Accounting: Diploma


The Accounting Diploma program prepares graduates for entry-level accounting positions in the work force or to continue their studies at KPU in the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting.

The Diploma program includes courses in financial accounting, management accounting, finance, taxation and auditing. Graduates will also take courses in economics, business math, business statistics, simply accounting, information management, English and communications. The Accounting Diploma is carefully aligned with the requirements of the CPA accounting designation.

Some unique features of this program are:

  • Applied projects and assignments to ensure graduates acquire the practical skills valued by employers.
  • A large offering of courses in Richmond, Surrey and Langley during the day and evenings for Fall, Spring and Summer semesters to ensure maximum flexibility in schedules.
  • Opportunities for accounting-related employment (through Career Services and Cooperative Education while earning a diploma.
  • The opportunity to join the Accounting Society of KPU (ASK) student club, providing regular exposure to CPA representatives.

Many of the courses included in this program are articulated with other universities and colleges for ease of course transferability to and from KPU. Please refer to the BC Transfer Guide at regarding the transferability of courses to and from specific institutions in British Columbia.

Student Profile

Students who excel in the accounting profession have numerical aptitude, strong critical thinking skills, and effective written and oral communications skills. To acquire a professional accounting designation, you must obtain a degree.

Career Opportunities

There will always be a need for individuals who can provide accurate and timely financial information to managers, investors and creditors. Financial management is not restricted to any specific industry, management level or country. All organizations have financial information processing and reporting needs.

Career opportunities are numerous and diverse. Placements range from public accounting firms to internal bookkeeping and accounting positions in service companies, manufacturing, retail and merchandising management, banking and financial services, government and the not-for-profit sector. Students in the Accounting Diploma have the option of pursuing entry-level accounting positions or continuing their education with degree studies leading to a professional accounting designation.

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