Last Updated on July 29, 2023
Develop a strong understanding of accounting fundamentals you’ll need to succeed in management positions or gain the foundational skills to start your bookkeeping or accounting career.
You will obtain practical knowledge of fundamental accounting processes, including income statements and balance sheets, accounts receivable and accounts payable, fixed assets and depreciation, and more, from instructors with professional accounting experience.
You will work independently and in teams to develop and apply your skills using spreadsheet and accounting software to reconcile accounts and record a wide variety of journal entries related to full-cycle accounting.
Additionally, you will develop your soft skills and business acumen to understand how the accounting field contributes to all areas of business. You will finish the program with a capstone course that enables you to apply your abilities in a work-integrated learning project and further develop critical thinking, communication, collaboration and organizational capabilities. You’ll have up to five years to complete this certificate.
This certificate could be your first step towards the Chartered Professional Accountant Professional Education Program (CPA PEP). When you complete the program, you have the opportunity to ladder into higher credentials at SAIT.
Up to 27 credits from this certificate can be applied to our Business Administration diploma or Bachelor of Business Administration programs (varies by major). Both programs have additional admission requirements and your timeline to complete a diploma or degree begins when you start the first certificate course.
Is this the right program for me?
To achieve success in this program, students should:
- be proactive, independent and resourceful
- have strong written and oral communication skills
- be prepared to work in teams
- be proficient in the use of a Windows-based computer and Microsoft Office software
- spend 9-12 hours per week on each course, including in-class hours
- actively participate in all classes and activities
- become familiar with and adhere to SAIT’s academic policies.
- be ready for a challenge and committed to keeping yourself on schedule.
If you are engaged in campus life and take advantage of SAIT services and resources, you may be more likely to experience success in SAIT’s programs.
Get an MSA from a fully accredited AACSB program on your schedule.
Gain the competencies that will set you apart. Develop a strong foundation in accounting fundamentals and build expertise in leading analytics methods. Learn from professors who are considered giants in the accounting field.
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Starting at $20,600, the iMSA delivers an exceptional degree at a fraction of the price of other top MSA programs. Earn your degree in as little as 18 months or stretch it out to 36 months.
Extensive Career Options
Accounting is one of the fastest growing careers and the universal language of business. An accountancy degree can open doors in almost any field. Entry-level accounting salaries average $60K per year.
Each iMSA course comes in two segments – a self-paced, on-demand set of video lectures to give you the core material, and then an intensely hands-on and practice-oriented set of live sessions in which you work directly with faculty and accomplished fellow students.
The iMSA curriculum was developed by top accounting faculty to build expertise in leading analytics methods, financial reporting, audit and control, and US federal taxation. This degree helps prepare you to sit for the CPA exam.
Powerful Alumni Network
We are one of the largest suppliers of leaders of the accountancy profession. Among our alumni are legions of CFOs, accounting firm partners, and entrepreneurs.
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|Program DescriptionAdvance your career in accounting with the Bachelor of Applied Business Administration (Accounting). This post-diploma applied degree program is available through full-time studies. Learn from faculty with real-world accounting experience as you develop practical knowledge in taxation, advanced management and financial accounting, auditing, leadership, and more.This program consists of ten academic courses and followed by two semesters of Directed Field Studies (DFS). In DFS, you secure your own paid work placement, with approval from the Academic Chair, and apply your skills in a real-world setting. You graduate from this program with pre-requisite courses you need to enter the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Professional Education Program.Program OverviewFast FactsApplied degreeAvailable through full-time or part-time studiesComplete in two years of full-time study or up to seven years part-timePaid work terms (Directed Field Studies)Recognized for the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designationYour CareerYou can find work in accounting, financial and information management in business, industry, government and public practice accounting. Past graduates have found positions such as: Accountant, Accounting Manager, Auditor, Controller, Financial Analyst, Project Accountant, and Tax Consultant.Student SuccessTo be successful in this program, you should:Invest more time and energy into your coursework to have a higher chance of success.Have access to a computer prior to enrolling in the program due the amount of technology used in the curriculumBe able to read, write, and understand the English language at a high level.CredentialsAfter successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Bachelor of Applied Business Administration degree.AccreditationThis applied degree is recognized as meeting the pre-requisite educational requirements needed to enter the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Professional Education Program.ProgressionStudents must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.Admission RequirementsApplicants must have completed a two-year Business Administration or Accounting diploma or equivalent at an accredited post-secondary institution, with a minimum 2.3 grade-point average, (67% or C+). This diploma must include a minimum of 20 courses, or 60 credits, and contain the following coursework: Intermediate Accounting, Business Communications, Financial Management, Management Accounting, Systems and Marketing.All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.Program OutlineThird YearSemester 5ACCT 411 – Personal and Corporate Taxation 3 CreditsACCT 434 – Advanced Financial Accounting 3 CreditsACCT 491 – Advanced Management Accounting 3 CreditsACCT 495 – External Auditing 3 CreditsLDSH 405 – Leadership 3 CreditsSemester 6ACCT 415 – Accounting Theory 3 CreditsMNGT 405 – Strategic Management 3 CreditsElectives (3 courses required)Note: Not all electives are offered as day time, full time study. For certain electives students will have to study in the evening and/or part time to complete this semester.ACCT 413 – Internal Auditing and Controls 3 CreditsACCT 416 – Advanced Information Systems 3 CreditsACCT 417 – Applied External Audit 3 CreditsACCT 418 – Applied Personal and Corporate Taxation 3 CreditsBFIN 492 – Advanced Corporate Finance 3 CreditsMNGT 407 – Operations Management 3 Credits|