Accounting (Bachelor of Business Administration)

New Westminster
Learning Format
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - Additional Admission Requirements


Launch an exciting career in Canada’s growing financial industry with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. This program’s applied curriculum and work-experience component provide you with the necessary skills to secure intermediate-level accounting positions once you graduate. You’ll be qualified to work in the areas of financial reporting, taxation, management accounting and auditing. 

This program satisfies the entrance requirements of the Chartered Professional Accountant’s (CPA) Professional Education Program (PEP). Additionally, courses offered in the BBA in Accounting are recognized by Aboriginal Financial Officers (AFOA) Canada towards the Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation

Specialize your degree

Focus your education on one of four specializations:

Taxation, Not-For-Profit & Public Sector Accounting, Public Accounting, and Data Analytics in Accounting. You can also select concentrations in Economics, Business Law and Management.

Work experience while you study

Put your skills to work by joining the optional Co-operative (Co-op) Education Program, which alternates semesters of study with paid, full-time work in your field. You’ll earn money while gaining experience, building your resume and getting an employer reference, all before you graduate. To participate in Co-op you need to plan two semesters in advance, so we strongly recommend contacting the Co-op Office at the start of your program.

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. Hours worked in the Co-operative Education Program, the Douglas College Business Association tax-clinic, and volunteer positions may be used to satisfy the work-experience component. 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.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 121.50 credits.
  • A minimum of 45 credits must be upper level courses, e.g. at the 3000 or 4000 level. The 45 credits may include both required courses and electives. Please keep this in mind when choosing your electives. 
  • A minimum of 70% of upper level credits must be completed at Douglas College.
  • A minimum program GPA of 2.00 is required.
  • 1000-2000 level courses must be University Transferable (courses that transfer to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBCV, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC) according to the BC Transfer Guide.


Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

Required Courses:

ACCT 11101

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


ACCT 12101

Principles of Accounting II


ACCT 1222

Computer Applications for Accounting


ACCT 2320

Introductory Management Accounting


ACCT 3310

Intermediate Accounting I


ACCT 3370

Income Tax I


ACCT 3410

Intermediate Accounting II


ACCT 3420

Intermediate Management Accounting


ACCT 3470

Income Tax II


ACCT 3880

Data Analytics for Managers


ACCT 4510

Advanced Financial Accounting


ACCT 4520

Advanced Management Accounting


ACCT 4750



BUSN 1210

Management Essentials


BLAW 1320

Introductory Business Law


BUSN 3431

Business Statistics II


BUSN 4275

Business Strategy and Competitive Analysis


BUSN 45002

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


CMNS 1115

Practical writing


CSIS 1190

Excel for Business


CSIS 2200

Systems Analysis and Design


ECON 1150

Principles of Microeconomics


ECON 1250

Principles of Macroeconomics


FINC 2340

Corporate Finance


MARK 1120

Introductory Marketing


Open electives

Seven 1000 - 4000 level electives. 1000 and 2000 level electives must be university transferable.


Open electives

Five 3000-4000 level electives.


Select one course from the following two options:3

FINC 1231

Business Mathematics 3.00

Math 1125

Calculus for the Social Sciences 3.00

Select one course from the following two options:3

BUSN 2429

Business Statistics I


MATH 1160 Introduction to Statistics 3.00
Select one course from the following three options:
PHIL 1102 Values and Contemporary Issues 3.00
PHIL 1122 Business Ethics 3.00
BUSN 4490 Applied Legal and Ethical Decision Making for Managers, Professionals and Executives 3.00
Select one course from the following two options:

CMNS 2115

Advanced Practical Writing


ENGL 1130 Academic Writing 3.00

Total Credits




1. Students may take ACCT 1235 instead of ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210. When ACCT 1235 is taken, students must take another 1000-4000 elective offered by the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.  

2. There is a significant amount of work required to successfully complete BUSN 4500. Students who do not have the 500 hours of related work experience required to complete the course are strongly encouraged to seek this experience early in the program.

3. FINC 1231 and BUSN 2429 are highly recommended.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:



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.

Career 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

Program 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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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. 

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.

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.

You can choose from three specialties: Accounting, Financial Services or Management.

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

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

Management will prepare you for the management-level roles in an industry of your choice with the combination of the Chartered Management Program (CMP) designation and industry-specific skills in such fields as financial services, international business, supply chain, hospitality and project or trades management. Plus, earn an additional industry-specific designation for your chosen concentration.

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

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.