Graduate Diploma in Chartered Professional Accountancy (CPA)

Prerequisite courses

Chartered Professional Accountancy 
admission requirements*

Applicants to the 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 overall GPA of 3.00/4.30, or the equivalent
  • Completion of all courses listed in the table, below, before beginning the CPA program
  • 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.
  • Meet the English Language proficiency requirement


Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee admission.


Required Courses for the John Molson CPA Program**

ACCO courses

  • 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 (beginning Fall 2017) -or- ACCO 450: Assurance Services (completed Summer 2017 or previously)
  • ACCO 465: Advanced Assurance Services
  • ACCO 340: Income Taxation in Canada
  • ACCO 440: Advanced Taxation

Other courses

  • COMM 215: Business Statistics
  • COMM 217: Financial Accounting
  • COMM 226: Business Technology Management
  • COMM 305: Managerial Accounting
  • COMM 308: Introduction to Finance
  • COMM 315: Business Law and Ethics
  • COMM 401: Strategy and Competition
  • ECON 201: Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 203: Introduction to Macroeconomics

Notes for Applicants with Degrees from outside Canada:

  1. The required courses must be completed in a Canadian university - Candidates who have not completed these courses in 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 Other Courses (except COMM 315) may be exempted if an equivalent course has been completed outside of Canada. Equivalence will be evaluated upon submission of an application to one of the programs above.

 *Admission requirements are subject to change without notice.
**Courses older than 5 years may have to be repeated.

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