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Welcome to the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting

Get a head start in earning your Chartered Professional Accountant designation

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The School of Administrative Studies’ Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting is a CPA Ontario accredited program designed for students who want to get a head start in earning their Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation! The Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting is offered three times a year in the fall, winter, and summer, and can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

PACC Diploma at a Glance

Small Class Sizes

Classes are capped at 25 students to provide individual attention and continuous feedback.


Full-time: 1 term
Part-time: 2 or 3 terms

CPA Accredited

Be eligible for advanced standing and fast track to Capstone 1.

Fast Track Your Career

For those students who complete the program on a full-time basis, it is possible to complete the CPA PEP and the Common Final Exam (CFE) in 9 months.  For part-time students, it is possible to complete the CPA PEP and the CFE in 12 months. It would normally take students 2 years to complete the CPA PEP part-time, as offered by CPA Ontario.

High-Quality Student Experience

The program is designed to put students on the path for academic and professional success. Students will be sharing the classroom with other highly motivated peers and have the opportunity to develop a vibrant learning community. Full-time and part-time professors, all recognized for their teaching excellence, will use the case method in all the courses, providing students with the opportunity to prepare for both the CFE and to develop the enabling competencies required of a professional accountant.  Class sizes are capped at 25 students, which means students will benefit from individual attention and continuous feedback in each course. Outside of the classroom, workshops and networking events will be offered to help students further prepare for their professional careers.

Flexible and Accessible Schedule

Recognizing that our student needs vary considerably, students have the option of completing all five courses on a full-time or on a part-time basis. Given the intensive nature of the courses, for those students who wish to complete the program on a full-time basis, it will not be possible to work. For those students who choose to complete the program on a part-time basis, the program must be completed. To accommodate students’ schedules, courses for part-time students will be offered in the evening and on weekends.

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Are you an eligible candidate?

NOTE: The PAcc program is only open to students with a Canadian business degree. International degrees obtained outside of Canada will not qualify for admission into the Diploma in Professional Accounting program.

The application fee is non-refundable; for any questions regarding the application process or eligibility requirements, please contact the program at

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The Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting at York is an exciting environment to pursue innovative, socially engaging, career-ready education. Contact our Graduate Program Administrator to learn more.