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Accounting (Diploma)

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IMPORTANT NOTICE Please note that the CPA profession will no longer recognize the ACAF program. The final ACAF national exam will be in Feb. 2021. Those interested in complete the ACAF certification should contact maugers@douglascollege.ca or dudasb@douglascollege.ca for more details.
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Accounting
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: New Westminster
Credential: Diploma
Admission Type: Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
program overview

Prepare for junior- to intermediate-level accounting positions with the two-year Accounting Diploma program.

Study a well-rounded curriculum that includes classes in accounting, communications, computing science, economics, finance and marketing.

Graduates gain the skills to secure employment in fields including financial accounting, cost accounting and financial management. Graduates interested in furthering their accounting careers can transfer seamlessly into Douglas College’s Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting program.

This diploma also satisfies the entrance requirements of the Chartered Professional Accountant’s (CPA) Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) program of studies and partially satisfies its requirements for admission into the 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 diploma.

curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements: 

  • Successful completion of 60 credits
  • 25% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
     Course Requirements:
    To graduate from this program students need to complete 11 required courses (33 credits) and one of the two streams (27 credits); BBA or ACAF (Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance).  
    The ACAF stream is intended for students contemplating writing the CPA ACAF National Exam on completion of the diploma program. 
    Both the BBA and ACAF stream ladder seamlessly into the BBA Accounting program, however, students taking the ACAF stream need to be aware that once in the BBA program, they will still need to take the first and second year required courses in the BBA stream (BUSN 1210, BUSN 2429, ECON 1150, ECON 1250 and MARK1120). 
Course Number
Course Title
Credits
Select one course from the following two options:
Practical Writing
3.00
Academic Writing
3.00
Required Courses 
Computer Applications for Accounting
3.00
Introductory Management Accounting
3.00
Intermediate Accounting I
3.00
Intermediate Accounting II
3.00
Intermediate Management Accounting
3.00
Business Law Fundamentals for Accountants
3.00
Excel for Business
3.00
Systems Analysis and Design
3.00
Business Mathematics 
3.00
Fundamentals of Financial Management
3.00
Select one stream from the following two streams: Nine (9) courses (27 credits)
Stream #1: BBA
Select one option from the following two options:
     AND
     ACCT 1210
Principles of Accounting I 
AND
Principles of Accounting II
3.00
3.00
    AND
    One (1) Elective4
Principles of Accounting I & II
AND
Select one course from the CBA Faculty
3.00
3.00 
Required courses:
 Management Essentials
3.00
 Business Statistics
3.00
 Principles of Microeconomics
 3.00
 Principles of Macroeconomics
 3.00
 Introductory Marketing
 3.00
Two (2) Electives4
 Select two 1000-4000 level courses from ACCT, BUSN, CSIS, ECON, FINC or MARK
 6.00
 Stream #2: ACAF  
Select one of the following two options:
     AND
     ACCT 1210
Principles of Accounting I 
AND
Principles of Accounting II
3.00
3.00
    AND
    One (1) Elective
Principles of Accounting I & II
AND 
Select one course from ACCT 4080, ACCT 4180, or ACCT 4880 
3.00
3.00 
Select one course from the following three options, this cannot be one of elective chosen above:
Public Sector Accounting
3.00
Not-For-Profit Accounting
3.00
Applied External Audit
3.00
Required Courses for ACAF Stream:
Income Tax I
3.00
Income Tax II
3.00
Advanced Financial accounting
3.00
Ethics and Workplace Skills
3.00
Auditing
3.00
Business Applications
3.00
Total Credits
 
60.00
1 Students that want a broader exposure to business law or are contemplating completing the concentration in business law in the BBA should take BUSN 1320 and BUSN 3720 instead of BUSN 1005. If the two-course option is taken: 

i) for the BBA stream, BUSN 3720 will satisfy one of the open elective requirements;

ii) for the ACAF stream, when ACCT 1235 is taken, rather than ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210, BUSN 3720 will satisfy the open elective requirement;

iii) for the ACAF stream 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 ACAF stream Accounting Diploma.
2Students who have already taken MATH 1125, can substitute the course for FINC 1231
3Students who have already taken MATH 1160, can substitute the course for BUSN 2429 
4Elective(s) : 1000-2000 level courses must be university transferable. A university transferable course is a course that transfers to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC – according to the BC Transfer Guide. 
5For 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 4890 AND FINC 2340
6ACCT 3370 and ACCT 3470 meet both the Technical and Applied tax course requirements of the CPA ACAF program, provided that they are both completed at Douglas College
career transfer pathways

Graduates of the Accounting Management Diploma Program are equipped for junior management positions in small to medium-sized firms.  Such positions may lead to managing a firm's financial, general or cost accounting areas, accounting information systems, or financial management practices.

Transfer to Professional Accounting Associations

The Accounting Management Diploma Program partially satisfies the entrance requirements of the Chartered Professional Accountant's (CPA) professional education program (PEP).  Graduates of the diploma program can continue their education; expand their employment opportunities; and satisfy the entrance requirements of the CPA PEP program by completing their Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting program at Douglas College.

University Transfer

Transfer credit arrangements including two-year block transfers have been arranged with various universities throughout British Columbia and Alberta.  Please refer to www.bctransferguide.ca for further details.

admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

Note: Some courses in this program require students to have completed Foundations of Math 11 with a grade of C (some courses may have a higher requirement). Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you check each individual course prerequisite and ensure that you have completed requirements prior to registration. 

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.

noticecurriculum notice

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