Full-time/Part-time Bachelor of Technology 8400btech

BCIT Accounting Bachelor of Technology Degree

Note: Full-time Stream: The September 2014 intake is now closed for new applications. The January 2015 intake will start accepting applications on June 1, 2014.

Part-time Stream: Applications are accepted ongoing throughout the year.

New admission procedures effective November 15, 2013. Review the instructions carefully. View summary of the changes

If you have completed a BCIT Diploma in Accounting, Finance, or Financial Planning (or equivalent) - you can earn your Bachelor of Technology in Accounting at BCIT. This Degree will provide you with an academic credential leading to professional designations (CA, CGA, CMA) 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.

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

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

Full-time Stream: The September 2014 intake is now closed for new applications. The January 2015 intake will start accepting applications on June 1, 2014.

Part-time Stream: Applications are accepted ongoing throughout the year.

New admission procedures effective November 15, 2013. Review the instructions carefully. View summary of the changes

Full-time:

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

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 of the entrance requirements and have not been selected for the full-time stream will be offered admission to the part-time stream.

This program has a two-step application process and is open for applications as follows:

  • Fall (September) intake: January 2nd* – March 31st

  • Winter (January) intake: June 1* – October 31st

*or next business day

Step 1: Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements to be accepted. 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.

Step 2: Department assessment

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.

Part-time:

This is a continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements to be accepted.

Entrance requirements for full-time and part-time streams

  • Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
    • English 12 (67%) or
    • Three credits of post-secondary English, Humanities or Social Sciences (67%) from a recognized institution

    What if I don’t meet these English requirements?

  • BCIT Diploma in Accounting, Finance or Financial Planning (or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 70% and a minimum average grade of 65% in each of the following second year subject sequences:

  • Meeting with the program area: one of the following:
    • Students currently enrolled in the full-time Diploma in Accounting, Finance or Financial Planning programs: meet with the program head individually or attend a BTech in Accounting information session held during January and February. Proof of attendance at a meeting with the program head or information session must be uploaded to complete your application.

    • All other students: meet with the program head Terry Gordon to develop a study plan and submission of a completed study plan document. You can apply if you have had the study plan review meeting and have completed any necessary pre-entry or upgrading courses. A completed study plan document from the program head must be uploaded to complete your application.

*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 completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States or the United Kingdom 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.

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
Apply Online

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 3 weeks of applying to a program, you will be sent a letter in the mail confirming receipt of your application. The letter will identify your student number, BCIT e-mail address and instructions on how to login to your myBCIT account.

All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

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

Check current availability of courses for this program.

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

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 three professional accounting designations:

For students who enrol in the BTech program, the degree requirement for any of the three accounting designations is an exit requirement (rather than a requirement for entry).

Unlike most post-secondary students, BTech Accounting students are not required to have a degree before commencing either the Chartered Accountantcy articling period and CA School of Business ("CASB") modules or the Certified Management Accountant's Strategic Leadership Program ("SLP").

CA students must complete their BTech requirements before writing the Uniform Evaluation ("UFE"). CMA and CGA students must complete their BTech requirements to graduate with CGA or CMA designations.

Read on for information on the accounting designation programs, and website and contact information for further inquiries.

Become a Chartered Accountant (CA)

The CA program requires that candidates obtain employment as articled students with a qualifying firm (an "approved training office"), and concurrently complete the educational modules offered through the CA School of Business ("CASB"). As students, candidates are employed in public practice. After graduating as chartered accountants, they may continue in public practice, or seek employment in industry, government or non-profit enterprises.

The B.Tech. degree program is a CA School of Business Co-op degree. Students must complete the BTech degree requirements before writing the Uniform Evaluation ("UFE").

For more information on the CA School of Business/BTech Co-op program, contact Carl Queton at the CA School of Business at 604 488-2631, or visit the CA website.

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.

Become a Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

The CMA program requires that candidates obtain relevant employment, normally in industry, and pass the CMA Entrance Exam, then complete the CMA's Strategic Leadership Program ("SLP"). After graduating as CMAs, they may be employed in industry, government or non-profits, or in public practice.

Students must complete the BTech degree requirements before receiving their CMA designation. For more information on the CMA/BTech joint program, please visit the CMA 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 following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
Note: The survey results will be displayed in a separate browser window. To view these results, you 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.