Business Administration Diploma - Accounting

The Business Administration Diploma in Accounting provides you with a specialization in an in-demand field. Work for an accounting firm or start your journey here to become an accountant yourself. The sky is the limit.

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The Business Administration Diploma in Accounting provides the opportunity to concentrate in an in-demand field. Our program focuses on financial, managerial and tax accounting giving you a wide range of knowledge and skills valued by the accounting profession. Whether you start your career immediately after convocation or continue further training, there are plenty of opportunities if you make Accounting your career choice.

This program is available to International Students onsite, face-to-face delivery. Our Designated Learning Institute (DLI) number is 0111010246767.

    Samantha Walker-Dean

    Business Accounting Student

    "Portage College instructors helped me design the future I was looking for."

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    More international students are choosing Portage College to start or complete their studies because of the personal attention they receive and the high standard of instruction.

    Career Potential
    Graduates find work in the following occupational categories: 

    • Accounts receivable/payable
    • Auditing
    • Bookkeeping
    • Cost accounting
    • Financial services
    • Government service
    • Payroll
    • Public accounting
    • Taxation services

    Year 1: Certificate
    Year 2: Diploma

    Admission Requirements
    Year 1: Certificate
    Grade 12 or equivalent with:

    • English 30-2 or equivalent
    • Math 30-2 or equivalent or
    • Students who do not meet admission requirements can contact student services regarding opportunities for placement testing. * Students will need to submit an application to the program to start the process.

    Year 2: Diploma
    1st Year Business Administration Certificate, or individual course prerequisites must be met. Exceptions must be approved by the Program Dean.

    Use this chart to check Provincial high school equivalencies accepted at Portage College. Note: This is just a guide.

    English Language Proficiency Information

    This diploma program transfers as a block of 60 credits to several degree granting institutions throughout Alberta including:

    • NAIT
    • SAIT
    • Athabasca University
    • Northwestern Polytechnic

    Credit may also be obtained from other institutions across Canada on a course-by-course basis.

    Program Start/End Date
    August 29, 2024 to May 2, 2025

    Application Deadline 
    Domestic Student: August 15, 2024
    International Student: June 30, 2024 (Applications will be considered if you can obtain a study permit and all the relevant documents before July 15, 2024)

    Blended Delivery - Domestic
    Cold Lake Campus
    Lac La Biche Campus

    Domestic Student Fees
    Application Fee $53.50

    Fall Term
    Fee payment deadline: August 15, 2023

    Tuition $2594.46
    Student Association $116.70
    Technology Fee $82.71
    Recreation Fee $54.57
    Total $2,848.44

    Winter Term
    Fee payment deadline: December 15, 2023

    Tuition $2594.46
    Student Association $116.70
    Technology Fee $82.71
    Recreation Fee $54.57
    Total $2,848.44

    Total tuition & mandatory fees for year: $5,696.88

    Part-time Fees
    Tuition is calculated using “cost-per-credit” one credit is $170. Calculate the cost by multiplying the number of credits per course by $170.

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    Tuition Deposit: $100 (non-refundable for oversubscribed programs)

    Need help funding your education? Check out our  funding options.

    International Student Fees
    Application Fee $160.00
    Tuition Deposit $5000.00 (non-refundable)

    If you choose to pay the full tuition and mandatory fees, you may still be eligible for a refund of payments above the $5000 deposit, as per the Portage College refund policy.

    Fall Term
    Fee payment deadline: June 1, 2024

    Tuition $8385.62
    Student Association $116.70
    Technology Fee $82.71
    Recreation Fee $54.57
    Total $8,639.60

    Winter Term
    Fee payment deadline: October 15, 2024

    Tuition $7783.37
    Student Association $116.70
    Technology Fee $82.71
    Recreation Fee $54.57
    Total $8,037.35

    Total tuition & mandatory fees for year: $16,676.95

    Visit  Portage Bookstore for textbooks and supplies

    Other purchases may be necessary in order for students to complete their courses/program.

    Students will need regular access to a computer and an internet connection. High speed broadband access is highly recommended for the optimal learning experience.

    For technical requirements, visit our Moodle page.

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    We acknowledge that Portage College’s service region is on the traditional lands of First Nation Peoples, the owners of Treaty 6, 8 and 10, which are also homelands to the Métis people. We honour the history and culture of all people who first lived and gathered in these lands.
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