Accounting

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Degrees available

  • Bachelor of Management
  • Bachelor of Management as a Second Degree
  • Post-Diploma Bachelor of Management
  • Post-Bachelor Certificate in Accounting (CPA Bridging)
  • Combined degrees with Management (Lethbridge campus)

Campus

Lethbridge & Calgary

Intake

Fall & Spring

Program description

Accountants are central to the operations and strategies of all types of organizations. They require integrity and the ability to think critically, communicate and interact with others effectively. Accounting is the foundation of organizational short and long-term success. It involves measuring, analyzing and reporting on factors that affect organizational performance, resources and risk.

About the Accounting major

You will train to be an accountant, not a bookkeeper. You'll gain technical skills and learn how to address a broad range of business problems. Classes are small, allowing for one-on-one interaction with professors, who have professional accounting designations, PhDs in accounting or both. You will acquire and practice the skills needed for success, including writing, presenting, using professional tools and case analysis.

CPA designation

Students majoring in accounting study financial reporting, individual and corporate taxation, auditing, management control systems and costing, as well as variety of other management disciplines. Our courses provide the necessary academic background for entry into the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Professional Education Program (PEP), the path to Canada’s most pre-eminent business and accounting designation. Learn more about CPA Alberta.

AACSB accreditation

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International is the world’s largest global business education network and the Dhillon School of Business is part of only six per cent of business schools worldwide accredited by this international network.

Students who graduate from an AACSB accredited school are contenders for careers with top, global organizations who only hire from AACSB accredited schools; they are offered more competitive salaries; they have a better chance of getting into graduate programs; and they have more employers interested in them after graduation.

When you graduate from the Dhillon School of Business you’ll get all these AACSB benefits as well as the assurance of the highest quality and most relevant education out there.

Dual campuses

We also offer the flexibility of dual campuses on which to study: Lethbridge and Calgary. Our Calgary Campus will meet the needs of working professionals with evening and weekend classes, while the Lethbridge campus is more traditional with an emphasis on daytime classes, and a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities to explore. Both locations welcome international and mature students. We also have a means for students coming from other institutions to have previous courses considered for transfer credit, as well as a second degree program.

Additional opportunities

Once you have chosen your major, consider the option of working toward a secondary area of focus. A minor will enhance a student's resume and be recognized on their transcript. Learn more about our available minors.

Experiential education opportunities

Visit our Dhillon School of Business website to learn about more exciting opportunities.

Post-Bachelor Certificate in Accounting

If you already have a degree and you’re changing your focus professionally, or if you do not wish to pursue another entire degree, complete a Post-Bachelor Certificate in Accounting (CPA Bridging Program) to satisfy CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) entrance requirements.

Possible careers

  • Auditor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Budget Director
  • Business Valuator
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Controller
  • Financial Analyst
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Tax Planner

“I would recommend the uLethbridge accounting program to any student looking for a quality education. The program helped provide me with the necessary tools to succeed in the CPA Professional Education Program and ultimately on the Common Final Exam. The professors are passionate about their jobs and help to ensure that you achieve your goals.” - Caleb, BMgt '12, Western Canada Regional Gold Medalist on the 2015 CPA Common Final Exam

Sample classes

  • ACCT 2100: Introductory Accounting
  • ACCT 2400: Management Accounting
  • ACCT 3130: Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 3160: Auditing
  • FINC 3470: Corporate Finance
  • ACCT 4151: Advanced Tax

For a complete list of courses available in our Accounting program, check out our program planning guide (PDF).

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