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Curriculum

Students who are admitted into the Fast Track MBA-Professional Accounting Specialization (MBA-PAS) will have advanced standing into the candidate year of the Fast Track MBA. The students will need to complete 11 courses or 33 credit hours to complete MBA-PAS.

The courses will be offered in the evenings to accommodate students who prefer to work while completing the program requirements.

MBA-PAS courses are not available on-line. Learning in a classroom setting through interaction with peers, faculty members and guest speakers is essential for the development of interpersonal and communication skills critical to the success of our graduates.

Program Description:

FALL TERM (4 Courses)

04-70-601 Advanced Topics in Financial Reporting
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of financial accounting and reporting concepts. It will focus on auditing and assurance implications of financial accounting issues while providing students with the ability to mobilize knowledge from tax, finance and performance management areas. Notwithstanding an emphasis on technical competencies, the course will also facilitate the development of technical and enabling skills through case analysis and class discussions. The course will be taught over 12 sessions, each session is 3 hours long.

04-70-602 Advanced Topics in Management Accounting and Control
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of how to formulate strategies and execute these strategies by translating them into objectives and actions and by implementing monitoring and control systems to ensure smooth and effective execution. In addition to enabling students to develop their competence in governance, strategy, risk management and management decision making, the course focuses on integrating these competencies with financial reporting, finance and taxation through case analysis. Notwithstanding the focus on technical skills, in this course, the students are expected to develop critical thinking skills, ethical reasoning, problem solving and decision making and communication skills. The course will be taught over 12 sessions, each session is 3 hours long.

04-76-501 Interpersonal Dynamics
This course provides students with the behavioural skills to be effective in organizations. Active listening, conflict resolution and running effective meetings, will be taught with a great deal of emphasis on the practice of these skills.

04-75-698 Strategic Management
This capstone course integrates the knowledge gained in prior courses and focuses it on the functions of top management of an organization. Discussion of concepts and current practice are combined with case studies of strategic leadership and strategy formulation and implementation in a domestic and international environment.
The course will be taught over 12 sessions, each session is 3 hours long.

WINTER TERM (4 Courses)

2 of the following:

04-70-603 Performance Management
The purpose of this course is to develop students’ ability to mobilize knowledge from various subject areas such as strategy, governance, risk management, management accounting and control to analyze, evaluate and improve overall organizational performance. This course will facilitate the development of technical and enabling skills required to prepare students for the changing role of professional accountants in organizations who are both strategic and financial leaders. The course will be taught over 12 sessions, each session is 3 hours long.
This course is run as a seminar.

Pre-requisites: 04-70-601; 04-70-602 or instructor’s permission.

04-70-604 Advanced Corporate Finance
The purpose of this course is to provide advanced analytical and practical tools essential for value-based financial management of modern corporations. The course allows the students to further develop the skills necessary to evaluate a corporation's major strategic and investment decisions from a financial perspective, and therefore is a must for students who intend to pursue an accounting career with a focus on financial management - such as serving as the CFO of a corporation, rendering financial services to corporate clients in a financial institution,  serving as an sell or buy-side analyst or private equity manager, or doing business valuations - and for students who want to leverage their accounting expertise to launch a career in the finance industry. The course is also ideal for students who wish to further develop a broader understanding of financial decision making and acquire a more in-depth appreciation of financial institutions and markets, allowing them to make better decisions on issues such as mergers, divestitures, or stock buy-backs.
The course will be taught over 12 sessions, each session is 3 hours long.

Pre-requisites: 04-70-601; 04-70-602 or instructor’s permission.

04-70-605 Advanced Audit and Assurance
The purpose of this course is to equip CPA candidates with the competencies necessary to perform both internal audit projects and external assurance engagements.
The course will be taught over 12 sessions, each session is 3 hours long.

Pre-requisites: 04-70-601; 04-70-602 or instructor’s permission.

04-70-606 Advanced Topics in Taxation
This course is designed to assist students in understanding the most complex issues of Canadian tax planning and law.
The course will be taught over 12 sessions, each session is 3 hours long.

Pre-requisites: 04-70-601; 04-70-602 or instructor’s permission.

2 of the elective courses:

04-70-603 Performance Management (if not already taken)
04-70-604 Advanced Corporate Finance (if not already taken)
04-70-605 Advanced Audit and Assurance (if not already taken)
04-70-606 Advanced Topics in Taxation (if not already taken)

04-76-610 Business Law
This course examines common law principles and statutes affecting the business administrator’s decision-making process.

Any other Masters level course to be approved by the Director of the Program

SUMMER TERM (3 Courses)

04-70-607 Integration and Team Building
The purpose of this course is to further develop students’ strategic leadership capabilities, problem solving, written and oral communication skills, ethical and professional behaviours, self-management and teamwork capabilities. Students are required to work in teams to analyze a complex business case and to present their findings to a panel of faculty members acting as senior executive managers / Board members. Students’ performance will be assessed based on their effectiveness as team members, on the quality of the written final report and of the oral presentation as well as on their ability to answer case specific questions. In addition to developing skills required in strategic leaders, this course will prepare CPA candidates for Day 1 of the CFE. The course is offered over 12 sessions, each session is 3 hours long.

Pre-requisites: 04-70-601; 04-70-602;  2 of the following electives (04-70-603; 04-70-604; 04-70-605; 04-70-606)or instructor’s permission.

04-70-608 Integrative Case Analysis
The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the final examination, the CFE. The course will focus on practice questions to prepare students for Day 1, multi-subject case analysis (Day 3 of the CFE) and on cases that will be tailored to different specializations (i.e. Finance, Tax, Audit, Assurance, Performance Management) that will be tested on Day 2 of the CFE. The complex and highly integrative cases, simulating real-life business issues will train students to draw on technical and enabling competencies that they have acquired in their previous courses to formulate a well-structured response within the allotted time.
The students will meet for 12 sessions, as outlined in the detailed schedule below. Students must keep in mind that the length of the sessions will depend on the type of case analysis conducted during that session. In addition, to prepare for the CFE, multi-day midterm and final exams will be administered. It is students’ responsibility to arrange their schedule accordingly.

Pre-requisites: 04-70-601; 04-70-602;  2 of the following electives (04-70-603; 04-70-604; 04-70-605; 04-70-606)or instructor’s permission.

04-76-673 Special Topics: Business Management
This is a project-based course designed to complement the skills acquired in other courses offered in the program