Full-Time

Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting – Full-Time

Develop the foundation and skills needed to excel in accounting

Next Enrolment

May 5th, September 8th


$6,599 (Domestic)

$15,199 (International)


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Start down the path to earning a valuable CPA designation in this supportive program taught by industry professionals. Establish the professional skills required to pursue your full career potential.

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 Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting will qualify you for roles in accounting and finance, and help you get the necessary industry experience to excel in this rewarding career field.

If your goal is to become a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), we can help you. Our program will deepen your understanding of accounting while simultaneously sharpening your critical thinking, communication, and management skills.

What you will learn

Designed in consultation with senior industry executives, thought leaders, and prominent York University academics, the Certificate will equip you with relevant and in-demand knowledge. Your course content will be immediately applicable in the workplace. The program culminates with a unique final capstone course where you will apply your knowledge to real-world business challenges, so you can leverage this robust experience and knowledge to pursue your career ambitions with confidence.

Program Benefits

Our flexible accounting education is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of students. The entire program can be completed in just one academic year of full-time study, which is considerably quicker than comparable programs. You will also benefit from studying alongside a community of accounting students who are completing the program on the same schedule. The network of peers and instructors gained in this program will serve as a solid community of like-minded professionals to help you establish and advance your career.

Format: Full-time
Delivery: In-class
Term Starts: Fall, Winter, Summer
Program Length: 8 months

Eligible Credentials

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 the key competencies that will prepare you to pursue the jobs you want and continually advance in your career.

Graduates of the Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting are prepared for a wealth of different career options within the industry, including entry-level accountant roles and eventually managerial roles.

Professional Associations

The 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. Both certificates can be completed in less than two years of full-time study.

Once you’ve earned 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

Delivery Format

Courses are conducted in-person at York University main campus at a regularly scheduled day and time. Courses are typically scheduled four days per week, 3 hours per day. An instructor will facilitate your learning each step of the way. In addition to the live instruction, students should budget approximately 8-10 hours per course each week for readings, discussions boards, practice opportunities, assignments, etc.

In the event the university restricts on-campus attendance due to COVID-19, courses will continue, as scheduled, Live Online via Zoom.

Who should take this program?

If you are a college or university graduate outside the field of accounting and looking to launch a career in this in-demand field, then this program is perfect for you. This program will also help you if you:

  • Are seeking the Chartered Professional Accountant designation
  • Want to enhance and validate your accounting acumen
  • Want to gain a post-secondary accounting credential to support your plans for career growth
  • Earn a Canadian accounting credential from a respected institution

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the full-time Accounting program, applicants must have:

  • Official transcripts (International students: please provide original English translated copy of University degree and transcripts.)
  • Online application form
  • Proof of language proficiency (international students only)
  • Statement of Interest video
  • Resume

Review the minimum language scores for this program.

Admission into the full-time Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting program is highly competitive. Please note that meeting the minimum entry requirement does not guarantee admission.

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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)

Ari Rubin

“I chose the Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting at York due to its fast-track ability in order to get my CPA. The most rewarding aspect is the tight knit class that we had. Small classes help for better learning. I learnt a lot about the business world in general and how to relate in it. It was like a crash course in ‘How to be Successful'”

Ari Rubin – Graduate


Minimum of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of a 60% average (C) or a 3-year Canadian College Diploma with minimum ‘B’ or 70% average


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.

13 Classes

39 Hours

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.

13 Classes

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.

13 Classes

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.

13 Classes

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.

13 Classes

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.

13 Classes

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.

13 Classes

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.

10 Classes

30 Hours


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Anna-Marie Christian

Director, Emerging Issues and Strategic Partnerships at CPA Canada

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Desislava Georgieva


Josie Cassano Rizzuti

B.Comm, MCM, APR

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Syeda Fahmida Habib

M.Fin., MBA, DBA

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Sue-Ann Maislin

Owner, SA Maislin Cosultants

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Saurab Mehta


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Dorjana Nano

Reviewer, Macrothink Institute

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Dr. Pramela Nair Panthallor

Instructor, York University

Adam Prokop

Senior Risk Analyst and Consultant, Real Estate Industry

Accounting Instructor Amal Shabana

Amal Shabana


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Garth Sheriff

CPA, CA, CPA (Illinois), CIA, CGMA, Member of ACTRA

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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

Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting – Full-Time

Summer 2022

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$6,599.00 (Domestic)

Summer 2022

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Fall 2022

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$6,599.00 (Domestic)

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$15,199.00 (International)

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