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Accounting (Bachelor of Business Administration)

Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Accounting
Credits: 121.5
Length: Eight semesters
Campuses: New Westminster
Credential: Bachelor's Degree
Admission Type: Open Enrolment - Additional Admission Requirements
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
program overview

Get ready to launch an exciting career in Canada’s growing financial industry with your Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting. This program’s applied curriculum and work-experience component provides graduates with the necessary skills to secure intermediate-level accounting positions in financial reporting, taxation, management accounting and auditing.

For students who want to continue in their studies, the BBA in Accounting satisfies the entrance requirements of the Chartered Professional Accountant’s (CPA) Professional Education Program (PEP).

In order to graduate from the program, you must complete BUSN 4500, the capstone course, which requires you to have 500 hours of Canadian work experience that is documented and signed off by your supervisor. Hours worked in the Douglas College Co-operative Education program, the Douglas College Business Association tax-clinic, and volunteer positions may be used to satisfy the work-experience component. Full details of BUSN 4500 are included in the Career and Portfolio Development Handbook.

It is strongly recommended that you begin your work experience requirement as soon as you are accepted to the program in order to avoid delays with completing your degree.

curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 121.50 credits
  • 45 Upper Level (3000-4000) credits required
  • 25% (30 credits) of all course work and of upper level must be completed at Douglas College
  • A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required
  • 1000-2000 level courses must be University Transferable (courses that transfer to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC) according to the BC Transfer Guide
  • Courses marked with an asterisk (*) require a minimum "C" grade in all prerequisites.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

Required Courses:

ACCT 1110 *

Principles of Accounting I (or ACCT 1235, see note 1)


ACCT 1210 *

Principles of Accounting II


ACCT 1222 *

Computer Applications for Accounting


ACCT 2320 *

Introductory Management Accounting


ACCT 3310 *

Intermediate Accounting I


ACCT 3370 *

Income Tax I


ACCT 3410 *

Intermediate Accounting II


ACCT 3420 *

Intermediate Management Accounting


ACCT 3470 *

Income Tax II


ACCT 4510 *

Advanced Financial Accounting


ACCT 4520 *

Advanced Management Accounting


ACCT 4750 *



BUSN 1210

Management Essentials


BUSN 1320

Introductory Business Law


BUSN 3431

Business Statistics II


BUSN 4275

Business Strategy and Competitive Analysis


BUSN 4500 (see note 5)

Career and Portfolio Development. This is a capstone course that requires 500 hours Canadian work experience.


CSIS 1190

Excel for Business


CSIS 2200

Systems Analysis and Design


ECON 1150

Principles of Microeconomics


ECON 1250

Principles of Macroeconomics


FINC 2340

Fundamentals of Financial Management


MARK 1120

Introductory Marketing


Open elective (see note 4)

1000 - 4000 level electives (Require 8)
All electives must be university transferable


Open elective (see note 4)

3000-4000 level electives (Require 5)


Select one course from the following two options (see note 2):

BUSN 2429

Business Statistics I


MATH 1160 Introduction to Statistics 3.00
Select one course from the following three options:
PHIL 1122 Business Ethics 3.00
PHIL 1102 Values and Contemporary Issues 3.00
BUSN 4490 Applied Legal and Ethical Decision Making for Managers, Professionals and Executives 3.00
Select one course from the following two options:

CMNS 1115

Practical Writing


ENGL 1130 Academic Writing 3.00
Select one course from the following two options (see note 2):

FINC 1231

Commercial and Financial Mathematics


MATH 1125 Calculus for the Social Sciences 3.00

Select one course from the following three options (see note 3):

ACCT 3850 *

Detecting Accounting Fraud


ACCT 3880 *

Data Analytics for Managers


ACCT 4850 *

Accounting Theory


Total Credits




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

2. BUSN 2429 and FINC 1231 are highly recommended.

3. This course constitutes a 3000-4000 required Accounting elective. Students who have taken BUSN 3730 prior to the Winter 2016 semester will be able to use it in place of ACCT 4850.

