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Business Administration - Accounting

Focus on accounting theory and practice in preparation for career opportunities in any sector.

Two people look at spreadsheets together in a business setting.
Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
2 Years (varies for part-time studies)
Credential:
Diploma

Overview

The Accounting concentration builds on the accounting skills and business knowledge developed in your first year. Whether your goal is to work within an existing organization or start your own company, this concentration gives you the confidence to start your career.

In this concentration, you:

  • Learn computerized accounting
  • Analyze numbers in a way that will enable you to make strategic business recommendations
  • Expand your knowledge around corporate accounting, manufacturing accounting, partnership accounting and the tax implications for different types of businesses
  • Develop your foundational learning around business processes through the Capstone Project

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course, providing you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
    • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
    • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work experience are the responsibility of the student.
    • Many employers have a COVID-19 vaccination requirement, which can impact your work experience course. It is your responsibility to understand and be prepared to meet employer vaccination requirements before beginning your placement. 
  • For more information, visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Choose NSCC

  • You learn in small classes, from experienced instructors.
  • You graduate well-prepared to provide a broad range of services to businesses of many sizes.
  • Our faculty maintain strong community and industry connections and use a proactive approach to prepare students for industry trends and demands.

Other info

If you're interested in furthering your studies in accounting after graduation, you may be eligible to receive advanced standing in programs offered by other post-secondary institutions and professional associations.

2023-24 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

Availability

This concentration is not available at all campus locations and is subject to change. Seating is limited and availability will vary depending on the campus you choose.

September 2023

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery
Burridge Campus/Online Yarmouth Full time Blended Delivered through a combination of in-person and scheduled online classes.
Cumberland Campus/Online Classes at Amherst Learning Centre Full time Blended Delivered through a combination of in-person and scheduled online classes.
eCampus -- Part time Asynchronous online Delivered fully online with no scheduled classes.
Ivany Campus Dartmouth Full time In person Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements.
Kingstec Campus Kentville Full time In person Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements.
Marconi Campus Sydney Full time In person Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements.
Pictou Campus Stellarton Full time In person Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements.
Strait Area Campus/Online Port Hawkesbury Full time Blended Delivered through a combination of in-person and scheduled online classes.
Truro Campus Truro Full time In person Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements.

Admission requirements

  • Successful completion of Business Administration – Year 1 (including ACTG2000 Financial Accounting II elective) or advanced standing.
  • Advanced standing – To be considered, you must apply to and meet the Admission Requirements for the Business Administration program. Advanced standing is based on academic credits (certificate/diploma/degree) completed from a recognized public institution within the past ten years that meet the academic requirements of the full first year of the program. Advanced Standing is subject to seat availability.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition

Tuition amounts are for the 2022-23 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional. 2023-24 tuition will be announced in the late Spring.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,620
Tuition (International):
$11,690

Tuition, fees and program costs

Tuition for part-time study is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association, and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Graduates are qualified to accept entry-level positions in many accounting fields, including financial accounting, managerial accounting and taxation accounting. These opportunities exist in every sector.

Future study options

  • Graduates may choose to pursue a professional designation.
  • You can continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

Recognizing prior learning / transfer credits
If you have previous learning (course, employment, etc...) that's relevant to your program, you may be able to apply to earn credit. Not all programs are eligible. Learn about our recognizing prior learning (RPL) process.

ACTG 2010 - Computerized Accounting I
This course is designed to provide practical applications of accounting principles and procedures using a basic integrated accounting software package. Students will process transactions using the general, accounts receivable, accounts payable, inventory, and payroll modules. Students will also use financial statements and other reports to provide accurate financial information to supervisors. This course is accepted toward certification with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB). This course is accepted as a pre-requisite for the Canadian Professional Accountant Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (CPA – ACAF) program.

ACTG 2200 - Payroll Administration
This course provides students with a working understanding of Canadian Federal and Provincial payroll compliance legislation. Specifically, students will learn how to accurately calculate and record all aspects of typical payroll transactions including taxable allowance benefits and end-of-employment payments.

ACTG 3001 - Managerial Accounting
The study of Managerial Accounting will help the student to identify and evaluate information to aid managers in planning, controlling, and decision-making. Upon completion of the course, students will have demonstrated the ability to apply the main concepts and practices of management accounting. This course is accepted toward certification with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB). This course is accepted as a pre-requisite for the Canadian Professional Accountant Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (CPA – ACAF) program.

ACTG 3002 - Taxation
Taxation is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the Income Tax Act. Focus is placed on fundamental taxation concepts and the legislative intent of the tax rules. This course is accepted toward certification with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB). This course is accepted as a pre-requisite for the Canadian Professional Accountant Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (CPA – ACAF) program.

ACTG 3003 - Financial Accounting III
This course expands on the topics covered in Financial Accounting I and II, and focuses on corporations, partnerships, investments, liabilities and the expansion of financial statement reporting. This course is required for students pursuing a Business Administration concentration in Accounting. This course is accepted toward certification with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB). This course is accepted as a pre-requisite for the Canadian Professional Accountant Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (CPA – ACAF) program.

ACTG 3010 - Computerized Accounting II
The course is designed to provide the learner the ability to design and implement an integrated computerized financial system that provides timely and financial and managerial reports. This course is accepted toward certification with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB).

ACTG 4005 - Accounting Practicum
This course encompasses the learning from prior accounting courses and builds upon them to provide hands-on, practical application of business knowledge. Students will use appropriate technology and research to complete a comprehensive accounting case study. This course is accepted toward certification with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB).

ACTG 4995 - Work Experience
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal. This is a course of 175 hours spread over five weeks.

COMP 3050 - Business Computer Applications III
This course furthers the skills obtained in COMP 1050. By the end of the course, you will be able to create advanced queries, forms and reports to enhance databases, as well as import and export data to increase efficiency. And finally, you will explore and integrate various business computer applications to address a variety of business needs by analyzing business scenarios to inform effective decision making.

FINA 3010 - Corporate Finance I
The language of finance flows logically from accounting, building upon the concepts of ratio analysis and financial statement interpretation, as well as the compilation of statistical data. This course is an introduction to finance, exposing the student to the application of management theories and procedures related to financial data analyses, financial forecasting, working capital management, and capital markets. This course is accepted as a pre-requisite for the Canadian Professional Accountant Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (CPA – ACAF) program.

LEGL 2000 - Business Law
This course provides the student with an introduction to the Canadian legal system and a basic understanding of contract and tort law as these apply to the world of business.

MATH 3001 - Business Statistics
This statistics course will provide learners with a fundamental understanding of data collection, analysis and presentation. Learners will use statistical techniques in order to collect and analyze data and present meaningful information to assist in business decision making, resource management and marketing.

Prescribed elective course requirement. One unit/credit.

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