Accounting

Graduate Diploma (GDip)



Meet Taylor Capson, GDip graduate in Accounting

“I had heard about the GDip in Accounting through my friends in fourth year, and it felt like a good fit to complete the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) requirements in a shorter period. I also wanted to continue learning from my peers and my professors that had taught me during my undergraduate degree.”

What is your “dream” career?
I have always wanted a career where I can teach and coach in some capacity, and I look for that in my roles!

What was it about your grad program that enabled you to thrive and be successful?
The Graduate Diploma helped in many ways for the Capstone 2 session and the Common Final Examination (CFE). We learned the material, approach, mindset, and study tips that made me feel more prepared going into CFE study as I had an expectation of what it would be like.

What one thing would you like people to know about you?
I am a new puppy owner to a furball named Winston – he is a Cavalier/Toy Aussie mix!

What’s the best advice you could give to someone applying to your graduate program?
Treat the GDip as a nine-to-five study schedule as best as possible! The program is a great resource to prepare you for your CFE down the line. The professors look at it this way, and it’s a great mindset to follow. And make good study notes!

Program Websites


Program Contact

Stacey Hann (cpa@uwo.ca)

DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies

Western University
London, Ontario N6G 0N1

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 82750

The Graduate Diploma in Accounting program is designed to prepare undergraduates for entrance into CPA Canada’s Professional Education Program (PEP) at an advanced level and the ultimate completion of the non-work experience requirements of the CPA designation.

The diploma is offered by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies through the Ivey Business School (Ivey) and the DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies in the Faculty of Social Science (DAN).

The Ivey Program runs end of April to end of July. The DAN Program runs from May to July.

Program Length

  • 1 term

Program Design

  • Full-time study
  • Course-based

Admission Requirements

Additional Requirements

  • The Ivey Program requires a 250-word Statement of Interest.
  • The DAN Program requires a 250-word Statement of Interest and current Resumé.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants with two or more years of schooling at an English speaking University in an English speaking country are exempt from the requirements to provide evidence of English language proficiency. Other applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language by a satisfactory* achievement within the last two years in one of the following:

Students who are required to present evidence of proficiency in English must make their own arrangements to write the TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB or CAEL and to have the official results sent directly to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by the testing agency.

Other formal evidence of graduate level proficiency in English (as determined by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) may be considered in lieu of these test scores. For the French and Spanish programs only, evidence of proficiency in English is a degree requirement but not a requirement for admission.

Application Deadline

2022 Session

  • Ivey Program deadline: January 31 - Acceptance notification by March 30
  • DAN Program deadline: January 31 - Acceptance notification by March 30