Diploma in Public Accountancy (Chartered Accountancy) Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

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Diploma in Public Accountancy (Chartered Accountancy) – Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

About the Diploma in Public Accountancy (Chartered Accountancy)

Diploma in Public Accountancy (Chartered Accountancy) (30 credits)
The Diploma in Public Accountancy program is under the academic supervision of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and is offered by the Desautels Faculty of Management.

The faculty is comprised of professionally active Chartered Accountants (CAs) with specific areas of expertise. Students benefit from a program of academic counselling, tutoring, and monitoring as they progress through a program in which they are exposed to the latest concepts and practice-related issues.

CAs play leadership roles in public practice, business, industry, government, and education.

Admission Requirements

Option 1:

Students completing a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution are required to obtain a minimum CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0*, and successfully complete the nine qualifying courses listed below, or their equivalent:

* Admission to the program is very competitive and meeting the minimum requirement does not secure admission.

Option 2:

Graduates of programs other than Bachelor of Commerce or graduates with foreign degrees must complete the following courses through the Centre for Continuing Education’s Diploma in Accounting prior to admission to the Graduate Diploma program. Please note that obtaining the minimum requirements does not secure admission to the program.

For more information, the School of Continuing Studies can be contacted by telephone at 514-398-6161, or by email at info.conted [at] mcgill.ca.

Application Procedures

Application forms are available online from our website.


For dates for guaranteed consideration, please consult the following website: www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/programs. Then select the appropriate program.

  1. Applicants must have an undergraduate university degree from a recognized institution.
  2. All students wishing to take courses in the Diploma in Public Accountancy must complete the Application for Admission form available on the web at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.
  3. All students must make arrangements to have two copies of the official transcripts of marks and degree confirmations from all universities attended. This includes universities attended on exchange or as visiting students. For international applicants, the academic records must include transcripts and verifying degree conferrals, in the original language as well as the official English translations.
  4. Applicants who have been accepted to the program are required to make a $250 (certified cheque or money order) deposit. This fee is non-refundable and will be applied to the student’s fee account.

A deferral of admission may be considered in exceptional cases upon evidence of extenuating circumstances for one year only. A written request should be submitted to the Director of the C.A. program. If approved, students wishing to defer their admission will be required to submit a confirmation deposit of $500 Canadian to secure a place for the following year/term. This fee is non-refundable.


The program must be completed within three years of admission. Time limits will be adjusted accordingly for those students who are granted Advanced Standing or who transfer from one program to another. Students exceeding the time limits may request an extension, in writing, which may be granted under special circumstances with the approval of the Department. Where appropriate, a revised program of study may be recommended.


Membership in the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants entitles Chartered Accountants to practise the profession of Chartered Accountancy.

Admission is based upon meeting the following requirements as indicated in the Chartered Accountants Act (Bill 264):

  1. possession of a university degree from a recognized institution;
  2. possession of the Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy;
  3. passing of the national Uniform Final Examination given by the Ordre and the CICA;
  4. completion of an articling period with a firm of Chartered Accountants which is registered with the Ordre (minimum of two years); this can be done while registered in the C.A. program;
  5. a working knowledge of French;
  6. Canadian citizenship or Permanent Resident status.

Further information can be obtained from:

  • Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec
  • 680 Sherbrooke Street West, 18th floor
  • Montreal, QC H3A 2S3
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-288-3256
  • Email: info [at] ocaq.qc.ca
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 11, 2011) (disclaimer)
Desautels Faculty of Management—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 11, 2011) (disclaimer)