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Accounting and Finance (Post-Baccalaureate Diploma )

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IMPORTANT NOTICE Students starting this program in the Fall 2019 semester or later will be required to have a program GPA of 2.00 or higher in order to graduate.
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Accounting
Credits: 60.0
Length: Two years
Credential: Post-Baccalaureate Diploma
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Offered: Fall
program overview

Take your degree to the next level and specialize in the fields of accounting and finance with the Accounting and Finance Post-Baccalaureate Diploma.

Upon graduation, students can secure intermediate-level positions in financial reporting, taxation, management accounting, auditing and finance. Graduates can also pursue a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF).

Students who successfully complete this program will be granted transfer credit towards ACAF entry level and technical courses, as well as one of the applied courses. This diploma also partially satisfies the entrance requirements of the CPA’s Professional Education Program (PEP).

Day and evening courses are offered year-round to both part-time and full-time students, providing the flexibility needed to meet other life commitments while earning your diploma.

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
  • 50% (15 credits) of the upper level credits must be completed at Douglas College
  • * For these courses a "C" grade is required for graduation purposes

Course Requirements

Course Number Course Title  Credits
ACCT 1110** Principles of Accounting I 3.00
ACCT 1210** Principles of Accounting II 3.00
ACCT 1222* Computer Applications for Accounting 3.00
ACCT 2320 Introductory Management Accounting 3.00
ACCT 3310* Intermediate Accounting I 3.00
ACCT 3410* Intermediate Accounting II 3.00
ACCT 3370* Income Tax I 3.00
ACCT 3420* Intermediate Management Accounting 3.00
ACCT 3470* Income Tax II 3.00
ACCT 4510* Advanced Financial Accounting 3.00
ACCT 4750* Auditing 3.00
BUSN 1320 Introductory Business Law 3.00
CSIS 2200* Systems Analysis and Design 3.00
FINC 1231 Business Mathematics 3.00
FINC 2300 Fundamentals of Personal Finance 3.00
FINC 2340* Fundamentals of Financial Management 3.00
ACCT 4580* Ethics and Workplace Skills 3.00
ACCT 4980* Business Applications (Capstone) 3.00
Select two courses from the following options
ACCT 4080* 1 Public Sector Accounting 3.00
ACCT 4180* 1 Not-For-Profit Accounting 3.00
ACCT 4880* 1 Applied External Audit 3.00
ACCT 4850 Accounting Theory 3.00
FINC 3390 Security Analysis 3.00
Total Credits   60.00

** Students who take ACCT 1235 instead of ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210, must take another 3-credit 1000-4000 level course offered by ACCT, FINC, BUSN, ECON, CSIS, COBA or MARK. 1000-2000 level electives 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.

1 Students contemplating completing ACAF certification should refer to CPA ACAF website to ensure they have the minimum required electives.

For 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 4980 AND FINC 2340.

admission requirements

This program is intended for students with degrees in areas other than Business.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada or an equivalent credential from an approved institution in a different country. Any applicant who earned their credential in a language other than English must meet the Douglas College English language proficiency requirement.

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 them.

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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