Start Dates

  • September 06, 2022
  • January 10, 2023


Program Delivery

  • In Class
  • Any-time Online
  • Real-time Online
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $12,252
International: CAD $32,437
Estimated Book Costs: CAD $2,800

The maximum course load is 5 courses per term.  Students can maintain full time status with at least three courses.  Taking less than five courses per term will take longer to complete the program.

Program Description

Graduates with an Accounting Major gain a broad understanding of business with a focus on the development of job ready, technical accounting skills, soft-skills, and other related business abilities needed for success in the accounting field.

To learn more about working in the accounting field, Watch Video Here

Transfer credits with Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA)

CPA offers transfer credits for several courses to the CPA Program. Find more information at CPA Alberta Transfer Credit Guide.

Time commitment

This is a two-year (four term) diploma program. A standard course load is five courses per term. Students can maintain full time status with at least three courses. Taking less than five courses per term will take longer to complete the program.

Learning options

The Business Administration diploma program consists of core courses and major specific courses. Core courses are available both in class and online. All major courses are available in class with only some courses available online

Co-operative Education Program (Optional)

Bow Valley College will be suspending the Co-op portion of the Business Administration Program. This will be effective for students beginning their studies Fall 2021.

The program will provide other opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and develop skills that will benefit them in the workplace. Information about new opportunities will be shared after you begin your program.

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Domestic Applicants

Welcome Centre
South Campus – Main Floor

International Learner Applicants

International Education
North Campus – Third Floor

Admission Requirements

In order to complete the Accounting Major, you must receive credit for all the Foundation Courses.

Academic requirements
  • Credit in English Language Arts 30-1 or minimum 65% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent
  • Credit in Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 or equivalent


Successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test that consists of five tests with a minimum score in the following sections:

  • Interpreting Literature and Art: 520 minimum standard score
  • Writing Skills: 520 minimum standard score
  • Math Test: 520 minimum score


  • Satisfactory results on the Bow Valley College Admissions Test


  • Completion of 30 credits from a recognized business program (departmental approval required)  
English language proficiency requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, please review English language proficiency requirements.


Transfer opportunities are available to a variety of institutions. Transfer credits are reviewed and accepted on an individual basis by the institution to which you apply. See our most current transfer agreements here

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Domestic Applicants

Welcome Centre
South Campus – Main Floor

International Learner Applicants

International Education
North Campus – Third Floor

Employment Rate


Training Related Employment Rate


Based on 2019-2020 domestic and international students who self-reported finding employment or training-related employment within 6-12 months after graduating.

Moshin Akbary

"Bow Valley College is a great place for learning and development. I would love to work at Bow Valley College one day and be a part of their successful team."

Mohsin Akbary

Business Administration Diploma, Accounting Graduate 2016

Course Listing

Full course outlines are available here.

Curriculum subject to change.

Core Courses

Required Courses

In the business environment, accounting and financial information are essential for internal and external decision-making. Therefore, understanding the basics of accounting and financial statements are important for every business graduate. This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles and concepts of accounting with an emphasis on decision-makers' objectives and use of financial information. Key concepts explored include accounting principles and standards, the complete accounting cycle, recording and reporting business transactions, and preparing and analyzing financial statements.

Learners are recommended to complete the Business Math Skills Self-Assessment (https://bowvalleycollege.ca/schools/chiu-school-of-business/MSA) prior to taking this course.

Note: Learners with prior credit in ACCT1101 and ACCT1102 cannot take ACCT1103.

The central theme of the course focuses on the relationship between thinking, human behaviour, and organizational effectiveness. Opportunity is provided for learners to experience incidental learning as they evaluate their own behaviour. Learners explore how concepts and ideas pertaining to human behaviour can transform self, relationships, and the workplace.

The focus of this course is on the importance of aligning human resources practices with organizational strategies and employment acts. Learners identify and discuss trends in workplace health and safety. Additionally, the role that the human resources functional processes, practices and programs have in creating an engaged workforce is developed and reflected on.

With today's dynamic business climate and diverse workforce, there is increasing demand on managers to engage employees, think critically, and be adaptive. This course introduces learners to the multifaceted roles of managers within an organization through theory and practical application. While analyzing and critically reflecting on the functions of management, learners have the opportunity to connect key concepts with their own professional practice.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) articulates an organization's purpose, values, and concerns for society. This course examines concepts and practical approaches successful companies use to integrate CSR strategies with the needs of business and how they evolve their strategies as business needs change.

Confident business communication requires learners to explore the changing landscape of digital media, while developing writing skills and techniques to compose competent, professional communications. In this course, learners explore research tools to aid in effective oral presentations and strengthen interpersonal skills to be an effective communicator in the Canadian workplace.

