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Undergraduate Calendar 2010|11


University Certificate in Accounting

Regulations effective September 1, 2010.

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.

Transfer Credit completed more than 10 years ago in the following disciplines at the senior (300/400) level will not receive credit: ACCT, MGSC, LGST, MKTG, FNCE and TAXX. If you are currently working in the field and provide evidence of work being completed, this restriction will be waived.

The University Certificate in Accounting is offered by Athabasca University’s Faculty 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 30
Required credits 21
Elective credits 9
Residency requirement. A minimum of 15 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University. 15
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


(9 credits. See recommendations.)

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 245, 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 245. 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.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2010 to Aug. 31, 2011.

Updated July 11, 2016