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Accounting and Payroll

Available: Winter, Fall

Program Description

Gain an in-depth knowledge of accounting, payroll and human resource practices and related technology applications in the job-focused Accounting and Payroll program.

In this program, you'll learn the fundamentals of payroll, accounting and human resources. You'll also be encouraged to combine your program of study with meaningful summer work experience. Further real world industry exposure is maximized with faculty practitioners and/ or guest speakers and simulated real-life hands-on projects.

Most importantly, you'll have hands-on experience with the software packages used to complete the accounting and payroll cycle. You'll be introduced to the modern technological environment of business decisions using integrated leading edge software in many of your courses, including accounting software packages. Learn in courses enriched with hands-on integrated technology applications and case studies based on real-world situations. Your studies will include extensive use of Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and dedicated payroll software.



4 Semesters (2 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Diploma

Your Career

Embark on a rewarding career as a Payroll Administrator, Payroll Specialist, Payroll Accountant, Human Resource and Payroll Generalist, General Accounting Co-ordinator, Small Business Accountant or Office Manager - roles that exist in virtually every segment of the Canadian economy.

Work-Integrated Learning - Optional

Optional Work Term

Students meeting all academic requirements may have the opportunity to complete an optional work term(s) in a formal work environment.  The work term(s) is similar in length to an academic semester and typically involves full-time work hours that may be paid or unpaid. In programs with limited work term 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 work term stream regardless of success in securing a work position.

Professional Certification

The Accounting and Payroll program is a direct route to a professional business certification that's recognized in Canada and abroad. After just four semesters, you’ll graduate with a college diploma, all educational requirements for a professional certification (Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certification - PCP, Canadian Payroll Association) and three transfer credits towards completion of a Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) designation. You'll be required to register in the CPM courses/exams at an additional cost.

Level I Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) Compulsory Courses
CPA Course Seneca Course Included in Accounting and
Payroll Program
Payroll Compliance Payroll Compliance Legislation* Yes
Payroll Fundamentals I Payroll Fundamentals I* Yes
Payroll Fundamentals II Payroll Fundamentals II* Yes
Introduction to Accounting Accounting Basics I Yes

*There is an additional cost for payroll certification courses included in the program.

Level II Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) Compulsory Courses
CPA Course Seneca Course Included in Accounting and Payroll Program
Introduction to Payroll Management Introduction to Payroll Management Offered through
Continuing Education
Applied Payroll Management Applied Payroll Management Offered through
Continuing Education
Organizational Behaviour Organizational Behavior Yes
Managerial Accounting Managerial Accounting Yes
Design and Administration of Compensation Plans Design and Administration of Compensation Plans Yes

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) Certification program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Program Costs

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Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


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

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.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Meredith Delaney 416.491.5050 ext. 24032

Program Chair

Karen Murkar 416.491.5050 ext. 22337

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