Our students come to the program from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Students of the program may have a professional Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified General Accountant (CGA) or Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation, a law degree, or have a business degree prior to entering the program. Many have prior accounting or tax-related work experience. We strive to maintain diversity in our program because we believe it adds to the value of the educational experience for all students.
Students with or contemplating a professional designation:
Having a CA or CMA designation is not a necessity. Many of our students have entered the program directly from their undergraduate business program, completed the MTax and then after completing the MTax degree gone on to obtain a professional designation. Many of our employers will accommodate and encourage that path. However, a designation is not a requirement for our graduates. Many graduates have not pursued a professional designation and have very successful careers in tax.
Lawyers and law students:
Some of our students are fully qualified lawyers returning to the program to specialize in tax, whereas others enter the program immediately after completing a law degree but have not yet met articling requirements.