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  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times


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Open Studies

Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 10 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of D in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

More than just numbers

Accounting is the foundation for business, ensuring profitability and a source for strategic decisions. If you’re someone that enjoys detail-oriented, analytical work, this field will provide a challenging career.   

In this program you’ll learn financial theory and develop technical expertise in accounting. In our hands-on classroom environment, we will teach manual accounting techniques as well as current software applications so you can stay competitive in an ever-in-demand industry.  You’ll also benefit from managerial courses that will expand your knowledge and prepare you to work in supervisory positions. 

Are you up for the challenge? Pursue a career that’s driven by data and critical to the success of business.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

In the first year of the program, all business students take the same 10 foundational courses in order to gain core business knowledge. In the second year of studies, you will take the required courses to get a specialized accounting diploma upon graduation. 

We foster skill development in personal and corporate taxation, external auditing and accounting information systems with an understanding of quantitative analysis techniques and creating connections to financial data.

Our accounting diploma program focuses on: 

  • financial accounting
  • internal and external auditing 
  • data analysis 
  • taxation 
  • managerial accounting 
  • budgeting 

Hands-on learning

We immerse students in a combination of classroom teaching, industry-relevant case work, simulations and networking. You will develop an understanding of modern business dynamics and learn to work well within culturally diverse organizations.

Classroom & study hours

On average, you can expect to spend:

  • 20 hours per week attending classes over the course of each semester
  • An additional 20-30 hours per week studying, completing assignments, doing research, reading, etc.

Continue your studies

Graduates may choose to continue into our Advanced Accounting certificate or NAIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA). The BBA builds on your accounting diploma, allowing you to earn a degree with just 60 more credits of study. It will also prepare you for the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Professional Education Program.

Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting Concentration

Our degree emphasis in accounting teaches critical thinking techniques, logical analysis and problem-solving skills employers are looking for in today’s global economy.   Find out more

Enter the workforce with confidence 

As a graduate of the NAIT accounting diploma, you’ll apply your knowledge and skills in specialist roles, then work to advance as supervisors in related areas.

You will enjoy employment opportunities at employers in areas such as government, industry, accounting firms, banks, hospitals and consulting firms. 

Possible career outcomes include: 

  • Accountant, managerial or public 
  • Budget analyst  
  • Accounting technician  
  • Accounting specialist  
  • Controller  
  • Auditor, external or internal 
  • Tax specialist 

Diploma Specialization

In the business diploma program, you will declare an area of specialization in your first year, shortly after you have been accepted into the program.

All business students then take the same 10 foundational courses in order to gain core business knowledge. This allows students to experience a variety of business fields. In the second year of studies, you will take the required courses to get a specialized Accounting diploma upon graduation.

How to apply

Students applying to any business administration diploma program will choose Business Administration - General when selecting the program on the Alberta Post-Secondary Application System (APAS). More information can be found under How to Apply below.

General Program Information / Advanced Credit

Business Information Centre – JR Shaw School of Business
Email: businfo@nait.ca 
Phone: 780.471.8998

Advanced Academic Information

Business Information Centre – JR Shaw School of Business
Email: businfo@nait.ca
Phone: 780.471.8998

For General NAIT Information

Phone: 780.471.6248
Toll-free: 1.877.333.6248
Email: Student Service Centre

Business Information Centre

The Business Information Centre, on the third floor of CAT, provides generalized advising for students and prospective students for the JR Shaw School of Business.   Find out more



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Year 1

ACCT1115Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces financial statements as a tool for business decision making. Financial statement users’ needs and decisions will be examined, and the principles of the accounting cycle will be explored. Specific elements of financial statements will be examined, and the related accounting principles will be discussed. Financial statement analysis and internal control evaluation will supplement and support the exploration of financial reporting.

ACCT1116Introductory Managerial Accounting
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ACCT1115. (Enroll in ACCT1117 if ACCT1115 was completed prior to September 2019. Enroll in ACCT1116 if ACCT1115 was completed after September 2019.) This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course is an introduction to managerial accounting that balances the preparation of accounting information with its use for decision making. Accounting information will be used for decision making, planning and control, as well as performance evaluation.

CMIS1150Business Productivity Software
  • Course Equivalencies: AAC120, CMIS241, JRSB150
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces productivity applications in business. Emphasis will be placed on applied computing to develop skills in office applications such as spreadsheet, documentation, presentation, and collaboration tools for problem-solving and decision-making.

