Graduate program

The university graduate program is delivered by 11 universities accredited by the Order. The program lasts from 12 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.

Universities offering the program

Concordia University - John-Molson School of Business (JMSB)
École des sciences de la gestion de l'Université du Québec à Montréal (ESG UQAM) (in French)
Faculté des sciences de l’administration de l’Université Laval (FSA ULaval) (in French)
HEC Montréal (in French)
McGill University – Desautels Faculty of Management
McGill University – School of Continuing Studies
Université de Sherbrooke (in French)
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (in French)
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (in French)
Université du Québec en Outaouais (in French)
Université du Québec à Rimouski (in French)
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (in French)


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


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.

The Foundation’s scholarship program

Did you know that the Foundation of Quebec CPAs offers scholarships to candidates who are registered in a university graduate program and have completed at least 12 university credits? To find out more, read the call for applications section of the Foundation’s site.


Contact the Qualification Team.