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Accounting (Post-Degree Diploma)

Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Accounting
Credits: 30.0
Length: One year
Campuses: New Westminster
Credential: Post-Degree Diploma
Admission Type: Open Enrolment - Additional Admission Requirements
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Winter, Summer
program overview

Have a degree in the disciples of commerce or business administration? Take it to the next level with a specialization in Accounting. Graduates of this program gain the skills to secure intermediate-level accounting positions in financial reporting, taxation, management accounting and auditing.

For students interested in pursuing further education, the Post-Degree Diploma in Accounting 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 earning their post-degree diploma.

Students whose degree is in a discipline other than commerce or business administration should apply for entrance into the Post-Degree Diploma in Accounting Studies or the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting programs.

curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 30 credits
  • 50% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • 15 credits out of the 27 required upper level credits must be completed at Douglas College
  • A minimum program GPA of 2.00 is required
  • 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.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits
ACCT 3310 Intermediate Accounting I 3.00
ACCT 3410 Intermediate Accounting II 3.00
ACCT 3420 Intermediate Managerial Accounting 3.00
ACCT 3370 Income Tax I 3.00
ACCT 3470 Income Tax II 3.00
ACCT 4510 Advanced Financial Accounting 3.00
ACCT 4750 Auditing 3.00

BUSN 4275

Business Strategy and Competitive Analysis


ACCT 4520

Advanced Management Accounting

1 Elective

Select one (1) course from the following approved electives: ACCT 4280, ACCT 4850, ACCT 4880BLAW 1005, BUSN 2429, BUSN 3431, CSIS 2200, ECON 1150, ECON 1250, FINC 2340

Total Credits   30.00

1 In selecting the elective, students should consider the courses required if they are contemplating pursuing a Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) designation. If necessary, students can use any Accounting course as well as this list of approved elective courses as a substitute course in this program.

Students are advised to refer to the CPA website for the list of required courses and the minimum grades for courses in the CPA program.

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

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in the field of Commerce and Business Administration 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.
  • Applicants must have completed the following courses with a minimum grade of "C" in each (or equivalent):
    • ACCT 1235 Principles of Accounting I and II; or ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210
    • ACCT 2320 Introductory Management Accounting
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.

Does completion of this program guarantee acceptance to the CPA PEP program?

This program was specifically created to satisfy the entrance requirements of the CPA PEP program.  However, the CPA governs entrance to their program and students are encouraged to have their transcripts evaluated by CPA to identify any gaps and structure their studies accordingly.

I am an international student. Am I eligible to apply to this program?

Yes.  International students are encouraged to apply.  Please contact Douglas College International for more information.

I have completed some business courses but am not sure which are recognized by CPA. What should I do?

  1. Apply to the Accounting Studies program.
  2. Send your transcripts to CPA - BC for evaluation.
  3. Register in courses at Douglas that you know CPA will not grant you prior standing.
  4. Upon receipt of your CPA evaluation, submit it to the Registrar's Office.  You will be exempted from taking courses for which CPA has granted standing.

Are co-operative education placements available for this program?

No.  As this program is less than 2 years in duration, it is not eligible as a co-operative education program.

CPA has granted me prior standing. Do I have to take these courses again at Douglas to complete this program?

When you submit CPA's evaluation to the Registrar's Office, they will grant you an exemption for all courses recognized by CPA.  You do not need to take these courses at Douglas College.  Please note that you must still satisfy the program's 70% residency requirement.

Is this program eligible for student loan funding?

Yes.  This program is fully eligible for loan funding.

What are the benefits of applying to this program over another general program?

Students registering in this program receive priority registration.  This means that you will have an earlier registration time than many other programs.  As a post-degree diploma student, many of your course prerequisites will also be waived.

This program has a 70% residency requirement. How does this affect me?

The residency requirement means that you must complete a minimum of 7 courses at Douglas College to graduate from this program.

Is there a work experience requirement in this program?

No.  This program does not have a work experience requirement.  Nor is work experience required to enter the CPA PEP program.

The CPA PEP program does have a work experience requirement that must be completed before you earn your certification.  Questions regarding this requirement should be directed to CPA-BC.