COMM1101Communications I
  • Course Equivalencies: AAC160, BUSF850, COMM121, COMM122, JRSB101
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces the student to the complexities of written and oral communication. The students learn business writing strategies and techniques to communicate ideas effectively through written communication in an academic setting. Students will use software to compose, edit, and revise assignments with a focus on writing, critiquing, and editing text. Students are required to apply effective online and database research techniques and APA documentation to compile and write a formal information report. In addition to students gaining skills for effective writing, they will also learn effective oral presentation skills.

  • Course Equivalencies: AAC141, ECON186, ECON188, JRSB110
  • Open Studies: Available

Microeconomics examines the question of how individuals and firms use their scarce resources to attain economic goals, and how different economic systems try to solve this central problem of scarcity. Other key topics include the market system, elasticity of demand, and how firms make decisions and conduct themselves in the marketplace. Price and output determination for firms operating in each of pure competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, and oligopoly market structures is studied. The economic functions of government and basic environmental economics are examined.

  • Course Equivalencies: AAC142, ECON187, ECON289, JRSB112
  • Open Studies: Available

The primary focus of this course is to explain the performance of the overall macro economy, as measured by gross domestic product, and other key economic indicators. Keynesian and Monetarist theories are examined and used as a framework to analyze and evaluate the effects of government fiscal and monetary policies on income, employment and inflation. The role of chartered banks is described when examining how the Bank of Canada implements monetary policy affecting Canada's interest rate. International economic issues of free trade, balance of payments and exchange rates are also examined and discussed.

FNCE1125Introduction to Finance
  • Course Equivalencies: BUSF855, FNCE282, JRSB125
  • Open Studies: Available

Introduction to Finance introduces the tools, calculations, and components needed to complete a financial plan; time value of money, financial goal setting, and tax planning concepts; and concepts and calculations relating to money, credit, and risk management. You will learn how to calculate the cost of revolving and installment type credit facilities and apply the tools and techniques required to purchase and finance a home. The course also introduces fundamental concepts in investing, including a discussion of mutual funds, stocks, and bonds. Retirement and estate planning concepts, including annuity and retirement income calculations, will be discussed.

MARK1130Introduction to Marketing
  • Course Equivalencies: AAC250, JRSB130, MARK166, MARK167
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces you to the principles of marketing. The key concepts, methods of analysis, strategies, and tactics critical to managing profitable customer relationships in today's dynamic and connected environment are presented. Major emphasis is placed on the marketing mix and its strategic application to an increasingly complex business environment. In particular, the detailed areas of product, promotion, price, and distribution are examined in reference to achieving company objectives.

MGMT1120Principles of Management
  • Course Equivalencies: JRSB120
  • Open Studies: Available

MGMT1120 introduces the student to the key principles of management in contemporary business environments: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. These principles are examined from the perspective of the manager, and are elaborated upon using case studies, small group and class discussions, as well as course projects and assignments. Moreover, the student will learn how these four principles work in an integrated fashion to create a solid foundation for best management practices in the business firm or not-for-profit organization.

ORGB1135Organizational Behaviour
  • Requisites: Co-requisite: COMM1101. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: AAC230, JRSB135, ORGB191, ORGB192
  • Open Studies: Available

This course provides an introduction to the influence of the manager and the employee on the organization and work. The point of view is managing individual differences for increased productivity and satisfaction. As well, a framework for understanding behaviour in a variety of settings is studied. Case problems are solved by groups using the rational decision-making process.

Year 2

ACCT2206Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ACCT1115 and (ACCT1116 or ACCT1117) or an emphasis of Accounting Year 3. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

After exploring the general structure of financial statements, this course builds on students' basic accounting knowledge and provides them with the skills to prepare the asset portion of a balance sheet and account for revenue streams on the income statement. Topics are explored in the context of ASPE and IFRS practices.

ACCT2208Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ACCT2206 or an emphasis of Accounting Year 3. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: ACCT208
  • Open Studies: Available

This course examines the liabilities and capital structure of corporations. In addition, specialized areas such as relevant IFRS & ASPE, earnings per share, income taxes, pensions, leases, changes in accounting methods, accounting errors, disclosure and reporting, and Statement of Cash Flows will be explored.

ACCT2211Intermediate Managerial Accounting I
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ACCT1115, and (ACCT1116 or ACCT1117). This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course focuses on the management accountant’s role in strategic decision making including the aggregation, analysis and communication of quantitative and qualitative information. Topics include cost accounting fundamentals, tools for planning and control, and decision-making using cost information.

