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Bachelor of Applied Business Administration - Accounting


Credential: Applied Degree
Available: Continuing Education Classroom

Program Description

The Bachelor of Applied Business Administration (Accounting) is a post-diploma applied degree program. Students will learn the advanced accounting, business and management skills needed to succeed in the field of accounting. Faculty in the program bring extensive real-world accounting experience and students benefit from a highly engaging applied learning environment. Students will develop practical knowledge in the areas of taxation, advanced management and financial accounting, auditing, leadership, and more.

This program consists of ten academic courses and the opportunity for paid work experience through two semesters of Directed Field Studies (DFS). DFS is the hands-on, practical component of the program, allowing students to integrate their academic knowledge with on-the-job learning, completion of assigned readings, applied research, case analyses and written projects. Students will work with an academic mentor who will help you develop techniques to succeed in your accounting career. Students are responsible for securing their own placement, which must be approved by the Academic Chair.

This program is recognized as meeting the pre-requisite educational requirements needed to enter the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Professional Education Program.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have completed a two-year Business Administration or Accounting diploma or equivalent at an accredited post-secondary institution, with a minimum 2.3 grade-point average, (67% or C+).
  • This diploma must include a minimum of 20 courses, or 60 credits, and contain the following coursework: Intermediate Accounting, Business Communications, Financial Management, Management Accounting, Systems and Marketing.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.


Applicants who have graduated from SAIT with a diploma in Business Administration majoring in Accounting with a minimum GPA of 2.3 will be offered admission on a first-qualified, first-offered basis. Once the program is full, qualified applicants will be placed on a waitlist.

Applicants who do not have a diploma in accounting from SAIT will be placed into selection for review. Eligibility will be based on an in-depth review of relevant course work the applicant has completed. Both international and domestic education will be considered for admission purposes regardless of completion date.

Applicants who have not completed the following SAIT courses must demonstrate successful completion of course work containing content similar to the following courses (click to review the course content):

Applicants in selection should submit transcripts to admissions@sait.ca and a current resumé with the subject line "Bachelor of Applied Business Administration - Accounting" to business.advising@sait.ca.

Program Completion

Students have up to seven years to complete the courses and must meet the graduation requirements as they exist at the time that you register for the program's first course (see AC.3.1.1 Grading and Progression).

To get started, simply submit an application through ApplyAlberta.

Course Availability and Registration

Courses are available both during the day and through Continuing Education's evening offerings. Please note, evening courses are offered multiple times throughout the year, with start dates in January, May, and September.

Note: Course offerings may include extra class dates not shown in this calendar and some Saturday classes may be included. Textbooks are not included in the fees shown. Please call 403.284.7248 for further information on registration.

Continuing Education - Accounting Examination Policy

Exams must be written in class on scheduled dates and times. Exceptions to this policy are accommodated under the following circumstances:

  • In case of a medical emergency, when the student provides a letter from a physician justifying the absence.
  • If there is a death in immediate family.

Other exceptional circumstances with prior approval from the Academic Chair, Applied Degree may be considered.

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Course Selection

Semester 5
Personal and Corporate Taxation ACCT-411 Classroom
Advanced Financial Accounting ACCT-434 Classroom
Advanced Management Accounting ACCT-491 Classroom
External Auditing ACCT-495 Classroom
Leadership LDSH-405 Classroom
Semester 6
E-Business ACCT-480 Classroom
Accounting Theory ACCT-415 Classroom
Internal Auditing and Controls ACCT-413 Classroom
Advanced Information Systems ACCT-416 Classroom
Advanced Taxation ACCT-451 Classroom
Advanced External Auditing ACCT-497 Classroom
Strategic Management MNGT-405 Classroom
Advanced Corporate Finance BFIN-492 Classroom
Operations Management MNGT-407 Classroom
Note: Not all electives in semester 6 are offered as day time, full time study. For certain electives students will have to study in the evening and/or part time to complete this semester.
Semester 7
Directed Field Studies - Accounting I ACWE-407 Classroom
Semester 8
Directed Field Studies - Accounting II ACWE-457 Classroom/Online Combination


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