The program consists of five mandatory courses in assurance, taxation, performance measurement, finance, and integrative case analysis. The first four courses fulfill the respective PEP Elective Modules, and the last course integrates knowledge and skills expected of a CPA entering into the profession.
- PACC 5530 - Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
- Students learn to analyze corporate financial performance using financial statements and other information from Canadian companies. They learn multiple methods of valuing companies. They write professional analytical and valuation reports and explain complex technical reports in oral presentations.
- PACC 5550 - Issues in the Practice of Assurance
- The objective of the course is to develop both the technical and practical knowledge necessary to be a competent professional auditor in a variety of engagements. Through writing and presenting professional reports, working in teams, and critiquing current practices, students are guided to provide balanced solutions, which reflect ethical and professional values, to problems that today’s professional auditors face.
- PACC 5560 - Taxation and Financial Decision-Making in Canada
- Building on undergraduate courses in personal and corporate tax, this course uses the case study method to help students further develop and integrate the key competencies and tax knowledge needed by Canadian accountants in public practice, industry, and government. It looks at the importance of tax in financial decision-making and financial reporting and good internal control and risk management practices
- PACC 5570 - Performance Management Systems
- This course introduces fundamental theories and concepts behind performance measurements and how these relate to governance, ethics and risk. It makes extensive use of cases to highlight lessons learned and best practices. It aims to develop critical thinking skills via the application of concepts and theories to business cases and improves students’ understanding of management behavior related to performance measurements. Course Credit Exclusions: GS/ FACC 6140
- PACC 5590 - Integrative Analysis in Accounting
- This case-based course focuses on the development of integrative and analytical skills that professional accountants should possess. Technical areas of study include financial reporting, governance and strategy, management accounting, assurance, finance, and taxation. Through teamwork, report writing, and presentation, students are guided to provide solutions to issues that today’s accountants may face, while maintaining ethical behaviour and professionalism.
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 within eight to twelve months. To accommodate students’ schedules, courses for part-time students will be offered in the evening and on weekends.
Frequently Asked Questions
The program will be offered three times a year: Fall, Winter and Summer.
A BCom (Honours) with an accounting specialization, with the completion of courses as outlined in . Graduates of the School of Administrative Studies Certificate in Accounting who have a four year honours degree will be considered on a case by case basis.
Please note: The graduate diploma course requisites exceed the PEP entry requirements.
Refer to the admission requirements.
Complete a self assessment - refer to the admissions checklist
Apart from a higher GPA requirement, York BCom students who wish to pursue the diploma are expected to complete ADMS 4553, ADMS 4570 and ADMS 4590. These courses are designed to cover the curriculum of CPA CORE 1 and CORE 2 modules.
Upon graduation, students will fulfill all of the PEP Core modules and all 4 Electives (Assurance, Taxation, Performance Measurement, and Finance). Graduates will be eligible to commence Capstone 1 in the CPA PEP program. It is possible to complete Capstone 1, 2 and the CFE in 5 months.
Part-time students complete the program in two consecutive terms. Students are accepted within a cohort and are assigned courses with their cohort. Course availability will dictate whether your cohort is assigned 2 or 3 courses in the first term. Courses for part-time students will be offered in the evenings from 7-10 pm and on weekends. Under extenuating circumstances, a student may apply to take the courses over 3 terms (additional fees may apply).
Full-time students are offered a compliment of both day-time and evening classes.
Unfortunately, OSAP is not available for this program at this time.
Yes, if you are enrolled in the part-time program classes will be offered on weeknights from 7-10pm and on weekends. It is possible to complete the program part time while working during the day. However, students must complete the program within 12 months.
You should apply at the beginning of your last term for an early admission decision. The application deadline for Fall term intake (September start) is June 15th tentative; Winter term intake (January start) is October 15th tentative; Summer term intake (May start) is January 15th tentative.
No. The accreditation is for the program as a whole, therefore, individual courses cannot count towards CPA PEP.
A minimum of 60% in all 5 courses and an average of 70%.
Non-School of Administrative Studies students who have completed a four-year Canadian business degree, and have completed the equivalent pre-requisite courses, will be considered on case by case basis. International degrees obtained outside of Canada will not qualify for admission into the Diploma in Professional Accounting program.
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.