Accounting and Financial Management is one program that offers two co-op experience categories, helping you capitalize on the knowledge and experience needed to excel in your chosen profession.
All students take the same set of required core courses in Years 1 and 2, but gain specific work experience in the area they desire, based on the co-op option you choose.
In Year 4, you will enjoy the flexibility of creating your own co-op work sequence, choosing between working 8 months at once, or working two separate four-month terms. You decide which works best for you and your employer.
When you apply for the AFM program, you will need to select the co-op option you want to define the types of co-op positions that are available to you. You can only apply to one of the two co-op options offered (WFM or WPA). Once you select the co-op option you desire, you can not change or switch into the other option. To help make this important decision, make sure you understand the difference between both co-op options available to AFM students.
Employers of our Business and Finance co-op option students are looking to hire students who are developing financial literacy, honing business savvy, and working toward a professional finance and/or accounting designation. Entering your first co-op work term, you’ll have the foundational knowledge in accounting and finance concepts to be able to contribute to diverse work-teams in industry, government and not-for-profit organizations. You would be qualified for entry-level positions such as general business administration and analysis, project work for accounting and finance teams or assisting with the preparation of internal financial statements or internal audits.
Select this AFM co-op experience (OUAC code: WFM) because you want to apply to co-op positions within financial services, corporate finance departments, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and government entities. A few of these positions may count toward your CA designation practicum. Many of these positions may count toward your CMA designation practicum.
Employers of our Chatered Accountancy co-op option students are looking to hire students who are building their academic and career pathway to a Chartered Accounting designation. Entering your first co-op work term, you’ll be building on your academic course work to develop professional competencies in financial reporting, audit and tax by taking on a job with public accounting firms, financial services organizations, manufacturing companies, governments or not-for-profit agency. You would be qualified for entry-level positions such as supporting activities or special project work with accounting and finance team in the public and private sectors or junior tax and audit work with public accounting firms.
Select this AFM co-op experience (OUAC code: WPA) because you want to apply to co-op positions within public accounting firms. The majority of these positions may count toward your CA designation practicum.
NOTE: The BAFM is a co-op only program. Students are required to complete 16 months of co-op over four work terms. This provides students with the opportunity to gain practical, real-world experience while pursuing their degree. Click here for more information about AFM co-op .
In Year 3, you have the option to choose a specialization that will help you work toward a specific designation. You can choose one of the three specializations listed below, no matter what co-op option you are enrolled in.
|Public Practice Specialization||Management Specialization||Finance Specialization|
|Provides exemptions and designation fulfillments leading toward a Chartered Accountant (CA) designation.||Provides exemptions and designation fulfillments leading toward a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation.||Prepares students for a career in finance and provides students with the necessary education and skills to challenge the exams leading to a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.|