Business Administration Post Degree Diploma - Pre-Professional Accountant

Specialize in accounting with a focus on preparation for entry into the Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) certification program. Gain work experience through your internship and build your network of personal contacts.

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September, January
Length: 2 years
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My internship gave me a huge boost. I worked hard and had a full-time accounting position waiting for me when I graduated.

Stephanie Gom, Business Administration Post Degree Diploma alumna

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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
  • STA-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.

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 NIC MAT-055; 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.

The number of qualified applicants normally exceeds the number of seats available therefore fulfillment of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission is offered through a selective admission process.

International Language Requirements

International students must meet NIC international admission requirements.

Consider NIC’s Academic English Language program if you need to gain the skills to speak and understand English in the college environment.

Ali Mayboudi

Ali Mayboudi

Department Chair

Business Administration

MA, Economics (Simon Fraser University, 2013)

Ali.Mayboudi@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5209 | Location TYE - 216

Othman Bennis

Othman Bennis

Faculty

Business Administration

BA, Finance (Kennesaw State University)

MA, Economics (University of Victoria)

Subjects: Economics
Othman.Bennis@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4068 | Location VLG - A WS5
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
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

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 - F-4

Harley Elias

Harley Elias

Faculty

Business Administration, Tourism & Hospitality Mgmt

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, Tourism & Hospitality Mgmt

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

M.Sc., Accountancy (San Diego State University)

CPA, CA

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

Linda Jay

Linda Jay

Faculty

Business Administration

M.Ed. in Administrative Leadership (Simon Fraser University)

Diploma, Public Sector Management (University of Victoria)

B.Comm. (University of Saskatchewan)

Subjects: Business
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

Faculty

Business Administration

CPA, CA

B.Comm., honours (UBC)

Subjects: Business
judith.marriott@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5031 | Location TTB - 117
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9761

Gordon Mason

Gordon Mason

Faculty

Business Administration

MBA (University of Athabasca)

Advanced Graduate Degree in Management (University of Athabasca)

 

Subjects: Business

Lynn Moseley

Lynn Moseley

Faculty

Business Administration, Continuing Ed & Training

MBA (Royal Roads University)

Subjects: Business
Lynn.Moseley@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4065 | Location VLG - F-7
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

Darren Paproski

Darren Paproski

Faculty

Business Administration

PhD in Chinese Consumer Behaviour (University of Hertfordshire)

Subjects: Business
Darren.Paproski@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000

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

Program Highlights

If you have a Bachelor of Business Administration 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.

Tuition & Costs Estimate

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 our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1 Year 2 Grand Total
Tuition $2,720 $2,850
NISU Fees $115 $115
Books $1,530 $1,530
Learner Resource $145 $145
Health and Dental $275 $275
Total $4,785 $4,915 $9,700

Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

This program is tuition refund Category 1.



International Fees

Year 1 Year 2 Grand Total
Tuition $12,150 $12,150
NISU Fees $115 $115
Student Services Fees $810 $810
Books $1,530 $1,530
Learner Resource $145 $145
Health and Dental $275 $275
Total $15,025 $15,025 $30,050

Additional Costs for International students include the $100 application fee (required).

Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

For more information on tuition costs and refunds refer to International Tuition and Costs.