Business Administration: Accounting

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MonctonSeptember 2022 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
MonctonApril 2023 (Blended Delivery) - Offered every other year Domestic | International
Fredericton September 2022 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Saint JohnSeptember 2022 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Whether it’s a small or large business, accounting basics are central to decision-making. Accountants are trusted to provide valuable, accurate and timely financial information. Accountants play an essential role in establishing policies and procedures that collect, record, analyze, and present information that solves business problems. No two businesses are the same, so Accountants provide guidance and advice on various reporting, tax and financing issues.

In our Business Administration: Accounting program, you will learn core fundamentals of business administration such as marketing, economics and business communication. You will gain intermediate accounting knowledge to prepare and present financial statements according to reporting standards. You will learn critical aspects of business operations such as budgeting, assessing financial risk, managing cash flow, analyzing and reporting various performance measurements. You will have the opportunity to take electives such as Personal Tax or Payroll. Our core courses receive credits towards the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) designation. Our program also includes a work practicum where you’ll have the opportunity to put your knowledge into action.

An accelerated study option is available for this program beginning in April. Students enrolled in this option continue their studies throughout the entire calendar year, enabling them to complete the program requirements within 20 months of full-time study.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two academic years of full-time study or within 20 months of accelerated full-time study

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma
    • Foundations of Mathematics 110
      Geometry and Applications in Mathematics 112 and Functions and Relations 112

      NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
      International Student Admission Equivalencies

      Career Possibilities

      As a graduate of this program, you'll have a wide range of skills that can be applied in various accounting-related careers. You may be employed by government agencies, public practice and various private businesses. Graduates are frequently hired as staff accountants, junior accountants, accounting and audit technicians, payroll administration, accounts receivable and payable administration and bookkeepers.

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      Specific Considerations

      Graduates of the Business Administration Accounting program may be eligible for credit in the Certified Professional Accountants and Canadian Payroll Association programs.

      Technology Requirements
      NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

      Program Courses

      Courses are subject to change.

      This course will expose the student to the various principles of management. It will develop in the student an understanding of operational management as it applies in day-to-day settings and provide an insight into the daily life of a practising manager, as he/she interacts with people.

      This course is designed to allow the student to work independently in a business setting related to their field of study. Students are expected to follow the work schedule of the practicum host.

      This course is designed to help students strengthen their fundamental skills in writing clear, effective sentences and paragraphs, and enable them to create organized, unified and coherent documents. The writing process is introduced. Students will recognize the importance of writing for the intended purpose and audience.

      This course introduces a structured approach to writing business messages for emails, memos, letters, and other documents. Students will apply the stages of the writing process to business writing (prewriting, writing and revising). They will research, prepare, format, draft, proofread and edit a series of documents commonly used in business writing.


      • COMM1257B

      This course introduces students to the fundamentals of business report and proposal writing including why businesses need reports and proposals, common types of reports and proposals, and a simple process for writing business reports and proposals.
      In this course, students will use some of their previously acquired writing skills. They learn how to properly research, plan, structure and write various reports and proposals using proper layouts, form, and formats. Application of the writing process is emphasized.


      • COMM1258B

      This course introduces students to a wide range of macroeconomic issues such as aggregate supply and demand, fiscal policy, nature and causes of unemployment and inflation, the role money and banking play in the economy, as well as international trade and the international monetary system.

      This course enables students to examine key economic issues and problems as they relate to business and to the Canadian business environment. Students apply economic principles to the study of Canada and its economy. They acquire the skills to manage businesses more effectively, make appropriate personal choices in business, and contribute to society overall.

      This course provides students with a framework to determine what is involved in starting a business and allows the student to assess their own potential in starting a business.

      This course utilizes a practical approach in introducing students to the fundamentals of ethics and ethical decision-making in the workplace.

      Delivered with a hands-on approach, students will examine real-world case studies that illustrate ethical issues and dilemmas in today’s workplace. Students apply ethical concepts and principles to make thoughtful and responsible ethical decisions.

      Students build on accounting and mathematical skills in the process of carrying out intermediate tasks related to financial forecasting, operational budgeting techniques, and cash flow and capital investment management.


      • GACG1051
      • MATH1087D

      This is a foundation course in managerial finance with an emphasis on the major decisions made by the financial executive of an organization.


      • GACG1051
      • MATH1087D

      This course focuses on the asset side of the balance sheet. This course teaches students to use accounting concepts and principles in accordance with professional standards and policies. Students complete a variety of accounting tasks including income statements, balance sheets, cash flow statements, revenue and expense recognition, future and present value, accounts receivable, inventory, investments, and capital assets. This course covers financial reporting, accounting judgments, income statement, balance sheet and changes in equity presentation, cash flow statement, revenue and expense recognition, financial assets-cash and notes receivable, inventory and cost of sales, financial instruments-investments in debt and equity securities, property plant and equipment, intangibles, goodwill, depreciation, amortization, impairment.


