Accounting (Diploma)

Domestic Applications Available

Winter 2024: Applications open Feb 1, 2023

Summer 2023: Currently accepting applications

Fall 2023: Currently accepting applications

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


Get experience with QuickBooks, Excel, data analytics and Sage 50 Accounting software with the Accounting Diploma. Once you graduate, you will be equipped to take on junior management positions, including managing a firm's financial, general or cost accounting areas, accounting information systems, or financial management practices, in small to medium-sized firms. 

We offer day and evening courses as well as part-time and full-time studies for your busy schedule. 

Get work experience while you study 

Put your skills to work by joining the optional Co-operative 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. 

Get valuable experience through the Business Internship program 

In the Business Internship Program, you’ll apply the theory and knowledge you’ve learned in class into tasks and projects that junior management employees complete in the modern workplace.  

To be accepted into this unpaid part-time internship program, you must contact the Career Centre early in your studies at Douglas College. 

Get certified as a Chartered Professional Accountant 

The Accounting Management Diploma program partially satisfies the entrance requirements of the Chartered Professional Accountant's (CPA) Professional Education Program (PEP). If you're interested in furthering your accounting career and satisfying the entrance requirements of the CPA PEP, you can transfer seamlessly into Douglas College’s Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting program

University transfer 

Your credential may also transfer to accounting programs at other post-secondary institutions in B.C. and Alberta. Visit the B.C. Transfer Guide and your transfer university’s website regularly to confirm which courses transfer. 

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

Note: Some courses in this program require students to have completed Foundations of Math 11 with a grade of C (some courses may have a higher requirement). Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you check each individual course prerequisite and ensure that you have completed requirements prior to registration. 



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.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements For Students Completing by Summer 2023: 

  • Successful completion of 60 credits
  • 25% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • A minimum program GPA of 2.00 is required
  • Time limit to complete program graduation requirements: seven (7) years

Graduation Requirements For Students Completing After Summer 2023:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits
  • 50% (30 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • A minimum program GPA of 2.00 is required
  • Time limit to complete program graduation requirements: seven (7) years


Course Requirements:

Course Number

Course Title


Select one of the following two options:


A)  ACCT 1110


     ACCT 1210

Principles of Accounting I 


Principles of Accounting II




B) ACCT 1235


    One (1) Elective1

Principles of Accounting I & II


Select one course from the CBA Faculty




Select one course from the following two options:



CMNS 1115

Business Communication


ENGL 1130

Academic Writing


Required Courses:


ACCT 1222

Computer Applications for Accounting


ACCT 2320

Introductory Managerial Accounting


ACCT 3310

Intermediate Accounting I


ACCT 3410

Intermediate Accounting II


ACCT 3420

Intermediate Managerial Accounting


BLAW 1320

Introductory Business Law


CSIS 1190

Excel for Business


CSIS 2200

Systems Analysis and Design


FINC 12312

Business Mathematics 


FINC 2340

Corporate Finance


BUSN 1210

Management Essentials


BUSN 24293

Business Statistics


ECON 1150

Principles of Microeconomics


ECON 1250

Principles of Macroeconomics


MARK 1120

Introductory Marketing


Two (2) Electives1

Select two 1000-4000 level courses from ACCT, BUSN, BLAW, CSIS, ECON, FINC or MARK






1Elective(s) : 1000-2000 level courses must be university transferable. A university transferable course is a course that transfers to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBCV, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC – according to the BC Transfer Guide. 


2Students who have already taken MATH 1125, can substitute the course for FINC 1231.

3Students who have already taken MATH 1160, can substitute the course for BUSN 2429


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.

Career Pathways

Career opportunities include:

  • Accounting Clerk 
  • Accounts Payable Clerk 
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk 
  • Bookkeeper 
  • Customer Service Representative (Banking) 
  • Collection Clerk 
  • Finance Clerk 
  • Insurance Clerk 
  • Real Estate Clerk 
  • Recruiter 
  • Tax Preparer