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Prepare for the CPA designation

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting provides students who have an undergraduate degree in any discipline with the majority of 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), pathways leading to the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation and a career in professional accounting.

Sprott’s Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting is primarily delivered online, with the option of some classes being available on campus. The courses in this program can be sequenced out according to availability and prerequisites to accommodate each students’ unique circumstances; full-time studies are available, as well as part-time studies.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, or equivalent, with a minimum overall average of B- (70-72%) and have completed the following prerequisite courses, or equivalent:

In order to meet residency requirements, a maximum of 3 courses completed prior to admission to the PBDA can be counted in the program requirements.

BUSI 1004 & BUSI 1005 course equivalents, BUSI 1001 & BUSI 1002, can be completed by studying as a Special student at Carleton University.

Program Requirements (4.5 credits)

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit
BUSI 2001Intermediate Accounting I0.5
BUSI 2002Intermediate Accounting II0.5
BUSI 2005Income Tax Fundamentals0.5
BUSI 2503Introduction to Finance0.5
BUSI 3001Accounting for Business Combinations0.5
BUSI 3007Auditing I0.5
BUSI 3008Intermediate Management Accounting & Control0.5
BUSI 3629Corporate Governance and Strategy0.5
BUSI 4008Advanced Management Accounting & Control0.5

CPA/MAcc Additional Requirements

Students will also need to complete the following additional courses outside the diploma to meet admission requirements for the Sprott Master of Accounting (MAcc) Program or to the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP):

CPA/ MAcc RequirementCarleton Equivalent
EconomicsECON 1001 and ECON 1002 or ECON 1000. (online sections available at Carleton)
StatisticsSTAT 2606/2607  (on campus available at Carleton)Or STAT 2507/2509 (online section available at Carleton)
Information & Information TechnologyBUSI 2400
Canadian Business LawBUSI 2601

Course Selection

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Please note that students are required to earn C- (60-62%) in each course in order for it to count towards the program requirements. Students who earn lower than C- in any specific course will be required to repeat it prior to graduation.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are calculated based on the number of courses registered for in an academic term – please refer to Carleton University’s fee estimator for tuition fees

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