Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting


The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting is designed for a student that has completed a bachelor's degree and has decided to further their education by pursuing the CPA accounting designation. The program will allow students to obtain the required accounting courses to then be accepted into the accounting professional program. The program aims to provide the skill sets identified by CPA Canada as critical to achieve competency as a CPA. The program will allow students to develop strong technical skills in financial reporting, management accounting, strategy and governance, audit and assurance, finance and taxation. It will also ensure the development of the required enabling competencies of the profession: professionalism, ethical behaviour, written and oral communication, leadership, and problem solving. Students can choose between two program options. The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting consists of fifteen courses (51 credits). The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting with Cooperative Education option consists of seventeen courses (61 credits)  Note: This is a two-year program, though students can choose to complete the program in an accelerated form.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:

  • successful completion of a recognized undergraduate degree in any discipline

Curricular Requirements

The Post Baccalaureate Diploma program requires completion of the following 51 credits of courses with a minimum grade point average of 2.5.

ACCT 2293Accelerated Introductory Financial Accounting3
ACCT 5110Intermediate Financial Accounting4
ACCT 5220Introductory Managerial Accounting3
ACCT 5335Taxation4
ACCT 5480Corporate Finance4
ACCT 5500Data Analytics for Accountants3
ACCT 5510Advanced Financial Accounting4
ACCT 5645Audit and Assurance4
ACCT 5720Advanced Managerial Accounting3
ACCT 5800Strategy and Governance4
BUQU 1230Business Statistics3
BUSI 2390Business Law3
CBSY 2205Management Information Systems3
ECON 1150Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 1250Principles of Macroeconomics3
Total Credits51

 Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting.

Co-operative Education

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting  is offered with a Co-operative Education option. This option requires an additional 10 credits of Co-operative Education courses. Students wishing to enter and participate in the Co-op option must meet the following requirements:

Declaration and Entrance Requirements

  • Declaration of the Co-op option upon admission into the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting.

Work Term and Program Continuance Requirements

Procedures for enrollment in Co-operative Education work terms are outlined in the COOP course descriptions. Conditions for continuance in the program are:

  • Completion of COOP 1101 prior to completing 15 credits
  • Minimum Program GPA of 2.5
  • Instructor Permission (COOP 1101 Instructor)

Co-op Course Requirements

The Co-operative Education designation requires successful completion of the following courses:

COOP 1101Introduction to Professional and Career Readiness1
COOP 1150Co-op Work Semester 19
Total Credits10

Note: COOP courses must be completed in ascending numerical order. COOP courses may be used only to satisfy the Co-op designation and cannot be used to satisfy other curricular requirements of the program.

Additional Requirements

In addition to the requirements stated above, all Co-op students must satisfy the General Co-operative Education Requirements.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program with co-operative education, students are eligible to receive a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting, Co-operative Education Option.

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