How to Apply
If you have completed your studies outside of Canada, please review the additional application requirements for International Students.
Details about how to apply are available at graduate.carleton.ca/apply-online.
If you have not completed the prerequisite courses for the Master of Accounting, you may do so through our Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting. Through this program, you can gain the prerequisite core courses to be eligible to apply to the Sprott Master of Accounting (MAcc) program or enter the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP). Both pathways lead to the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.
Full-time Stream (Summer 2017 Admission)
The Sprott School of Business strongly recommends that domestic candidates submit applications before January 15, 2017 in order to be considered for admission to the Summer term. Applications may be accepted until March 31, 2017 if space remains. Summer admission only for full-time stream.
- International candidates must submit complete applications before December 1, 2016 in order to be considered for admission.
Part-time Stream (Fall 2017 Admission)
The Sprott School of Business strongly recommends that candidates submit their applications before May 15, 2017 in order to be considered for admission to the Fall term. Applications may be accepted until July 31, 2017 if space remains. Fall admission only for the part-time stream.
Applicants are expected to:
- hold an Honours Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with a minimum overall average of B- (70-72%)
- demonstrate coverage of the CPA Competency Map at the ‘Entry’ level
- have a minimum grade of C- (60-62%) in each of the prerequisite courses (courses that meet the entry-level requirements of the CPA Competency Map) with a minimum overall average of B+ (77-79%) in the prerequisite courses
Please Note: Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee admission as space is limited and admission to the Sprott MAcc program is highly competitive.
Students must have access to windows-based PC as Securexam will not run on a Mac, even if it runs windows.
Applicants must provide the following documents:
- Two letters of reference (Ideally at least 1 academic reference)
- A one-page Statement of Intent
- A copy of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended
- A resume
- A MAcc prerequisite form (upload as Business Complement Form)
- If applicable, a copy of your English-language test results
Please Note: Official documents (transcripts, test scores) will be required if you are accepted into our program.
For admission into Carleton’s graduate programs, you will need to demonstrate that your knowledge and use of English are strong enough for graduate studies at an English-language university. Visit our International Students website for our English-language requirements.
The prerequisite courses required for entry into the MAcc are the same prerequisite courses required by CPA Ontario for entry into their Professional Education program. The following are the courses required by Carleton BComm undergraduates. Please refer to the MAcc Prerequisite form for your undergraduate program to identify equivalencies.
Currency of Education
Candidates should have completed at least one applicable prerequisite course in each of the CPA competency areas of Financial Reporting, Strategy and Governance, Management Accounting, Audit and Assurance, Finance and Taxation within the last 10 years.
|Prerequisite Courses||Sprott Equivalent Courses|
|Introductory Financial Accounting||BUSI 1004 Financial Accounting for Business Students|
|Introductory Management Accounting||BUSI 1005 Managerial Accounting for Business Students|
|Introductory Micro & Macro Economics||ECON 1000 Introduction to Economics or
FYSM 1003 Introduction to Economics
|Statistics||STATS 2606 Business Statistics I and
STATS 2607 Business Statistics II
|Intermediate Financial Accounting I||BUSI 2001 Intermediate Accounting I|
|Intermediate Financial Accounting II||BUSI 2002 Intermediate Accounting II|
|Advanced Financial Accounting||BUSI 3001 Accounting for Business Combinations|
|Corporate Finance||BUSI 2504 Business Finance I and
BUSI 2505 Business Finance II
|Audit and Assurance||BUSI 3007 Auditing I|
|Personal and Corporate Taxation||BUSI 3005 Taxation I and
BUSI 4005 Taxation II
|Intermediate Management Accounting||BUSI 3008 Intermediate Management Accounting and Control|
|Advanced Management Accounting||BUSI 4008 Advanced Management Accounting and Control|
|Corporate Strategy & Governance||BUSI 4609 Strategic Management or
BUSI 4709 Strategic Management for International Business
|Business Law||BUSI 2601 Business Law|
|Information Systems & Information Technology||BUSI 2400 Foundations of Information Systems|
Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting
Sprott offers a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting, which is open to graduates of a Bachelor’s degree program in any discipline. This program provides you with the prerequisite core courses to be eligible to apply to the Sprott Master of Accounting (MAcc) program.
If you have completed some but not all of the prerequisite courses for the MAcc and wish to complete one or more of these courses at Carleton, you may do so as a Special Student.
You will need to apply as a Special Student. Upon acceptance, you will receive a student number and Carleton email account, which are needed to access the Carleton Central registration system. Find more information about becoming a special student on the Carleton Registrar website.
As long as the prerequisite course equivalents from previous university studies have been taken, then you can be approved to take these BUSI courses. Prerequisite courses for all BUSI courses can be found in the undergraduate calendar.
Students will then need to submit the Request for Waiver of Pre-Requisite form for each individual course.
Please note that even if waivers are approved, access to register in the course will be subject to availability. Special students register later than degree seeking students, therefore there is no guarantee of access to these courses in a given term due to enrolment limits.
International students who have completed their undergraduate studies outside of Canada will be required to have their transcripts assessed by CPA Ontario. Please refer to the CPA Ontario website for information on how to submit a transcript assessment request to CPA Ontario.
The results of the transcript assessment will indicate the prerequisite modules that you have been exempt from based on your prior education and the prerequisite modules which you must complete in order to meet the entrance requirements for the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP). To the extent that you need to complete prerequisite modules, these modules must be completed either through the CPA Ontario Prerequisite Education Program (CPA PREP), a Canadian post-secondary institution, or a combination of both.
Once you have received the results of your transcript assessment from CPA Ontario, if you decide to register for a CPA PREP module, you must first register as a CPA Ontario student. It should be noted that the CPA PREP has not been assessed by the Public Accountants Council for the Province of Ontario and, therefore, any individual enrolling in CPA PREP is not eligible for a public accounting license at this time.
Please note that meeting the above requirements does not guarantee admission as space is limited and admission to the Sprott MAcc program is highly competitive.
Should you be accepted into the Sprott MAcc based on your CPA Ontario transcript assessment and any subsequently completed courses, please ensure that you contact the MAcc Administrator in order to facilitate your student registration with CPA Ontario. Your registration status with CPA Ontario will need to be adjusted to reflect that you are now a CPA Accredited Student.
Undergraduate Studies completed at a Canadian Post-Secondary Institution
If you have completed the majority of the CPA prerequisite courses at a Canadian post-secondary institution, then you do not have your transcript assessed by CPA Ontario. You apply to the MAcc program directly. Application details can be found above.
For admission into Carleton’s graduate programs, you will need to demonstrate that your knowledge and use of English are strong enough for graduate studies at an English-language university. Visit our International Graduate Students website for our English-language requirements.
International Students can also visit the International Students Services Office for more information.