Brock’s Goodman School of Business has been re-accredited by Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Ontario to the master’s level.
Goodman’s CPA pathway including the Bachelor of Accounting program, followed by the Master of Accountancy, underwent a months-long CPA Ontario review process, which formally ended last week.
“The outstanding accounting and business education being received at Brock University is exemplified by the designation for our CPA pathway,” said President Gervan Fearon. “As a CPA myself, this is a very important development for the Goodman School of Business and the Accounting program at Brock.”
He said the University is “committed to excellence in its professional programs and innovative academic programming that meets our students’ needs and builds their professional skillset for success in their professions.”
CPA Ontario reviews all accredited programs systematically to ensure that they continue to offer the best in accounting education.
Through a rigorous process overseen by CPA Ontario with an external review team, the re-accreditation involved a thorough examination of the programs’ courses and documentation to ensure Goodman continues to meet the CPA Accreditation standards.
“It’s a significant seal of approval that shows the success of Goodman’s Accounting programming and that Goodman is a trailblazer in Ontario,” said Goodman School of Business Dean Andrew Gaudes. “The strength of our faculty helps us to continue to position our programming so that it is not only recognized by CPA Ontario, but it also gives our students the experience they need to be successful.
“I am very proud of all the work and effort that went into this. This accreditation recognizes the collective effort of all disciplines within the business school and the support of the University in making sure that we’re able to excel in the areas of the competencies required by the CPA profession.”
When CPA Ontario unified three legacy accounting designations in 2013, the Goodman School of Business responded by modifying its Accounting programming to offer a streamlined student experience that leads to the CPA designation.
The result meant a redesigned Master of Accountancy program that would allow Bachelor of Accounting graduates to fulfil the CPA education requirements while obtaining a master’s degree.
Students who complete both programs are eligible to proceed directly to the Common Final Examination, CPA’s qualifying exam.
“We’re very pleased with the outcome of this review as we value our long-time partnership with Brock University,” said Richard Piticco, Vice-President, Student Services for CPA Ontario. “Many of our members are Brock alumni and we eagerly look forward to welcoming more Brock graduates into the profession in the years to come.”