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Accounting (Graduate Diploma)


The Graduate Diploma in Accounting represents five advanced-level accounting courses designed for students pursuing a professional accounting designation such as the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. The five courses bridge the gap between the knowledge provided by undergraduate accounting courses and the knowledge required to write the CPA examinations.

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Bruce McConomy, Program Coordinator

T: 519.884.0710 x2890

Info for Current Students

Department of Business

Program Highlights

  • This program is designed to be completed in one term, full-time. Students who have finished their undergraduate degree will complete this program in order to prepare for the CPA examinations (the CFE). 
  • This program, designed to facilitate CPA preparation, will provide students advanced and integrated knowledge in financial accounting, management accounting, auditing and taxation.
  • Students gain technical and practical skills that will benefit their future career advancement. 
  • All the courses of the program are designed based on the CPA competency map.


The program will consist of five courses:

  • BU517: Financial Statement Analysis
  • BU527: Management Controls
  • BU537: Integrated Cases in Accounting
  • BU547: Advanced Auditing
  • BU557: Taxation III


  • Laurier undergraduate degree (completed or in final stages of completion);
  • Completion of all prerequisites for courses in the Graduate Diploma (completed or in final stages of completion), with a minimum grade of C- in each course; and
  • Minimum required average in business related courses of B-.


The Graduate Diploma in Accounting prepares students for careers as Chartered Professional Accountants working with CPA firms, public and private companies and government through development of excellent accounting, audit and tax related skills. The program brings together managerial accounting, financial accounting, taxation and auditing.

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