Accounting (Post-Baccalaureate Diploma)

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Winter 2023: Currently accepting applications

Summer 2023: Currently accepting applications

Fall 2023: Applications open Oct 3, 2022

Learning Format
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - Additional Admission Requirements


Interested in pursuing a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation? Get started with the two-year Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting. This program is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than commerce or business administration.

Graduate job-ready with the Career Boost program and Co-operative education

Designed for post-degree students, the Career Boost program prepares you for part-time paid or volunteer positions that complement your studies. You’ll participate in career-building workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, career fairs, networking with employers, peer-led leadership meetings and more. Once you graduate, you’ll get the continued support, skills and knowledge you need to find a full-time job in your field.  

You can also join 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. 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.

Once you graduate you'll have the skills to secure intermediate-level accounting positions in financial reporting, taxation, management accounting and auditing.

Further education

If you are 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, you can move on to careers such as tax auditor, financial officer, controller, auditor and financial analyst.

Flexible studies

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.

Job opportunities

Over 11,000 accounting and financial auditor job openings are expected in B.C. for the next ten years. You can also expect a median salary of $60,000 once you graduate.

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 cooperative education option

Additional Graduation Requirements with Cooperative Education Option

  • Successful completion of 9 additional credits through Cooperative Education I (COOP 1100).
  • Students completing the Cooperative 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 Managerial Accounting 3.00
ACCT 33101 Intermediate Accounting I 3.00
ACCT 34101 Intermediate Accounting II 3.00
ACCT 34201 Intermediate Managerial Accounting 3.00
ACCT 33701 Income Tax I 3.00
ACCT 34701 Income Tax II 3.00
ACCT 38801 Data Analytics for Managers 3.00
ACCT 45101 Advanced Financial Accounting 3.00
ACCT 45201 Advanced Management Accounting 3.00
ACCT 47501 Auditing 3.00
BLAW 1320 Introductory Business Law 3.00
BUSN 3431 Business Statistics II 3.00
BUSN 42751 Business Strategy and Competitive Analysis 3.00
CSIS 22001 Systems Analysis and Design 3.00
ECON 1150 Principles of Microeconomics 3.00
ECON 1250 Principles of Macroeconomics 3.00
FINC 23401 Corporate Finance 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


Cooperative Education Option
COOP 11003 Cooperative Education I 9.00
Total Credits with Cooperative Education Option   69.00

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. 

3The 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.

Career Pathways

Career opportunities include:

  • Investment Analyst
  • Controller
  • Audit and Compliance Director
  • Tax Auditor
  • Internal or External Auditor

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.