Graduate Diploma in Accountancy

This program is designed to encourage the development of critical thinking, analysis and communication skills.

Advanced accounting insight

By facilitating personal growth and the ability to adapt and respond to a complex and changing environment, the program helps you acquire advanced knowledge in accounting and related aspects of business. The Diploma program is completed over four months (January to April).

Accountancy Diploma Curriculum

We want you to be on the pathway to being a strong accountant and a strategic leader.

The integrated and innovative coursework in the Diploma ensures that you receive an unparalleled accounting education. Throughout the program, critical thinking, analysis and communication skills are developed through the use of case study analysis, student discussion, presentations and research papers.

Diploma with CPA Pathway

In the Diploma program, you will take four courses that map to all of the CPA electives (Assurance, Finance, Tax & Performance Management), plus one general business elective.

Application deadlines

Please note that the GDAC program begins in January of each year only.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all available seats are filled. Admission decisions will be made on a competitive basis.

There are no set deadline for applications; however, due to the competitive nature of the program, students are strongly encouraged to apply early. Prior to applying, students are also strongly recommended to request a pre-assessment on the Graduate Portal of their eligibility to confirm that their grades are competitive and that they hold the necessary prerequisites for entry.

Frequently asked questions

The Graduate Diploma in Accountancy program will be completed on a full-time basis over one four month term (January – April).

Students who achieve a final overall average of 75% in the Graduate Diploma in Accountancy program may transfer directly to the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) with the approval of the Goodman Graduate Programs Office.

Those students who opt to transfer to the MAcc will not receive or will relinquish the Graduate Diploma in Accountancy and instead may use the credits earned in the Diploma to fulfill half of the MAcc degree requirements.

Please see the Admission Requirements section below for full details.

We strongly recommend that anyone interested in the Graduate Diploma program contact the Goodman Graduate Programs Office through the Goodman Graduate Student Communication Portal first to request a pre-assessment of eligibility, prior to applying.

Additional program information

The total cost of your Accounting diploma program reflects tuition, student fees, books and living expenses. Full-time students take one term to complete the program.

The following estimates are based on 2018-2019 fees and may be subject to change. Tuition and student fees are due at the beginning of each semester.

Tuition 2018-2019

Tuition is charged on a per course basis. Each 5PXX course is equal to one half (.5) credit.

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents: $1,003.42 per half credit course
International Students: $2,511.60 per half credit course

Tuition and related fees

This chart reflects how much you will be paying to attend the Goodman Diploma in Accountancy.

Canadian Citizens and Permanent ResidentsInternational Students
Tuition for 5 Courses$5,017$12,558
International Recovery Feen/a$750
Student Fees and Bus Pass$404$404
UHIP Health Coveragen/a$624
Health and Dental Plan$475$475
Total Estimated Costs$5,896$14,811

For a full breakdown of tuition fees, please visit Student Accounts and Financial Aid. In case of any minor differences, your tuition charged on your account will be considered correct.

Living Expenses and Books

Living expenses and books are extra. We recommend that you budget approximately $9,000-$12,000 per year for living expenses and books, depending on your lifestyle.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is limited, as we prefer to keep overall tuition costs affordable.

Students may apply for RA, TA, part time instructor and marker/grader positions.

Due to the competitive nature of the Goodman Diploma in Accounting (GDAC) program, the admission averages for successful GDAC applicants will vary from year to year. The averages listed below are the minimum required for admission consideration and do not guarantee admission.

Pre-admission assessment

We are happy to review your Brock transcript or CPA assessment and IELTS/TOFEL score (if applicable), before you apply to our GDAC program.

A pre-admission assessment is the best way of assessing your eligibility/competitiveness for the GDAC program.

To request a free pre-admission assessment, log-in/ create an account on Goodman’s Graduate Portal and click on ‘Pre-assessment’ in the left-hand navigation. Brock students will need to provide their student ID number with their request and non-Brock students will need to upload their CPA assessment with their request.

Admission Requirements

  • Four year Goodman bachelor’s degree in Accounting (BAcc) or completion of all CPA Canada courses to the end of PEP Core module 2.

*Please note that international degrees/credentials obtained outside of Canada will not qualify for admission into the GDAC or MAcc program.

  • Minimum 75 per cent academic average in the last two years of undergraduate degree
  • Minimum 75 per cent academic average in key accounting prerequisite courses (with no grade below 60)
  • Two academic references provided by Business Faculty members
  • Minimum English language proficiency score (if applicable): ‘TOEFL iBT 105 /Academic IELTS: 7.5
    • Do you need this? Please contact the Graduate Programs Office for an assessment.
    • Goodman may request an English language score from any applicant whose first language is not English.

We’re here to help. Contact one of our staff members regarding the application process and we’ll guide you through all of your available options.


  1. Review the admission requirements to confirm you meet the eligibility requirements. If you are unsure of your eligibility, request a pre-assessment through the Goodman Graduate Portal.
  2. Complete the online OUAC application.
  3. Upload the required application documents to your account.
  4. Monitor your application status through your account.

Summary of Application Documents

We would be happy to check on the status of your application upon request and we will contact you be email in the event that we require more information, would like to speak with you or make a decision on your application.

All applications and application documents for the Accounting Diploma program must be submitted electronically.

All applications must include:

  • Online OUAC Application
  • Non Refundable Application Fee ($130 Canadian)
    • The application fee can be paid by credit card or by online banking. All application fees are received by OUAC, not by Brock University.
  • Required Documents
  • Within three business days of your application payment being processed you will be contacted by email by Brock University. The email will include instructions to activate your account and electronically submit your required application documents.
  • Please visit the document upload instructions and document types page for more information
  • Scans of original transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
    • The scanned copy must be of your official transcript, not your student/self-serve copy.
    • Any documents that are not in English or French must be translated into English and notarized before they are accepted. Both the  translated and the original version must be scanned and uploaded.
    • If you are a Brock student, your Brock transcript will be uploaded for you.
  • Two electronic reference reports
    • Both reference reportsMUST be provided by accounting faculty members
    • Reference reports can only be submitted using the Brock University electronic reference system.
    • Your referees will be emailed automatically with instructions to complete the reference reports once your application has been received by Brock University.
  • Statement of interest
    • Your statement of interest should be one page, single or double spaced.
  • Résumé
  • Graduate Studies Internal Scholarship/Award Application
    • Completion of this form will ensure that you are considered for any awards/scholarships you may be eligible for
  • Scan of official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score (if applicable)
    • Do you need this? Please contact us for an assessment.
    • The Goodman School of Business may request an English Language score from any applicant whose first language is not English.
    • Please have TOEFL/IELTS scores sent electronically to Brock University – Goodman School of Business in addition to uploading a scan of your official score report to your account

If you are offered admission to our program, you will be required mail official transcripts and official proof of degree completion. Please visit the document types page for further details.

Once submitted, all documents are the property of Brock University and will not be returned.