Accounting - Postgraduate Diploma
With more than six years of providing quality education to more than 2,500 international and domestic students from numerous countries such as India, Africa, Philippines and China, our two-year Postgraduate Accounting Diploma Program will equip you with the experience and skills you need to excel as a CPA.
Selkirk College Postgraduate Accounting
Are you considering a career in finance, accounting or as a chartered professional accountant (CPA)? Let us help you achieve your goal. Our Postgraduate Accounting Diploma is designed to enable you to gain essential professional skills, strengthen your accounting knowledge and help you stand out from the crowd in the job market.
The Postgraduate Accounting (PGA) diploma at Selkirk College will give you a solid financial accounting and management background to advance your career in this high-paying field. As a student in our Postgraduate Accounting Diploma Program, you will have the opportunity to complete the course requirements for the CPA qualification in a professional and supportive environment, and to learn from qualified and experienced accounting-accredited instructors.
The course content provides you with valuable theoretical in accounting principles, and practical experience to guide you toward accreditation as a chartered professional accountant.
Postgraduate Accounting Program Delivery
Our PGA program has been designed to be flexible and easily presented to the students we enrol each year. Being a two-year, full-time study program, you will be presented with a comprehensive curriculum which is used in numerous colleges in Canada. You will also have the opportunity to study with a diverse network of students and experienced CPA and finance professionals during the course of your study.
For specific information about how the courses in this PGA program can help satisfy the entrance requirements of the CPA program, please contact the Program Coordinator or consult the CPABC website. The BC Colleges and Universities Transfer Credit Guide located on the CPABC site may also be helpful.
International graduates from this program are eligible to apply for a three-year, postgraduate work permit in Canada. Learn more about Selkirk International.
Completion of a bachelor’s degree is required for admission.
Upon successful completion of this program, learners will be able to:
- Explain terms, concepts and theories relevant to Canadian business
- Demonstrate developing critical and creative thinking skills
- Apply problem-solving skills
- Communicate effectively in various formats to a variety of stakeholders
- Demonstrate developing collaborative skills
- Outline the importance of ethical and professional behaviour
- Demonstrate developing business skills
- Apply numerical analysis and calculation to business-related operations
- Demonstrate literacy skills required in the Canadian business environment
In addition to meeting the general entrance requirements for admission to Selkirk College, applicants must meet the following Postgraduate Accounting requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree (with a minimum 60% CGPA) from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada or English-speaking institution from another country, or equivalent training and experience
- English Studies 12 with a minimum of 67% or higher
- For international applicants, IELTS 6.5 overall band score with no band below 6.0, or equivalent on other internationally recognized English Language Proficiency Tests
- Foundations of Math 12 or Pre-calculus 11 with a minimum of 67% or higher (or equivalent)
Before an applicant’s file is considered to be complete, the following must have been received by the Admissions Department:
- Completed application form
- Appropriate official transcripts and proof of
- English proficiency for international applicants.
The deadline for receiving required documentation is stated in the student’s admissions letter.
Students are required to complete an orientation at the beginning of the program.
This program may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.
In order to receive your credential in your program, you must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00.
BUS340 - Financial Accounting I
BUS 340 Financial Accounting I covers accounting from the basic accounting equation to the preparation of the income statement, statement of owners' equity, and balance sheet. This course covers merchandise operations, valuation and control of cash, temporary investments and receivables, inventories and cost of goods sold, principles of internal control, and accounting for payroll liabilities. Important accounting principles and concepts are included, as well as the classification of accounts.
BUS341 - Financial Accounting II
BUS 341 Financial Accounting II is the second financial accounting course that reviews and enlarges upon concepts and principles, their application to, and effect upon, financial statements. Topics include capital assets and intangible assets, current and long-term liabilities, partnership accounting, accounting for corporate transactions, notes and bonds payable, the cash flow statement, and financial statement analysis.
BUS350 - Management Accounting
BUS 350 Management Accounting is an introduction to management accounting concepts and methods. Main topic areas include: job order and process costing, budgeting and responsibility accounting, identification of costs relevant to price, product, and replacement decisions, cost/volume/profit relationships, cost control through flexible budgets, standard costs, and variance analysis.
BUS351 - Intermediate Accounting I
BUS 351 Intermediate Accounting I is the first part of a two-semester course dealing with theory and concepts as applied to financial reporting. Valuation and cost allocation problems applying to cash, receivables, inventories and investments, property, plant, and equipment and finally Intangible assets form an integral part of this course.
BUS369 - Accounting Information Systems
BUS 369 Accounting Information Systems covers the use of computer-based information systems in management and accounting. After completing this course, students will have the knowledge required to make informed decisions about the applications of information technology. (Adapted from CPA)
BUS370 - Introduction to Business
BUS 370 Introduction to Business is a course that introduces students to the management and operation of business, including the principles, concepts, ideas and tools used by managers. In addition, the course exposes students to international and local business issues, and to large companies as well as to smaller, entrepreneurial firms.
BUS372 - Commercial Law
BUS 372 Commercial Law is an introduction to law as it applies to business. The development of the courts and the machinery of justice will be outlined. A study will then be made of torts and negligence, and of contracts including their formation, interpretation, breach, assignment and discharge. Methods of carrying on business such as employer/employee, proprietorship, partnership, agency and incorporation will be introduced and compared.
