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Chartered Professional Accountancy (CPA) (GrDip)

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Graduate Diploma (GrDip)
Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
2 years
30 credits
Start term
Fall, Winter, Summer

Program overview

Taught by dedicated instructors with years of audit, consulting and accounting experience, the John Molson Graduate Diploma in Chartered Professional Accountancy (CPA) is built on a tradition of excellence and designed to meet the needs of the next generation of accounting professionals. Students can complete the program part-time in the evening over a period of up to two years, or fast-track by studying full-time with our Accelerated Pathway, where one can complete the program in as quickly as 16 months (including a one-term leave of absence). The John Molson CPA program has a long and proud tradition of excellence in graduate accounting education and posts remarkable first-time writer pass rates for the Common Final Examination.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits.

Please see the Chartered Professional Accountancy Diploma Courses page for course descriptions.

Graduate Diploma in Chartered Professional Accountancy (30 credits)



Core I Module

ACCO 650 Financial Reporting in Practice (4.00)
ACCO 651 Financial Reporting: Comprehensive Applications (4.00)



Core II Module

ACCO 652 Business Advisory Services (4.00)
ACCO 653 Information Systems and Internal Control (4.00)



Capstone I Module

ACCO 658 Capstone I Seminar (2.00)



Capstone II Module

ACCO 659 Capstone II Examination Preparation (4.00)


credits of Elective Courses, chosen from two of the following four courses, depending on students' interests and career aspirations:

ACCO 654 Assurance and Professional Practice (4.00)
ACCO 655 Taxation and Decision Making (4.00)
ACCO 656 Performance Management (4.00)
ACCO 657 Financial Strategies and Decisions (4.00)

Students who plan to practice public accounting must take ACCO 654 and ACCO 655

Note: 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.

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • 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.
  • 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 English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines


June 1


October 1


February 1

Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. Course-based students may be eligible for a number of donor awards, and may consult with their department for program-specific opportunities.

Out-of-province students

Get $2,000 in special funding for graduate diploma programs. Learn more

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