Accounting

Why study Accounting?

A career in accounting appeals to students with wide-ranging interests and good communication skills. Ultimately, accounting is about information. Sound management of financial resources can capture not only how a person or organization is doing, but also where they are going. This information is crucial for decision-making in business, government and also for personal finances. Learn how to prepare financial and related information, and how to interpret what it means.


The Saint Mary’s approach

Accounting at the Sobey School of Business provides students with a comprehensive and respected degree from one of Canada’s leading business schools. World-class faculty with professional experience combine with excellent scholarship opportunities and co-op options to make the Sobey School of Business the right choice to prepare students for a successful career as accounting professionals.

Along with preparing students to be financially literate for any role in business, the Accounting major at Saint Mary’s is tailored to meet the requirements of the newly merged Canadian CPA designation. Sobey School of Business Accounting alumni are employed with major accounting firms, industry, government and non-profit organizations around the world. There are many opportunities for academic awards and exchanges with universities in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.


Hands-on learning

Accounting students have many opportunities to put their classroom learning into practice. Our students volunteer with Revenue Canada’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, compete in annual business competitions including Saint Mary’s and ICBC case competitions, and plan and host the Accounting Society’s Annual Etiquette Dinner. They are eligible to receive the Samuel H. Jopling, Dr. Harold G. Beazley, KPMG and Sobey Accounting Achievement Awards. 

Sample courses offered:

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Taxation
  • International Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Financial Statement Analysis

Future career opportunities:

  • Public accountant
  • Finance or tax professional
  • Business analyst
  • Business owner
  • Internal auditor
  • Controller

What our students and professors are saying:

“The best thing about the accounting program is the mix of instruction from academics as well as professionals from the industry. You get real- world experience, practical insight and know what to expect when you’re out of school when performance is based on more than just marks.”

- Nicolette Fader, Accounting graduate

“The accounting program at Saint Mary’s is respected nationally not only for the active research program of the faculty but also for the long standing links between the Sobey School and the profession and the excellent success of our graduates in many different careers.”

- Dr. Jeffrey Power, Chair Department of Accounting