The allocation of scarce resources in the face of unlimited wants and needs is at the core of economics. This course introduces the fundamentals of microeconomics and creates the foundation for economic analysis and thinking. The course starts with the study of individual choice and opportunity cost, then proceeds to introduce supply and demand and the market adjustments leading to equilibrium, and addresses the use of market price and the sources of market failure. It transitions to consumer behaviour focusing on how consumers make decisions, while creating a framework to understand how firms optimize production under different market structures. The course concludes with the application of microeconomic theory to more advanced topics such as international trade, marginal analysis and the trade-off between equity and efficiency.

Learners are recommended to complete the Business Math Skills Self-Assessment (https://bowvalleycollege.ca/schools/chiu-school-of-business/MSA) prior to taking this course.

A basic understanding of key elements of the law is an essential factor in successful business management. Learners apply legal fundamentals useful in today's fast-paced, rapidly changing business environment.

Learners critically evaluate day-to-day economic subjects in a personal and business context. Throughout the course the economy is examined at the aggregate level with an emphasis on the determination and measurement of national income in the short and long run. The role of households, businesses, government, financial intermediaries and the international sector in influencing national income is examined. Learners analyze business cycles, money and banking, inflation, unemployment, exchange rates, and fiscal and monetary policies.

Learners are introduced to concepts aimed at providing a solid foundation of marketing principles and the role marketing plays in business. Emphasizing a holistic approach, learners have the opportunity to analyze and apply the marketing mix. Key concepts include product, price, placement, and promotion (4Ps), the Integrated Marketing Communications Mix (IMC), market research, and consumer behaviour.

Accounting Major Courses

Required Major Courses

Building and expanding on accounting knowledge explored during introductory financial accounting, this course takes an in-depth examination of the current accounting principles, practices, and standards for both public and private corporate financial presentation and reporting. The course concepts focus on assets reported in the statement of financial position and the related income effects and results. Learners apply accounting standards to various business transactions and build professional judgement and decision-making capabilities.

This course explores the concepts and key fundamentals of managerial accounting used for planning, controlling, and measuring operations. Focus is on short-term management decision-making and the techniques, methods, and systems of performance reporting and evaluation used to assist management. Learners explore a variety of costing systems, cost-volume-profit relationships, budgeting, and variance analysis, which are essential to understanding business operations.

This course continues to examine the complexities of current accounting principles and standards for both public and private corporate financial presentation, with a focus on liabilities and equities. Topics covered include, current and long-term liabilities, leases, accounting for income taxes, pensions and other employee benefit plans, complex debt and equity instruments, basic and diluted earnings per share, shareholder's equity, accounting changes, and analysis of financial statement.

This course delves deeper and expands the examination of the field of managerial accounting. Both short-term and long-term management decision-making are examined and topics include pricing decisions; the balanced score card and product profitability; customer profitability; process costing; spoilage, scrap and rework; cost allocations; joint and by-product costing; inventory planning, control and costing; long-term investment decisions and capital budgeting; transfer pricing and other control systems and performance measurements used in reporting for control.
Prerequisite: ACCT2201

This course introduces the fundamental principles, concepts, and applications of Canadian income tax laws affecting individuals and corporations. Emphasis is on understanding and applying the rules of the Canadian Income Tax Act pertaining to the determination of taxation for individual and corporations, corporate investment income, transfer of property and GST/HST. Learners explore employment income, business income, property income, capital gains and losses, and other income and deductions, taxable income and taxes payable for individuals and corporations.

The goal of finance is to increase the value of a firm as measured by the market value of the share price. Focusing on the framework of working capital management, capital budgeting process, long-term financing and external growth through mergers, learners explore the major financial decisions faced by the business. This course provides opportunities for learners to apply the skills and knowledge of finance to contemporary business situations.

This course explores introductory statistical data analysis and interpretation techniques used in business environments. Learners develop foundational knowledge on key topics including data collection and presentation and measures of descriptive statistics. Random variables, probability and probability distributions, point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression analysis are also covered.

This course covers the fundamentals of business strategy theory and application of the frameworks. Learners integrate the knowledge gained in previous business courses and demonstrate how the various pieces of the business puzzle fit together. Learners explore why the different parts of an organization need to be managed in strategic harmony to meet its goals within its competitive environment. A pragmatic approach to developing a strategic analysis skill set is followed. Learners work in multi-disciplinary teams from across the business majors to focus on building long-term strategies for organizations.

Required Major Course ElectivesChoose one (1) from the following courses

This course provides learners with an introduction and exposure to auditing concepts and other assurance services. The primary emphasis is on the audit decision-making process and the nature and amount of audit evidence needed to render an opinion on the fairness of an organization's financial statements.
Prerequisite: ACCT2101

This course provides hands-on learning with Microsoft Excel and its applications in today's business environment. Learners develop skills to navigate, consolidate, and analyze data across multiple worksheets. Learners also create macros for efficient analysis, manage complex nested formulas for scenario planning, and design effective corporate dashboards.

