York’s Master of Financial Accountability program helps kickstart career growth

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For York University alumni with an undergraduate degree in a business-related discipline looking to rapidly upskill or pursue a new profession, the Faculty of Graduate Studies is here to help. York’s Master of Financial Accountability (MFAc) program provides students with a thorough understanding of how accountability and ethics can and should inform modern decision-making in the corporate world.

The MFAc program has increased in popularity in recent years due to its relevance in today’s society, and is now one of the largest graduate programs at the University. MFAc graduates go on to be employed at senior levels in regulatory, investor and professional firms, and at companies throughout Canada and beyond.

 Founded in 2009, York University’s Master of Financial Accountability program is the only program of its kind in the world

“The MFAc degree is one of a kind,” says York University Professor Richard Leblanc, graduate program director of MFAc. “It can be completed in one year, and our graduates hit the ground running, with employment and compensation to reflect their enhanced skill set.”

Graduate students come from across the globe for this program, to be taught by world-leading faculty and practitioners, says Leblanc.

Core MFAc courses cover topics such as accountability, compensation, ethics, governance, performance and risk. Elective course offerings include anti-money laundering, cryptocurrency, banking, leadership, information technology governance, privacy and sustainability. There is also an optional practicum internship where students can gain hands-on learning. To meet the varied demands of a diverse students body, the MFAc degree offers multiple specializations, and full-time and part-time options that can be completed either remotely or in person, or both.

Master of Financial Accountability (MFAc). Learn how to improve accountability and governance relationships in the corporate world through our graduate program.

The program’s primary admissions requirement is the completion of a four-year degree in a business-related discipline, with a minimum B average. If the minimum requirements are not met, supplemental evidence of achievement and motivation, overcoming adversity and extracurricular experience may also be considered. A Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is not required. Admission occurs on a rolling basis for entry every September, January and May.

The application deadline for the winter term, commencing January 2022, is Dec. 1.

For more information about the MFAc program structure and admission requirements, visit mfac.gradstudies.yorku.ca, read the frequently asked questions page or email Professor Leblanc directly at rleblanc@yorku.ca.

Lassonde EDI fund supports initiatives that reduce barriers and promote equity

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The Lassonde School of Engineering at York University has introduced a new equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) funding initiative to promote a culture of EDI at the school while helping to remove systemic barriers for faculty, students and staff in academia.

This initiative, spearheaded by the EDI Sub-Committee and the Lassonde Research Office, supports the development and enhancement of an inclusive culture at Lassonde and beyond. The funding provides community members with many ways to advance equity, diversity and inclusion, from developing new recruitment strategies and funding EDI training to supporting faculty members during parental leaves and life events.

Jane Goodyer
Jane Goodyer

There are two funding categories available as part of the EDI fund. The first aims to improve work-life balance and support faculty members who are new parents, caregivers or going through extraordinary life events. The second category is meant to support initiatives that strive to catalyze change and create a diverse and inclusive environment at Lassonde.

“Different backgrounds and experiences provide a wide range of perspectives which strengthen our educational and research missions aimed towards making a positive impact on a global scale,” said Jane Goodyer, dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering. “By introducing new EDI funding that supports initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion within our community, we can create a cultural change within our school and beyond. Our work can help create systemic change in academia and in the workforce.”

Equity, diversity and inclusion are a key priority for the school, with the EDI Sub-Committee and the Kindergarten to Industry (K2I) Academy acting as key drivers over the past years in implementing initiatives and programs that can create a systemic change within the school and across the education system.

This EDI fund is meant to empower students, faculty and staff to make a difference and pave the way to a more equitable future for all. With this fund, students, faculty and staff have the freedom to design their own initiatives, get creative, and find ways to think outside the box to make the school a more diverse and inclusive space. Community members can also use this funding towards training opportunities to enhance their EDI knowledge and credentials.

For more information about the funding categories and application instructions, visit Lassonde’s EDI Funding webpage.