Accounting

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Credentials available

  • Bachelor of Management
  • Bachelor of Management as a Second Degree
  • Post-Diploma Bachelor of Management
  • Post-Bachelor Certificates 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 as well as the foundation of short- and long-term success. As an accountant, you’ll provide business and financial advice by measuring, analyzing, forecasting and reporting organizational performance, resources and risk. You’ll be required to have integrity and the ability to think critically, communicate, and interact with others effectively.

As a student in accounting you'll gain technical skills and learn how to address a broad range of business problems. You will acquire and practice the skills needed for success, including writing and presenting, using professional tools and case analyses. You’ll study financial reporting, individual and corporate taxation, business analytics and information systems, auditing, management control systems and costing, as well as variety of other management disciplines.

You can also choose a minor to enhance your knowledge in a secondary line of study. Many minors complement accounting well such as computer science, economics, family and small business management, indigenous business management, international management, and supply chain and operations management. Learn more about our available minors.

 

Why take accounting at the Dhillon School of Business?

Have big accounting dreams? Our courses provide the necessary academic background for entry into the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Professional Education Program (PEP), the path to Canada’s pre-eminent business and accounting designation. Learn more about CPA Alberta.

Many of our students also enrol in co-operative education while at the Dhillon School of Business. Co-op allows you to get paid work experience before you graduate and can even help you land a job immediately after graduation.

We also have options for individuals farther on in their careers who are looking for an accounting education. Our Post-Bachelor Certificates in Accounting allow you to get CPA ready fast, even if your degree is in another line of study. They can also enhance your skills for the Canadian accounting environment if you already have a background in accounting from another country. All certificates are recognized for entry into the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP).

 

Employment stats for a career in accounting*

 

Dhillon School of Business - Finance job postings


Job postings in the last 12 months

 

  • Canada: 10, 386
  • Alberta: 1,178

Dhillon School of Business - Finance salary

Average salary**

 

  • Canada (less than 3 years experience experience): $85,000
  • Canada (5-9 years experience): $123,000
  • Alberta (Less than 3 years experience): $87,000
  • Alberta (5-9 years experience): $140,000

 

Dhillon School of Business - Finance

Top employers hiring*

 

Canada:

  • MNP LLP
  • Scotiabank
  • ACCA
  • General Motors
  • Deloitte

Alberta: 

  • ACCA
  • Canadian Western Bank
  • Ernst & Young
  • Parkland Fuel Corp
  • MNP Corp

* Employment data provided by Emsi Burning Glass 2021. 

** Salary information from 2019 CPA Member Compensation Study

 

The advantages of being a Dhillon School of Business student

Experiential learning

You’ll have lots of opportunities to apply the theories you’ve learned in the classroom to real-life, hands-on situations as well as programs to help you connect with our student community. As a Dhillon student, you'll have access to these experiential programs and more:

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

Education that’s personal

Our students say they chose the Dhillon School of Business because of the smaller class sizes and more personal and supportive approach to teaching. Here you’ll get many opportunities to connect and interact with your professors and peers to set you up for success.

Flexible study options

Whether you’re a traditional student interested in our Lethbridge campus with full-time classes during the day or a working professional interested in the Calgary Campus’s evening and weekend classes, we have a flexible study option for you.

Internationally recognized for quality

As an AACSB accredited business school, the Dhillon School of Business have met very rigorous quality standards proven to provide you with the best in business education worldwide. You can trust that your education here will give you a distinct advantage in the real world including more competitive salaries, more employers interested in you after graduation and more. See all our professional accreditations and designations.

 

 

Possible careers

Dhillon School of Business - Finance job postings

Top job titles in Alberta and/or Canada 

  • Financial analyst
  • Accountant
  • Financial controller
  • Accounting technician
  • Accounting manager

​Other possible careers

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

Sample classes

  • ACCT 2100: Introductory Accounting
  • ACCT 2400: Management Accounting
  • ACCT 3130: Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 3160: Auditing
  • ACCT 3171: Accounting Information Systems and Data Analytics
  • 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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