Graduate Programs

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All of our programs provide students with the technical, analytical, evaluative, and communication skills needed to prepare for successful careers in public accounting, finance, industry, government and not-for-profit sectors.

Each year, SAF graduates demonstrate their expertise in the accounting field by excelling in the CPA Common Final Exam (CFE). Learn more about SAF's Student and Graduate Employment(PDF) successes.

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Master of Accounting

Open to those who have completed an undergraduate program with the School of Accounting and Finance, the Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree is your path to the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. MAcc students gain depth in career areas such as business valuations, forensic accounting, taxation, and finance. Combined with an AFM, Math/CPA, or Biotech/CPA degree, the MAcc fulfills all of your CPA academic prerequisites, core integration modules, and capstone modules. You will graduate with the two required professional areas of study, chosen from the four CPA elective modules, as well as up to 16 of the required 30 months of relevant CPA practical work experience.

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Master of Taxation

The Master of Taxation (MTax) program is an innovative graduate program, reaching across the learning spectrum to connect skills and knowledge from courses and work-related activities. It is designed using an exclusive learning model to foster the development of technical strength, communication, research and interpretation, professionalism, continuous learning, and to synthesize relationship and business issues. Graduates attain broad-based competencies in tax subject areas including policy, research, statutory interpretation, estate planning, business structuring, and risk management. These unique strengths and qualities distinctly position our graduates as valued professionals in the Canadian tax community.

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PhD in Accounting

The PhD in Accounting degree is awarded for the accomplishment of independent and original research and reporting thereon in a dissertation; it is the largest accounting PhD program in Canada. Doctoral studies in accounting combine a substantive knowledge of an area of accounting (auditing and assurance, financial accounting, management accounting, and taxation) with in-depth knowledge of a base discipline and associated research methods. Training is available in research based on economic theory, empirical economics, behavioural science, and other methodologies. Our graduates hold academic positions at universities in Canada and abroad, and have published in well-known accounting journals.

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Master of Quantitative Finance

The Master of Quantitative Finance (MQF) program focuses on the fundamental disciplines of mathematics, statistics, econometrics, machine learning, computer science and finance. It provides the analytical tools to solve practical problems in the complex and rapidly evolving world of today's financial industry. Graduates from the MQF are equipped for positions requiring advanced quantitative skills such as those with financial institutions, corporations and government regulatory organizations. This program is based in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science and is offered as either a research paper accompanied by coursework or as a thesis.