The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting provides students who have an undergraduate degree in any discipline with the majority of the prerequisite core courses to be eligible to apply to the Sprott Master of Accounting (MAcc) program or enter the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP), pathways leading to the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation and a career in professional accounting.

The Sprott Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting is primarily delivered online, with the option of some classes being available on campus. The courses in this program can be sequenced out according to availability and prerequisites to accommodate each students’ unique circumstances; full-time studies are available, as well as part-time studies.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, or equivalent, with a minimum overall average of B- (70-72%) and have completed the following prerequisite courses, or equivalent:

  • BUSI 1004: Financial Accounting for Business Students, or equivalent, with a grade of C or higher.
  • BUSI 1005: Managerial Accounting for Business Students, or equivalent, with a grade of C or higher.

Please note: in order to meet residency requirements, a maximum of 3 courses completed prior to admission to the PBDA can be counted in the program requirements.

Please also note: BUSI 1004 & BUSI 1005 course equivalents, BUSI 1001 & BUSI 1002, can be completed by studying as a Special student at Carleton University.

Program Requirements (4.5 credits)

Course Code Course Title Credit
BUSI 2001 Intermediate Accounting I 0.5
BUSI 2002 Intermediate Accounting II 0.5
BUSI 2005 Income Tax Fundamentals 0.5
BUSI 2503 Introduction to Finance 0.5
BUSI 3001 Accounting for Business Combinations 0.5
BUSI 3007 Auditing I 0.5
BUSI 3008 Intermediate Management Accounting & Control 0.5
BUSI 3629 Corporate Governance and Strategy 0.5
BUSI 4008 Advanced Management Accounting & Control 0.5

CPA/MAcc Additional Requirements

Students will also need to complete the following additional courses outside the diploma to meet admission requirements for the Sprott Master of Accounting (MAcc) Program or to the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP):

CPA/ MAcc Requirement Carleton Equivalent
Economics ECOECON 1001 and ECON 1002 or ECON 1000. (online sections available at Carleton)
Statistics STAT 2606/2607  (on campus available at Carleton)

Or STAT 2507/2509 (online section available at Carleton)

Information & Information Technology BUSI 2400
Canadian Business Law BUSI 2601

Course Selection

Information about course availability and registration can be found HERE

Please note that students are required to earn C- (60-62%) in each course in order for it to count towards the program requirements. Students who earn lower than C- in any specific course will be required to repeat it prior to graduation.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are calculated based on the number of courses registered for in an academic term – please refer to Carleton University’s fee estimator for tuition fees

Select term, undergraduate, year of study = no year, program = Post-Bacc Diploma in Accounting, select Full Time or Part Time, and Number of Courses


For more information, please contact PBDA@sprott2.carleton.ca

CPA Canada – we encourage all students to become familiar with the CPA Canada requirements for additional information regarding pursuing this professional designation.

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