Financial Services (Bachelor of Business Administration)

Commerce & Business Administration
Length of Program
Eight semesters
Credential Type
Bachelor's Degree
New Westminster
Learning Format
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - Additional Admission Requirements


The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Financial Services and Administration prepares individuals for positions in wealth planning and securities, and for designations such as CFP (Certified Financial Planner) and CSC (Canadian Securities Course). The program offers a number of electives and a work experience component.

In order to graduate from the program you must complete BUSN 4500, the capstone course, which requires you to have 500 hours of work experience that is documented and signed off by your supervisor. Full details of BUSN 4500 are included in the Career and Portfolio Development Handbook.

It is strongly recommended that you begin your work experience requirement as soon as you are accepted to the program in order to avoid delays with completing your degree. 

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of 121.50 credits
  • 45 Upper Level (3000-4000) credits required
  • A minimum of 70% of upper level credits must be completed at Douglas College
  • A minimum program GPA of 2.00 is required to graduate
  • 1000-2000 level courses must be University Transferable (courses that transfer to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC) according to the BC Transfer Guide
  • Courses marked with an asterisk (*) require a minimum "C" grade in all prerequisites
  • Co-op work experience is an option, which requires an additional term, and must be completed before the final term of the program.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits
Required Courses
ACCT 1110* Principles of Accounting I (see note (1) below) 3.00
ACCT 1210* Principles of Accounting II (see note (1) below) 3.00
FINC 1231* Business Mathematics (see note (2) below) 3.00
BUSN 1210 Management Essentials 3.00
MARK 1120 Introduction to Marketing 3.00
CSIS 1190 Excel for Business 3.00
ECON 1150 Principles of Microeconomics 3.00
BLAW 1320 Introductory Business law 3.00

Select two courses from the following three options:

ENGL 1130 Academic Writing 3.00
CMNS 1115 Practical Writing 3.00
CMNS 1125 Oral Presentations 3.00
Required Courses
PHIL 1122 Business Ethics (see note (3) below) 3.00
ECON 1250 Principles of Macroeconomics 3.00
FINC 2300* Personal Finance I (CFP) 3.00
BUSN 2429* Business Statistics I (see note (4) below) 3.00
MARK 2150 Personal Selling 3.00

Select one of the following two options: (see note (5) below)

FINC 2340* Corporate Finance 3.00

FINC 2345*

Introduction to Corporate Finance 3.00
Required Courses
ACCT 2320 Introductory Management Accounting 3.00
BUSN 3310 Organizational Management Skills (see note (6) below) 3.00
FINC 3390* Security Analysis (CFP) (see note (7) below) 3.00
Select three courses from the following options:
FINC 3300 Personal Finance II (CFP) 3.00
FINC 3305 International Financial Management 3.00
FINC 4340 Investment Management Techniques 3.00
FINC 4360 Portfolio Management Techniques 3.00
Select four courses from the following options:
FINC 3370 Financial Markets and Institutions 3.00
ACCT 3370 Income Tax I (CFP) 3.00
ACCT 3410 Intermediate Accounting II 3.00
BUSN 3431 Business Statistics II 3.00
MARK 3500 Financial Services Marketing 3.00
ACCT 3470 Income Tax II 3.00
BLAW 3730 Corporate and Financial Planning Law 3.00
FINC 4370 Financial Planning Capstone (CFP) 3.00
FINC 4380 Derivatives & Theory & Applications 3.00
FINC 4390 Financial Analysis Capstone 3.00
Required Courses
BUSN 4275 Business Strategy and Competitive Analysis (see note (8) below) 3.00
Open Electives Eight 1000 - 4000 Level Elective Courses(see note (9) below) 24.00
Open Electives Five 3000 - 4000 Level Elective Courses 15.00
BUSN 4500 Career Portfolio Development (see note (10) below) 1.50
Total Credits 121.50


