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BCIT Accounting Bachelor of Technology Degree

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If you have completed a BCIT Diploma in:  

Then you can earn your Bachelor of Technology in Accounting at BCIT. This Degree will provide you with an academic credential leading to a CPA(Charted Professional Accountants) designation or to an MBA program.

Students completing this program will acquire the key technical, interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, and computer skills demanded by employers.

The Bachelor of Technology in Accounting consists of eight Advanced Technical Specialty courses (32 credits), four Liberal Studies Education courses (12 credits), and a Workplace Education component.

The BCIT model: fast, flexible and effective

BCIT's Bachelor of Technology in Accounting is offered as:

  1. Flexible Part-Time Studies: The flexible part-time program allows you to maintain your career and study at the same time. You can register course by course, and apply for admission to the program any time.
  2. Full-Time Day Stream: This program is offered on a full-time basis for those students who want to accelerate their completion of the program. The program starts every September.
  3. Full-Time Evening Stream: Two intakes per year - January and September.

NEW
This program is now nationally accredited by the Canadian Institute of Management

Program Entry

Application processing

Full-time: this program is open to applications:

  • January 2nd* to March 31st* for the Fall (September) intake
  • June 1st* to November 15th* for the Winter (January) intake

Part-time: this is a continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year.

*or next business day

Entrance requirements

Full-time: Competitive Entry

This program has a two-step admission process. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements to be considered. All applications will be reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants.

Preference will be given to applicants who are current full-time students in the BCIT Diploma in Accounting, Finance or Financial Planning programs. A limited amount of space may be allocated to other applicants. Applicants who meet all entrance requirements and are not selected for the full-time stream will be offered admission to the part-time stream.

Applicants who are currently enrolled in the 4th term of the BCIT Diploma in Accounting, Finance or Financial Planning must be on track to complete all entrance requirements prior to the start of the intake that they are applying for. Currently enrolled full-time BCIT diploma students applying for the full-time degree may be conditionally accepted based on successful completion of their diploma.

Part-time:

This program has a two-step admission process. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Step 1 for all applicants: Pre-entry assessment by the department

Applicants are required to complete a pre-entry assessment form to have their education assessed by the program area:

  • Complete “Part A” of the Pre-Entry Assessment Form [PDF]
  • Save the form as a PDF document and email it as an attachment to btech_accounting@bcit.ca
  • A program representative will contact you with instructions regarding next steps. In some cases you may be asked to attend a program information session or to meet with the Program Head individually. You may be required to complete a bridging program or upgrade your marks in specific prerequisite courses before you can apply.

You can apply once you have a completed pre-entry assessment form signed by the Program Head and have completed any necessary bridging or upgrading courses. The completed pre-entry assessment form must be uploaded to your application to be considered for entry.

Step 2 for all applicants: Meet the following entrance requirements

*Graduates of the BCIT Finance or Financial Planning diploma programs are not required to take FMGT 3310 and 4310 as prerequisites for the BTech in Accounting.

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

All students are required to have access to computer equipment with the capacity to perform the research, computing and processing functions required by each of the courses in the program.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

Part-time: January, April and September

Full-time Day Stream: September each year.

Full-time Evening Stream: January and September each year.

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Please click here to see Full-time and Part-time fee information.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program matrix

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Part-time Program Matrix

1. Required Courses:
Credits
  FMGT 7910 The Business Environment 4.0
  FMGT 8911 Integrative Business Management Practices 4.0
 
2. Complete a minimum of SIX courses from the following list of electives: Credits
  FMGT 7121 Advanced Accounting 4.0
  FMGT 7210 Advanced Management Accounting 4.0
  FMGT 7310 Advanced Auditing 3.0
  FMGT 7410 Taxation of Close Corporations 4.0
  FMGT 7510 Advanced Finance 4.0
  FMGT 7520 Business Valuation 4.0
  FMGT 7710 Management Information Systems 3.0
  FMGT 8120 Accounting Theory 4.0
  FMGT 8610 Independent Technical Studies Abroad 1 4.0
  FMGT 8620 Independent Technical Studies Abroad 2 4.0
 
3. Liberal Studies: (12.0 credits required) Credits
Mandatory Courses: (6.0 credits)
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
  LIBS 7002 Applied Ethics 3.0

Elective Courses: (6.0 credits)
All students will be required to achieve these credits in accordance with the BCIT policy on Liberal Studies course requirements.
 
Total Credits: 42.0

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Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Transfer credit

You may obtain transfer credits for advanced level courses taken while completing a professional accounting designation.

Contact the Program Head for details.

You can check here for BCIT - CGA Transfer Credits.

You may obtain six transfer credits (two courses) for approved non-BCIT liberal education courses. It does not matter how long ago you took liberal education courses for transfer, however in most cases they should be from a recognized, accredited North American university or college.

Enrolling in individual courses

Individuals interested in taking specific courses from the Bachelor of Technology Accounting degree program to meet professional designation or ongoing professional development requirements may do so if they fulfill the course's prerequisites. However, they must contact the Program Head for permission to enroll.

Program length

Full-time students will complete the Advanced Technical Specialty courses over two semesters: Fall and Winter. The Liberal Studies courses can be completed before or after the required Advanced Technical Specialty courses. Full-time students are required to complete 560 hours of relevant work experience following the completion of Advanced Technical Specialty courses.

Part-time students are required to complete the Bachelor of Technology in Accounting courses within seven years. They are also required to complete two years of relevant work experience following the completion of their Financial Management Diploma.

Program structure

The Bachelor of Technology in Accounting program consists of eight Advanced Technical Specialty courses, 12 credits (4 courses) of Liberal Studies Education, and a Workplace education component.

