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Accounting (Bachelor of Business Administration)

Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Accounting
Credits: 121.5
Length: Eight semesters
Campuses: New Westminster
Credential: Bachelor's Degree
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
program overview

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting prepares individuals for positions in financial, tax or management accounting and auditing, and for the new CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) designation. The program offers a number of electives and a work experience component.

In order to graduate from the program you must complete BUSN 4500, the capstone course, which requires you to have 500 hours of Canadian work experience that is documented and signed off by your supervisor. Full details of BUSN 4500 are included in the Career and Portfolio Development Handbook.

It is strongly recommended that you begin your work experience requirement as soon as you are accepted to the program in order to avoid delays with completing your degree. 


curriculum framework

Year 1 – Semester I

ACCT 1110 *

Principles of Accounting I (or ACCT 1235, see note 1)

3

BUSN 1210

Management Essentials

3

FINC 1231

Commercial and Financial Mathematics (or MATH 1125, see note 2)

3

CSIS 1190

Excel for Business

3

1000-4000 level

Open elective (see notes 3 and 5)

    3

15

Year 1 – Semester II

ACCT 1210 *

Principles of Accounting II

3

ACCT 1222 *

Computer Applications for Accounting

3

CSIS 2200

Systems Analysis and Design

3

ENGL 1130 or CMNS 1115

Academic Writing or Practical Writing

3

1000-4000 level

Open elective (see notes 3 and 5)

    3

15

Year 2 – Semester III

ACCT 2320 *

Introductory Management Accounting

3

BUSN 2429

Business Statistics I (or MATH 1160)

3

ECON 1150

Principles of Microeconomics

3

MARK 1120

Introductory Marketing

3

1000-4000 level

Open elective (see notes 3 and 5)

    3

15

Year 2 – Semester IV

BUSN 1320

Introductory Business Law

3

ECON 1250

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

FINC 2340

Fundamentals of Financial Management

3

PHIL 1122

Business Ethics (or PHIL 1102 or BUSN 4490)

3

1000-4000 level

Open elective (see notes 3 and 5)

  3

15


Year 3 – Semester V

ACCT 3310 *

Intermediate Accounting I

3

ACCT 3370 *

Income Tax I

3

ACCT 3420 *

Intermediate Management Accounting

3

1000-4000 level

Open elective (see notes 3 and 5)

3

3000-4000 level

Open elective

  3

15

Year 3 – Semester VI

ACCT 3410 *

Intermediate Accounting II

3

ACCT 3470 *

Income Tax II

3

BUSN 3431

Business Statistics II

3

1000-4000 level

Open elective (see notes 3 and 5)

3

3000-4000 level

Open elective

  3

15

Year 4 – Semester VII

ACCT 4510 *

Advanced Financial Accounting

3

ACCT 4750 *

Auditing

3

1000-4000 level

Open elective (see notes 3 and 5)

3

3000-4000 level

Open elective

3

3000-4000 level

Open elective

  3

15

Year 4 – Semester VIII

ACCT 4850 *

Accounting Theory (see note 4)

3

ACCT 4520 *

Advanced Management Accounting

3

BUSN 4275

Business Strategy and Competitive Analysis

3

1000-4000 level

Open elective (see notes 3 and 5)

3

3000-4000 level

Open elective

3

BUSN 4500

Career and Portfolio Development. This is a capstone course that requires 500 hours Canadian work experience.

 1.5

16.5

Notes:

* Courses marked with an asterisk (*) require a minimum "C" grade in all prerequisites.

1. Students who take ACCT 1235 instead of ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210 require an additional open 1000-4000 elective.

2. MATH 1120 and MATH 1130 are also acceptable in particular cases.

3. 1000-2000 level electives must be university transferable (UT) on the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer System (BCCAT).

4. This course constitutes a 3000-4000 required elective. Students who have taken BUSN 3730 prior to the Winter 2015 semester will be able to use it in place of ACCT 4850.

5. A minimum of 45 credit hours must be upper level courses, e.g. at the 3000 or 4000 level. Please keep this in mind when choosing your electives. The 45 hours includes both required courses and electives.

6. Students must complete BUS 4500, Career and Portfolio Development, in addition to the 45 hours of 3000-4000 level electives identified in point #5. Note that there is a significant amount of work required to successfully complete this course. Students are strongly encouraged to commence work on this course at an early date.

career transfer pathways
The BBA in Accounting satisfies the entrance requirements of the Chartered Professional Accountant’s (CPA) professional education program. The BBA in Accounting also prepares graduates for a variety of careers in the field of accounting and financial management, including:

• Auditing – accounting firm
• Auditing – Canada Revenue Agency
• Budgeting and treasury analysis
• Financial accounting
• Financial analysis
• Financial management - corporate finance
• Financial management - personal finance
• Income tax preparation – accounting firm
• Internal Auditor
• Management accounting

admissions requirements

For general Douglas College admission requirements, please see General Admission Requirements.

