Four-year bachelor’s degree
Career possibilities: As a graduate, you will be well-prepared to continue studies toward a professional CPA designation. Employment opportunities may include business consulting, public or corporate accounting and business ownership.
Qualified students can enter the degree program at any year level. You may opt for a traditional two-plus-two approach, first completing a two year Business Administration diploma, plus two years of additional study to obtain the Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA). You can also apply previous coursework from a wide range of university level studies or professional accounting programs toward your degree program.
Third and fourth-year studies include advanced financial accounting, managerial accounting, advanced cost accounting, taxation, auditing, accounting theory, international business, business ethics, advanced entrepreneurial studies and business strategy. To qualify for a Bachelor of Business Administration degree credential, you must complete all required program courses and electives (or equivalent transfer credits) for a total of 120 credits.
After graduation, you may be employed as a public accountant, management accountant, financial manager, corporate accountant, controller, internal/external auditor, business consultant, financial analyst, financial planner, asset manager and business owner. Employment destinations include private practice, business, crown corporations and government agencies.
You will be well-prepared to move directly into the the CPA Professional Education program to achieve your CPA accounting designation.
Co-operative education alternates paid, program-related work experience with academic study. The practical experience gained on these supervised, structured work terms is an integral part of your education. The result is increased confidence, new employment contacts and practical real-world experience locally, on Vancouver Island, provincially or internationally.
If you wish to participate in the co-operative education program, you are encouraged to apply during the first semester of your first year of study in order to have the best options for completing the program. You must complete EMP-100 (Co-operative Education Pre-Employment Seminar) as a prerequisite to BUS-197 (Co-operative Education Internship Work Term).
Applications are also accepted from second and third-year students. Among the eligibility criteria, you must have a GPA of 2.33 or higher in the required business administration program courses and complete a co-op interview. You can be awarded a co-operative education designation on your degree if you successfully complete EMP-100, BUS-197, BUS-297 and BUS-397 (in addition to your program course work). Note: these courses cannot be used as program electives and have registration fees in addition to the program registration fees.
You may choose either alternating or consecutive work terms that must not end in the program's last semester. For more information on work terms, eligibility requirements, sample job opportunities and wages contact Student Employment Services.
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North Island College accepts course transfer credit from a wide range of post-secondary institutions and professional organizations. Detailed course transfer information for BC institutions may be found by accessing the BC Transfer Guide. Students possessing other applicable prior learning may request prerequisite waivers for selected courses.
The Bachelor of Business Administration Degree - Accounting program offers a great deal of flexibility. Students may customize a program both by choice of electives and by opting to take courses in any order as long as prerequisites are met. Students are required to successfully complete 120 credits excluding co-op credits.
Students may exit with a Business Administration Certificate
Students may exit with a Business Administration Diploma, Accounting Option
plus 2 electives totaling 6 credits*
plus 6 electives totaling 18 credits*
*Note: Electives may be chosen from any non-business courses that transfer to BC degree granting institutions or any other NIC business courses. At least four electives must be non-business and at least six electives must be at the 200 level or higher.
A minimum of 50% of the program must be completed at North Island College.
Certified General Accountants (CGA) Bridge
Individuals who already have CPA-CGA designation, may apply for advanced standing in the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Students are required to complete the following 30 credits (10 courses) to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree – Accounting major from NIC:
30 credits (10 courses) required for completion of NIC's Bachelor of Business Administration degree:
Note: Business elective courses may not be the same as the courses taken in the CGA program.
Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Bridge
Individuals who already have CPA-CMA designation, may apply for advanced standing in the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Students are required to complete the following 30 credits (10 courses) to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree – Accounting major from NIC:
Note: Business elective courses may not be the same as the courses taken in the CMA program.
Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.
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