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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.
Over the course of two summer terms, students will complete a comprehensive graduate-level accounting program that acts as a proven alternative route for students who are seeking the CPA designation in Canada. We are proud to have a strong history of first-time pass rates from our MPAcc graduates on the Common Final Evaluation (CFE). The program also gives students an opportunity to develop an appreciation for the academic research process and academe as a career choice.
Currently, students enrolled in the MPAcc program will undertake an alternative route that covers the first five modules of the CPA PEP program. As of October 2017, we are in the final stages of receiving full accreditation from CPA Canada to now also deliver Capstone 2 as part of our master’s program. We plan to deliver our first Capstone 2 course in the summer of 2018.
CPA Compotency Map
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:
- Technical Competency Areas
- Enabling Competency Areas
These two areas work together to create a professional level embodied by the CPA designation.
To learn more about the CPA Competency Map, click here!
The Edwards MPAcc admissions team assesses applicants on a composite basis for admission purposes. We look at a variety of factors when making admission decisions including undergraduate degree, grade point average, experience in the accounting field, and reference letters. An interview may be required.
Your Completed Admission Package Includes:
All documents must be uploaded to your online application. Once an application has been received, an automated email will be sent within 48 hours with login information for uploading your documents.
4 Year Undergraduate Degree
Applicants must have a four-year undergraduate degree from a recognized university. Applicants must demonstrate their ability to pursue advanced study with a minimum 70% overall average in the last two years of undergraduate studies. Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions that you have attended must be uploaded to your application. Transcripts from the University of Saskatchewan do not need to be uploaded, but are required from all other institutions you have attended. For countries where degree certificates are issued, they must also be uploaded. If accepted, an official transcript of your academic record is to be sent directly from each institution attended.
- Adequate preparation in Canadian Accounting principles as demonstrated by successful completion of the appropriate university-level prerequisites courses as designated by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants for entrance into their Professional Education Program.
- For a detailed list, please refer to www.CPAWSB.ca
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.
Supplemental Application Form
The Supplemental Application Form gives us background information on which courses you have completed and what work experience you have or plan on obtaining before MPAcc begins. Download it here.
Letters of Reference
The Edwards MPAcc requires you to submit 3 confidential letters of recommendation, from professors or others acquainted sufficiently with your training and experience to express an opinion on your ability to undertake graduate training. Two of these must be academic references and one professional. Reference requests must be completed by December 15th.
- Contact your referees and ask them to provide a reference for you for the Edwards MPAcc program, and obtain an up to date email address.
- You will then fill out your referee’s complete information on the online application form, and enter their current email address.
- Once your application is completed, your referee’s will be sent a link where they can fill out an online form for your reference letter.
Outline your previous work education and work experience (if applicable) so the selection committee can have a good understanding of your background.
Proof of English Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English, must provide proof of proficiency in English. Please request that the testing centres send your scores directly to our institution. Our institution code is 0980. For a list of countries from which students do not need to provide English language proficiency, Click Here.
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) evaluates the potential success of an individual to use and understand Standard English at a college level. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the date the test is taken. Minimum Score of 80 on the Internet-based test is required, but a score of 97 is recommended.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking. We only accept academic IELTS test scores, not general. A minimum score of 6.5 is required in each area.
All scores must be from one exam date, not to be combined with other exam dates. Tests are valid for 24 months after the testing date and must be valid at the beginning of the student's first term of registration in the graduate program.
The requirement to hold adequate preparation in Canadian accounting, auditing and tax will not be waived based on study of these subjects in other countries. The material covered in MPAcc requires an in-depth knowledge of Canadian standards, obtained from a recognized Canadian institution (college or university). The only exception is if the courses taken outside of Canada are recognized as equivalent by the CPA Western School of Business. This can be done by requesting an assessment of your transcripts by CPAWSB. Please visit https://my.cpawsb.ca/Register to set up a My CPA Portal profile and request to have an international transcript assessment completed by CPAWSB. Please note that this transcript assessment process can take up to 12 to 14 weeks. Visit www.cpawsb.ca or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Last updated January 3, 2018