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Undergraduate Calendar 2012|13

Advanced Accounting

University Certificate in Advanced Accounting

Regulations effective September 1, 2012.

The University Certificate in Advanced Accounting is designed to build upon the knowledge and skills students developed in the University Certificate in Accounting. Thus, the University Certificate in Accounting (or its equivalent) is required for enrolment in the program. Students holding an undergraduate or graduate degree with a major in accounting may not enrol in this program.

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.

Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

The University Certificate in Advanced Accounting is offered by Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business, 1.800.468.6531, 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 33
Required credits 24
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 (24 credits)
ACCT 451 Advanced Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT 454 Decision Analysis (3)
ACCT 460 Principles of Auditing (3)
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems*
*CMA students please see Note below.
TAXX 301 Taxation I (3)
FNCE 370 Overview of Corporate Finance (3)
CMIS 455 Accounting Information Systems (3)
MGSC 312 Statistics for Business and Economics (3)


(9 credits. See recommendations.)

Business and Administrative Studies courses at the senior (300/400) level. See recommendations below. Note: The courses selected may not include the two courses used as electives for the requirements of the UC:Accounting.

Recommendations for professional accounting associations:

CGA: Those wishing to pursue a CGA designation should select ACCT 453 and course(s) from the PACE level options (ACCT 465 (in development), FNCE 371, TAXX 401).

CMA: Those wishing to pursue a CMA designation should select MKTG 396, MGSC 368 or MGSC 369, and ADMN 404.
*Note: CMIS 245 is a prerequisite to CMIS 351. If you have not already completed a course equivalent to one of these prerequisite courses you may need to take it extra to this certificate.

CA: Those wishing to pursue a CA designation should select FNCE 401, TAXX 401, and ACCT 453.

CPA (NEW): ADMN 404, TAXX 401, ACCT 465 (in development).

For more details, visit the Professional Accounting Education website.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2012 to Aug. 31, 2013.

Updated July 11, 2016