Graduate program

The university graduate program is delivered by 11 universities accredited by the Order. The program lasts from 9 to 16 months and is generally offered on a full-time basis. Depending on the university, the program consists of 24 to 30 credits and essentially covers the same learning objectives and results as the national program delivered by the Order. It includes classroom learning, case-based learning, teamwork and examinations at the end of each course.

Students who successfully complete the graduate program are exempt from four national examinations from the common core modules, the elective modules and the capstone 1 module of the national program. Instead, their graduate course work is evaluated in accordance with university standards. They must also pass the Common Final Examination (CFE), the three-day CPA professional examination.

Note: To obtain a public accountancy permit (CPA auditor), you must complete the courses in Assurance and Taxation in addition to meeting all the other requirements.

Prerequisites

Each university determines the academic average required for admission to their program, which must not be less than 2.8/4.3.

Registration

You must register with the Order as soon as you begin your first term of the university graduate program. Your registration will give you access to the Securexam software and to the educational material and the reference material for candidates registered in a university graduate program.

See the Fee schedule and forms page for all the forms to be completed on your path to the CPA designation.

Financial aid and tax deductions

Do you want to learn more about the financial aid and tax deductions available to students in the graduate program? Consult the table below.

Government of Quebec

To complete your income tax return, you must use the information in the RL-8 slip, which will be issued to you by your educational institution.

Deductible fees (invoice required)1

  • Securexam licence
  • Common Final Examination fee (CFE)

1 Your invoices are available in your online file.

 Non-deductible fees

  • File opening
  • File review
  • Registration with the Order and reinstatement
  • File review – Reciprocity agreement
  • Annual dues
  • Administrative penalties in case of withdrawal from the program
  • Reference books and manuals
  • Candidate in good standing letter

Government of Canada

To complete your income tax return, you must use the information in form T2202A, which will be issued to you by your educational institution.

Deductible fees (invoice required)1

  • Securexam licence
  • Common Final Examination fee (CFE)

1 Your invoices are available in your online file.

 Non-deductible fees

  • File opening
  • File review
  • Registration with the Order and reinstatement
  • File review – Reciprocity agreement
  • Annual dues
  • Administrative penalties in case of withdrawal from the program
  • Reference books and manuals
  • Candidate in good standing letter

Quebec CPA Foundation

Assistance for success scholarship

This scholarship program is intended for students who are preparing to register for the Professional Education Program (PEP), either the university graduate program or the national program delivered by the Order. To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate that they need financial aid to help them cover all the costs involved in continuing the PEP.

See the eligibility requirements and application process [+]

PEP scholarship – University graduate program

This program is intended for students who are registered in the Professional Education Program (PEP) delivered by universities accredited by the Order, and have completed at least 12 university credits.

See the eligibility requirements and application process [+]

Desjardins

Distinctive Offer

Candidates enrolled in the national program have access to the same Distinctive Offer products and services granted to CPA members. Moreover, Desjardins also offers candidates the Student STRATEGIC Line of Credit.

STRATEGIC Line of Credit

  • $80,000 credit limit available to meet all your needs (gradual credit limit increase).
  • Desjardins prime rate + 0.50%.
  • Option to capitalize interest costs throughout the duration of your studies and option to pay interest only on your loan for 6 months following your graduation.

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Universities

For more details on the programs available, refer to your university’s foundation.

Important! This information is provided for reference purposes only and does not constitute legal tax advice. Taxpayers are responsible for obtaining legal advice applicable to their situation. The opinions of the tax authorities take precedence over those of the Order.

Questions?

Contact the Qualification Team.

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