Master of Accounting (MAcc)

MAcc Admission Information

As a recognized top business school in Canada, admission to the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program is competitive. Applications are evaluated holistically and we look for students who can demonstrate both academic success and excellent interpersonal skills.

In addition to meeting the CPA prerequisite courses, students will also need to satisfy graduate level entrance requirements at the University of Alberta. 

Entrance Requirements

MAcc applicants are required to meet and submit the following as part of their application:

  1. Undergraduate Degree and GPA
  2. Prerequisite Course Form
  3. Resume
  4. Statement of Interest
  5. References

After submitting an application, strong candidates will be invited to complete an interview.

Undergraduate Degree and GPA

Admission to the MAcc program requires a four-year undergraduate degree from a recognized academic institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.0/4.0. Your admission GPA will be calculated based on your most-recent 60-credits (typically your last two years of study).

CPA Preparatory Courses & Prerequisite Course Form

A number of prerequisite courses are required to enter the MAcc program, which are typically met through a Canadian undergraduate degree in accounting. A complete course prerequisite form is required as part of your application. All MAcc students are required to have completed the following courses (or equivalents):

Introductory Financial Accounting
Introductory Management Accounting
Intermediate Financial Reporting 1
Intermediate Financial Reporting 2
Advanced Financial Reporting
Corporate Finance
Audit and Assurance
Intermediate Management Accounting
Performance Management
Business Law
Information Technology


CPA Alberta has a list of equivalent courses offered at Alberta post-secondary institutions, acknowledging that specific course names and numbers are different at each institution. 


Your application will include a résumé with sufficient details of your education, volunteer experience, co-op experience, work experience, and any extracurricular activities. You do not need to use the generic CV form.

Statement of Intent

The 1 to 2 pages in length Statement of Intent will introduce you to the Admissions Committee as an individual, showcase your personality, and outline details around but not limited to the following:

  • Why you want to enter the program
  • What your career goals are
  • How the strengths of the program match your career goals and will support you in achieving them
  • What you will contribute towards the program

Ultimately, the statement of intent reveals important information about which candidates will contribute to and benefit the most from the program. 


Candidates are required to submit two letters of reference, which can be academic, professional or extra-curricular. In the online application system, you will need to supply the names and email addresses for your referees. They will be emailed instructions on how to submit their reference into the online application system. Referees are encouraged to use our reference letter form and upload it into the online application system.

Admissions Interviews and Final Decisions

All candidates admitted to the MAcc program are interviewed at least once, with there typically being two admissions interviews.  Both interviews are by invitation only. The first involves a request for a Kira Talent video interview.  The second admissions interview is typically conducted either in-person or over Skype with a member of the Admissions Committee. Both interviews provide an opportunity for the Admissions Committee to get to know you better, assess your communication abilities and values as well as clarify any questions regarding your application.

After the final interview is complete, the Admissions Committee will review the entire application package and contact the applicant with their decision. If positive, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research would also be notified and they would ultimately provide an official letter of admission.

Current CPA Holders

Individuals already holding the Canadian CPA designation can apply to the Master of Accounting program.  The general admission requirements would be the same, but we would want to see confirmation of the designation rather than a course pre-requisite form.  For individuals holding the CPA designation, we may be able to tailor the program to better align with your goals.