      • GACG1051

      This course focuses on the liabilities and equity side of the balance sheet.  This course teaches students to use accounting concepts and principles in accordance with professional standards and policies. Students complete a variety of accounting tasks including financial liabilities and provisions, financial instruments of long-term debt, shareholder’s equity, financial instruments of complex debt and equity, accounting for corporate income tax and tax losses, leases, post-employment benefits, earnings per share, accounting changes as well as financial statement analysis.


      • GACG1035

      This course provides students with a detailed introduction to Managerial Accounting. Emphasized topics include job and process costing, standard costs, budgeting, variable costing, and decision making.


      • GACG1051

      This course provides students with the fundamentals of analysis and recording of financial transactions for the complete accounting cycle.

      This course builds on the knowledge in Accounting I. It provides students with an in-depth understanding of and the skills necessary to apply accounting concepts, principles, and procedures.


      • GACG1050

      Students investigate advanced accounting concepts and procedures. Time is spent on factors influencing profit and loss for larger-sized firms and preparation of financial statements.


      • GACG1051

      Students acquire an understanding of the basics of payroll practices and procedures including an overview of employment standards, earnings, benefits, statutory deductions, net pay, and Record of Employment documents.


      • GACG1076

      This course will provide the student with an understanding of the legal aspects of the employment relationship and the respective responsibilities of the employer and employee.

      This course will provide the student with an understanding of payroll accounting including payroll remittances to various stakeholders, year end procedures, reporting requirements, and recording of payroll entries.


      • GACG1075

      The student will apply accounting knowledge in a practical setting with emphasis on recording and posting of transactions, preparation of financial statements and analysis of accounting information.


      • GACG1051

      This course challenges students to work both independently and as part of a financial team to produce a financial business report. Students conduct an analysis of the results and present their findings in a report prepared to meet a professional standard.


      • FINA1009
      • GACG1036
      • COMM1259A

      Explore the essential components of event management by providing the opportunity for the student to experience the full event planning and implementation process including various elements that support and enhance a successful event.

      This course is designed to provide learners with foundational knowledge of insurance principles and practice. Students are taught the history of the insurance industry as well as its current day function, roles, and risks. They are taught the Canadian law and regulatory bodies impacting the insurance industry as well as fundamental processes such as determining rates, writing contracts, and processing claims.

      This course will provide an introduction to the financial planning process and the many issues to be faced when developing a financial plan for a client. Topics discussed will include the planning process, budgeting, credit and debt, introduction of investments into the plan, insurance and taxation issues, and retirement and estate planning.

      This course provides an overview of key investment management terms and concepts, as well as a study of the goals of the investment manager. In addition, key aspects of the investment management environment will be discussed.

      This course will introduce students to Canadian taxation system and how to complete of basic personal income tax returns in accordance with provisions of the Income Tax Act.

      This course examines the fundamentals of contractual law and its relationship to business. It explores the various types of contracts, conditions around entering contracts, contractual obligations, breach of contracts, and damages.

      This course is an introduction to basic concepts in business law. It provides students with an overview of various acts and legislations that govern the marketplace such as contract law, tort liability, employment legislation, intellectual property, and real property.

      This course provides students with a review of fundamental operations, familiarizes students with problems related to business, and with the mathematics of cost-volume-profit analysis.

      This course is designed to familiarize students with the mathematics of merchandizing, simple interest, compound interest, and annuities.


      • MATH1086

      This course provides students with an overview of the marketing function, emphasizing consumer satisfaction as a focal point of an organization’s activities.

      This course focuses on the elements of the marketing mix: products and services; pricing; distribution channels; and promotion.


      • MKTG1027

      Students examine how marketing concepts, techniques and theories can be used to identify specific threats and marketing strategy opportunities facing enterprises and/or organizations. This course introduces the principles and tools to apply in the development, implementation, and review of marketing strategy for organizations. Topics include internal and external environmental analysis; value, competition, and strategic choice; strategic positioning; and implementation and control issues. Case studies and real life projects are the principal teaching methods to be used in this course. Participants will be required to conduct a marketing audit of a selected enterprise, identify relevant threats and opportunities and prepare the appropriate marketing strategy and plan for a financial year.


      • MKTG1028

      This course introduces students to a systematic approach to organizational behaviour (OB). Students will study organizational behaviour from an individual, group, and organizational perspective. They examine how different individual, group and organizational aspects can affect effectiveness, productivity and possibilities to reach the organization’s goals.

      Students learn how to apply the concepts and theories of organizational behaviour to make organizations work more effectively.

      This workshop introduces students to the process of finding employment. It explores the various strategies and resources available, and examines the role of social media.

      This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

      This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, coordinate, implement and evaluate a project within a team environment. Students learn effective project management techniques that allow them to monitor all work activities and ensure a quality product while remaining within budget and meeting all contract requirements.

      This course is designed as a senior level project course. It provides students with the opportunity to apply overall business knowledge with an emphasis on financial concepts. Students demonstrate the ability to develop and present a comprehensive small business plan.


      • ENTR1016
      • FINA1009
      • MKTG1028

      This course provides students with the ability to apply auditing concepts, principles, and procedures. The course builds on the learning acquired in other accounting courses.


