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Business Administration Post Degree Diploma - Pre-Professional Accountant

Two-year post degree diploma

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September, January
  • Specialize in accounting with a focus on preparation for entry into the Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) certification program.
  • 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.
  • Develop cross-cultural skills studying with classmates from a variety of cultural perspectives.
  • Gain work experience through your internship and build your own network of personal business contacts.

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.

WHY CHOOSE NORTH ISLAND COLLEGE?

  • Small classes, great instructors. Small classes and excellent instruction combine to give you a strong background in accounting. Employers recognize NIC business graduates as skilled, valuable assets to any company.
  • Give yourself an edge. With a post-degree diploma in accounting, you’ll have the knowledge to support your previous academic and employment background in the business world.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Admission Requirements

  1. An accredited Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of three academic years from a recognized institution.
  2. C+ in Foundations of Math 11; or a C in one of Pre-Calculus 11, Principles of Math 11, Applications of Math 12, or NIC MAT-053; or Math Assessment.
  3. Completion of BUS 100 or an equivalent course.
  4. Students applying to the post-degree diploma program whose undergraduate degree was not taught in English must meet English language requirements. Those requirements may be met by completing ESL-090 (minimum C+) or equivalent; or English Assessment; or a minimum TOEFL 550, TOEFL Computer Based Test (CBT) 213, TOEFL iBT 80 with no section lower than 19; or IELTS 6.0.

International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.


Program Requirements

Courses counted toward the prerequisite degree may not also be counted toward the post-degree diploma.

First Semester

  • BUS-200 Financial Accounting Fundamentals II 
  • BUS-132 Mathematics of Finance
  • ENG-160 Effective Organizational Writing
  • MAT-115 Introduction to Statistics
  • EMP-010 Internship Workshop - Students must complete this 15-hour, noncredit, online course as a prerequisite to BUS-500

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

Plus one elective to be chosen from the following: BUS-221, BUS-270, BUS-290, BUS-335, BUS-450, ECO-110 or ECO-111.

Internships

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.

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

Year 1 Year 2 Grand Total
Tuition $2,620 $2,740
NISU Fees $115 $115
Books $1,630 $1,530
Learner Resource $140 $140
Health and Dental $275 $275
Total $4,780 $4,800 $9,580
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

International Fees

Year 1 Year 2 Grand Total
Tuition $12,730 $12,730
NISU Fees $115 $115
Books $1,530 $1,530
Learner Resource $140 $140
Health and Dental $275 $275
Total $14,790 $14,790 $29,580
Additional Costs for International Students include the $100 Application fee (required) and the $250 Accommodation Application Fee (optional).
Internship fee: additional $1000.
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
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4245 | Location DIS - 216
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

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 DIS - 214

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

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