Career and Professional Development

School of Continuing Studies

_Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (Admissions no longer accepted)


The Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting is a recognized professional education program (PEP) by l’Ordre des Comptables Professionnels Agréés du Québec (OCPAQ). The program prepares students for a career as a professional accountant and to write the national CPA Common Final Exams. It allows students to develop professional skills that will be recognized nationally and internationally. Students are exposed to the latest concepts and practice related issues and have the choice of studying in the areas of public accounting (assurance), performance measurement, taxation, or financial business analysis. The program is offered on a full-time basis in the Desautels Faculty of Management or on a part-time basis through the School of Continuing Studies.

For the right to practice in Public Accounting students must choose:
• ACCT 683 Practice of Taxation
• ACCT 687 Assurance Services

Students must take 2 capstone courses (4 credits). These modules integrate their knowledge of core competencies with practical experience in real case scenarios.

Students must take ACCT 653 Issues in Professional Accounting 1 along with ACCT 663 Strategic Aspects of Accounting 1.
Students must take ACCT 654 Issues in Professional Accounting 2 along with ACCT 664 Strategic Aspects of Accounting 2.

NumberTitlePrerequisitesAvailable Times
4 CORE Courses: (12 credits)
ACCT 653Issues in Professional Accounting 1     
ACCT 654Issues in Professional Accounting 2     
ACCT 663Strategic Aspects of Accounting 1     
ACCT 664Strategic Aspects of Accounting 2     
2 OPTIONAL (Complementary) courses: (8 credits)
ACCT 683Practice of TaxationPre-requisite: ACCT 653, ACCT 654, ACCT 663, ACCT 664WED   
ACCT 685Accounting & Performance ManagementPre-requisite: ACCT 653, ACCT 654, ACCT 663, ACCT 664    
ACCT 687Assurance ServicesPre-requisite: ACCT 653, ACCT 654, ACCT 663, ACCT 664TUE   
ACCT 689Financial Business AnalysisPre-requisite: ACCT 653, ACCT 654, ACCT 663, ACCT 664    
2 CAPSTONE courses: (4 credits)
ACCT 695Integrative AnalysisAny two (2) courses of the following: ACCT 683, ACCT 685, ACCT 687, ACCT 689    
ACCT 699Exam Preparation SeminarAny two (2) courses of the following: ACCT 683, ACCT 685, ACCT 687, ACCT 689