Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Commerce (Post Diploma) Accounting Major
Regulations amended effective September 1, 2009

To the Bachelor of Commerce (Post Diploma) General Regulations

There are two routes to the Bachelor of Commerce (Post Diploma) Accounting Major:

1. Business-Field Diploma-Holder Route

Students presenting two-year college diplomas in business (or a closely related field) from an accredited college or technical institute will receive 60 credits of block transfer award toward the first two years of the Bachelor of Commerce (Post Diploma) Accounting Major, except students from Ontario colleges, who will receive 45 credits. These students must complete additional credits in non-Administrative Studies courses to reach the 60-credit requirement. Ontario students with approved three-year diplomas in business or a closely related field will receive a block transfer award of up to 66 credits towards this degree program. All diplomas presented must be approved for credit by Athabasca University.

2. Non Business-Field Diploma-Holder Route

The block transfer award for a diploma approved by AU is 30 credits. If you present courses equivalent to the following list, or another required course within the Bachelor of Commerce program with the diploma, the block transfer award may increase up to 60 credits. All diplomas presented must be approved for credit by Athabasca University.

To graduate, students must have a weighted average of at least 1.7 across all courses taken at Athabasca University towards a Bachelor of Commerce (Post Diploma) degree. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

For more information on the status of this program, contact Athabasca University School of Business at 800.468.6531, or e-mail.

Athabasca University advisors have developed a program plan to assist you. Counselling Services offers an assessment website, "Mapping Your Future: Your Career and Athabasca University." Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

  Program Structure  
  Total credits in the program 120
  Block transfer credit for two-year business diploma (excluding Ontario) 60
  Block transfer credit for Ontario
two-year business diploma
  Block transfer credit for Ontario
three-year business diploma
up to 66
  Required credits (Years 3 and 4) 27
  Required Accounting Major credits 15
  A minimum of 12 Business and Administrative Studies credits must be at the 400 level (including ADMN 404). 12
  Residency requirement. A minimum of 30 credits, including ADMN 404, must be obtained through Athabasca University in Years 3 and 4. 30
  Graduation with Distinction or Great Distinction. At least 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in order to be considered. 24
  Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and
  Years 1 and 2 (60 credits)

AU-approved college diploma

  Years 3 and 4 (60 credits)



  Required Courses (27 credits)  
ACCT 355 Cost Analysis (3)
ACCT 356 Strategic and Competitive Analysis (3)
ADMN 404 Strategic Management* (3)
Must be taken through AU. Students are strongly recommended to take ADMN 404 as one of their last courses in the program.  
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems
FNCE 370 Overview of Corporate Finance (3)
MATH 244 Business Mathematics
MATH 260 Calculus for Social Sciences and Economics
MATH 265 Introduction to Calculus I*
* Recommended for students who wish to pursue 400-level FNCE or 400-level MGSC courses.
MATH 270 Linear Algebra I
MGSC 312 Statistics for Business and Economics II (3)
MGSC 368 Introduction to Production and Operations Management
MGSC 369 Service Operations Management
MKTG 396 Introduction to Marketing (3)


  Accounting Major Core Courses (15 credits)  
ACCT 351 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
ACCT 352 Intermediate Financial Accounting II
ACCT 460 Principles of Auditing
TAXX 301 Taxation I

And one of the following

FNCE 401 Investments
FNCE 403 Risk Management



Accounting Major Electives
(9 credits selected from the following)

  Any other senior (300 or 400) level Accounting (ACCT), Taxation (TAXX), or Finance (FNCE) courses, or CMIS 455.           (9) 
  Other Options (9 credits)  
Business and Administrative Studies at senior (300 or 400) level (3)
Non-Business and Administrative Studies at senior (300 or 400) level


  Required Courses (30 credits)
ACCT 253 Introductory Financial Accounting (3)
ADMN 232 Administrative Principles (3)
ADMN 233 Writing in Organizations (3)
CMIS 311 Supporting End-User Computing

CMIS 245 Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows)*
*strongly recommended
COMP any junior (200) or senior (300/400) level COMP course  
COMM 329 The Practice of Interpersonal Communications (3)
ECON 247 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 248 Macroeconomics (3)
LGST 369 Commercial Law
MGSC 301 Statistics for Business and Economics I*
*strongly recommended
MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics
MATH 216 Computer-Oriented Approach to Statistics (3)
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour



And the required and options courses in the Business Field Diploma List above.


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