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Here is the typical path to the McGill Graduate CPA programme 

(as of Aug. 2018)

Step 1 - U0 and U1

U0: Complete as Normal
Complete U0 as if you were taking any other major. If you have some advanced standing credit, jump to #3.

U1: MGCR 211 & Declare
We recommend that you complete MGCR 211 - Intro to financial accounting in your first semester, or earlier if possible. Also, head to Minerva to declare your major in accounting! 
Advanced Standing
If you are lucky enough to have advanced standing, between 6 to 24 credits worth, we recommend that you take MGCR 211 earlier, and take MGCR 341 as early as possible
Change of Plans? 
Don't worry if you did not follow the U0 or U1 instructions exactly. There's plenty of time to change majors and still graduate on time. 


Students should be meeting with the BCom Program Office in order to see if all pre-requisites are met and to finalize their academic path

Step 2 - U2 and U3


These are courses that are required for both the Accounting Major and McGill Graduate CPA Programme


These are course required for the Accounting Major only, but not the McGill Graduate CPA programme


These are course required for the McGill Graduate CPA programme. They can be used to satisfy the Accounting Major requirements but are not required


These are course required for the McGill Graduate CPA programme. They cannot be counted towards the Accounting Major, but can be applied to other concentrations

Intermediate Financial Accounting 1

An examination of the theoretical foundation for financial reporting and revenue recognition. The tools of accounting, including a review of the accounting process and compound interest concepts. Asset recognition, measurement and disclosure. Partnership accounting.
Intermediate Financial Accounting 2

A continuation of Intermediate Financial Accounting 1. An examination of liability recognition, measurement and disclosure, including leases, pension costs and corporate income tax. Shareholders’ equity, dilutive securities and earnings per share. The statement of changes in financial position, basic financial statement analysis and full disclosure in financial reporting.
Management Accounting

The role of management accounting information to support internal management decisions and to provide performance incentives.
Cost Accounting

An examination of a number of recurring issues in the area of decision-making and control, including cost allocation, alternative costing systems, and innovations in costing and performance measurement.
Principles of Taxation

An introduction to the concepts underlying the Canadian tax system and how they are applied in relation to the taxation of individuals and businesses.
Development of Accounting Thought

The conceptual underpinning of accounting thought, including its historical development and the modifications that have occurred over time. A review of accounting literature and its relevance to practice.
Advanced Financial Accounting

Reporting relevant financial information subsequent to long term intercorporate investments. The preparation of consolidated financial statements with emphasis on their economic substance rather than legal form.
Management Control

The theoretical frameworks for the examination and evaluation of management accounting and control systems. The technical aspects of accounting along with behavioural issues of management control.
Principles of Auditing

An introduction to basic auditing concepts and internal controls of an accounting system. Topics include current auditing standards, ethical conduct, legal liability, planning of an audit, sampling techniques, non-audit engagements, the study and evaluation of internal controls in an accounting system.
Business Taxation 2

A study of the Income Tax Act as it applies to the taxation of individuals and corporations, including capital cost allowances, capital gains, corporate reorganisations, trusts and partnerships and administrative regulations. A review of consumption taxes.
Business Law 1

An introduction to the legal system and basic legal principles affecting business. Tort negligence, contracts, forms of business organization, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy.
Corporate Finance

In-depth study of corporate finance, risk, diversification, portfolio analysis, and capital market theory.
Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between this page and the official Desautels Page for the GCPA programme, the McGill page should be considered to accurate. 
Sounds complicated? We summarized the path for you. 
By completing these 4 sets, you're set!

MGCR 211 and 341

Core Courses

ACCT 351

Intermediate Financial Accounting 1

ACCT 352

Intermediate Financial Accounting 2

U3 Accounting Courses

ACCT 453, 455, 475

MGCR 211 and 341

Core Courses

ACCT 361

Management Accounting

ACCT 362

Cost Accounting

ACCT 463

Management Control

MGCR 211 and 341

Core Courses

ACCT 385

Principles of Taxation

ACCT 486

Business Taxation 2

MGCR 341

Intro to Finance

FINE 342

Corporate Finance

BUSA 364

Business Law

Basically, you must take 10 courses in accounting to receive your accounting major. 9 of these courses can count towards the GCPA program admissions requirement at McGill (ACCT455 is a requirement for the major, but not for the GCPA). In addition, to these 10 courses, you must take BUSA 364 and FINE 342 in order to meet the admissions requirement. This means that between your U2 and U3 years, you must take 12 courses in total. A list of these courses is above under the 'Combined' section. 
I want to go above and beyond, and take a concentration or another major. Can I? 
Of course! But be aware it may extend your time at school
A Classic Combo
Finance Concentration

You can graduate in three years (U1 to U3) or four years (U0 to U3). Take your 12 Core Courses, 12 Accounting Courses, 4 additional FINE courses, and 2 Non-Management Electives.

Accounting & Finance
Double Major

A double major is possible! Check with your Bcom advisor on Bronfman's 1st floor to plan out your path.

More details about an Accounting Major

Desautels GCPA

Continuing Education

Rotman's GDipPA

National Online Program