The Lazaridis School of Business and Economics’ Graduate Diploma in Accounting builds upon your Laurier undergraduate accounting program and provides a structured and comprehensive path for those working toward the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.
This 12-week program, offered every summer and fall, enhances your knowledge of the technical and enabling competencies required by CPAs (such as financial reporting, tax, auditing, professionalism and problem solving), and prepares you to complete the Common Final Examination (CFE). Upon completion of the program, you will enter the CPA’s Professional Education Program (PEP) at Capstone 1, thereby bypassing the first four modules of the PEP.
The best place to start your path to the CPA designation is in Laurier’s Graduate Diploma in Accounting program, and here is why:
Students with offers of employment from accounting firms or approved training offices should inquire with their employer about potential tuition subsidies.
The program consists of five courses:
Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Accounting is normally restricted to graduates of undergraduate programs in the Lazaridis School and requires, at a minimum:
1) An undergraduate degree (completed or in final stages of completion);
2) Completion of all prerequisites for courses in the graduate diploma (completed or in the final stages of completion with a minimum grade of C- in each course); and
3) A minimum required average in business-related courses of B-.
Note: If you are planning on pursuing a CPA designation and taking CPA Ontario's PEP program, you must ensure you have all the required courses to enter PEP at Capstone 1 (i.e. to bypass Core 1, Core 2 and electives). It is possible to have met requirements for a Laurier degree program without having met requirements for CPA Ontario's PEP program.
The Graduate Diploma in Accounting prepares students for careers as Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs) working with CPA firms, public and private companies and government through development of excellent accounting, audit and tax related skills. The program brings together managerial accounting, financial accounting, taxation and auditing.
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