Graduate Diploma in Accounting

****Please note: This program has very specific admission requirements, as set forth in partnership with CPA Ontario.***

Lakehead University’s Graduate Diploma in Accounting (GDA) is a one semester professional accounting program which prepares students to pursue the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.  The GDA seamlessly integrates with the Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Major) and enhances the technical and enabling competencies of our undergraduate students by further developing critical thinking, analytical, integrative and ethical reasoning, and communication skills.

The CPA Ontario Accredited GDA provides students with advanced standing into the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP). Graduates of the GDA will receive advanced standing for Core 1, Core 2 and all four elective modules, thereby, entering the CPA PEP at the Capstone 1 module. Students may save time in achieving the CPA designation by completing the GDA.

Graduates of Lakehead’s Honours Bachelor of Commerce Program who have taken the prerequisite courses as part of their studies, and graduates from other Canadian universities with a degree specializing in accounting and all CPA PEP prerequisite credits, either through a post-secondary institute or the CPA preparatory courses, may apply for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Accounting.

Requirements: 

Admission Requirements for Masters

Applicants for admission must be graduates of a recognized university, college, or institute as well as show evidence of scholarly achievement. Except where otherwise stated in the Admission Requirements of a particular program, degree students must have a four year bachelor's degree or its equivalent with at least second class standing (B) based on their last 20 half courses or equivalent.

An applicant holding a degree other than one in the discipline area to which admission is sought will be considered on the basis of courses taken and academic standing. A Qualifying Year at the undergraduate level may be required to meet the admission standards. Courses taken as part of a Qualifying Year can not be used as credit towards a graduate degree.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. No candidate will be admitted unless the academic unit recommends admission. All applicants will be advised by the Office of Graduate Studies in writing of their admission status.

Additional Admission Requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Accounting

Honours Bachelor of Commerce Program are eligible for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Accounting. To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must have:

1. Graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Lakehead University* or an equivalent degree from another Canadian University.

2. Obtained an overall average of 70%, with a minimum of 60% in each of the following courses or their equivalents:

Business 1012 Financial Accounting
Business 1066 Quantitative Analysis in Management
Business 2012 Management Accounting I
Business 2019 Finance I
Business 2033 Management Information Systems
Business 2039 Finance II
Business 2052 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
Business 3012 Advanced Financial Accounting
Business 3019 Corporate Finance
Business 3051 Law
Business 3052 Intermediate Financial Accounting II
Business 3071 Strategic Management I
Business 3072 Management Accounting II
Business 4032 Integrative Analysis of Accounting Issues
Business 4071 Strategic Management II
Business 4072 Advanced Corporate Taxation
Business 4232 Strategic Cost Management
Business 4272 Taxation
Business 4412 Assurance I
Business 4432 Assurance II
Economics 1100 Principles of Economics

*Lakehead University students who graduated in 2017 or earlier with the legacy Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO) 51-credit hour course and grade requirements will be considered for admission into the program.

*Graduates of Canadian universities other than Lakehead must ensure that they have received all core and non-core subject area pre-requisite credits for admission in the CPA PEP. A list of prerequisite courses in each CPA technical competency area for all CPA accredited schools can be found on the CPA Ontario websire.

*Students who started completing their pre-requisite course work ten or more years prior to applying must ensure that they meet CPA’s Currency of Education Policy.

Application process

The first step in the application process is to complete the online graduate studies application form.

After you have submitted the online form along with the required $100 CAD application fee, you will be provided with an online account where you can complete the remaining steps of the application process which include uploading the required supporting documents and monitoring the status of your application.

After you have submitted the online application form, you will be provided with instructions by email on how to log in to myinfo, where you will be able to review and upload the remaining and required supporting documents.

Graduate Studies Reference Form (3 forms required)
  • An electronic reference form will be automatically sent by email to the references you identify on the graduate studies application form
  • This form is requested in support of the applicant's ability to undertake advanced study and research
Official Transcript and Proof of Degree
  • These are not required, as only Graduates of Lakehead’s Honours Bachelor of Commerce Program are eligible for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Accounting.
How to Apply: 

Required Application Documents

Although applications are accepted on a continual basis, to be considered in the initial Admission & Funding decisions for the Fall (September) semester, you are encouraged to apply by FEBRUARY 1.

Supervisor Information

Interested students are encouraged to contact potential supervisors directly and before submitting an application for graduate study.

The first step in the application process is to complete the online graduate studies application form.

After you have submitted the online form along with the required $100 CAD application fee, you will be provided with an online account where you can complete the remaining steps of the application process which include uploading the required supporting documents and monitoring the status of your application.

Click here to Apply to Graduate Studies 

After you have applied 

After you have submitted the online application form, you will be provided with instructions by email on how to log in to myinfo, where you will be able to review and upload the remaining and required supporting documents.

Graduate Studies Reference Form (3 forms required)
  • An electronic reference form will be automatically sent by email to the references you identify on the graduate studies application form
  • This form is requested in support of the applicant's ability to undertake advanced study and research
Official Transcript
Proof of Degree
Program Specific Supporting Documents (If required)
  • For a list of program specific documents, please see this program's Additional Application Information section (if required, see above)
Official English Test Results (If required)
Next Steps: 

Next Steps

Registration Procedures

Before Registering!

Check to make sure all of your course selections are currently being offered by referring to the University Course Calendar and the University Course Time Tables.

University Graduate Studies & General Regulations & Policies

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