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Diploma in Accounting

Professional accounting is a respected career path that offers stimulating work, generous compensation and opportunity for growth and advancement. The UBC Diploma in Accounting Program (DAP) bridges the gap and equips degree graduates aspiring to a professional accounting designation, but lacking the prerequisite courses, to transition to a new career.

The post-baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting allows students to obtain the theoretical and practical foundation needed to succeed in the new Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) program, created through the recent merger of the Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified General Accountant (CGA), and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designations. By combining the Diploma in Accounting with the broad perspective gained through undergraduate studies, graduates can create a leverageable career advantage.

Visit DAP or contact the DAP Office by email or phone at 604.822.8412.


Applicants must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree with a minimum overall average of 65% in the last two years (60 credits) of study through a recognized university program.
All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English language skills at the university level by either successful completion of two university-level English courses (6 credits), or satisfactory results from a recognized test of English that meets the English Language Admission Standard. See DAP for more information.

The DAP program accepts new students three times a year, in January, May and September.

Program Start Date Application Deadlines
January November 1
May March 1
September July 1

Diploma Requirements

The DAP curriculum consists of 11 required courses, 33 credits in total, which together lay the theoretical and practical foundation for a career in the accounting profession. In addition, the program emphasizes critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills necessary to be effective in an accounting role. The program’s intense, challenging curriculum is equivalent in workload, academic rigour, and student assessment to the Accounting option of Sauder’s prestigious BCom program. By combining evening classes, online classes, or a hybrid of both, students can complete the program within 10 to 24 months while continuing to work. Each 3-credit course provides for 39 hours of classroom instruction.

Students can enroll in a maximum of 5 courses per winter term and 3 courses per summer term. Optional elective courses allow students to satisfy the specific requirements of the professional accounting designation programs.

Diploma in Accounting

DAP Courses Credits
BUSI 293 3
BUSI 294 3
BUSI 335 3
BUSI 3531 3
BUSI 3541 3
BUSI 3551 3
BUSI 370 3
BUSI 393 3
BUSI 4501 3
BUSI 4531 3
BUSI 4551 3
Total Credits 33
1 Must be completed through D.A.P. with a minimum overall average of 60% to fulfill graduation requirements.

The Quantitative Methods (QM) Preparation Course

The demanding nature of the Program requires that students have an adequate understanding of business statistics, quantitative decision-making methods, time value of money concepts, economic issues and decision-making, and business computing. For individuals who have not completed prior economic and statistics coursework, participation in the QM Preparation Course is recommended. It is also an option for individuals wanting to brush up on their skills and improve the ability to perform in an accounting or business decision-making context.

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