Future Students

The Graduate Diploma in Accounting program is offered by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies through the Ivey Business School (Ivey) and the DAN Department of Management & Organization Studies in the Faculty of Social Science (DAN). The program is accredited by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario) and enables successful students to obtain advanced standing in the first four modules of the CPA PEP.

Western is the best place to start your pursuit of the CPA designation:

Our Learning Approach
The program is focused on case based learning in all testable areas of the CFE and provides successful students with the flexibility to choose any path for the CFE (Finance, Performance Management, Assurance or Taxation) and helps you prepare for the types of cases you will encounter in the CFE. The program ensures integration of technical competencies through our Integrated Approach to the Competencies course, which is critical to success in CPA PEP and the CFE. Our interactive approach also gives you the opportunity to develop enabling competencies which will be important for a successful career as a CPA.

Top Notch Faculty
You will benefit from the expertise of industry practioners who have CPA designations, and who are highly rated and continuously recognized for teaching excellence. The program has been designed and is taught by faculty who have been involved with CPA Ontario and its legacy professional accounting designations. You will interact with facilitators and your peers on a face to face basis who ensure you understand the material throughout the program and provide the opportunity to learn in an interactive and collaborative group setting. Our program includes sessions facilitated by Densmore Consulting, who is Canada's leading CPA and CFE education provider- https://www.dcscpa.com/. You will receive feedback throughout the program on your case writing techniques from our experienced markers.

Professional Connections
You will collaborate with top accounting students from both Western University, and other Canadian Universities to create and build lifelong connections. These connections are beneficial as you move through Capstone 1, Capstone 2 and the CFE and is important to your future career as a CPA.

Reduced Stress
You will complete the program in 13 weeks before commencing full-time employment to alleviate stress and make you more marketable to employers. The program allows you to complete a substantial proportion of the PEP modules before commencing full-time employment, alleviating the stress of studying while working.

The program runs from May- July 31 each year.

The Application is open from early December to February 28 each year. Successful applicants will be notified early in March. 

For information or to apply, visit the Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website.