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Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, Accounting Major

Four-year bachelor’s degree

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September, January
  • Be in demand. More than 35 per cent of the projected 935,000 job openings in BC by 2024 are business and related occupations, most of which will require post-secondary education.
  • A strategic balance of academic and applied studies will prepare you for management-level positions in public accounting, financial management, planning and business consulting.
  • All accounting courses are fully recognized by the CA, CMA, and CGA associations.
  • Earn academic credit through paid co-op work experience to develop industry-relevant skills and broaden your career options.

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.

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WHY CHOOSE NORTH ISLAND COLLEGE?

  • Invaluable work experience. As a degree student, you’ll have the option of complementing your in-class studies with business-related, paid employment through co-operative education. You’ll also complete several courses that incorporate academic learning with real workplace problems.
  • Recognized credentials. NIC graduates are highly employable and qualifications earned through NIC’s programs are widely recognized by employers and other post-secondary institutions throughout the province.
  • Prepare for national accreditation. Your NIC degree prepares you for immediate entrance into the CPA Professional Education program.
  • International exchange opportunities. Through student exchange programs, you can study abroad. NIC students have studied in Germany, the US, Mexico, Poland and France. New opportunities are always developing to earn international credentials while studying at NIC.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

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.

Career Opportunities

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

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.

Admission Requirements

  1. C+ in one of Provincial English 12, English 12 First Peoples, NIC ENG-060, ENG-096, ENG-098, ESL-090, or equivalent; or English assessment; and
  2. C+ in Foundations of Math 11; or C in one of Principles of Math 11, Pre-Calculus 11, Applications of Math 12, NIC MAT-053; or Math Assessment;
  3. Or, CPA-CGA designation to enter CPA Bridging Pathway;
  4. Or, CPA-CMA designation to enter CPA Bridging Pathway;
  5. Or, permission of the department.

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International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

Transfer Credit & Credit For Prior Learning

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.

To Be Successful

  • Basic computer skills in word processing and file management are required.
  • Consult with a business administration faculty member if you are unsure of your level of math preparedness for any of the business courses.

Program Requirements

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.

Year 1 

  • BUS-100 Financial Accounting Fundamentals 
  • BUS-132 Mathematics of Finance
  • BUS-150 Administrative Principles
  • BUS-152 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management
  • BUS-162 Basic Marketing Principles & Practices
  • BUS-170 Computer Applications for Business
  • ECO-110 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECO-111 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ENG-160 Effective Organizational Writing
  • ENG-115 Essay Writing and Critical Analysis or ENG-117 Academic Writing

Students may exit with a Business Administration Certificate

Year 2

Students may exit with a Business Administration Diploma, Accounting Option

Year 3

  • BUS-312 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 
  • BUS-318 Advanced Cost Accounting
  • BUS-323 Taxation II
  • BUS-335 Quantitative Methods
  • BUS-350 Organizational Behaviour
  • BUS-380 Globalization and International Business
  • ENG-260 Advanced Communications and Professional Writing
  • PHI-260 Business Ethics

plus 2 electives totaling 6 credits*

Year 4

  • BUS-419 Advanced Financial Accounting
  • BUS-420 Introduction to Auditing
  • BUS-452 Advanced Topics in Entrepreneurship
  • BUS-492 Strategic Management

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. 

Completion Requirements

A minimum of 50% of the program must be completed at North Island College.

CPA Bridging Pathways

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:

  • BUS 293 Business Simulation
  • BUS 452 Advanced Topics in Entrepreneurship
  • BUS 350 Organizational Behaviour
  • BUS 380 Globalization and International Business
  • BUS 450 Project Management
  • BUS 492 Strategic Management
  • PHI 260 Business Ethics
  • Three 3 credit electives, 200 level or higher

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:

30 credits (10 courses) required for completion of NIC's Bachelor of Business Administration degree:

  • BUS 293 Business Simulation
  • BUS 452 Advanced Topics in Entrepreneurship
  • BUS 380 Globalization and International Business
  • BUS 450 Project Management
  • BUS 492 Strategic Management
  • PHI 260 Business Ethics
  • Four 3 credit electives, 200 level or higher

Note: Business elective courses may not be the same as the courses taken in the CMA program.

