Accounting and Finance (Post-Baccalaureate Diploma )

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Program Code
Commerce & Business Administration
Credential Type
Post-Baccalaureate Diploma
Transcript Title
PBD in Accounting and Finance
Date of First Offering
Start Term
End Term
Not Specified
Post Baccalaureate Diploma
Length of Program
Two years
Admissions Requirements

This program is intended for students with degrees in areas other than Business.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada or an equivalent credential from an approved institution in a different country. Any applicant who earned their credential in a language other than English must meet the Douglas College English language proficiency requirement.

Applicants whose undergraduate degree is in business administration should also look at the Post-Degree Diploma in Accounting program to determine if this is a more suitable program for them.

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits
  • Courses used towards a previously received credential can be used to meet program requirements, but additional courses will need to be taken to replace these credits.  Please contact the program co-ordinator for approval of substitutions.
  • 50% (30 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • 50% (15 credits) of the upper level credits must be completed at Douglas College
  • A minimum program GPA of 2.00 is required


Course Requirements

Course Number Course Title  Credits
ACCT 11102 Principles of Accounting I 3.00
ACCT 12102 Principles of Accounting II 3.00
ACCT 12221 Computer Applications for Accounting 3.00
ACCT 2320 Introductory Management Accounting 3.00
ACCT 33101 Intermediate Accounting I 3.00
ACCT 34101 Intermediate Accounting II 3.00
ACCT 33701 Income Tax I 3.00
ACCT 34201 Intermediate Management Accounting 3.00
ACCT 34701 Income Tax II 3.00
ACCT 45101 Advanced Financial Accounting 3.00
ACCT 47501 Auditing 3.00
BUSN 10053 Business Law Fundamentals for Accountants 3.00
CSIS 22001 Systems Analysis and Design 3.00
FINC 1231 Business Mathematics 3.00
FINC 2300 Fundamentals of Personal Finance 3.00
FINC 23401 Fundamentals of Financial Management 3.00
ACCT 45801 Ethics and Workplace Skills 3.00
ACCT 48901 Business Applications (Capstone) 3.00
Select two courses from the following options
ACCT 40801,4 Public Sector Accounting 3.00
ACCT 41801,4 Not-For-Profit Accounting 3.00
ACCT 48801,4 Applied External Audit 3.00
ACCT 4850 Accounting Theory 3.00
FINC 3390 Security Analysis 3.00
Total Credits   60.00

 1 For these courses a "C" grade is required for graduation purposes. Moreover, for  ACAF, a minimum grade of "C" is required in each of the following courses: ACCT 1222, ACCT 2320, ACCT 3310, ACCT 3410, ACCT 3420, ACCT 3370, ACCT 3470, ACCT 4080, ACCT 4180, ACCT 4510, ACCT 4750, ACCT 4580, ACCT 4880, ACCT 4980 AND FINC 2340.

2 Students who take ACCT 1235 instead of ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210, must take another 3-credit 1000-4000 level course offered by ACCT, FINC, BUSN, ECON, CSIS, COBA or MARK. 1000-2000 level electives must be university transferable (courses that transfer to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UNBC or UVIC) according to the BC Transfer Guide.

3 Students that want a broader exposure to business law should take BUSN 1320 and BUSN 3720 instead of BUSN 1005. If the two-course option is taken:

i) when ACCT 1235 is taken, rather than ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210, BUSN 3720 will satisfy the elective requirement.

ii) when ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210 are taken, BUSN 3720 must be taken in addition to the other required courses. This means that students will take a minimum of twenty-one courses to earn their Accounting and Finance PBD.

4 Students contemplating completing ACAF certification, should refer to the CPA ACAF website to ensure they have the required electives.