UBC Diploma in Accounting Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Course Load

  • Yes. Applicants pursuing the CPA accounting designation who are not interested in completing the UBC Diploma in Accounting credential are welcome to apply and take only courses needed.

  • Students can take up to 5 courses in each term of the Winter Session and up to 3 courses in each term of the Summer Session according to their needs and schedule. There is no set timetable for the program.

Scheduling and Duration of Program

  • Students are required to complete 11 core courses in order to obtain the Diploma in Accounting credential. These courses include: BUSI 293, BUSI 294, BUSI 335, BUSI 370, BUSI 393, BUSI 353, BUSI 354, BUSI 355, BUSI 450, BUSI 453, and BUSI 455.

    Students can complete UBC DAP in 12 months of full-time study or 24 months of part-time study.

  • UBC Diploma in Accounting Program (DAP) has been required to make minor program changes in order to align with the updated Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Competency Map and CPA Western School of Business (CPAWSB) entrance requirements. Therefore, students are required to complete 15 core courses in order to obtain the Diploma in Accounting credential.

    Students can complete UBC DAP in 16 months of full-time study or 24 months of part-time study.

  • Yes. Most courses in the UBC DAP program are held in the evenings during the week from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm with some classes held on Saturdays and online. This flexibility makes it possible for students to continue to work while studying if desired.

Admission Requirements and Exemptions

  • Yes. Students are accepted from any undergraduate academic discipline. Prior business or accounting related coursework is not required for admission to the program and the diversity of students in the classroom enriches the experience.

  • Yes. Students from Canadian and American universities completing the remaining one to five courses of their degree program may be considered for early admission on a conditional basis. At time of application, they must provide official academic transcripts along with a letter from a faculty advisor indicating the number of credits outstanding and anticipated graduation date.

  • Yes. If you have completed a course of equivalent content and rigour to a UBC DAP Foundation level course, an exemption may be granted. This will only be applicable for course completed at a recognized Canadian or American university or college within the last 10 years with a minimum grade of 65% or C+. Applicants must apply for exemption at time of application. Please refer to Course Exemptions for more information on required documentation.

  • An English language proficiency exam, either TOEFL or IELTS Academic, is required for all candidates whose degrees are from a university outside of Canada or the USA in which English was not the official language of instruction. Applicants pursuing TOEFL must achieve an overall score of 90, with 22 in reading and listening, and 21 in writing and speaking. Applicants pursuing IELTS must achieve an overall score of 6.5 with no part less than 6.0. Only tests written within 24 months prior to submission of an application are accepted. Official test results must be sent directly from the testing centre to the UBC Diploma in Accounting office.

  • Submit official copies of transcripts to the following mailing address:

    Diploma in Accounting Program
    UBC Sauder School of Business
    Henry Angus Building, Room 247
    2053 Main Mall
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

  • On occasion, when there’s insufficient information on a degree or post-secondary institution, at our discretion, we may require applicants to provide us with additional information. In some circumstances we may require an evaluation from ICES (International Credential Evaluation Services). For more information, contact DAP Admissions at or call 604.822.8412.

Quantitative Skills Required in the Program

  • All incoming students are enrolled in the online DAP Prep Course two months before starting the program. This course covers business quantitative methods including arithmetic and basic algebra; ratios, proportions and percentages; linear systems, graphing linear equations, basic Microsoft Excel, and academic integrity and provides students with a comprehensive review of the foundational skills necessary to be successful in the program. Completion of this course is mandatory before starting your first term.

Professional Designations and Certificates

  • Yes. UBC DAP is officially recognized by CPABC. The Program’s 15 required courses are pre-requisites and are directly transferable for entry into the CPA Professional Education Program. Review the CPABC Transfer Credit Guide for more detailed information.

  • The term “legacy program” refers to the Professional Education Programs still being offered by the three original accounting bodies, CA, CMA and CGA. Until June 2017, students can also meet the CPA PEP course requirements by following one of the CA, CGA or CMA legacy program pre-requisite pathways.

  • Yes. The pre-requisites and eligibility requirements vary from state to state, so interested students should contact the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) for more information.

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