Full-time Program Structure

Part-time Program Structure

Students planning to complete the program on a part-time basis should refer to the part-time program matrix.

Graduating & Jobs

Accounting Designation

Many graduates from our accounting programs go on to receive an accounting designation. In the past year we had:

  • 92 grads receive a CGA
  • 22 grads receive a CA
  • 15 grads receive a CMA

Graduation FAQ for current students:

What is the graduation process for Full-time students?

What is the graduation process for Part-time students?

How long it takes to process the graduation application?

This process of auditing your academic history and mailing out your credential usually takes 3-4 weeks. Then you will receive your credentials in the mail and a BCIT official transcript indicating that your Degree has been granted.

Can I attend the Convocation Ceremony?

If you indicate on your application that you would like to attend the ceremony, you will receive information in the mail with your degree, followed by an invitation approximately one month prior to the ceremony date. General information regarding convocation is available online.

Accounting Designations

In as little as three years after completing the two-year Financial Management Diploma, graduates have the ability to obtain the BTech Accounting degree, and their professional designation. The BCIT Bachelor of Technology in Accounting (B.Tech.) degree meets the degree requirements for each of Canada's professional accounting designations:

Become a Certified General Accountant (CGA)

The CGA program requires that candidates obtain relevant employment in either public practice or industry, and concurrently complete the courses set out in the CGA program. After graduating as CGAs, they may be employed in public practice or in industry, government or non-profits.

  • Students must complete the BTech degree requirements before receiving their CGA designation.

  • Both the BTech degree program and the CGA professional program contain courses that are transferable to the other.

For more information on the CGA program, please visit the Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia website.

Professional Finance and Financial Planning Designations

  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)

Become a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

CFA is an international financial designation for investment professionals. CFA candidates are required to have relevant employment experience, industry sponsors, and a degree, and must complete the CFA program. For more information on the CFA program, please visit the CFA Vancouver website.

Become a Certified Financial Planner (CFP)

CFP is an international designation for financial planning professionals. CFP candidates are required to have relevant employment experience and complete a course of studies approved by the Financial Planning Standards Council of Canada ("FPSCC"). BCIT's full-time diploma and part-time associate certificate in Financial Planning are both FPSCC approved programs for the CFP designation. For more information, please visit the CFP website.

See what BCIT grad and Certified Financial Planner Alim Dhanji has to say about the program and profession.

Because of BCIT agreements with the CA School of Business ("CASB") and the Certified Management Accountants Society of British Columbia ("CMABC"), the B.Tech Accounting degree becomes an exit requirement for all professional accounting designations.

As a BTech Accounting graduate, you can be employed in a professional capacity anywhere in the world.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates and for Degree 2009-2011 Graduates. The reports are organized into two-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Terry Gordon, Program Head, BTech in Accounting
Raj Brar,  Program Administrator, BTech in Accounting

Advisory committee

Advisory Committee Members

  • Dr. R. Gayton, Western Silver Corporation
  • Mr. R. Vincent, Brighter Mechanical Ltd.
  • Dr. D. Carter, School of Chartered Accountancy
  • Mr. D. Chew, DJ Chew & Associates Consulting Ltd.
  • Mr. J. Darke, Phillips Hager & North
  • Mr. I. DeVries, Certified Management Accountants Society of British Columbia
  • Mr. W. Johnson, The Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia
  • Mr. R. Garneau, TD Waterhouse Financial Planning
  • Mr. B. Hallwas, Canadian Securities Institute
  • Mr. D. Hincks
  • Ms. S. Hussey, KPMG
  • Ms. S. Jaswal, Canada Customs and Revenue Agency
  • Mr. K. Kwan, Jones Richards & Company
  • Mr. K. Lohn, Lohn Caulder Chartered Accountants
  • Mr. B. Moxon, Moxon Personnel Ltd.
  • Mr. J. Nagy, Reid Hurst Nagy
  • Mr. R. Pellatt, BC Utilities Commission
  • Mr. E. Shawchuk, Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP
  • Mr. B. Wolverton, Wolverton Securities Ltd.

Contact Us

Contact for BTech in Accounting: (if you already have a diploma)
Terry Gordon, Program Head, BTech in Accounting
Raj Brar, Program Administrator, BTech in Accounting

Contact for Full-Time Diploma in Accounting, Finance, Finance Planning, General Insurance and Risk Management
Tim Edwards, Associate Dean, Financial Management

Contact for Part-Time Diploma Program and Courses
Deacon Devlin, PTS Coordinator, Financial Management

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Testimonial

My education at BCIT gave me the skills I needed to succeed and put me on the path to realizing my educational and career goals in a highly competitive business environment.
Gianni Veltri, Senior Accountant, KPMG LLP. BCIT Bachelor of Technology in Accounting alumni 2009

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When I started my post-secondary education, my choices were all over the place. I always wanted to do best in life and that is why I choose BCIT. It provided the required training, offered flexibility in my learning path, and created a perfect platform to complete my degree and assisted me in obtaining one of the most esteemed accounting designations – Chartered Accountant (CA).
Ankur Merwaha, CA. Senior Accountant, Assurance Services BDO Canada LLP. Bachelor of Technology in Accounting alumni 2008

Testimonial

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Technology in Accounting and the Financial Management Professional Accounting Diploma, I feel that my experience through the programs not only has given me the skills and technical knowledge that I needed to excel in my career at Meyers Norris Penny LLP, but also gave me the technical knowledge and the discipline that is required to make it through CASB and successfully pass the UFE.
Jay Parley, CA, Meyers Norris Penny LLP. Bachelor of Technology in Accounting alumni.