Lakehead University adds Graduate Diploma in Accounting beginning this September

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Dr. Bahram Dadgostar

June 16, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

A new program at Lakehead University will give students advanced standing in pursuing the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.

Lakehead University’s Faculty of Business Administration is launching its new Graduate Diploma in Accounting (GDA) program in September, available at the Thunder Bay campus.

“The Graduate Diploma in Accounting will help prepare students to earn the Chartered Professional Accountant designation,” said Dr. Bahram Dadgostar, Dean of Lakehead’s Faculty of Business Administration.

The GDA is accredited by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. This five-course professional program offered over a semester gives students a head start in pursuing the CPA designation, Canada’s pre-eminent professional business and accounting credential.

“The CPA Accreditation of Lakehead’s Graduate Diploma in Accounting program will serve the best interests of the school, its students and our profession for many years to come,” said Richard Piticco, CPA, CA, CFA, Vice-President, Student Services, Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. “In building upon our already strong relationship with Lakehead University, we are very proud to have accredited this excellent program.”

To become a Chartered Professional Accountant, candidates must complete the academic pre-requisite requirements, the Professional Education Program (PEP), Common Final Examination (CFE) and 30 months of qualifying practical experience.

Lakehead’s GDA program will provide students with advanced standing into the CPA PEP. Graduates will receive an exemption from the Core 1, Core 2 and all four elective modules, meaning they enter the CPA PEP at the Capstone 1 module.

The GDA seamlessly integrates with Lakehead’s Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Major). It enhances a student’s competencies by focusing on integrating technical knowledge and applying critical thinking, teamwork, ethical reasoning and communication skills.

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Perry Jensen
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416-969-4271 or 1-800-387-0735, ext. 4271