May 24, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
    
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

Business Administration - Accounting

Location(s): In Person (Main Campus), Online


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Our Business Administration - Accounting major will help you build practical and fundamental accounting skills and understand how to analyze a company’s financial performance. If you’re interested in finance and math, problem-solving, and ethics and want diverse career options, this major is for you. 

You’ll learn how to use accounting principles in real businesses. You’ll be able to make and understand financial statements, which is essential in the business world. 

We’ll teach you how to calculate taxes for different business situations. Understanding tax laws is crucial for making smart financial decisions. 

You’ll explore financial concepts and how they apply to businesses to help you manage money, evaluate investments, and help clients make wise financial choices. 

Discover how technology and management information systems can make businesses run more efficiently. You’ll learn to use data and technology to make better decisions. 

We’ll talk about the right way to behave in the accounting profession. Ethics are essential for trust and respect in the accounting world. 

Preparation for Certified Public Accountant Advanced Certificate 

Our program gets you ready for advanced accounting studies. You’ll be well-prepared to become a certified accounting professional. 

This program gives you fundamental and practical accounting skills. You’ll know how to analyze finances and understand different parts of business administration. You’ll to take on accounting-related business administration jobs. 

Traits, skills and aptitudes


Those working in the accounting field tend to be methodical, innovative, and directive.  

You need: 

  • high ethical standards 
  • strong communication skills 
  • critical-thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills 
  • time-management skills 
  • the ability to work independently or as part of a team.

You should enjoy following rules, solving problems creatively and be comfortable giving directions to others. 

Academic path


Graduates of this program with a minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA (67% or C+) may be eligible to enter the Bachelor of Business Administration and earn their degree with an additional two years of study. 

A degree can open more career options and provide a direct path toward the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation and the world of financial accounting. 

Practicum, co-op and work integrated learning opportunities


You’ll have the option to participate in an integrative experience capstone project in your final semester.  

If you choose a capstone project, you’ll work collaboratively with students from other majors to address a challenge faced by a local business or organization. You’ll work together as a team to investigate and analyze the challenge or problem before presenting a solution to company representatives. 

Accreditations, designations and certifications


You can pursue the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Professional Education Program upon completing a degree.

Additional exams, education, or work requirements may apply for earning a designation or certification.

Credential


Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll receive a SAIT Business Administration diploma with a major in Accounting.

Program length


2 years

Accepts international applicants - PGWP-eligible


This program accepts international applicants and meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program, as long as the student is registered in on-campus classes or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for blended options). 

International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies. 

Not eligible for CAJG


This program is not eligible for the Canada Alberta Job Grant

Related careers


Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Potential careers (NOC):

  • Financial managers (10010)
  • Other administrative services managers (10019)
  • Banking, credit and other investment managers (10021)
  • Administrative officers (13100)
  • Payroll administrators (13102)
  • Administrative assistants (13110)
  • Financial auditors and accountants (11100)
  • Financial and investment analysts (11101)
  • Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers (12011)
  • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (12200)
  • Accounting and related clerks (14200)

Admission requirements - Applicants educated in Canada


Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet all of the following requirements or equivalent:

  • at least 50% in Math 30-1 or Math 30-2, and
  • at least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 60% in English Language Arts 30-2.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

Admission requirements - Applicants educated outside of Canada


All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find accepted educational documents and assessment options

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

Application process


When applying in the application portal, select Business Administration. You will declare your major before your second year of the program.

Program outline


The Business Administration - Accounting diploma requires 60 credits (20 courses) to complete.

The program spans two years, with two semesters each year.

Required courses


You must take all of the following courses to complete this program.

Elective courses


You will choose courses from the following lists. 

Elective courses - Business core integrative experience (choose one)


Elective courses - Accounting major (choose one)


Suggested schedule of study


We recommend you complete the courses in the order listed below.

Year 1


Year 2


Progression


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure > 

Books and supplies


Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore’s website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date. Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn’t receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you’re in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

Business program advising


For any questions or to set up an advising appointment, please get in touch with our School of Business.

Phone: 403.284.8485
Email: business.advising@sait.ca

Program outcomes


Core program outcomes


  1. Strategy - Incorporate strategy into business knowledge and practice.
  2. Team - Achieve project goals through teamwork.
  3. Economic theory - Apply economic theory in the business environment.
  4. Professional behaviours - Develop appropriate personal skills and professional behaviours to uphold general management practices.
  5. Financial principles - Use basic financial and accounting principles in a business setting.
  6. Mathematics - Apply mathematical formulae and statistical calculations to support basic business functions
  7. Legal - Explain key legal principles of the Canadian legal system and the basic laws governing business ownership and transactions.
  8. ICT - Integrate information and communication technology to achieve efficient business practices.
  9. Marketing - Apply marketing theory and processes in a business environment
  10. Organizational behaviour - Comprehend organizational behaviour and theory as applied in the business setting.

