Accounting (Post-Baccalaureate Diploma)

Commerce & Business Administration
Length of Program
Two years
Credential Type
Post-Baccalaureate Diploma
Learning Format
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - Additional Admission Requirements


Interested in pursuing a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation? Get started with this two-year,  post-baccalaureate diploma program. This program is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than commerce or business administration.

Graduates gain the skills to secure intermediate-level accounting positions in financial reporting, taxation, management accounting and auditing.  This program also has a Cooperative Education option for nine additional credits.

For students interested in pursuing further education, the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting satisfies the entrance requirements of the Chartered Professional Accountant’s (CPA) Professional Education Program (PEP). From there, graduates can move on to careers as tax auditors, financial officers, controllers, auditors and financial analysts.

Day and evening courses, offered year-round to both part-time and full-time students, provide individuals with flexibility while earning their post-baccalaureate diploma.

Students whose degree is in commerce or business administration should apply for entrance into the Post-Degree Diploma in Accounting program.

Program Requirements

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
  • 18 credits out of 33 upper level credits must be completed at Douglas College
  • A minimum program GPA of 2.00 is required
  • Students can also take this program with a co-operative education option

Additional Graduation Requirements with Co-operative Education Option

  • Successful completion of 9 additional credits through Co-operative Education I (COOP 1100)
  • Students completing the Co-operative Education Option will graduate with 69 credits.
  • 50% (34.5 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits
Required Courses:  
ACCT 11102 Principles of Accounting I 3.00
ACCT 12102 Principles of Accounting II 3.00
ACCT 2320 Introductory Management Accounting 3.00
ACCT 33101 Intermediate Accounting I 3.00
ACCT 34101 Intermediate Accounting II 3.00
ACCT 34201 Intermediate Management Accounting 3.00
ACCT 33701 Income Tax I 3.00
ACCT 34701 Income Tax II 3.00
ACCT 45101 Advanced Financial Accounting 3.00
ACCT 45201 Advanced Management Accounting 3.00
ACCT 47501 Auditing 3.00
ACCT 4850 Accounting Theory (Capstone) 3.00
BLAW 10053 Business Law Fundamentals for Accountants 3.00
BUSN 3431 Business Statistics II 3.00
BUSN 42751 Business Strategy and Competitive Analysis 3.00
CSIS 2200 Systems Analysis and Design 3.00
ECON 1150 Principles of Micro Economics 3.00
ECON 1250 Principles of Macro Economics 3.00
FINC 23401 Fundamentals of Financial Management 3.00
Select one course from the following two options:  
BUSN 2429 Business Statistics I 3.00
MATH 1160 Introduction to Statistics 3.00
Total Credits   60.00
Co-operative Education Option
COOP 11004 Co-operative Education I 9.00
Total Credits with 
Co-operative Education

1 For these courses a "C+" overall average is required for graduation with a minimum grade of "C" for each individual course.

2 Students who took ACCT 1235 instead of ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210 must take another 1000 - 4000 level elective from the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration. 1000-2000 level electives must be university transferable (courses that transfer to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBCV, UBC-O, UNBC or UVIC) according to the BC Transfer Guide.

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

i) For students who take ACCT 1235, rather than, ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210, BLAW 3720 will satisfy the elective requirement.

ii) For students who take ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210, BLAW 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 PBD.

4The co-op work term is a minimum of 420 hours of work and must be taken through Douglas College's Co-op program.  The timing of the work term is restricted to the following:

  • Can be undertaken only after completion of a minimum of two semesters, 18 credits
  • Cannot be taken in the last semester of the program

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

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

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


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 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.