Accounting

  • The Accounting specialization provides a pragmatic business overview of accounting topics and can be a stepping stone to other professional designations such as a CPA or ACCA.

    Integrated learning: Electives in financial accounting, managerial accounting, taxation and auditing all emphasize critical thinking, evaluation and judgment. This specialization can also prepare students for entering a JD or PhD program and can be combined with a law degree through the MBA/JD joint degree program.

    Career possibilities: The MBA specialization in Accounting is intended for students pursuing careers in public accounting or corporate finance and can provide advanced standing in the Schulich Master of Accounting (MAcc) program for students seeking a CPA or ACCA designation.

  • Professor Cameron Graham, Area Coordinator
    Professor Cameron Graham, Area Coordinator

Career Opportunities

  • Students pursuing this specialization often find careers in consulting, senior management roles and leadership positions in both the nonprofit and public sectors. Graduates find success in a broad range of companies and global locations, holding titles that include:

    • public accountant
    • Chief Financial Officer
    • financial analyst
    • lending officer
    • pension administrator
    • underwriter
  • Diana Arsenyan (MBA '14)

    “My MBA specialization in Accounting in tandem with Schulich’s analytical, real-world approach helped me land a coveted position doing what I truly enjoy.”

    Diana Arsenyan (MBA '14)Process Manager, Consumer and Credit Model Risk (CCRM) Department
    Capital One
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  • Professional Designations

    Some courses in the Schulich MBA may help prepare you for a CPA or ACCA designation. This requires careful planning of your course selections and a discussion with our Student & Enrolment Services team once admitted to the program.

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Study Options

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  • Specialization Requirements

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    General Specialization

    12.00 credits of elective courses consisting of:

    • 6.00 credits of required courses
    • 6.00 credits of Accounting electives

    Required Courses

    • INTERMEDIATE FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING I
    • STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING & ANALYSIS

    Financial Accounting Specialization

    12.00 credits of elective courses consisting of:

    • 3.00 credits of required courses
    • 9.00 credits of Accounting electives

    Required Courses

    • INTERMEDIATE FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING I

    Recommended Electives

    • INTERMEDIATE FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING II
    • ADVANCED FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
    • CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN ACCOUNTING

    Summary of Electives

    • INTERMEDIATE FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING I
    • INTERMEDIATE FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING FOR FINANCE MAJORS
    • INTERMEDIATE FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING II
    • COMPLEX FINANCIAL REPORTING ISSUES
    • ADVANCED FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
    • CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN ACCOUNTING
    • FINANCIAL REPORTING AND ANALYSIS
    • ADVANCED FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS & VALUATION
    • ADVANCED FINANCE TOPICS
    • ADVANCED COST & MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING
    • STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING & ANALYSIS
    • AUDITING STANDARDS & APPLICATIONS
    • ADVANCED AUDITING
    • INTRODUCTION TO INCOME TAXATION
    • ADVANCED INCOME TAXATION
    • MANAGERIAL TAX PLANNING
    • ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING

     

     

    NOTE: Not all courses required to fulfill a specialization are offered each term. Course offerings are based on factors such as student demand and instructor availability. The office of Student Services & International Relations is available to provide advising on course sequencing and the fulfillment of program and specialization requirements within a student’s period of study. For current course offerings and details, please view the Schulich Course Offerings Database.

Faculty

  • Schulich’s accounting professors research topics that matter: Canadian tax policy, the globalization of the accounting profession, sweatshop labour, privatization in developing countries, risk taking in the banking industry, hospital capacity decisions, auditor liability, and homelessness.

    Schulich accounting faculty members are among the world’s top accounting researchers; they have extensive professional experience and have written Canada’s leading intermediate and advanced accounting textbooks.

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  • Student Clubs

    Schulich Accounting Association (SAA)

    The SAA targets students who are pursuing their Accounting designation, as well as students who are interested in Accounting or networking opportunities. The club meets its objective by hosting accounting related events that supplement Schulich’s MBA curriculum. Membership is open to Schulich graduate students (MBA/MAcc/IMBA/MPA/MF and MSc programs).

    Email: saa@schulich.yorku.ca