Admission Requirements

Please note: Admission to this program is highly competitive. Simply meeting the admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

  1. A relevant undergraduate degree from a recognized university.

    Note: The accreditation that Queen's has received from CPA Ontario, for the GDA Program to grant advanced standing to candidates, specifies that a Queen's BCom, or equivalent degree, is required. In determining whether a Commerce Degree from another Canadian university is equivalent, the Admission Committee will review each application individually. Particular attention will be paid to program curriculum and your GPA. Superior performance is required.

  2. Completion of an online application
  3. A copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial) showing completion of, or current enrolment in, the following university level courses (or equivalents):

    Financial Accounting

      • Introduction to Financial Accounting
      • Intermediate Financial Accounting I
      • Intermediate Financial Accounting II
      • Accounting Theory

    Management Accounting

      • Introduction to Management Accounting
      • Intermediate Management Accounting
      • Management Control Systems


      • Introduction to Finance I
      • Introduction to Finance II

    Principles of Economics (Macro and Micro)

    Introduction to Auditing

    Introduction to Income Taxation

    Development of Information Systems

    Business Law

    Strategic Management (Strategy)

    Introduction to Marketing

    Introduction to Organizational Behaviour (Human Resources)

    Introduction to Quantitative Methods (Statistics)

    In some cases, you may be asked to provide course descriptions for the above prerequisites.

  4. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that their previous academic experience has provided the "enabling competencies" as set out by the CPA Canada. These include:

    • Ethics
    • Analysis and Problem-solving
    • Verbal and Written Communication
    • Self-management
    • Team Work
    • Leadership

    To learn more download a PDF

    Note: A combination of academic courses (e.g. Business Communications, Business Ethics) and a description of the previous learning experience (e.g. extent of individual written work required in the program, significant group work that has been formally evaluated, significant case based analysis and significant presentation skills) is needed to demonstrate that the student qualifies for admission to the Program.

Apply Online


Queen's Graduate Diploma in Accounting
Goodes Hall, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
Canada K7L 3N6
Phone: 1.866.861.1615

Application Deadlines

Queen's students applications are due at January 31st, 2018

Non-Queen's applications are due at February 28th, 2018

Please Note: Smith School of Business does not require official transcripts at the time of application as most transcripts will show course prerequisites as being in progress. Once you have been accepted into the program you will receive a conditional offer of admission and it will be subject to your providing official transcripts that show completed grades for prerequisite courses and proof that your undergraduate degree was awarded before GDA classes begin.

All grades earned in the Graduate Diploma in Accounting will be withheld until official transcripts are provided to and reviewed by the Program Director.