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Graduate Diploma in Chartered Professional Accountancy (CPA)

Prerequisite courses

Chartered Professional Accountancy 
admission requirements*

Applicants to the Graduate Diploma in Chartered Professional Accountancy (CPA) program must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible for the program:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum Cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 3.0 / 4.3, or the equivalent
  • Completion of all courses listed in the table below before beginning the CPA program OR equivalent courses completed at a CPA accredited Canadian higher education institution
  • Completion of the Technical Course Requirements (ACCO courses) with a minimum CGPA of 2.8 / 4.3
  • ACCO courses may be repeated to obtain the required minimum CGPA. Students with the fewest number of repeats will have the strongest chance of admission
  • Meet the English Language proficiency requirement

Required Courses for the John Molson CPA Program**

I - Technical Course Requirements

  • ACCO 310: Financial Reporting I
  • ACCO 320: Financial Reporting II
  • ACCO 420: Financial Reporting III

  • ACCO 330: Cost and Management Accounting
  • ACCO 435: Strategic Accounting Case Analysis

  • ACCO 360: Principles of Auditing  OR  ACCO 450: Assurance Services
  • ACCO 465: Advanced Assurance Services

  • ACCO 340: Income Taxation in Canada
  • ACCO 440: Advanced Taxation


II - Other Course Requirements

  • COMM 217: Financial Accounting

  • COMM 305: Managerial Accounting

  • COMM 309: Business Finance  OR  COMM 308: Introduction to Finance

  • COMM 401: Strategy and Competition


III - Other General Business Topics

  • COMM 226: Business Technology Management

  • COMM 216: Ethics, Business Sustainability, and Social Responsibility  AND  COMM 316: Business Law and Ethics 
  • OR  COMM 315: Business Law and Ethics

  • ECON 201: Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 203: Introduction to Macroeconomics

  • COMM 213: Computing and Visualization Tools for Business Analytics AND COMM 214: Business Analytics
  • OR  COMM 215: Business Statistics


* Admission requirements are subject to change without notice. Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee admission.

** At least one course in a section must be less than five years old at the time of admission. Otherwise, a course in the section may have to be repeated.

*** The Business Ethics section courses must be completed as part of a Canadian University Business degree.

Notes for Applicants with Degrees from outside Canada

  1. The required courses must be completed at a Canadian university - Candidates who have not completed these courses at a Canadian university can complete them in one of the following programs:
    a. Bachelor in Commerce, major in Accountancy
    b. Certificate in Accountancy

  2. ACCO 330 and the courses listed in sections II and III (except COMM 216 and COMM 316 OR COMM 315) may be exempted if an equivalent course has been completed outside of Canada. Students may submit a request for exemptions once they have been admitted to one of the programs above.


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