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Taryn Welikovitch with GCPA team

GCPA guest lecturer Taryn Welikovitch receives teaching excellence award

Megan Robertson with GCPA team

CFE Honour Roll for Megan Robertson (BCom'21, GCPA'22)

Amanda AbramsDirector's message

The Desautels Faculty of Management is excited to be offering the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting, an accredited Professional Education Program (PEP) of CPA Quebec, as part of the CPA designation in Canada. The objective of Desautels’ GCPA Program is to prepare students to be successful in their future careers as Chartered Professional Accountants and also at the CFE examination.

Chartered Professional Accountants work in a variety of organizations and in a variety of roles including controller, entrepreneur, manager, tax consultant, management consultant, trustee and auditor. The courses in the GCPA Program are specifically designed around the core competencies expected from a CPA and try to simulate the various roles and situations a young CPA may encounter. Our rigorous program which includes a combination of lectures and case writing ensures that students will be able to face the various challenges in all disciplines where a CPA is expected to excel. Students also have the opportunity to work in a designated training office while completing the program. The combination of academic and professional training provides students with the academic and professional business training, communication and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in a CPA career.

Instructors include full-time faculty and practitioners dedicated to sharing their knowledge and experiences with students to provide a highly stimulating academic environment. Classes and team assignments encourage interactions between students so they can learn from each other. Instructors and recent graduates also provide personalized feedback to individual students to maximize the student’s learning experience.

Desautels offers an exceptional program for students wanting to prepare for the CPA CFE (Common Final Exams) while developing the skills expected of an entry level CPA. I strongly encourage students to select the Desautels GCPA Program and to contact us with any enquiry.

Amanda Abrams, CPA
Director - GCPA Program

About us

The McGill Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (GCPA) program is one of Canada’s leading chartered professional accounting programs. It is a full-time program (16 months) in the Desautels Faculty of Management. The program at Desautels is ideal for students who have recently completed their B Com degree and are planning to work in a CPA firm.

Students can choose from other programs both at McGill and at the National level.

The 24-month articling period in a designated training office can be done concurrently with the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting or any time after commencing the program.

GCPA Mission

The mission of the Desautels GCPA Program is to create a positive learning environment for young professionals, using the best practices in professional education, based on a student-centred, integrated approach, and to instill in them a commitment to lifelong learning and ethical behavior.

GCPA Vision

To make the Desautels GCPA Program the first choice for young professionals in Montreal and to ensure individual excellence and leadership in providing a social and economic service to society, resulting in the improved stewardship of organizations.

Reasons to Select Desautels

The program is intended to allow students to develop professional skills that will be recognized nationally and internationally. The program focuses on the acquisition and integration of in-depth specialized knowledge in fields in which engagements are likely to be entrusted to CPAs. More specifically, the objective of the Graduate Certificate is to develop the technical and enabling skills outlined by CPA Canada and needed for the exercise of professional judgment necessary to solve practical problems related to the practice of professional accounting. Our lecturers are hard-working, dedicated, and motivated to making our students succeed in the program.

The GCPA Program, coupled with a 24-month recognized training period, provides students with the academic and professional business training, communication and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in a CPA career.

Our Success at the National Level

Recent Graduates of McGill’s Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (GCPA Program) Placed on the CFE National Honour Roll in the CPA Exams


Megan Robertson 2022 CFE Honour Roll
Elizabeth Roy 2021 CFE Honour Roll
Arye Richards 2021 CFE Honour Roll
Min Park 2020 CFE Honour Roll
Charles-Olivier Boucher 2019 CFE Honour Roll
Carlo Frediani 2019 CFE Honour Roll
Sebastian Molina Calvo 2019 CFE Honour Roll
Michael Richardson 2018 CFE Honour Roll and Gold Medal in Quebec
Liane Brick 2018 CFE Honour Roll
Kai He 2017 CFE Gold Medal in Quebec (shared with another candidate)
Marie-France Legault 2016 CFE Honour Roll
Christopher De Santis 2015 CFE Honour Roll
Melissa Marginson 2015 CFE Honour Roll

Recent Graduates of McGill’s Graduate Diploma in Public Accounting (CA Program) Placed on the UFE National Honour Roll in the CA Exams

Bianca Di Pierro 2013 UFE Honour Roll
Nadia McKinney 2013 UFE Honour Roll
Matthew Côté 2011 UFE Honour Roll
Isabelle Giguere 2011 UFE Honour Roll
Melanie Wiseblatt 2011 UFE Honor Roll
Ryan Abrams 2010 UFE Gold Medal in Quebec

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