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Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (GCPA or CPA Program) - Approval Pending

The McGill CPA Program is an accredited Professional Education Program (PEP) of CPA Quebec. The program is designed to provide students with professional training on the latest CPA concepts and practice-related issues while preparing them to write the national Common Final Exams (CFE). Completion of a PEP and passing the CFE are two of the required components for obtaining the highly respected CPA designation.

Core Courses

  • ACCT 653 Issues in Professional Accounting I (3 Credits)

    Fundamental concepts in financial accounting and reporting, including technically complex accounting issues and their audit, performance management, tax and finance implications, are integrated into decision-making.

    Offered by: Management

    Restriction: Entry to Program. Open only to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting.

  • ACCT 654 Issues in Professional Accounting II (3 Credits)

    Fundamental concepts in financial accounting and reporting, including technically complex accounting issues and their audit, performance management, tax and finance implications, are integrated into decision-making and strategies through case scenarios.

    Offered by: Management

    Restriction: Entry to Program. Open only to students enrolled in theGraduate Certificate in Professional Accounting.

  • ACCT 663 Strategic Aspects of Accounting I (3 Credits)

    Corporate governance, strategy, risk management, and management reporting needs, with a particular emphasis on their integration with accounting practice, finance and taxation. Formulating deliberate and emergent strategies, and translating those strategies into specific objectives and actions which are used in decision-making.

    Offered by: Management

    Restriction: Entry to Program. Open only to students enrolled in theGraduate Certificate in Professional Accounting.

  • ACCT 664 Strategic Aspects of Accounting II (3 Credits)

    Corporate governance, strategy, risk management, and management reporting needs, with a particular emphasis on their integration with accounting practice, finance and taxation. Emphasis is also placed on competence required to build good monitoring and control systems and perform financial analysis for different types of entities. Case scenarios are used to integrate these concepts into decision-making.

    Offered by: Management

    Restriction: Entry to Program. Open only to students enrolled in theGraduate Certificate in Professional Accounting.

Optional Courses

Students choose two complementary courses. Those wishing to obtain the rights to practice in Public Accounting must choose Practice of Taxation and Assurance Services.

  • ACCT 683 Practice of Taxation (4 Credits)

    Providing taxation services and guidance, including assisting individual and corporate entities to minimize taxes and meet their objectives while complying with tax laws and regulations. Addressing compliance and tax-planning issues for both individuals and corporate entities, as well as, to a lesser extent, partnerships and trusts. Recognizing the interrelationship between financial reporting decisions and taxation, and the importance of taking taxes into account when making business and investment decisions.

    Offered by: Management

    Pre-requisite: ACCT 653, ACCT 654 ACCT 663, ACCT 664

  • ACCT 685 Accounting & Performance Management (4 Credits)

    Applying conceptual frameworks for strategy, governance, risk, and performance in complex settings. Contributing to strategic decision-making, supporting effective governance, managing and mitigating risk, and assessing overall performance management. Focusing on improving performance and delivering sustainable value.

    Offered by: Management

    Pre-requisite: ACCT 653, ACCT 654, ACCT 663, ACCT 664

  • ACCT 687 Assurance Services (4 Credits)

    Performing both internal audit projects and external assurance engagements; from understanding how governance plays a key role, assessing the need for an engagement, to developing and performing the procedures, through to documenting and reporting results. While this course is primarily designed for students who wish to practice public accounting or to work in internal audit, it would be beneficial to a wide range of students because it focuses on the key concepts of auditing, such as risk, materiality, and internal control, which are concepts that have broad application.

    Offered by: Management

    Pre-requisite: ACCT 653, ACCT 654, ACCT 663, ACCT 664

  • ACCT 689 Financial Business Analysis (4 Credits)

    Developing overall finance policies and identifying, analyzing, evaluating, and recommending investment and financing decisions. Applying appropriate finance principles and conceptual approaches to determine appropriate courses of action. Providing finance-related services for an entity, either individually or as part of a larger team, understanding when the advice of a finance specialist is required, and understanding and communicating with other finance professionals.

    Offered by: Management

    Pre-requisite: ACCT 653, ACCT 654, ACCT 663, ACCT 664

Integrative Courses

  • ACCT 695 Integrative Analysis (4 Credits)

    Integration of the enabling competencies and the six technical competency areas required of a CPA. Developing strategic leadership capabilities and the ability to bring an integrative perspective to decision-making including: professional and ethical behaviour, problem-solving and decision-making, communication (both written and oral), self-management, teamwork and leadership.

  • ACCT 699 Common Final Exam Preparation (0 Credits)

    Using complex and highly integrative cases that simulate real-life business issues to apply the technical and enabling competencies acquired throughout the CPA certification program. Practicing developing responses to business simulations and communicating a well-structured response.

    Note: additional fees are charged for this course.

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