Accounting Studies (Post-Degree Diploma)

Faculty
Commerce & Business Administration
Department
Credits
30.00
Length of Program
One year
Credential Type
Post-Degree Diploma
Campus
New Westminster
Learning Format
Full-time
Part-time
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - Additional Admission Requirements
Offered
Fall
Winter
Summer

Overview

Get the skills and knowledge you need to kick start a career in accounting with the Accounting Studies Post-Degree Diploma. This program is for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than commerce or business administration.

Graduates gain the skills to secure junior- to intermediate-level accounting positions in fields including financial accounting, cost accounting and financial management. Students interested in pursuing further education can transfer seamlessly into Douglas College’s Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting program, opening up doors to more senior employment opportunities.

The Post-Degree Diploma in Accounting Studies partially satisfies the entrance requirements of the Chartered Professional Accountant’s (CPA) Professional Education Program (PEP).

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

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

Program Note: Students who elect the option of taking ACCT 1110 & ACCT 1210, instead of ACCT 1235, will require successful completion of 33 credits for graduation.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 30 credits
  • 50% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • Minimum 3 courses (9 credits) of Accounting upper level (3000/4000) courses to be completed at Douglas College
  • 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.
  • A minimum program GPA of 2.00 is required

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

Select one option from the following two options:

ACCT 1235

Principles of Accounting I and II

3.00

ACCT 1110 and
ACCT 12101

Principles of Accounting I and
Principles of Accounting II

3.00
3.00

Select one course from the following two courses:

BUSN 2429

Business Statistics I

3.00

MATH 1160

Introduction to Statistics

3.00
Required Courses:  
ACCT 2320 Introductory Management Accounting 3.00
ACCT 33102 Intermediate Accounting I 3.00
ACCT 34102 Intermediate Accounting II 3.00
ACCT 4850 Accounting Theory 3.00
ECON 1150 Principles of Micro Economics 3.00
ECON 1250 Principles of Macro Economics 3.00
BUSN 3431 Business Statistics II 3.00
Elective Open elective at the 3000/4000 level 3.00
Total Credits   30.00

1Taking ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210 instead of ACCT 1235 requires successful completion of 33 credits for graduation.

2For ACCT 3310 and ACCT 3410 a minimum grade of "C" is required

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 look at the Post-Degree Diploma in Accounting program to determine if this is a more suitable program.

Cost

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

Graduates of this program have job-ready accounting skills and typically pursue a professional accounting designation and a career in accountancy.

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.

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