CMA Canada accredits the Bachelor of Commerce Program, Major in Accountancy

    Accounting excellence in the spotlight at Concordia University's John
    Molson School of Business

    MONTREAL, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - CMA Canada, the world leader in shaping
strategic management accounting professionals to lead enterprises in the
global marketplace, has just accredited the Bachelor of Commerce Program,
Major in Accountancy, at Concordia University's John Molson School of
    CMA Canada is the first professional accounting organization in North
America to accredit programs at leading universities. These programs, offered
in 11 Quebec universities, provide complete coverage of the CMA Competency Map
Entrance Requirements, equip students with in-depth knowledge and skills in
management accounting, financial accounting, financial management and
taxation, strategic management, and risk management and governance. These
skills are required for mastering the advanced concepts covered in CMA
Canada's Strategic Leadership Program, leading to the prestigious CMA
    In 2000, CMA Canada implemented an accreditation process to recognize
institutions that offer quality educational programs according to prescribed
standards. Accreditation by CMA Canada offers universities a measurement
process that is based on self-evaluation and peer review, coupled with
external evaluation by CMA Canada. "The accreditation of the Bachelor of
Commerce Program, Major in Accountancy, at Concordia University's John Molson
School of Business is a testament to the university meeting the demanding
accreditation requirements set out by CMA Canada," said Steve Vieweg, CMA,
FCMA, President and CEO of CMA Canada. "The John Molson School of Business
offers innovative approaches to course design and delivery, supported by
outstanding faculty resources, effective evaluation of student performance,
and a commitment to quality education."
    Concordia University is now a member of an exclusive group of
universities across Canada to have an undergraduate accounting program
accredited by CMA Canada. In recognition of the rigour and high standards of
university programs accredited by CMA Canada, graduates who successfully
complete the programs with a minimum grade point average of 75%, or 3.0 on a
4.0 scale, are exempted from writing the CMA Entrance Examination.
    "We are very pleased that CMA Canada has awarded accreditation to the
Bachelor of Commerce Program, Major in Accountancy, at the John Molson School
of Business. The accreditation required an extensive review of our courses as
well as site visits and interviews with our faculty and students. The
announcement of accreditation is excellent news for the John Molson School of
Business and an affirmation of the quality of our undergraduate accountancy
program. We are proud to have been given this honour," said John Molson School
of Business Dean Sanjay Sharma.
    "The accreditation relationship between universities and CMA Canada is
based on co-operation and mutual respect, assuring universities that the
results are objective and credible," said François Renauld, FCMA, President
and Executive Director, Quebec CMA Order. "The intent of CMA Canada
accreditation is not to produce a standardized accounting or business
curriculum. Instead, we encourage universities to adopt diverse approaches to
course design and delivery, since innovation is considered indicative of a
commitment to continuous improvement."
    Vieweg emphasized that CMA Canada accreditation of programs at leading
universities sets the standard for quality education in business and
accounting in Canada. "Concordia University's John Molson School of Business
exemplifies this standard, and is to be commended for the outstanding quality
of its accounting program."

    About CMA Canada

    With 40,000 certified members around the world, CMA Canada grants a
professional designation in strategic management accounting(TM) and is
responsible for standards-setting, accreditation and the continuing
professional development of CMAs. CMAs provide an integrating perspective to
business decision-making, applying a unique blend of expertise in accounting,
management and strategy to identify new market opportunities, ensure corporate
accountability, and help organizations maintain a long-term competitive
advantage. To optimize the performance of global enterprises and build
strategic management accounting(TM) skills, CMA Canada offers innovative
executive development programs, advanced online courses, and internationally
recognized knowledge management publications. For more information, visit

    About John Molson School of Business

    Concordia University's John Molson School of Business is among Canada's
largest business schools with over 7800 students studying at the graduate and
undergraduate levels. Located in downtown Montreal, JMSB attracts students
from Quebec, across Canada and around the world. JMSB is committed to
preparing the business leaders of tomorrow and for a second consecutive year,
our university ranked 1st in Canada for graduating the most commerce graduates
holding CEO titles in Global Fortune 500 companies. The excellence of our
academic programs is recognized and accredited by the AACSB (The Association
to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts, Suzanne K. Godbehere, Vice
President, Public Affairs and Communications, CMA Canada, Tel.: (905)
949-3106, Toll-free: 1-800-262-7622, ext. 3106, E-mail:; Julie Desjardins, Coordinator, Marketing and Media
Relations, Ordre des comptables en management accrédités du Québec, Tel.:
(514) 849-1155, ext. 239, Toll-free: 1-800-263-5390, E-mail:; Mai-Gee Hum, Communications Officer, John Molson
School of Business, Concordia University, Tel.: (514) 848-2424, ext. 4142,
Cell: (514) 466-0088, E-mail:

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