Chartered Professional Accountancy (CPA)

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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.

Program details

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 requirementsPlease 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.

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


  1. $100 (CAD) Application Fee
  2. Application Form
  3. Statement of Purpose Applicants must provide a Statement of Purpose indicating their reason for choosing the JMSB CPA program, their career goals, and how the program will contribute to achieving those goals. The Statement of Purpose should be approximately 500-700 words in length.
  4. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  5. One Letter of ReferenceApplicants must include one academic or professional reference letter. Your referee(s) should be someone who can state that you have a strong understanding of Canadian accounting principles and that you have the technical accounting skills required to be successful in the graduate diploma program in accounting. Academic references are preferred, but business references may be submitted if you have been out of school for several terms.
  6. When completing your application online, you will be required to enter your referee’s name, affiliated institution and email address (college/university or company mail). Your referee will then receive an email inviting them to complete an electronic assessment form and attach their letter of reference. It is your responsibility to follow-up with your referee to confirm they received this mail from
  7. You are strongly encouraged to submit your application before your program’s application deadline in order to give your referee sufficient time to provide their assessment and letter of reference. 
  8. Applicants must upload unofficial copies of transcripts and certificates from all previous university studies. All documents must be in the original language. If the documents are in neither English nor French, an unofficial copy translated into English or French by a certified translator, must be submitted. Uploaded transcripts and certificates are not official documents. Official documents are sent directly from an institution to our Admissions Application Centre. Unless otherwise specified, we request official documents only once applicants are admitted. Official documents from Concordia University are not required.
  9. Official English Proficiency Test (where applicable) A student whose primary language is not English must write a pre-admission proficiency test (TOEFL iBT minimum score 95 or IELTS (Academic) minimum score 7.0), if not exempted as indicated in the admissions requirements. Test results must be reported directly to the Admissions Application Centre by the test centre. Results more than two years old will not be accepted as proof of language proficiency.
  10. Proof of Canadian Citizenship, Permanent Residence, or Refugee Status (where applicable) Where applicable, applicants must include a certified copy of their birth certificate, Permanent Resident card, Canadian Citizen Card, or Refugee Status papers. International students must include a copy of their current passport.

*Official transcripts must be sent directly to Concordia University:

By mail:
Concordia University Montreal, Quebec, CanadaRoom LB-185

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.

  • Information Systems and Internal Control

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.

Examples of organizations our alumni are currently working for include:

  • Bombardier

Important information about admissions

Please be advised that Concordia University does not process admissions or fee payments through third parties for our degree programs. All applicants are advised to ensure that they are communicating directly with the university for admissions and fee payments.

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