Many businesses use computerized accounting systems to provide accurate and timely financial data needed for effective decision-making. This course uses a practical approach to introduce learners to the features, functions, and capabilities of an integrated accounting software package. Learners use the software and their accounting knowledge to create and maintain accounting records for all activities in the accounting cycle. Sage 50 Accounting software is used, and the knowledge gained can be applied to other computerized accounting systems.

This course is an introduction to business analytics as a way to improve business decisions. Learners explore descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics, and have the opportunity to compile database analytics including querying databases. Learners focus on descriptive analytics to create data visualization for real-world applications, use Excel, and explore other tools such as SQL and Power BI.

This course builds upon MGMT2501 Introduction to Statistics. Learners focus on the business applications of statistics and perform statistical data analysis techniques to make decisions and conclusions. Key concepts include two-sample confidence intervals and hypothesis testing, categorical data analysis, linear and multilinear regression, and quality control. Analysis of variance, design of experiment, chi-squared tests, time series analysis, and non-parametric tests are also examined. Prerequisite: MGMT2501

The impacts that differences in culture, politics, law, ethics, and economics have on business decisions are closely examined. Learners consider decisions in international expansion strategies and entry modes. Application of theory is focused on operations in human resource management, supply chain, marketing, and communications, all within the context of globalization and the global money system.
Prerequisite: MGMT2401

The rapid pace of globalization has resulted in significant worldwide impact. This course explores the impacts facing sustainable development beyond the limited breadth of economical, ecological, or societal, in an attempt to create a balance between people, planet, and profit.

Required Course Elective

Students can choose one course from this list. 



Optional Courses

Co-op Courses

This course prepares learners for employment opportunities by developing marketing tools and skills for interviews.
Prerequisite: Completion of 15 program credits

Learners who secure a Co-op position, will be enrolled in this four-month paid work-term course. The course provides an opportunity for hands-on practice in a variety of positions, depending on the qualifications of the learner and the Business Administration major. Learners, Hosts and career advisors maintain open communication throughout the work-term.

Program FAQs

Today's companies seek employees with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The evolution of the modern workplace, increasing competition, and rising consumer demands has forced employers to seek out motivated candidates with critical thinking and decision-making capabilities who also possess leadership potential. 

If you have prior work experience or have taken courses comparable to those required under this program at another institution, you may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) or transfer credit.

All requests must be submitted prior to the start of the program.  

The Business Administration Diploma typically takes two years or four terms to complete. This may take longer if the student takes less than five courses per term. 

Though optional and not a requirement to graduate, learners are encouraged to apply for Coop Work Experience, as it directly bridges classroom study with the skills needed in the workplace.  Co-op offers students relevant experience to boost employment opportunities, develop professional skills and experience, network with employers, and earn money for one term through an assisted job search.

The Co-op Work Term process aligns with the competitive nature of job search. To be accepted into the Co-op Program, applicants must meet all eligibility criteria and follow the application process. Candidates are responsible and demonstrate a high level of professional and program expectations. Not all students accepted into the Co-op Program are guaranteed a Co-op Work Term position.

Applications for Co-op Work Experience are accepted by Career Services. Students can complete a Coop term (4 months, full-time employment) following the successful completion of 30 or more program credits prior to their first Co-op Work Term.

It is important to note that both COOP9998 and prerequisite ADMN9998 are non-credit courses and therefore not covered by student loans; students are encouraged to budget accordingly.

Find out more! 

The Accounting Major focuses on the development of job-ready technical accounting skills, soft-skills, and other related business abilities needed for success in the accounting field. Graduates typically find employment as accounting technicians, bookkeepers, accounts payable/receivable clerks, financial analysts, internal or external auditors, or in a variety of other entry-level accounting positions. 

The Alberta Government provides up-to-date information on Alberta’s occupational profiles including wage and salary information. Click on the link to find out more. 

Alberta Learning Information Services: Occupational Profile

Planning your course schedule according to availability and prerequisites requires some consideration. 

Once you are a registered student in a program at the Chiu School of Business, our Academic Advising team can also assist you with planning. 



If you are taking an online course, you should make sure your computer has the following applications: 

  • Reliable internet access – DSL or cable connections are highly recommended.
  • We recommend Windows 7 or 10 (preferred) or Mac OS software; Microsoft Office 2013 (minimum); Adobe Acrobat Reader; and a media player such as Adobe Flash Player, QuickTime, or Windows Media Player.
  • Some courses might require additional software or applications packages. You will be given this information before starting the course.
  • We recommend Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari as browsers. D2L does not work well with Internet Explorer. 

The approximate cost of textbooks and other supplies is estimated at $750 per term. 

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