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Welcome, and thank you for considering this exciting opportunity with McMaster Continuing Education. We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with RPA, offering a mutually beneficial program for students who are studying in Colombia and Internationally looking to pursue their RPA designation. Students can access Canadian university-level courses from their homes or classrooms in real-time.

A word from Zubair Choudhry, President and CEO of RPA

“I am delighted to announce our new educational collaboration with McMaster University Continuing Education, one of Canada’s premier universities. This marks a significant step in our commitment to learning innovation and excellence. The Diploma in Accounting program offered by McMaster University will be accessible both through virtual classrooms and online self-study, catering to aspiring RPA designation students worldwide. This combination of Canadian university education and the RPA accounting designation presents a valuable opportunity for students, parents, businesses, and the accounting profession.

I would like to express my gratitude to the dedicated team of professionals from RPA Canada and McMaster Continuing Education who have worked tirelessly to bring this collaboration to realization.”

Work toward your RPA designation with our flexible online Accounting courses

Whether you are pursuing a career in managerial or financial accounting, looking to advance in your career in a small or medium sized business or working towards your RPA designation, our Accounting program can help. Gain the in-demand skills you need to succeed in this rewarding profession.

  • Developed in collaboration with top industry experts and McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business
  • Gain the skills, tools and knowledge of the latest accounting best practices and standards
  • Courses can be taken individually or as part of the Accounting Diploma
  • Students completing 5 core and 6 specialist courses may qualify for McMaster University’s Diploma in Accounting

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Program highlights Learn More

  • RPA approved courses
  • Taught by accounting experts
  • Earn a Diploma
  • All final examinations are held online via Examity
  • Open enrolment program

What you'll learn Learn More

  • Knowledge and in-demand skills
  • Professional accounting standards
  • Ethical practices

Start your learning journey here

Becoming a Registered Professional Accountant is a great professional choice. RPAs are leaders in a multitude of companies and industries and some have even taken entrepreneurial routes and opened accounting practices. With McMaster’s RPA-accredited suite of accounting and finance courses, you can earn your RPA professional designation and set yourself apart in today’s competitive job market.

To learn more about the Society of Professional Accountants Canada (SPAC) and RPA, please visit RPA Canada.

Academic Prerequisites for Entry to the RPA Professional Review Program

To become an RPA, you must successfully complete the course prerequisites aligned to SPAC’s 5 educational pillars, in conjunction with a degree or diploma from a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution such as McMaster Continuing Education. Completion of all course prerequisites is required to participate in the Professional Review Program and attempt the final Mandatory Professional Exam.

McMaster Continuing Education’s suite of courses has been approved by the Society of Professional Accountants of Canada (SPAC). Course prerequisites are offered through flexible and convenient online self-study and virtual classroom learning formats. Get more information on the RPA-accredited suite of accounting and finance courses.

*If you are interested in pursuing an RPA designation, please visit RPA Canada for further details.

If you’re interested in pursuing a McMaster University Certificate or Diploma either on its own or in conjunction with a professional designation, please contact accounting@mcmaster.ca. If you’re interested in pursuing degree studies at McMaster University, you may be eligible for undergraduate academic credit based on completion of our Diploma in Accounting or Advanced Certificate in Accounting

  • Professionals working in the accounting or finance field
  • Professionals interested in entering the accounting field
  • Anyone interested in pursuing a RPA professional designation
  • Anyone looking to reinvent their business career

Check out our latest Business Program Preview video to learn more about our Accounting program

McMaster Continuing Education offers three different online learning formats:

  • Virtual Classroom
  • Online
  • Online Self-Study

Each course is uniquely designed with different learning formats, so be sure to consider this factor when making your selection. Learn more about our flexible learning formats here.

To qualify for McMaster University’s Diploma in Accounting, students must complete five (5) core courses and any six (6) specialist courses.

Students who do not have post-secondary education must also complete Business Communications and Organizational Behaviour courses in order to qualify for the Diploma.

Students pursuing an external designation, such as their RPA designation, may take any number of basic courses to satisfy their external program requirements.

Most Accounting courses have specific prerequisites that must be met before enrollment. Ensure you review our Accounting Course Prerequisites page to understand and fulfill any requirements before enrolling in a course.

The majority of McMaster Continuing Education programs are open enrolment, which means there is no formal application or admission procedure. To enrol in a course, be sure to meet any/all posted pre-requisites and language requirements before registering online. Please review our Admission and Application Requirements page for more information.

Visit our Accounting course schedule page to find detailed information on course offerings and their respective timings. This resource will help you plan your academic schedule more effectively.

Learn how to get started with McMaster Continuing Education and be ready for your first day of class.

Explore your next steps here.

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Explore Accounting courses

Core courses

3.0 UNITS

ACC 931
Auditing

$773.83

3.0 UNITS

ACC 937
Taxation I

$773.83

3.0 UNITS

ACC 938
Taxation II

$773.83

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Specialist courses

3.0 UNITS

ACC 931
Auditing

$773.83

3.0 UNITS

ACC 937
Taxation I

$773.83

3.0 UNITS

ACC 938
Taxation II

$773.83

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Basic elective courses

1.5 UNITS

ACC 830
Basic Bookkeeping

$503.20

3.0 UNITS

BUS 436
Business Law

(Currently Not Available)

3.0 UNITS

ACC 855
Business Statistics

(Currently Not Available)

3.0 UNITS

BUS 852
Business Strategy

(Currently Not Available)

3.0 UNITS

ACC 818
Economics

(Currently Not Available)

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RPA approved prerequisite courses

3.0 UNITS

ACC 931
Auditing

$773.83

3.0 UNITS

ACC 937
Taxation I

$773.83

3.0 UNITS

ACC 938
Taxation II

$773.83

3.0 UNITS

BUS 436
Business Law

(Currently Not Available)

3.0 UNITS

BUS 490
Financial Modeling & Analysis

(Currently Not Available)

3.0 UNITS

DAT 103
Business Intelligence & Data Analytics

(Currently Not Available)