Master of Professional Accounting

University of Saskatchewan, Edwards School of Business

Program Description

Master of Professional Accounting

University of Saskatchewan, Edwards School of Business

A Comprehensive Education for your Diverse Future

The Master of Professional Accounting Program (MPAcc) is an innovative graduate degree program that attracts top-notch accounting students from across Canada and internationally. Created by visionary academics in response to the demand for applied, competency-based training, the program actively involves students through the use of business cases, skills workshops, and other contemporary educational techniques. MPAcc provides a proven alternative route for students who are seeking the CPA designation in Canada with a first time pass rate of the Common Final Evaluation (CFE) exceeding 90%. The program also gives students an opportunity to develop an appreciation for the academic research process and academe as a career choice.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) program is to develop exceptional accounting professionals and business leaders. We bring together superior students, leading researchers, outstanding facilitators and inspiring professionals for intensive periods of study and growth. The MPAcc program is innovative, strategic, interdisciplinary, and personally transforming. Students form lasting relationships with classmates and faculty, develop both professionally and personally, and are challenged to act with integrity, objectivity and a commitment to excellence.

Vision Statement

The Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) program will be recognized in Canada as the premiere educational choice for outstanding students seeking to become leaders in the accounting profession. The very best undergraduate accounting students from across Canada will be attracted to this innovative, strategic, interdisciplinary, and personally transforming program. MPAcc graduates will distinguish themselves during their business careers, and shape the accounting profession.

Program Overview

The Master of Professional Accounting Program (MPAcc) is designed to prepare candidates for practice as future professional accountants. The program approaches the further study of accounting through an integrated examination of the environmental factors that will impact the accountant's role as an information provider, advisor, or auditor.

Globalization of business, developments in information technology and electronic communication, altered organization structures and views of responsibility and accountability are some of the changes that require special attention by the professional of the future.

To be successful in the new business environment and society at large, accountants must display an understanding of the myriad of forces impacting the day-to-day activities of business, government and not-for-profit organizations, and be capable of integrating information that supports a holistic view of organization decisions.

The accountant of the future must also be a highly skilled individual. The curriculum of the MPAcc program has been designed to develop and enhance the skills and abilities seen as essential to the practice of professional accounting.

Specifically, the development of intellectual, communication, interpersonal, organizational and professional skills is a critical component of the success of this program.

Program Objectives

The overall program objective is to facilitate the process of transforming a candidate with accounting and other related business knowledge into an accounting professional. Thus, the curriculum for this Master's program equips candidates to practice in an interdisciplinary and global context. The MPAcc program aims to transform candidates into accounting professionals through . . .

  • an interdisciplinary & global focus.
  • organizational study.
  • advanced knowledge development.
  • skill enhancement.
  • research experience.
  • professional practice exposure.

In addition the program;

  • extends the candidate's knowledge in areas of organizational study such as the business environment, financial management, strategic management, information systems, and entrepreneurship
  • develops advanced knowledge in traditional areas of practice, such as assurance, financial reporting, and taxation.
  • develops to a professional level the basic skills acquired in an undergraduate program.
  • provides candidates with exposure to aspects of professional practice through various forms of interaction with the professional accounting and business community, including allowing for a period of "on site" employment.
  • equips candidates with research skills appropriate to the task of defining, investigating, sourcing relevant data and information, analysing and preparing recommendations on the resolution of accounting related business problem.

Competencies to be Developed

The MPAcc program has based its success around the core competencies outlined in the CPA Competency Map. These skills have been divided between two types of competencies:

Enabling Competency Areas

Technical Competency Areas

These two areas work together to create a professional level embodied by the CPA designation.

Five Enabling Competencies

  1. Professional and Ethical Behaviour: CPAs draw on their ability to act with honesty, integrity, credibility, self-confidence, and independence while coping with ambiguity, conflicts of interest, and the need to protect the public interest. CPAs do more than adhere to the rules of professional conduct, through ethical behavior that exemplifies and enhances the reputation of the profession.
  2. Problem-Solving and Decision-Making: CPAs draw on strong analytical and problem-solving skills and their capacity for innovative and integrative thought, as well as their ability to both connect and dissect “parts” and “wholes”, identify and manage priorities, adopt a broad view to arrive at a recommended solution.
  3. Communication (both written and oral): CPAs must communicate effectively through listening, understanding, speaking, and writing with clarity and through the art of persuasion and negotiation. CPAs must be able to clearly communicate complex matters to all levels of an entity.
  4. Self-management: CPAs must demonstrate the ability to manage their own performance, solicit feedback from others, reflect and act upon it to improve behavior as well as recognize their limits and seek advice when needed.
  5. Teamwork and Leadership: CPAs have the ability to work within, build, and lead teams. They must develop competence in goal setting, planning and organization, collaboration, process management, empathy, flexibility, responding to feedback and conflict management.

Six Technical Competencies

  1. Financial Reporting: Includes the role of financial reporting, the application of reporting frameworks, the reporting of routine and non-routine transactions in different circumstances, and an understanding of the role of internal control, tax, and finance in financial reporting.
  2. Strategy and Governance: Includes the role of corporate governance within an organization, as well as the formulation of strategies, the translation of those strategies into specific business objectives and actions, and their implementation.
  3. Management Accounting: Includes identifying management information needs and developing the systems required to meet those needs; planning, forecasting, budgeting, cost and revenue management for an entity, and performance measurement systems.
  4. Audit and Assurance: Includes enhancing the reliability of information through internal activities such as internal control, internal and comprehensive auditing, and through external third-party assurance services such as auditing.
  5. Finance: Includes financial analysis and planning, treasury management, capital budgeting, business valuation, and corporate finance transactions.
  6. Taxation: Includes tax compliance and reporting, and tax-planning and implementation strategies for both corporate and personal taxpayers, and an understanding of the administrative process in Canadian taxation.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program requires a four-year university baccalauerate degree. Students must demonstrate their ability to pursue advanced study with a minimum 75% overall average in the last two years of undergraduate studies.

International applicants please visit our International Applicants page for further details regarding applying to MPAcc. International applicants include any students who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, regardless of where your undergraduate degree was completed. Domestic applicants who completed degree requirements at international post-secondary institutions also need to have an international transcript assessment completed. Please visit our International Applicants page for more details.

The following courses must be completed by the start of MPAcc, but do not need to be completed at the time of your application.

  • 3 cr. Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • 3 cr. Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • 3 cr. Advanced Financial Accounting
  • 3 cr. Intermediate Managerial/Cost Accounting
  • 3 cr. Advanced Managerial/Cost Accounting
  • 3 cr. Taxation (Corporate and Personal)
  • 3 cr. Auditing/Assurance
  • 6 cr. Finance (Introduction and Intermediate)
  • 3 cr. MIS (Management Information Systems)
  • 3 cr. Strategy and Governance
  • 3 cr. Business Law
  • 6 cr. Economics
  • 3 cr. Statistics

MPAcc generally follows the same admission requirements as the CA legacy education program (CASB) and the new CPA PEP program. Note: The MPAcc May 2017 session start date will be the last group of applicants who will be able to follow the CA legacy prerequisites. Those applying for MPAcc May 2018 and onward are required to follow the CPA PEP prerequisites. For a listing of the CASB and CPA PEP prerequisites, please visit your local provinces CA or CPA website.

Students who have at least four months of work experience as an articling student or in a similar position will be given preference. Work experience provides a practical framework that enhances the student's ability to understand and critically assess the subject matter considered in the MPAcc program.

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Last updated October 23, 2017
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2 years
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Canada - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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