Last year, Pascale Lapointe-Antunes an Associate Professor of Accounting at Brock University’s Goodman School of Business, received the prestigious title of Fellow and the FCPA designation from the Council of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ont-ario (CPA Ontario), the highest distinction in the accounting profession.

Mediaplanet: What should students know about accounting as a profession?

Pascale Lapointe-Antunes: It’s a great path to success. There are misconceptions about what it means to be an accountant. It’s not just about numbers — accounting is about professional judgment and decision-making.

MP: What’s the benefit of getting a fast-track Master’s in Accounting?

PL: Our Bachelor of Accounting (BAcc) students can continue directly to our Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program through our accredited CPA pathway. The MAcc takes only eight months and leads right to the CPA exam. This is a faster route and gives students the full grad school experience.

Alternatively, students can enter CPA Canada’s Professional Education Program, which takes two years.

MP: What makes Goodman’s MAcc special?

PL: Of last year’s 55 MAcc grads, 52 passed the CPA’s qualifying exam. Three of our grads were on the exam’s national honour roll. We have a high pass rate, but we also have happy students. The MAcc is intense, but students feel supported and accompanied in the learning process. 

In addition to the accredited fast-track BAcc/MAcc pathway, Goodman offers an MBA and a Master’s of Professional Accounting that lead to CPA’s Professional Education Program.