Accounting is your gateway to a world of exciting opportunities. It is the language of business that is essential to investment and managerial decisions. Mastering this language, learning the framework and exploring emerging technologies to tackle big data will provide the edge you need to succeed in today’s complex global business environment.  

An Accounting major will give you a solid understanding of the main accounting fields:  

  • Financial accounting: Providing financial information to external stakeholders including investors, creditors, and regulators; 
  • Managerial accounting: Providing information to managers to make effective operating decisions;  
  • Auditing: Attesting to the fairness of information prepared by the company;  
  • Taxation: Understanding tax rules and applying them to tax compliance, tax planning and global structuring.  

Accounting is also available as a concentration for students who wish to have a basic understanding of accounting but do not intend to become a professional accountant. Good knowledge of accounting is especially important for careers in finance and helps students in other majors build financial literacy. This can help you to better interpret financial information and understand the business environment.   


Accountants are well-paid professionals in demand around the world and are critical to the success of any business or organization. An Accounting Major is a great gateway to pursuing a professional accounting designation such as the Chartered Professional Accounting (CPA). The CPA designation prepares you for a life-long, rewarding career with unlimited potential. 

It can also prepare and lead you into the fields of finance, consulting, and strategy, in roles such as: 

  • Accountant 
  • Auditor  
  • Tax Specialist 
  • Financial Analyst 
  • Business Consultant 


The Faculty’s innovative programs and historic reputation for excellence continue to attract the most prominent professors from around the globe.

Student experience

Students completing an Accounting major usually obtain internships at a major accounting firm during summer. Upon graduation, they typically continue on our prestigious Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (GCPA) program to pursue the professional accounting designation (CPA). Information for professional accounting orders is available at: 

Possible minors

Minors are a great way to customize your academic experience. Many students use minors to pursue interests outside their major, while others choose minors to complement their degree.

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Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Desautels Faculty of Management.

See the full eligibility information for more information about deadlines and required documents for your application. 

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