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Get ahead in managerial or financial Accounting

Work toward your CPA or RPA designation online


Whether you are pursuing a career in managerial or financial accounting or working towards your CPA or RPA designation, our accounting program can help get you there. 

Developed in collaboration with top industry experts and McMaster University's DeGroote School of Business, this convenient online program equips you with the skills, tools and knowledge of the latest accounting best practices and standards. Courses can be taken individually or as an accounting diploma and certificate to give you the latest in-demand skills you need to succeed in this rewarding profession.

Program features

  • Approved courses for admission to CPA or RPA designation programs
  • Convenient virtual classroom, online self-study or online course options
  • Learn from instructors with industry expertise
  • Network with professionals from various disciplines 

You'll learn to: 

  • Demonstrate awareness of organizational structure, professional standards, ethical practices and the role of accounting within an organization
  • Research, calculate, analyze and evaluate accounting information appropriate to financial contexts
  • Propose creative and critical options and solutions that align with accounting best practices
  • Recognize the impact of current economic, political and professional rules and regulations on accounting practices
  • Develop knowledge and skills to pursue accounting professional designations such as CPA or RPA

Career Opportunities 

Earning a Diploma in Accounting or Certificate in Advanced Accounting opens doors to a wide range of rewarding careers including:

  • General or Management Accountant
  • Finance or Non-Profit Executive Director
  • Portfolio Accountant
  • Controller
  • Financial Analyst
  • Chief Financial or Executive Officer
  • Auditor or Senior Financial Auditor
  • Strategic Management Consultant or Advisor

Who should take this program?

  • Professionals working in the accounting or finance field
  • Professionals interested in entering the accounting field 
  • Anyone interested in pursing a professional designation (CPA, RPA)
  • Anyone interested in a career change

Want to learn more about this program? Check out our latest Program Preview:

*Need help determining which pathway is right for you? Please contact one of our McMaster Continuing Education Information Specialist for a consultation