Chartered Professional Accountancy (CPA)
Graduate Diploma (GrDip)Offered by:
John Molson School of Business
Why pursue a Graduate Diploma in Chartered Professional Accountancy?
Develop skill in auditing, business advising, budgeting, performance management, tax and corporate governance. Work individually or in teams analyzing business cases that simulate actual business situations developing your skills in business strategy, management decision making, financial reporting analysis, tax, finance, corporate governance and risk management. Alumni pursue a variety of related career options in audit and consulting firms, and in industry organizations.
The Graduate Diploma in Chartered Professional Accountancy provides an in-class learning experience where you will solve complex and highly integrative cases in preparation for the CPA National CFE. Students acquire an advanced understanding of the technical aspects of accounting, such as financial reporting, taxation, and assurance rules, as well as strengthen their business acumen to better serve the companies they work for.
Distinguished faculty members bring a wealth of industry experience to their teaching practice, giving you the unique opportunity to learn from real-life examples in the classroom. Our experts have held prominent positions in a number of highly successful companies and are continuously very active in the marketplace. Recent graduates also serve as graders/coaches, giving timely feedback based on the most current changes made to the CPA National CFE.
Concordia students achieve excellent first-time writer pass rates for the CPA National CFE, several of whom have made the National Honour Roll. Students in the CPA program are eligible to transfer up to 21 credits into the John Molson MBA Program.
All of our courses are held in the evening, giving you the freedom to complete your practical work experience requirements while you study.
Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree. Students holding an undergraduate degree with a major in Accountancy, with high academic standing (minimum GPA of 3.00 on a scale of 4.30, or the equivalent, and demonstrated overall proficiency in specific courses) will normally have satisfied the prerequisite requirements. Please refer to the Graduate Diploma in Chartered Professional Accountancy Admissions page to review specific entry requirements and the list of prerequisite courses. Applicants lacking the appropriate undergraduate work are required to successfully complete certain qualifying courses, as assigned by the program director.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
A fully-qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 30 credits, comprising the two courses in each of the two core modules, two elective courses and two capstone courses.
In addition to the required diploma courses in the program, students may register for one or more tutorial courses, with the permission of the program director.
Minimum Admission Requirements
All applicants to the JMSB CPA program must:
- Have completed a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a minimum GPA of 3.00/4.30, or the equivalent.
- Have completed the CPA prerequisite courses with a minimum 2.8/4.30 overall GPA in the required accounting (ACCO) courses
- Meet the English Language proficiency requirement
- Completion of the ACCO courses with a minimum overall ACCO GPA of 2.80/4.30. ACCO courses may be repeated to obtain the required ACCO GPA. Students with the fewest number of repeats will have the strongest chance for admission.
Students who do not meet the minimum admission requirements can contact the CPA program office to discuss their options.
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Priority will be given to those who apply within the official deadlines listed above. Some programs may continue to accept applications after these deadlines. For more information, please contact the department.
On-campus information sessions are available for students interested in our program. During the session, we will present an overview of the program, which includes the application process, admission requirements, a curriculum review and a summary of the overall learning experience.
Classrooms and state-of-the-art graduate facilities are housed in the John Molson Building. Our students benefit from resources that are for the exclusive use of graduate students, including access to glassed-in study rooms. Students can also work in designated open study areas, book private meeting rooms and take a break in several relaxation spaces.
The building was awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver level certification by the Canada Green Building Council.
Our alumni work in advisory services, taxation, and assurance. The majority of our graduates are hired by major firms or work in industry as senior accountants, associates and auditors.
Examples of organizations our alumni are currently working for include:
- CGI Group
- Canadian National Railway Company
- SNC-Lavalin Group
- Xen Accounting