Two-year post degree diploma
Career possibilities: An accounting education can take you in many directions, in Canada or internationally. Upon graduation, you will be qualified to pursue a designation in accounting or other accounting opportunities in either public practice or industry.
If you have a bachelor's degree from a recognized institution, this program will provide all of the prerequisites required to enter into the CPA certification program as well as knowledge of business principles.
In year one, you will develop a strong foundation in accounting (both managerial and financial), finance, Canadian taxation, corporate finance, business writing, and ethics. You will also choose one elective, with options in commercial law, accounting computer applications, quantitative methods, information systems, organizational behavior and economics. You will begin to put theory into practice in courses such as BUS-293, where you will apply knowledge gained from several business disciplines to manage a company in an online business simulation. You will become part of a management team, making strategic business decisions in an effort to achieve a competitive advantage in your industry.
In year two, you will deepen your accounting and business understanding with advanced topics such as advanced managerial and financial accounting, corporate taxation, auditing and strategic management.
You will graduate with relevant work experience gained through your program internship and will be well-positioned for a career in accounting.
As a graduate with an accounting designation will qualify for career opportunities in a wide range of work environments, both in Canada and internationally. This may include working in public practice or in industry. You may pursue your designation in accounting with the CPA or could consider further education in masters programs in a variety of disciplines. With a 3.0 GPA this program qualifies you for guaranteed admission in to the VIU MBA/MScIB Degree The possibilities are endless.
Are you an international student? With two years of academic study and accounting-related internship supported by NIC, you will be eligible to apply for a three-year Canadian work permit upon graduation. See Immigration and Citizenship, Government of Canada for complete information on post-graduate work permits.
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Courses counted toward the prerequisite degree may not also be counted toward the post-degree diploma.
Plus one elective to be chosen from the following: BUS-221, BUS-270, BUS-290, BUS-335, BUS-450, ECO-110 or ECO-111.
The two-year post-degree diploma includes a one-term internship (full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid) in a position related to accounting. The internship will give you the opportunity to apply theories and methods learned in the classroom. You will also learn new skills to enhance your future employment success and/or to prepare for further employment or academic study.
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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