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Bachelor of Applied Business Administration

Open for Fall 2020

Open for Winter 2021

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

All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

Program Highlights

Upskill your accounting career by advancing your business, accounting and management skills. Stand out in the workplace by developing practical knowledge in advanced management and financial accounting, taxation, auditing and leadership. Grads meet the entrance requirements for the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) program.

*This program is also offered through part-time studies.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 3: $7,762
Year 4: $3,080

Year 3 (International): $26,489
Year 4 (International): $10,702

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

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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 2021 are accepted March 30, 2020.
  • Applications for fall 2020 are accepted Oct. 2, 2019, until Aug. 15, 2020.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021

Program Description

Advance your career in accounting with the Bachelor of Applied Business Administration (Accounting). This post-diploma applied degree program is available through full-time studies. 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. 

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

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 as: 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.

Transfer options

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


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Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Winter 2021 start: applications are accepted March 30, 2020
  • 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. 

  • 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

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

The first four semesters of study are completed through the Business Administration diploma Accounting Major. 

  • 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)

Note: Not all electives are offered as day time, 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


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 2020/21 total
3 $6,540 $682 $288 $252 $7,762
4 $2,420 $372 $288 - $3,080

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
3 $25,059 $682 $288 $460 $26,489
4 $9,272 $682 $288 $460 $10,702


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

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: $460
  • 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. 

  • The Bachelor of Business Administration (Financial Services major) has a maximum of six courses that require registration and payment to an external accrediting body of approximately $400 to $700 per course for a industry licensing exam.

  • 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.

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

Fall 2020


All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

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, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.

Schedule changes

First-semester students can’t make changes to their schedule until the first day of classes. The add/drop period, when changes can be made to registration and schedule, is from Tuesday, Sept. 3 to Friday, Sept. 13 for full-time students.


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

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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