      • GACG1037
      • GACG1036
      • FINA1009

      This course introduces students to a computerized accounting software program. It will provide students with experience in maintaining computerized accounting records using accounting software. Transactions using the general, payable, receivable and payroll modules will be covered.


      • GACG1050

      This hands-on course introduces students to the capabilities of Information Management Software with emphasis on exploratory learning.

      This course builds on the skills of Computerized Accounting. Students set up company data in various modules, process various transactions, adjustments, reconciliations and prepare month end and year end financial reports.


      • SAAL1020

      Students taking this course learn basic database concepts including creation of tables, queries, forms, and reports.

      This course builds on the basic spreadsheet skills and examines more advanced software functionality. Among the areas covered are the creation and management of tables and charts, the manipulation of multiple worksheets and workbooks, and various advanced functions.


      • SAAL1830A

      Students taking this course will prepare slide presentations using a variety of techniques. They will learn to manipulate text, graphics, drawings and charts to increase the effectiveness of their presentation.

      Students taking this course will build on their previous spreadsheet knowledge to examine additional advanced software functions.


      • SAAL1220G

      This course introduces students to fundamentals of computer system components and functions, electronic file management, email including scheduling and calendar management, and word processing concepts.

      Students will learn how to manage electronic files and folders, and use the word processing and email software applications in managing files or documents, emails, scheduling and calendars. Students will also use the Internet as a research tool.

      This course introduces students to basic spreadsheet concepts. A strong understanding of those concepts assists in designing spreadsheets for a variety of tasks, such as numerical reporting, sorting, budgeting and forecasting.

      Students gain the necessary skills required when working with spreadsheets, including how to create, edit, format, save, move, copy, sort, and calculate data. They will also learn how to summarize data using formulas and present their results visually using various chart types and styles.

      A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

      The course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for describing, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Course topics include summarizing and presenting different types of data, analyzing the risks and assumptions underlying statistical analysis and the principles and methods associated with sampling


      • MATH1086

      This course covers the concepts of hypothesis testing, regression and correlation, index numbers, time series and statistical decision theory. Statistical software is used.


      • STAT1007

      This course helps students develop knowledge and skills in planning, preparing, and delivering presentations of various lengths and purposes. Additionally, students will learn how to captivate the audience and enhance a presentation using effective visual aids and presentation software.

      Delivered with a hands-on approach, students will use communication skills to research, write, speak, and build professional audience rapport. Strong presentation skills validate a speaker’s knowledge and perspectives and are central to success in today’s organizations.

      NOC Codes

      1114 - Other financial officers
      1311 - Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
      1431 - Accounting and related clerks
      1432 - Payroll clerks
      1434 - Banking, insurance and other financial clerks

      Articulation Agreements

      Institution: University of New Brunswick Saint John - Faculty of Business
      Articulation Period:
      Information: Bachelor of Applied Management Degree
      NBCC graduates of any 2 year diploma program with a GPA of 70% or greater receive 2 years full credit toward this degree and will be eligible to enter year 3 of the 4 year Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) program.


      Institution: Royal Roads University
      Articulation Period:
      Information: All Business Administration graduates with the appropriate prerequisite qualifications are eligible to enter the 3rd year of the Bachelor of Administration in Sustainability and International Business degree
      Institution: Yorkville University
      Articulation Period:
      Information: NBCC Business Administration graduates will receive two years credits toward admission to the Bachelor of Business Administration.
      Institution: Royal Roads University
      Articulation Period:
      Information: Business Administration graduates with the appropriate pre-requisite qualifications are eligible to enter the 3rd year of the Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management degree
      Institution: St. Mary's University
      Articulation Period:
      Information: Graduates may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Commerce program. Students who obtained an overall average of 70%, may be granted 60 hours in a 120 credit hour degree program.
      Institution: Galway Business School
      Articulation Period:
      Information: Graduates who complete the Business Administration - Accounting program will have the opportunity to obtain a business related degree from Galway Business School. They will also be able, upon completing the degree, to work in Ireland and Europe for one year.
      Institution: Griffith University
      Articulation Period:
      Information: Graduates from Business Administration: Accounting may be able to complete a Bachelor of Commerce in three semesters.  Griffith University agrees to facilitate the block transfer of students from NBCC with appropriate prerequisite qualifications and grades. 
      Institution: Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT)
      Articulation Period:
      Information: Graduates may enter Year 3 of the Bachelor of Business Studies (BBs) of Accounting & Finance or Year 3 of BBs of Business at LIT
      Institution: Athabasca University
      Articulation Period:
      Information: Graduates from all Business Administration 2 year diploma programs will receive 60 block credits towards Athabasca University Athabasca University’s Bachelor of Commerce (Post Diploma) (BCOMM (PD)), Bachelor of Commerce with Major (Post Diploma) (BCOMM (PD) +), Bachelor of Management 3Yr (Post Diploma) (BMGMT 3Yr (PD)), Bachelor of Human Resources Labour Relations (Post Diploma) (BHRLR (PD)) programs. 
      Institution: Mount Allison University
      Articulation Period:
      Information: Graduates of Business Administration; Accounting may be granted admission into the 3rd year of a Bachelor of Commerce degree. 

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