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2017, Winter, Spring & Summer 2018

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.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Per Year
Tuition $2,910
NISU Fees $125
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $155
Health and Dental $275
Total $4,995
Tuition , books, and Lab fees may vary, depending on the courses chosen.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

International Fees

Per Year
Tuition $12,730
NISU Fees $125
Books $1,530
Health and Dental $275
Total $14,660
Additional Costs for International Students include a $100 Application fee (required) and a $250 Accommodation Application Fee (optional).
Books and Lab fees vary depending on the courses chosen. Some courses do not have Lab fees. Tuition is based on 3 - 5 courses per term.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

Bill Parkinson

Bill Parkinson

Department Chair, Faculty

Business Administration

MA in Adult Education (Athabasca University, 2005)

Subjects: Business
bill.parkinson@nic.bc.ca
Komoux Hall 250-334-5027
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700 | Location KMX - 216
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5027

Anita Budisa-Bonneau

Anita Budisa-Bonneau

Anita.Budisa@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5007 | Location DIS - 117

Alan Chapelle

Alan Chapelle

alan.chapelle@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000

Ron Davis

Ron Davis

Faculty

Business Administration

MBA, (University of Saskatchewan)

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), (University of Saskatchewan)

Subjects: Business
ron.davis@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4603 | Location VLG - 4

Harley Elias

Harley Elias

Faculty

Business Administration, Professional Tourism

MBA, Strategic Planning and Marketing (University of Washington)

Subjects: Business, Tourism & Hospitaly Mgmt
harley.elias@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4014 | Location TTB - 114

Murray Erickson

Murray Erickson

Faculty

Business Administration, Professional Tourism

Bachelor of Business Administration (Simon Fraser University)
Chartered Accountant designation (CPA Canada)

Subjects: Business, Tourism & Hospitaly Mgmt
murray.erickson@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4032 | Location TTB - 114

Kim Gibson

Kim Gibson

Faculty

Business Administration

MSc, Accountancy (San Diego State University)

Subjects: Business
kim.gibson@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4154 | Location TYE - 217

Margaret Hearnden

Margaret Hearnden

Faculty

PhD, Applied Linguistics, (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education [OISE] of the University of Toronto)
Thesis: Communication needs of internationally educated nurses working with older adults.

Margaret.Hearnden@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4114 | Location TTB - 112

Linda Jay

Linda Jay

Linda.Jay@nic.bc.ca
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9773 | Location CWG - 229
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000

Frank Lu

Frank Lu

Faculty

Business Administration, Computer Science Technology, Fine Arts, Mathematics-Science

MSc (Business Admin) in Management Info Systems (UBC, 1992)

Subjects: Business, Info Tech & Comp Science, Interactive Media, Mathematics
frank.lu@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5046 | Location TYE - 121

Judith Marriott

Judith Marriott

judith.marriott@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5031 | Location TTB - 117

Ali Mayboudi

Ali Mayboudi

Faculty

Business Administration

MA, Economics (Simon Fraser University, 2013)

Subjects: Business, Economics
Ali.Mayboudi@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4157 | Location TYE - 216

Lynn Moseley

Lynn Moseley

Lynn.Moseley@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4129 | Location VLG - A-WS1
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

Darren Paproski

Darren Paproski

Darren.Paproski@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4245

Norma Pelletier

Norma Pelletier

Faculty

Business Administration

Chartered Professional Accountant, CPA-CGA

Subjects: Business
norma.pelletier@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4156 | Location TYE - 215

Cynthia Zhao

Cynthia Zhao

Faculty

Business Administration

MA in Political Economics (Northeast Normal University, 2000)

Subjects: Business
Cynthia.Zhao@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4082