ACCT2212Intermediate Managerial Accounting II
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ACCT2211 or an emphasis of Accounting Year 3. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: ACCT212
  • Open Studies: Available

This course focuses on the application of various cost management tools for the purposes of decision-making, planning, and control. Topics include cost allocation, profitability analysis, budgeting strategies, and management control systems.

BLAW2205Business Law
  • Course Equivalencies: AAC220, BLAW161, BLAW162, JRSB205
  • Open Studies: Available

The objective of the course is to develop sophisticated clients. Students learn how to engage an appropriate lawyer and how to conduct basic legal research online. After examining Canada's legal systems, the course addresses how laws are made and enforced by various branches of government. Constitutional law, including an analysis of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, follows. Human rights legislation is similarly evaluated from a business perspective. The Canadian court system is contrasted with various forms of alternative dispute resolution. Students learn how civil actions in Provincial Court, Civil, are conducted. Tort law is examined to identify the potential liabilities businesses may face. Insurance law, contract law and forms of business organizations are likewise studied from a risk management perspective. The course concludes with employment law, including the common law and the relevant legislation.

CMIS2240Accounting Software Applications
  • Course Equivalencies: CMIS240
  • Open Studies: Available

This course applies Sage 50™ (Simply Accounting™) to record and report financial activities in a small and / or medium sized business. Financial activities are recorded and resulting reports will be examined from a management perspective, integrating concepts learned in other courses.

CMIS2250Management Information Systems and Analytics
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CMIS1150. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: JRSB250
  • Open Studies: Available

This course offers theory and application of management information-processing systems that support the activities of an organization. The course emphasizes application of tools used in data analytics, process models, and business systems. Management Information Systems concepts and foundational theories are examined to provide context to the practical exercises.

FNCE3323Corporate Finance
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ECON1110, ECON1112, ACCT1115, (ACCT 1116 or ACCT1117) and FNCE1125, or Level 3. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: AAC341, FNCE223, FNCE323
  • Open Studies: Available

Corporate Finance examines financial and investment decisions from the corporation's perspective. The financial markets, the tradeoff between risk and return, the firm’s cost of capital, capital budgeting decisions, the firm’s working capital management decisions and the derivatives markets are integral to the valuation of financial assets. This is the scope of corporate finance.

STAT2201Business Statistics
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: AAC245, JRSB201, STAT218, STAT219
  • Open Studies: Available

This is an introductory statistics course designed to give students the ability to evaluate business problems using descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics will encompass descriptive statistics and data analysis, probability theory, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Learning objectives for each topic are reinforced with business problems and/or small case studies.

TAXX2202Taxation I
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ACCT1115 and (ACCT1116 or ACCT1117). This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: TAXX202
  • Open Studies: Available

A brief introduction to Canadian Income Tax followed by a study of the tax law related to employment income, property income, business income, other income, capital gains, other deductions, capital cost allowance, and personal tax credits. Calculation of federal taxes payable for an individual will be covered.


Cost Per Credit: $177
Tuition Cap: $1,940

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $735
Tuition Cap: $8,051

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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How much will first year cost?

Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $875
Level 1 Term 2: $875
Level 2 Term 1: $875
Level 2 Term 2: $875

The tuition and fee amounts are valid for the current academic year and are subject to change for subsequent intakes. For financial planning purposes, please use these totals as an approximate estimate of your costs. The approved tuition and fee information for your intake will be available in April.

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Jan 06, 2020

Term Start Date: Jan 06, 2020

Program Availability Status:  

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2019
Domestic Applicants: OP
International Applicants: OP

Entrance Requirements



  • Successful completion of the following business courses through NAIT Open Studies with an overall minimum GPA of 2.0:
  1. COMM 1101 (Communications I);
  2. ECON 1110 (Microeconomics) or ECON1112 (Macroeconomics);
  3. FNCE 1125 (Introduction to Finance);
  4. ACCT 1115 (Introductory Accounting I);
  5. One of: MGMT 1120 (Principles of Management); or MARK 1130 (Introduction to Marketing); or ORGB 1135 (Organizational Behaviour).

Please refer to information on how to calculate your GPA.


*Please note that acceptance into the program does not guarantee transfer credits. Transfer credits evaluation will take place after the student is accepted into the program.

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Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.

*Program availability is subject to change without notice.

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