ECON106 - Principles Of Macroeconomics
ECON 106: Principles of Macroeconomics covers: national income accounts, national income determination model, monetary system, monetary and fiscal policy, problems with the Macro System, inflation, unemployment, etc.; international trade - balance of payments, exchange rates, capital flows.
ECON107 - Principles Of Microeconomics
ECON 107 Principles of Microeconomics usually taken following Economics 106 Principles of Macroeconomics. Topics covered include: supply and demand - price supports, the agricultural problem, value theory, theory of the firm - competition, pollution, industrial organization - monopoly, public utilities, advertising, income distribution - labour unions, productivity.
STAT105 - Introduction To Statistics
STAT 105 Introduction to Statistics is intended for social, environmental science, and business students, or others who would benefit from a one-term statistics course. Topics include estimation of means and hypothesis testing. Applications are explored.
BUS452 - Financial Management
BUS 452 Financial Management examines the role of finance and the tools and environment of financial decision making. Topics include: time value of money, foundations for valuation, financial analysis and planning, management of current assets and liabilities, capital budgeting, risk and return, and personal finance. Together with BUS 455: Corporate Finance this course will enable the student to acquire the needed skills and knowledge to analyze common corporate financial decisions. These two courses will also provide a basis for further advanced studies.
BUS453 - Principles of Income Tax I
BUS 453 Principles of Income Tax I course studies the nature and structure of the Income Tax Act, as it applies to individuals. Topics include determination of net income for tax purposes, taxable income and income taxes payable. Income from employment, business, property, capital gains and miscellaneous sources are included. Basic tax planning topics are examined.
BUS454 - Intermediate Accounting II
BUS 454 Intermediate Accounting II builds on the financial accounting skills that you acquired in Financial Accounting I and II and Intermediate Accounting I.
Intermediate Accounting II is an intermediate-level course that focuses on the liabilities and equities side of the statement of financial position along with topics such as accounting for income taxes, leases, employee benefits, earnings per share and accounting changes* (adapted from CPA)
BUS455 - Corporate Finance
BUS 455 Corporate Finance introduces you to finance concepts and provides you with essential knowledge of various tools used in corporate finance. You will examine the corporate financial environment and its impact on decision-making, introductory finance concepts (including the time value of money, investing and risk management) and distribution of earnings. In addition, you will look at capital budgeting techniques and short-, medium- and long-term financing decisions* (adapted from CPA).
BUS457 - Income Tax II
Bus 457 Income Tax II provides a study of the nature and structure of the Income Tax Act, as it applies to corporations, partnerships, deceased taxpayers, trusts and non-residents, with the focus on corporate taxation. A corporate tax return and relevant schedules are prepared to determine net income for tax purposes, taxable income and income taxes payable. The sale of an incorporated business, tax planning techniques and special topics are included.
BUS459 - Auditing and Assurance
BUS 459 Auditing and Assurance is a one-semester course examining the nature and function of auditing. Students will study various types of audits as well as the auditor's role in the decision-making process. The planning, accumulation, and interpretation of audit evidence, including a study of EDP systems, are major components of the course. Case studies requiring an examination of internal control, planning an audit, development of an audit program, and the preparation and completion of working papers, financial statements, and the auditor's report, are also part of this course.
BUS491 - Intermediate Management Accounting
BUS 491 Intermediate Management Accounting builds on Management Accounting to further develop the student's ability to use both quantitative and qualitative information to make effective planning and control decisions. Topics include cost/volume/profit analysis, various costing systems, budgets, management control and pricing decisions.
BUS492 - Advanced Financial Accounting
BUS 492 Advanced Financial Accounting covers a selected group of advanced financial accounting topics including accounting for business combinations, foreign currency transactions and translations, in addition to accounting for not-for-profit and public sector organizations.
BUS494 - Advanced Management Accounting
BUS 494 Advanced Management Accounting builds on BUS 491 Intermediate Management Accounting to further develop the student's grasp of both the theory and practice with an emphasis on the role of strategy in the overall corporate business policy. Topics include strategy, balanced scorecard, cost allocation, revenue analysis, capital budgeting, transfer pricing and multinational topics.
BUS495 - Performance Management
BUS 495 Performance Management is a capstone course integrating the varied disciplines in business including accounting and finance, marketing, operations, economics, forecasting, and management, into a comprehensive knowledge base which becomes a foundation for strategic planning. Students' participation in class and in team projects and analysis of business cases are core components of this course.
COOP101 - Business Co-op Work-term I
ADMN 399 Directed Studies (3) can be used as an elective to replace any 2nd year course except BUS 495 Performance Management, although this may impact one’s articulation into the CPA Prep program, which students should consider.
COOP 101 Co-op Education Work Term (worth 6 credits) can replace any 2nd year course except BUS 495 Performance Management. In this option the net increase in program credits is three
Because each of ADMN 399 and COOP 101 can be taken as electives or additives to the program, the final credit count can be as high as 66 credits.
Students who have successfully completed BUS 343 prior to Fall 2023 Should also complete TWC 164 to achieve full program credits.
Students who have successfully passed BUS 343 may not take BUS 340 or BUS 341 for further credit.
Tuition & Fees
All amounts are estimates and are subject to change. Tuition amounts are based on a full-time course load. Please note that many programs have additional costs beyond those listed here. For more information, please visit Tuition & Fees.
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