  1. General College Admission Requirements
  2. Pre-Calculus 11, or Foundations of Mathematics 11, or Principles of Mathematics 11 with a minimum grade of "C"
application deadlines
Full Time
  • Winter Deadline: Nov 01
  • Summer Deadline: Apr 01
  • Fall Deadline: Jun 01
program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Specialization in Business Law

Douglas College’s new Specialization in Business Law is the first designation of its kind in British Columbia.  It is offered as a special designation to students in the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program who have an interest in supplementing their business education with a series of courses focused on specific legal topics and issues relevant to the modern business professional.

Acquiring a sound knowledge of the basic principles of business law is essential in today’s ever changing, highly complex and heavily regulated business environment.  Obtaining a Specialization in Business Law from Douglas College in no way permits graduates to practice law or gain academic qualifications for admission to the Law Society Admission Program.  The Specialization will, however, provide Douglas College BBA graduates with practical skills for the business world that will distinguish our students from graduates of other business programs.

Requirements for a Specialization in Business Law

Students enrolled in the BBA program can obtain a Specialization in Business Law designation with their degree by:

  • Completing a minimum of 12 credits (four courses) from the list of eligible Business Law courses set out below, and
  • Obtaining a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.33 (C+) in any four eligible Business Law courses.

Note:  If a student has taken more than four eligible Business Law courses, the four courses with the highest grades will count toward the specialization.

Eligible Business Law courses

BUSN 1320 – Introductory Business Law 
BUSN 2420* – Business Law II
BUSN 3700 – Fundamentals of International Trade Law
BUSN 3710 – Sales and Marketing Law 
BUSN 3730* – Business Law for Finance and Accounting Professionals
BUSN 3750 – Human Resources Law 
BUSN 4490 – Applied Legal and Ethical Decision Making for Managers 

*Preclusions are in place so that a student will only be able to receive credit for BUSN 2420 or BUSN 3730.

For more information, please contact businessinfo@douglascollege.ca

Is Douglas College's BBA degree credible and acceptable in the market place?

The BBA degree granted by Douglas College is given under a license granted to us by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, British Columbia Government, and as such it is an accredited post-secondary degree.

What are the transfer options for my BBA courses?

Most BBA courses are transferable to other post secondary institutions. Granting credit for work done at Douglas is entirely up to the receiving institutions. For first and second year courses, most colleges and universities follow the BC Transfer Guide for course transfers.

For 3rd and 4th year courses which are normally subject specialty courses, the receiving institution may grant credit provides such courses are compatible both in content and coverage with the courses at their institution.

Who can take this program?

This degree is open to all students meeting the admission requirements. Students who have previously earned another credential may be eligible to use this coursework to partially satisfy the BBA in Accounting curriculum requirements. Refer to the “Multiple Credentials” section of the Douglas College Credentials Policy for further information.

When can I apply?

We offer 3 intakes per year: in the Fall, Winter and Summer semesters.  We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, as the seats are assigned on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis. Applications must be submitted online and you may forward your official transcripts by mail. Apply online here.

I am an International applicant. Can I apply for the BBA and will my foreign diploma/degree be accepted for transfer credit at Douglas College?

International applicants are encouraged to apply.  Douglas College International is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of our international students. Please direct your inquiries to cie@douglascollege.ca.

I do not currently meet the entrance requirements for the BBA in Accounting. Can I still apply for admission?

Yes, you may. In such cases, applicants are classified as "pre-BBA" and will be required to complete all the prerequisite courses whether from high school or lower level college prerequisites. Douglas College offers math upgrading and English upgrading for those applicants who may be missing high school level courses. As well, students may also upgrade for business programs with specific courses. 

I need more clarification about the business programs, degrees and the specialty areas. Can you help me?

Yes, we can. Please contact the BBA Coordinators for a personal meeting. We will be pleased to sit down, assess your current educational needs and try to find a program that may best fit your future educational goals and expectation. Get contact info.

What is the focus of this program?

The focus of the degree is to equip you with relevant, applied skills in the field of professional accounting. You take a diverse set of courses, many of which include a "hands-on" component enabling you to practice and master skills that will be very relevant at the workplace. The design of the curriculum provides a seamless transition from the classroom to the work environment.

What is the difference between the two specialties in the BBA?

You can choose from two specialties: Accounting or Financial Services and Administration.

Accounting is ideal if you plan to earn your Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation or enter the field of accounting.

Financial Services and Administration will prepare you for wealth planning and securities positions, plus designations such as CFP, PFP, CIM, FMA, CFA, and Mutual Fund Licensing.

When are courses offered?

All classes are offered in the day and evening on a rotational basis to accommodate employment and family commitments. 

How long will it take to complete the program?

It will take 2-4 years for full-time students to complete this degree (durations for part-time students vary), depending on your level of business education. 

upcoming application deadline
  • Full-time Winter deadline:
    Nov 01
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