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Accounting and Finance

Available: Summer, Winter, Fall

Program Description

The Accounting and Finance program is known for its excellent reputation for quality in the marketplace. As a student in Accounting and Finance, you’ll develop excellent technical knowledge of financial accounting, cost and managerial accounting, taxation, financial management, auditing and technology applications, and practice using MS Excel and Access database software as tools to solve business problems. Microsoft Dynamics is used to introduce you to the modern integrated technological environment of business.

ACF students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 during their first year and also achieve a minimum B grade in ACC220.  If you fail to meet these requirements you may be withdrawn and recommended to transfer into another program such as the ACC 2-year Accounting diploma program.

Qualified ACF graduates may enter directly into semester 6 of the Honours Bachelor of Commerce- International Accounting & Finance (IAF) program.

Applicants interested in the Business Administration - Accounting & Financial Planning Option (AFP) program must enrol in ACF and transfer to AFP in semester 4.


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6 Semesters (3 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Your Career

Be an accountant in any sector of the economy, including the financial services, manufacturing and public sectors. Graduates of the Accounting and Finance diploma program are prepared for careers as accountants, taxation audit analysts, internal audit technicians, managerial accountants, budget co-ordinators, payroll administrators, junior financial analysts or loans officer.

Multiple pathways lead to exciting business careers or continued degree level education. Students also have the option of choosing a Financial Planning stream of study upon completion of semester 3.

Work-Integrated Learning - Optional

Optional Co-op

Students meeting all academic requirements may have the opportunity to complete an optional co-op work term(s) in a formal work environment. In most cases the work term(s) is a full-time paid position completed between two academic semesters. In programs with limited co-op opportunities, additional academic requirements and a passing grade on a communication assessment may be required for eligibility. Eligibility for participation does not guarantee a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for those participating in the optional co-op stream regardless of success in securing a work position.

Work-Integrated Learning Model September Start
  Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Vacation
Year 2 Semester 3 Work Term 1 Semester 4
Year 3 Work Term 2 Semester 5 Work Term 3
Year 4 Semester 6    
Work-Integrated Learning Model January Start
  Fall Winter Summer
Year 1   Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 2 Semester 3 Work Term 1 Semester 4
Year 3 Work Term 2 Semester 5 Work Term 3
Year 4 Semester 6    
Work-Integrated Learning Model May Start
  Fall Winter Summer
Year 1     Semester 1
Year 2 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
Year 3 Work Term 1 Semester 5 Work Term 2
Year 4 Semester 6    

Professional Certification

CPA Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario

Assuming grade requirements are met, ACF graduates will also have completed all ten Program and Technical prerequisite courses required for entry into CPA Canada's Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF). They may also be eligible for exemptions of up to six ACAF Technical Courses so that the ACAF may be completed with only four additional courses. See CPA Ontario for .

ACF graduates choosing to pursue the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation may path into semester six of Seneca's Bachelor of Commerce-International Accounting and Finance program, assuming minimum grade requirements are met.

Students that complete the ACF program will be eligible for exemptions for ACCA Papers F1 to F4.

For Programs within the School of Accounting and Financial Services, the CPA policy of a ten-year course currency of education is applied as part of the Seneca Life of a Credit (academic policy), and credits completed more than 10 years prior to an application for transfer credit or equivalency will not be considered.

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Program Costs

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Tuition – Domestic


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Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840 [email protected]
416.491.5050 ext. 22364 [email protected]

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

[email protected]
416.491.5050 ext. 22608
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Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Larry Hurst 416.491.5050 ext. 26564 [email protected]

Program Chair

Karen Murkar 416.491.5050 ext. 22337 [email protected]

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network