New program grants degrees to accountants

Mar 20, 2003, vol. 26, no. 6
By Susan Jamieson-McLarnon

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A new initiative by the Certified General Accountants of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University is adding up to university degrees for some accounting students.

In three months of intensive work the association and Simon Fraser's integrated studies program have put together a curriculum that will allow CGA students - who have traditionally done much of their course work by distance education - to finish their CGA accounting program and earn an SFU bachelor's degree.

The new cohort-based program will run at the Harbour Centre campus, three semesters a year for three years, with students attending classes on alternating weekends. This new 60-credit hour program in accounting and business leadership will earn them a bachelor of general studies. A similar degree completion program in business and liberal studies has been successfully offered for several years at the downtown campus.

“This format has proved very successful in allowing mid-career professionals to complete their degrees while continuing to work full time,” says Maureen Fizzel, who heads the program for the faculty of business administration. In addition to accounting and business courses, students will study economics, English, humanities, as well as general studies courses on ethics, leadership and decision-making.

This is the first program of its kind in Canada and will be of interest to CGA students who have not completed their undergraduate degrees and are ready to begin their senior accounting courses says Bill Johnson, CGA director of education and student services. “The new program is ideal for the 20 to 30 per cent of CGA students who currently lack the now-required degree or diploma.”

Information evenings at Harbour Centre are planned for March 25 and April 16. For reservations phone 604-291-5128.

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