Accounting major program outcomes


  1. Accounting - Apply financial and management accounting principles in a business setting.
  2. Tax - Apply tax calculation formulae to solve a variety of business-related problems.
  3. Finance - Apply finance concepts and practices in a business setting.
  4. Management information systems - Adopt Management Information Systems practices to achieve efficient business practices.
  5. Ethics - Model the ethical expectations of the accounting profession.

Financial Services major program outcomes


  1. Financial principles and theories - Interpret and use financial concepts, theories and tools and effectively present findings.
  2. Financial planning - Apply personal financial planning concepts.
  3. Analyze and understand client needs:
    • Assess the client’s financial needs and the mechanisms to fulfill those needs.
    • Apply effective selling principles.
  4. Knowledge of the financial services sector - Investigate the Canadian financial system.

Human Resource Management major program outcomes


  1. HR functions - Apply HR management theory and practice to support HR functions.
  2. HR professional skills - Demonstrate leadership capabilities and HR professional skills to evolve and grow in dynamic business environments.
  3. Employment law - Explain employment law, regulations and standards applicable in the HR setting.
  4. Technical/analysis - In support of organizational effectiveness, use technical knowledge and skills to compile and retrieve data and create reports relating to further Human Resource Management.

Management major program outcomes


  1. Human resources - Apply human resources management theory in the workplace.
  2. Entrepreneurship and small business - Apply entrepreneurship and small business theory.
  3. Marketing - Apply marketing theory and marketing processes.
  4. Operations management - Explain the theories and practices of operations and supply chain management.
  5. Project management - Apply project management theories and tools.
  6. International business - Explain the principles of international business.

Marketing major program outcomes


1. Brand management

  • Develop products to satisfy organization objectives.
  • Develop pricing strategies to fit the organizational objectives.
  • Determine optimal distribution channels to support planning objectives.
  • Develop promotion strategies to optimize planning objective

2. Strategy and planning

  • Conduct an environmental scan.
  • Identify relevant market segments.
  • Develop products to satisfy organization objectives.
  • Develop pricing strategies to fit the organizational objectives.
  • Determine optimal distribution channels to support planning objectives.
  • Develop promotion strategies to optimize planning objectives.

3. Research insights and analytics

  • Conduct an environmental scan.
  • Identify relevant market segments.
  • Develop products to satisfy organization objectives.
  • Develop pricing strategies to fit the organizational objectives.
  • Determine optimal distribution channels to support planning objectives.
  • Develop promotion strategies to optimize planning objectives.

4. Product

  • Conduct an environmental scan.
  • Identify relevant market segments.
  • Develop products to satisfy organization objectives.
  • Develop pricing strategies to fit the organizational objectives.
  • Determine optimal distribution channels to support planning objectives.
  • Develop promotion strategies to optimize planning objectives.

5. Business development, consumer behaviour, applied psychology

  • Determine optimal distribution channels to support planning objectives.
  • Develop promotion strategies to optimize planning objectives.

Supply Chain Management major program outcomes


  1. Supply chain functions
    • Apply SCM theory and practice in the workplace, including the support of critical supply chain functions, to enable organizational strategy.
    • Utilize appropriate regulatory guidelines, ethical practices, and industry and corporate standards to support supply chain activities.
  2. Data analysis
    • Summarize data used to inform decision-making for supply chain functions.
    • Differentiate between various supply chain technology management systems and processes to support business performance.
  3. Professional and leadership
    • Demonstrate professional accountability, responsibility, change management and leadership skills within supply chain management.

Graduate outcomes


A. Safety - awareness of safety standards relevant to the workplace.

  • Safety awareness

B. Responsible leadership - personal, ethical and respectful behaviour within the workplace and global community.

  • Teamwork and multi-disciplinary collaboration
  • Self-initiative
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Global awareness
  • Sustainability

C. Communication - the exchange of information professionally and effectively.

  • Language skills
  • Interpersonal skills

D. Information literacy - the strategies used to become informed, from recognizing an information need to accessing and evaluating information and using it effectively and ethically.

  • Problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Technological literacy

E. Technical knowledge, skills and abilities - technical competence specific to the discipline or industry.

  • Specialized technical skill set

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