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Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting – Full-Time

Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting – Full-Time

Gain the skills you need to excel in every aspect of accounting

Next Enrolment

May 9th, September 5th


$6,599 (Domestic)

$15,199 (International)


Start down the path to earning a valuable CPA designation. Establish a solid accounting foundation and the professional skills required to pursue your full career potential, from entry-level roles to managerial positions down the line.

What you will learn

In our Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the accounting field. Through the guidance of expert accounting instructors, this program will help you:

  • Develop a foundational set of accounting principles through experiential assignments and projects
  • Hone your cross-functional skills like critical thinking, communication, and management
  • Start 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
  • 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
  • Complete the program in less than one year

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

Eligible Credentials

Career Potential

Begin Your Journey to CPA Designation

The Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation is globally recognized and provides a wealth of opportunities to those who hold it. The mean average compensation of CPAs working in Canada is $151,000.

The 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 will be ready for the level CPA Professional Education Program (PEP). With your York education and the CPA PEP, you can 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 Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Controller
Gain These Cross-Functional Skills:
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Teamwork

Who Should Take This Program?

This Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting is ideal for:
  • International students seeking a Canadian accounting credential from a respected institution
  • College or university graduates with a 90-credit diploma or a degree
  • Professionals in the new or early stages of their accounting career
  • People seeking the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation
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

Admission Requirements

  • 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
  • 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.

Delivery Format

Full-Time – In Class

  • Courses are conducted in-person at York University main campus and are typically scheduled four days per week, 3 hours per day
  • In addition to the live instruction, students should budget approximately 8-10 hours per course each week for readings, discussions boards, practice opportunities, assignments


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.

13 Classes

39 Hours


Supinder Babra Accounting Instructor

Supinder Babra

Desislava Georgieva Accounting Instructor

Desislava Georgieva

Josie Cassano-Rizzuti Accounting Instructor

Josie Cassano Rizzuti


Tanya Domize

Syeda Fahmida Habib Accounting Instructor

Dr. Syeda Fahmida Habib

Saurab Mehta Accounting Instructor

Saurab Mehta

Dorjana Nano Accounting Instructor

Dorjana Nano

Dr.-Pramela-Nair-Panthallor Accounting Instructor

Dr. Pramela Nair Panthallor

Dr. Mohammad Nozari Accounting Instructor

Dr. Mohammad Nozari


Doina Nugent

Adam Prokop Accounting Instructor

Adam Prokop

Irma Spahiu Accounting Instructor

Irma Spahiu

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Paulina Vengeroff

Calvin Wang Accounting Instructor

Calvin Wang

Anna-Yu Accounting Instructor

Anna Yu

Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting – Full-Time

Summer 2024

On Campus Classes

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$6,599.00 (Domestic)

Summer 2024

On Campus Classes

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$15,199.00 (International)

Fall 2024

On Campus Classes

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$6,599.00 (Domestic)

Fall 2024

On Campus Classes

Course Details +

$15,199.00 (International)

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