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Accounting (Diploma)

Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Accounting
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: New Westminster
Credential: Diploma
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

Students who took 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

** A university transferable course is a course that transfer to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC – according to the BC Transfer Guide.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

1Select one option from the following two options:

ACCT 1110 and

ACCT 1210

Principles of Accounting I

Principles of Accounting II


ACCT 1235 and


Principles of Accounting I & II

Select one course in ACCT, BUSN, CSIS, FINC or MARK


2Select one course from the following two options:

CMNS 1115

Practical Writing


ENGL 1130

Academic Writing


Select one course from the following two options:

FINC 1231 (preferred)

Commercial and Financial Math


MATH 1125

Calculus for Social Sciences


Select one course from the following two options:

BUSN 2429 (preferred)

Business Statistics


MATH 1160

Introduction to Statistics


Required Courses 

ACCT 1222

Computer Applications for Accounting


ACCT 2320

Introductory Management Accounting


ACCT 3310

Intermediate Accounting I


ACCT 3410

Intermediate Accounting II


ACCT 3420

Intermediate Management Accounting


BUSN 1210

Management Essentials


BUSN 1320

Introductory Business Law


3CSIS 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


3MARK 1120

Introductory Marketing



Select two 1000-4000 level courses

(**1000/2000 level courses must be University Transferable)


Total Credits


Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) program

For more information on the program please visit BC-CPA website: https://www.bccpa.ca/become-a-cpa/programs/acaf/

Students who are contemplating completing the ACAF program at a later date should consider the following:

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.

upcoming info sessions
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