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Bachelor of Applied Business Administration

Open for Fall 2022

Closed for Winter 2022

Length: 2 - 7 years Credential: Applied Degree Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Winter 2022 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
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Learn from faculty with real-world accounting experience as you develop practical knowledge in taxation, advanced management and financial accounting, auditing, leadership, and more.

This program consists of ten academic courses and followed by two semesters of Directed Field Studies (DFS). In DFS, you secure your own paid work placement, with approval from the Academic Chair, and apply your skills in a real-world setting.

You graduate from this program with pre-requisite courses you need to enter the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Professional Education Program.

Is this the right fit for me?

To be successful in this program, you should:

  • invest time and energy into your coursework
  • have access to a computer prior to enrolling in the program due to the amount of technology used in the curriculum
  • be able to read, write and understand the English language at a high level.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Bachelor of Applied Business Administration degree.

This applied degree is recognized as meeting the pre-requisite educational requirements needed to enter the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Professional Education Program.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities in accounting, financial and information management in business, industry, government and public practices. 

Potential positions include: 

  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) 
  • controller 
  • financial analyst 
  • project accountant 
  • tax consultant 

Related careers include: 

  • auditor 
  • accounting manager 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 3: $8,330
Year 4: $3,360

Year 3 (International): $26,643
Year 4 (International): $11,069

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

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Tuition and financial aid


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date.

  • Applications for winter 2022 open March 31, 2021. 
  • Applications for fall 2022 open Oct. 6, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 April 29, 2022*
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022 Aug. 19, 2022
Fall 2022 Sept. 6, 2022 April 28, 2023

*Students completing their fourth year of study will finish classes on Aug. 19, 2022.

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First-class instructors help give SAIT’s School of Business a prominent place on global list of best business schools.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Winter 2022 start: applications open March 31, 2021. 
  • Fall 2022 start: applications open Oct. 6, 2021.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a two-year Business Administration or Accounting diploma or equivalent at an accredited post-secondary institution, with a minimum 2.3 grade-point average, (67% or C+). This diploma must include a minimum of 20 courses, or 60 credits, and contain the following coursework: Intermediate Accounting, Business Communications, Financial Management, Management Accounting, Systems and Marketing.

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: six-step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines. 

  • Applications and proof of the admission requirements ( transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) must be submitted by Aug. 15 (fall intake) or Dec. 1 (winter intake) to be included in selection. 
  • Applicants who have graduated from SAIT with a diploma in Business Administration majoring in Accounting with a minimum GPA of 2.3 will be offered admission on a first-qualified, first-offered basis. Once the program is full, qualified applicants will be placed on a waitlist.
  • Applicants who do not have a diploma in accounting from SAIT will be placed into selection for review. 
  • Applicants who have not completed the following SAIT courses must demonstrate successful completion of course work containing content similar to the following courses:

    • Intermediate Financial Accounting II - ACCT 350
    • Communication and Presentation Skills - COMN 220
    • Finance Management - FNCE 390
    • Introductory Management Accounting - ACCT 338
    • Marketing Essentials - MKTG 260
    • Information Systems - MNGT 322

Step 4: Apply to Bachelor of Applied Business Administration and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "In Selection."

Step 6: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

We recommend you add business.advising@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages. 

Program completion

Students in applied degree programs have seven years to complete the credential requirements. The time limitation begins on the date the student starts the first course in the credential. For more information, refer to  AC.3.1.1 Grading and Progression.


Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Students must complete any four courses from this program before proceeding to ACWE 500 and 501. Please contact business.advising@sait.ca for further information about registering for these courses.

This program is being reviewed and could undergo changes.

Accounting major

Third year

Semester 5

Course code Course name Credit
ACCT-411 Personal and Corporate Taxation 3.0
ACCT-434 Advanced Financial Accounting 3.0
ACCT-491 Advanced Management Accounting 3.0
ACCT-495 External Auditing 3.0
LDSH-405 Leadership 3.0
Total credits 15.0

Semester 6

Course code Course name Credit
ACCT-415 Accounting Theory 3.0
MNGT-405 Strategic Management 3.0

Electives (three courses required)

Note: Not all electives are offered as daytime, full-time study. For certain electives, students will have to study in the evening and/or part-time to complete this semester.

Course code Course name Credit
ACCT-413 Internal Auditing and Controls 3.0
ACCT-416 Advanced Information Systems 3.0
ACCT-417 Applied External Auditing 3.0
ACCT-418 Applied Personal and Corporate Taxations 3.0
BFIN-492 Advanced Corporate Finance 3.0
MNGT-407 Operations Management 3.0
Total credits 30.0

Fourth year

Semester 7

Directed Field Studies (DFS)

Course code Course name Credit
ACWE-500 Directed Field Studies - Accounting I 15.0

Semester 8

Directed Field Studies (DFS)

Course Code Course Name Credit
ACWE-501 Directed Field Studies - Accounting II 15.0
Work experience total 30.0
Program total 60.0

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available. Visit transfer options to learn more.


2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
3 $6,997 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $8,330
4 $2,589 $483.20 $287.77 N/A $3,360

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
3 $25,310 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $26,643
4 $9,736 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $11,069

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
  • Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Winter 2022


Your program orientation will take place online. You will receive further details shortly from your academic chair or program coordinator.

Learn more about campus orientation.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an open registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

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

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year: 

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

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 required this term.


For any questions, or to set up a virtual advising appointment please contact our School of Business Advising Centre at:

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

Academic chair

Grace McKenna, Academic Chair
Email: grace.mckenna@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

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