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Bachelor of Applied Business Administration

Open for Fall 2020

Closed for Winter 2020

Length: 2 - 7 Years
Credential: Applied Degree
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Advance your accounting career by gaining hands-on knowledge in areas from auditing to advanced management and taxation. With courses taught by experienced industry experts and two semesters of work-integrated learning, grads are ready to enter the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) program.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 3: $7,097
Year 4: $2,139
Year 3 (International): $23,990
Year 4 (International): $8,429

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


This is a competitive program. If applicants meet the admission requirements they will be assessed based on additional criteria. Applicants will be offered admission to this program if they’re qualified through the competitive process and space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for winter 2020 are accepted May 1, 2019, to Dec. 1, 2019.
  • Applications for fall 2020 are accepted Oct. 2, 2019, until Aug. 15, 2020.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020
Winter 2020 Jan. 6, 2020

Program Description

The Bachelor of Applied Business Administration (Accounting) is a post-diploma applied degree program. Students will learn the advanced accounting, business and management skills needed to succeed in the field of accounting. Faculty in the program bring extensive real-world accounting experience and students benefit from a highly engaging applied learning environment. Students will develop practical knowledge in the areas of taxation, advanced management and financial accounting, auditing, leadership, and more.

This program consists of ten academic courses and the opportunity for paid work experience through two semesters of Directed Field Studies (DFS). DFS is the hands-on, practical component of the program, allowing students to integrate their academic knowledge with on-the-job learning, completion of assigned readings, applied research, case analyses and written projects. Students will work with an academic mentor who will help you develop techniques to succeed in your accounting career. Students are responsible for securing their own placement, which must be approved by the Academic Chair.

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

You are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop to all classes. This will enable you to better apply your learning and practice your skills through classroom activities and examples, and make effective use of time allocated to working on group or individual assessments. Visit the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) page for standard laptop requirements, and contact business.advising@sait.ca if you have any questions.

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.

To get started, simply submit an application through ApplyAlberta.

Course availability and registration

Courses are available both during the day and through Continuing Education's evening offerings. Please note, evening courses are offered multiple times throughout the year, with start dates in January, May and September.

Note: Course offerings may include extra class dates not shown in this calendar and some Saturday classes may be included. Textbooks are not included in the fees shown. Please call 403.284.7248 for further information on registration.

Your career

You can find work in accounting, financial and information management in business, industry, government and public practice accounting. Past graduates have found positions such a: Accountant, Accounting Manager, Auditor, Controller, Financial Analyst, Project Accountant and Tax Consultant.

Student success

To be successful in this program, you should:

  • Invest more time and energy into your coursework to have a higher chance of success.
  • 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.

Credentials and accreditation

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.

Transfer options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit transfer options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Winter 2020: applications are accepted May 1, 2019, to Dec. 1, 2019.
  • Fall 2020 start: applications are accepted Oct. 2, 2019, until Aug. 15, 2020.

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. 

Competitive 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. 

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 Procedure.



Program outline

  • The program is being reviewed and could undergo changes.

  • To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our course finder based on the desired area of study below:

  • See Business Administration diploma - Accounting major for the first four semesters of study. Students entering year three of the program must complete the following program of study:

  • Not all electives are offered as daytime courses - some electives may only be available in the evening, and elective course offering can vary by academic year.

  • Daytime courses are in high demand; to maximize chances of enrolment in the daytime, early registration is encouraged.

  • Students must complete any four-degree courses before proceeding to ACWE 407 and 457. Please contact the department for further information about registering for these courses.

  • 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.

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)

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


Not all electives in semester 6 are offered as a daytime, full-time study. For certain electives, students will have to study in the evening and/or part-time to complete this semester.

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


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.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $6,113 $462 $288 $235 $7,097
2 $2,139 - - - $2,139

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $16,867 $462 $288 $460 $23,990
2 $16,867 - - - $8,429


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $302 - Check eligibility here 

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $110
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out and adding dependants. 

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $460
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Cost of books and supplies depends on when the directed field studies component is completed and choice of electives. Approximate cost of supplies is $2,600 - $3,200 total.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

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


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Inspiring Stories

Being able to apply the hands-on skills learned in class in a practicum that is part of the program was key to Akshita landing a job before graduation. She says at work she uses all the skills she learned hands on in her courses.

Robyn planned to do the certificate program but SAIT made it easy when she decided to continue studying to receive her bachelor. As the mother of twins, having the opportunity to take courses online and in the evenings meant she could fit school into her life.

Akshita Regmi
Bachelor of Applied Business Administration | 2016

“It gives you the knowledge you need – everything we’ll use in the real world.”

Robyn Hammer
Bachelor of Applied Business Administration | 2017

"When you're working and have a family, you need that flexibility."

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