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Graduate Certificate (Gr. Cert.) CPA Professional Education

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Courses & Workshops

Required Courses
CCPA 601 CPA Foundations 1. (6 credits)
Fall 2019
This course examines the application of technically complex financial accounting and reporting issues. It will also explore corporate governance, strategy and management accounting, with an emphasis on their integration. The course will foster integration between financial accounting and related audit notions in a case-based setting, while focusing on different roles a CPA may play in an organization, both internal and external.
CCPA 602 CPA Foundations 2. (6 credits)
Winter 2019, Winter 2020
This course develops upon the financial accounting and reporting, management accounting, and audit concepts explored in CCPA 601. Tax will be integrated into case scenarios to simulate the complete set of decision variables faced by a CPA. The course will explore how to perform cash flow projections and business valuations. Emphasis will be placed on using these analyses to provide advice to management.
CCPA 631 Case-Writing and Communications for CPAs. (3 credits)
Winter 2019, Winter 2020
This course focuses on developing a structured case writing approach and effective presentation skills. Students will practice case-writing which will be professionally graded and debriefed in class. Students will also learn techniques on how to prepare and deliver board-level presentations.
CCPA 641 Capstone 1 Seminar. (3 credits)
Spring/Summer 2020
This course will provide an introduction to comprehensive case analysis. Teamwork will be used as a means to integrate the enabling competencies and the six technical competency areas required of a CPA to develop a presentation and report aimed at a Board of Directors. Emphasis will be placed on developing case responses using the CPA Way.
Complementary Courses
CCPA 621 Taxation. (3 credits)
Fall 2019
This course will focus on providing tax planning and compliance advice for Canadian corporations, trusts individuals and partnerships. This course will integrate tax planning with financial reporting, governance and finance issues.
CCPA 622 Performance Management. (3 credits)
Fall 2019
This course will explore how to articulate an effective business strategy and policies for corporate governance. The course will also explore how to manage and mitigate risk while assessing overall business performance.
CCPA 623 Assurance (3 credits)
Fall 2019
This course will focus on the different elements of an audit plan and how to tailor that plan to different business settings (private companies, public enterprises and NPOs). The course will also explore how to develop procedures, evaluate the effectiveness of internal controls and conclude on audit results.
CCPA 624 Finance for CPAs. (3 credits)
Fall 2019
This course will examine how to evaluate and recommend investment and financing projects. Advanced topics in corporate finance will be explored, with a focus on decision-making. This course will stress the integration of finance-related decisions with strategy and governance.
CCPA 642 Capstone 2 Examination Preparation.
Spring/Summer 2020
This course will explore communication using the case method. Emphasis will be placed on case writing best practices, mastery of technical material and application of enabling competencies acquired during the program.

Student Reviews

In addition to all of the required technical knowledge, the program also taught how to properly write CPA cases. Focus was placed on understanding how the cases are graded, and this really helped me prepare. The personal attention I received is unlike any other program and priority was placed on instructing students, rather than evaluating them.






My career began in U.S. taxation and since tax calculation is based on accounting information, I wanted to enhance my knowledge in accounting and advance my career. I had already done two programs at the McGill School of Continuing Studies - first a Certificate of Proficiency in English for Professional Communication and then the Diploma in Accounting. I was encouraged by everything I learned and the relationships I built with classmates and instructors, so the graduate program in CPA Professional Education seemed like the perfect next step.

The program did not disappoint! I was impressed by the level of expertise of the instructors who are all practicing professionals and their teaching methods, which are practical, case-based, and use simulations so we not only gain knowledge but build skills in each class. I was able to apply techniques we learned to my everyday work, and I credit the program with how confident I now feel when advising clients. McGill’s Graduate Program in CPA Professional Education is the quintessence of professionalism, dedication to the effective transfer of knowledge and commitment to students’ success. I highly recommend this program.


Larysa Pichakhchi

Manager, U.S. Corporate Tax
BDO Canada


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