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Bachelor of Commerce - International Accounting and Finance Degree

Bachelor of Commerce - International Accounting and Finance Degree


Program Code:IAF
Duration:8 Semesters (4 Years)
Credential Awarded:Bachelor of Commerce

Program Description

In this program, you'll gain a unique accounting education, enabling you to be job-ready for the Canadian and global business environment. You will possess depth and breadth of knowledge in the areas of accounting, business, finance and technology, as well as developing your skills in effective critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, interpersonal communication and teamwork.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Six Grade 12 (U) or (M) courses with a minimum 65% average including:
      • Grade 12 English: ENG4(U) - minimum grade of 65%
      • Grade 12 Mathematics: any (U) level Mathematics - minimum grade of 65%
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 21 years or older and has been out of school for a minimum of two years) with the above prerequisite course(s) or their equivalent(s) with a minimum grade of 65%. All previous postsecondary transcripts should be disclosed and may be used in an admission decision.


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Your Career

According to Ajilon Professional Staffing, accounting professionals remain among the most in-demand workers in the country and the need for accounting talent will only continue to grow. As a graduate of Seneca's Bachelor of Commerce – International Accounting & Finance degree you will be prepared to pursue the Chartered Professional Accounting (CPA) designation. In addition, you'll have a strong knowledge base on which to build a career, for example, as a small business controller, divisional and corporate accountant, accounting analyst, investment accountant or international financial analyst.

Co-operative Education

The co-op work-term provides you with a valuable opportunity to become involved in real-life work experiences where critical thinking, problem-solving and interpersonal skills are utilized. One work-term is mandatory and is scheduled during the winter term after semester five. Please note that you’ll have a shared responsibility to secure employment.

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Professional Certification

CPA LogoGraduates of this program will have completed courses recognized as equivalent to the 12 modules of the Chartered Professional Accountant's (CPA) Prerequisite Education Program (CPA PREP) assuming minimum grade requirements are met. See CPA Ontario for details.

Assuming grade requirements are met, IAF 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 details.

ACCA LogoStudents that complete the IAF program will be eligible for exemptions for ACCA Papers F1 to F4.

CPA Ontario Learning Centre

Grow your accounting and finance skill set in a space dedicated to supporting and engaging Seneca students, whether at the introductory or advanced levels of their accounting studies. Academic support is offered in partnership with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. Located in the Newnham Campus Learning Centre.

Important Academic Dates

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.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BAB100 Introduction to Canadian Business 3
BAB110 Financial Mathematics 3
BAB120 Computer Applications for Business I 3
BAB140 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
ENG106 Writing Strategies 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BAB210 Business Statistics 3
BAB220 Computer Applications for Business II 3
BAB231 Introduction to Business Law 3
BAB235 Introduction to Marketing 3
BAB240 Management Accounting 3
ENG205 Applied Communication for Business and Industry 4
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
IAF310 Intermediate Financial Accounting I 4
IAF330 Finance 4
IAF340 Business Information Systems 3
LSP240 Micro Economics - Theory and Practice 3
LSP400 Presentation Skills 3
XXXXXX Liberal Studies Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
HST430 Organizational Behaviour 3
IAF410 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 4
IAF530 Management Accounting - Intermediate 4
LSP340 Macroeconomics - Theory and Practice 3
XXXXXX Liberal Studies Option 3
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
IAF320 Income Tax I 3
IAF520 Auditing 3
IAF540 Database Management 3
IAF550 Quantitative Methods for Decision Making 2
LSP500 Ethics and Social Responsibility 3
CPP600 Co-op Professional Practice 2
Co-op Work Term
CWT100 Co-op Work Term
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
IAF420 Income Tax II 3
IAF610 Computerized Auditing 3
IAF620 Financial Management 3
IAF640 Business Cases I 3
XXXXXX Liberal Studies Option 3
CPP700 Co-op Integration and Career Planning 1
Semester 7 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BAB905 Project Management 3
IAF510 Accounting Theory 4
IAF710 Advanced Financial Accounting 4
IAF716 Operations Management 3
LSP700 Applied Research Methodology 3
Semester 8 Course Name Hrs/Wk
IAF816 Critical Thinking, Analysis and Decision 3
IAF826 Advanced Auditing 3
IAF831 International Strategic Management 3
IAF841 Management Accounting - Advanced 3
LSP800 Applied Research Project 3

Note: In accordance with PEQAB requirements, this program has a minimal overall acceptable achievement for progression.

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Introduction to Canadian Business
Financial Mathematics
Computer Applications for Business I
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Writing Strategies
Semester 2
Business Statistics
Computer Applications for Business II
Introduction to Business Law
Introduction to Marketing
Management Accounting
Applied Communication for Business and Industry
Semester 3
Intermediate Financial Accounting I
Business Information Systems
Micro Economics - Theory and Practice
Presentation Skills
Liberal Studies Option
Semester 4
Organizational Behavior
Intermediate Financial Accounting II
Management Accounting - Intermediate
Macroeconomics - Theory and Practice
Liberal Studies Option
Semester 5
Income Tax I
Database Management
Quantitative Methods for Decision Making
Ethics and Social Responsibility
Co-op Professional Practice
Co-op Work Term
Co-op Work Term
Semester 6
Income Tax II
Computerized Auditing
Financial Management
Business Cases I
Co-op Integration and Career Planning
Liberal Studies Option
Semester 7
Project Management
Accounting Theory
Advanced Financial Accounting
Operations Management
Applied Research Methodology
Semester 8
Critical Thinking, Analysis and Decision
Advanced Auditing
International Strategic Management
Management Accounting - Advanced
Applied Research Project

Note: In accordance with PEQAB requirements, this program has a minimal overall acceptable achievement for progression.

Seneca has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a five-year term starting January 28, 2014. In conformity with the Minister's criteria and requirements, Seneca will submit an application for the renewal of the consent for this program 12 months prior to the expiration of the consent. Seneca shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Salaha Fatima
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22081
Registration & Records Advisor:
  William Mcelheron
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22464
Program Contacts:
Program Student Advisor: Sheilagh Stephenson
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22795
Program Coordinator: Jamie Aldcorn
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26570
Co-op Coordinator: Denise Olah
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22359
Program Chair: Karen Murkar
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22337

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