4. A minimum of 45 credit hours must be upper level courses, e.g. at the 3000 or 4000 level. Please keep this in mind when choosing your electives. The 45 hours includes both required courses and electives.

5. There is a significant amount of work required to successfully complete BUSN 4500. Students are strongly encouraged to commence work on this course at an early date.

career transfer pathways
The BBA in Accounting satisfies the entrance requirements of the Chartered Professional Accountant’s (CPA) professional education program. The BBA in Accounting also prepares graduates for a variety of careers in the field of accounting and financial management, including:

• Auditing – accounting firm
• Auditing – Canada Revenue Agency
• Budgeting and treasury analysis
• Financial accounting
• Financial analysis
• Financial management - corporate finance
• Financial management - personal finance
• Income tax preparation – accounting firm
• Internal Auditor
• Management accounting

admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

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.

curriculum 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.

Is Douglas College's BBA degree credible and acceptable in the market place?

The BBA degree granted by Douglas College is given under a license granted to us by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, British Columbia Government, and as such it is an accredited post-secondary degree.

What are the transfer options for my BBA courses?

Most BBA courses are transferable to other post secondary institutions. Granting credit for work done at Douglas is entirely up to the receiving institutions. For first and second year courses, most colleges and universities follow the BC Transfer Guide for course transfers.

For 3rd and 4th year courses which are normally subject specialty courses, the receiving institution may grant credit provides such courses are compatible both in content and coverage with the courses at their institution.

Who can take this program?

This degree is open to all students meeting the admission requirements. Students who have previously earned another credential may be eligible to use this coursework to partially satisfy the BBA in Accounting curriculum requirements. Refer to the “Multiple Credentials” section of the Douglas College Credentials Policy for further information.

When can I apply?

We offer 3 intakes per year: in the Fall, Winter and Summer semesters.  We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, as the seats are assigned on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis. Applications must be submitted online and you may forward your official transcripts by mail. Apply online here.

I am an International applicant. Can I apply for the BBA and will my foreign diploma/degree be accepted for transfer credit at Douglas College?

International applicants are encouraged to apply.  Douglas College International is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of our international students. Please direct your inquiries to

I do not currently meet the entrance requirements for the BBA in Accounting. Can I still apply for admission?

Yes, you may. In such cases, applicants are classified as "pre-BBA" and will be required to complete all the prerequisite courses whether from high school or lower level college prerequisites. Douglas College offers math upgrading and English upgrading for those applicants who may be missing high school level courses. As well, students may also upgrade for business programs with specific courses. 

I need more clarification about the business programs, degrees and the specialty areas. Can you help me?

Yes, we can. Please contact the BBA Coordinators for a personal meeting. We will be pleased to sit down, assess your current educational needs and try to find a program that may best fit your future educational goals and expectation. Get contact info.

What is the focus of this program?

The focus of the degree is to equip you with relevant, applied skills in the field of professional accounting. You take a diverse set of courses, many of which include a "hands-on" component enabling you to practice and master skills that will be very relevant at the workplace. The design of the curriculum provides a seamless transition from the classroom to the work environment.

What is the difference between the three specialties in the BBA?

You can choose from three specialties: Accounting, Financial Services or Management.

Accounting is ideal if you plan to earn your Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation or enter the field of accounting.

Financial Services will prepare you for wealth planning and securities positions, plus designations such as CFP, PFP, CIM, FMA, CFA, and Mutual Fund Licensing.

Management will prepare you for the management-level roles in an industry of your choice with the combination of the Chartered Management Program (CMP) designation and industry-specific skills in such fields as financial services, international business, supply chain, hospitality and project or trades management. Plus, earn an additional industry-specific designation for your chosen concentration.

When are courses offered?

All classes are offered in the day and evening on a rotational basis to accommodate employment and family commitments. 

How long will it take to complete the program?

It will take 2-4 years for full-time students to complete this degree (durations for part-time students vary), depending on your level of business education. 

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