MINISTRY-APPROVED PROGRAM TITLE: BUSINESS – ACCOUNTING
For students who want the best of both worlds, this joint Durham College and Ontario Tech University (Ontario Tech) diploma-to-degree program will enable you to earn your diploma and degree in only four years. Learning from industry-connected professors, you will develop your knowledge of accounting using the latest tools and technology in order to gain the skills employers need. You will be exposed to QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Desktop, Sage 50 and Profile. You will also have the opportunity to earn Microsoft Office specialist certifications. Experience the best of both learning environments while on the journey to a career in accounting.
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NOTE: Students enrolling in this program are required to purchase their own laptop. For specific hardware and software requirements for this program click here.
Students can earn the following globally recognized certificates by taking Microsoft Office Specialist exams as part of their computer courses:
Students who successfully pass all three exams can earn an extra certificate that recognizes their accomplishment with the Microsoft Office Specialist: Associate (Office 365 and Office 2019) certificate. DC students are provided access to Microsoft Office 365 through the college’s Microsoft Office account. See more details about this opportunity.
This program was created by Durham College and Ontario Tech for individuals who plan to take Ontario Tech’s Bachelor of Commerce degree program. The bridging courses required for admission to the degree program are embedded in the curriculum and if you achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in each semester of your Durham College courses and no grade below C in your Ontario Tech courses, you can apply directly to the third year of the degree program. This opportunity allows qualified candidates to major in Accounting at Ontario Tech however acceptance is based on Ontario Tech approval with higher marks required. In order to participate in this program, you are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and complete an application to Ontario Tech in the first semester. The Ontario Tech embedded courses are flexible and subject to change by Ontario Tech. Academic planning assistance will be offered to you by a student advisor representative.
As a student participating in this program, you will be registered at Durham College and at Ontario Tech. Ontario Tech offers classes in the evenings and the annual calendars including reading week are generally different. Students are expected to attend all classes that are scheduled. In addition the two institutions use different learning management systems.
For more information please visit the Accounting – Business – Transfer to Ontario Tech University Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Frequently Asked Questions.
Please note: You will apply to the Accounting - Business transfer program at www.ontariocolleges.ca using the ACTU application code. Upon meeting the selection criteria, you may be eligible to complete your Bachelor of Commerce degree at Ontario Tech.
First-year students enrolled in a diploma program or select graduate certificate program through the Faculty of Business will receive a membership to all eight of Durham Region’s Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade for the duration of their studies, plus an additional year following graduation. As one of the only colleges in Ontario with this offering, DC is proud to provide students access to local businesses at a regional level.
The eight Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade include:
The courses listed below are for incoming students. If you are a current student, please refer to your program of study for the year you began your program. Your program of study can be found on MyDC.
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change. Please note that as a result of COVID-19 the 2023-2024 program of study may be modified to accommodate program delivery changes.
Graduates of this program will be eligible to apply into the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) or the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting major) if they meet the Ontario Tech requirements. This can lead to an opportunity to pursue a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation through the requirements set out by CPA Ontario and in partnership with Ontario Tech.
Graduates may also receive credit towards an Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) through CPA Ontario. The more technical course content required for the ACAF is offered in combination with Durham College’s Accounting – Business Administration advanced diploma program and online through CPA Ontario.
Please visit our pathways page to learn more about how you can transfer your credits towards a degree.