We are excited to announce that the McGill School of Continuing Studies will be offering updated graduate-level programs in a more flexible format. These innovative programs will replace our current Diploma programs, pending approval by the University.

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McGill SCS Diploma in Accounting


Effective accountants are in demand in every organization.  Are you prepared for the challenge?

The Diploma in Accounting program provides a broad-based accounting education for university graduates which will help prepare you for admission to a recognized CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP), thus preparing you for the profession, as well as, for positions as an accountant in industry.

Be among a select group of professionals in a stimulating and challenging career. Whether you want to work in public practice, industry, or government, the accounting profession offers you a variety of rewarding career options.

Program Outline:

Course Schedule
Type:   Diploma
Courses:   10
Credits:   30
Schedule:   Full-time or Part-time
Time:   Evenings and Saturdays
Delivery:  Virtual (temporary)
Unit:   Administration and Governance
Questions?   info.conted [at] mcgill.ca
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Learning Outcomes


The program is designed to enable you to:

  • Apply current financial accounting practices
  • Understand the process of financial reporting
  • Perform the duties and responsibilities of an auditor
  • Apply the basic principles of tax law
  • Determine accounting income, working capital, and flow of funds
  • Perform cost accounting, including cost/volume/profit relationships
  • Make decisions related to business operations, including investments and financing
  • Apply fundamental corporate finance theory, including capital budgeting, firm value maximization, risk, and return.


Program Courses

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Program Requirement:

Admission Requirements


  1. Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 or 3.2 out of 4.0 in the last two years of full-time academic studies or equivalent.
  2. If your CGPA is lower than the above requirement, please submit the following for consideration with your application, official transcript:

    a) Letter of Intent: A letter, 1 to 2 pages in length single-spaced, written in English or French, which addresses the following; basis for interest in the program;
    • your knowledge that would be pertinent to the program;
    • your interest in the field of study and the reasons for applying to our program;
    • plans for integrating the training into your current or future career;
    • description of your professional experience and its relevance, if applicable, to the program;
    • awards received or other contributions;
    • any additional information relevant to your application.

    b) Curriculum Vitae

    c) Two Letters of Reference (signed and on letterhead): At least one should be from a current or former employer.

    d) GMAT and/or GRE Test Score Results (optional): Submit a copy of the official test score results.

Career Spotlight


Career opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Accounting and business planning
  • Tax planning and preparation
  • Controllership services
  • Auditing
  • Management consulting
  • Financial planning
  • Retirement planning
  • Estate planning
  • Succession planning
  • Systems advice and implementation
  • Business start-up advice


Headshot of Titika Z."I had a Bachelors degree in microbiology and immunology. I realized that science wasn't for me anymore. I wanted to know that what I studied would secure a job. I did the graduate diploma in two years, and then I completed the CPA exam. The instructors prepared us so well. The big four firms recruit through the program and my first job was through one of those companies. Now I work as a CPA in the pharmaceutical industry. The career opportunities are endless."

Titika Z.
Accounting Graduate

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Be sure to review all the necessary instructions and guidelines to help make your application process smooth and easy.

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Language Requirements

Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

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Need help applying?

Contact us at info.conted [at] mcgill.ca
or call 514-398-6200

Questions about your admission?

Contact us at admissions.scs [at] mcgill.ca
or call 514-398-6200

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