Undergraduate Programs
University Certificate in Accounting
Regulations amended, effective September 1, 2008

The University Certificate in Accounting is designed for students who want to develop skills and knowledge appropriate for an accounting professional. The program has been designed so you may, with careful selection of options, complete the courses that make up many levels of the training required by the professional accounting associations. Students holding an undergraduate or graduate degree with a major in accounting may not enrol in this program. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

The University Certificate in Accounting is offered by Athabasca University’s School of Business, 800.468.6531, or email.

Program Plans

Our online program plans can assist you in selecting the courses needed to fulfill your program requirements.

Counselling Services offers an assessment website, "Mapping Your Future: Your Career and Athabasca University." Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

  Program Structure  
  Total credits in the program
  Required credits 21
  Elective credits 9
  Residency requirement. A minimum of
15 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University.
  Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits 6
  General certificate regulations  
  Required Courses (21 credits)
ACCT 253 Introductory Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT 351 Intermediate Financial Accounting I (3)
ACCT 352 Intermediate Financial Accounting II (3)
ACCT 355 Cost Analysis (3)
ECON 247 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 248 Macroeconomics (3)
MGSC 301 Statistics for Business and Economics I
MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics
MATH 216 Computer-Oriented Approach to Statistics (3)


Electives (Nine credits)

Business and Administrative Studies courses at the junior (200) or senior (300/400) level. See recommendations below. 1   

Recommendations for professional accounting associations:

    CGA: Those wishing to pursue a CGA designation should select ADMN 233, CMIS 311, and LGST 369.

    CMA: Those wishing to pursue a CMA designation should select ACCT 356, ORGB 364, and ADMN 417.

    CA: Those wishing to pursue a CA designation should select LGST 369 and CMIS 311. Another selection from the CA general business requirements area is also recommended. Note: Students selecting LGST 369 are advised to complete optional units 9 and 11 in the course for transferability purposes.

    For more details, visit the Professional Accounting Education website.

  1 Change to electives to allow for more flexibility done April 2010 and grandfathered.  

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