  1. ACCT 1235(Principles of Introductory Financial Accounting I & II) can be taken instead of ACCT 1110 and 1210. A 3-credit open elective course must then be taken to meet the 120-credit requirement of the program.
  2. MATH 1120 may substitute for FINC 1231.
  3. PHIL 1102 or BUSN 4490 may substitute for PHIL 1122.
  4. MATH 1160 may substitute for BUSN 2429.
  5. ECON 2298 may substitute for FINC 2340 or FINC 2345.
  6. SOSC 2140 may substitute for BUSN 3310.
  7. The Canadian Securities Course (CSC) may be transferred in and substituted for FINC 3390.
  8. BUSN 4275 must be taken in the final two semesters.
  9. Lower level (1000-2000 level) courses must be university transferable.
  10. BUSN 4500 is a capstone course and requires 500 hours Canadian work experience completed prior. It must be taken in the final two semesters of the degree.

 *A minimum grade of "C" for each course which is a pre-requisite to further courses is required (courses indicated by *).

The courses listed below satisfy the FP Canada™ Core and Advanced Curriculum requirements leading to QUALIFIED ASSOCIATE FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (QAFP™) and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® (CFP®) certification.


Admissions Requirements

1. General College Admission Requirements

2. Pre-Calculus 11 with a minimum grade of "C" or Foundations of Mathematics 11 with a minimum grade of "C"


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Career Pathways

The BBA in Financial Services and Administration prepares graduates for a variety of careers in the financial services field:  Professional Financial Advisor – CFP, CFA  Investment Advisor  Wealth Manager  Financial analysis   Financial management (corporate finance)   Positions with Banks, Trust Companies, Credit Unions and independent financial service providers  Investment and securities broker  Credit counselor   Commercial lending and credit analysis   Mortgage broker  Portfolio administration   Securities compliance

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.


Frequently Asked Questions


BBA Grad Mathias

By the numbers

BBA grad Mathias Stoecker is pursing a career in the financial industry as a credit analyst in the heart of Vancouver.

More Information

Specialization in Business Law

Douglas College’s new Specialization in Business Law is the first designation of its kind in British Columbia.  It is offered as a special designation to students in the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program who have an interest in supplementing their business education with a series of courses focused on specific legal topics and issues relevant to the modern business professional.

Acquiring a sound knowledge of the basic principles of business law is essential in today’s ever changing, highly complex and heavily regulated business environment.  Obtaining a Specialization in Business Law from Douglas College in no way permits graduates to practise law or gain academic qualifications for admission to the Law Society Admission Program.  The Specialization will, however, provide Douglas College BBA graduates with practical skills for the business world that will distinguish our students from graduates of other business programs.

Requirements for a Specialization in Business Law

Students enrolled in the BBA program can obtain a Specialization in Business Law designation with their degree by:

  • Completing a minimum of 12 credits (four courses) from the list of eligible Business Law courses set out below, and
  • Obtaining a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.33 (C+) in any four eligible Business Law courses.

Note:  If a student has taken more than four eligible Business Law courses, the four courses with the highest grades will count toward the specialization.

Eligible Business Law courses

BUSN 1320 – Introductory Business Law (offered Fall, Winter, Summer semesters)
BUSN 2420* – Business Law II
BUSN 3700 – Fundamentals of International Trade Law (offered Fall Semester)
BUSN 3710 – Sales and Marketing Law (offered Winter Semester)
BUSN 3730* – Business Law for Finance and Accounting Professionals (offered Winter, Summer semesters)
BUSN 3750 – Human Resources Law (offered Winter, Summer Semesters)
BUSN 4490 – Applied Legal and Ethical Decision Making for Managers (offered Fall, Winter, Summer semesters)

*Preclusions are in place so that a student will only be able to receive credit for BUSN 2420 (scheduled for discontinuance) or BUSN 3730.

Business Law faculty

Don Valeri, BA (Hons) (Carleton), LLB (Ottawa), MBA (Alberta), PhD (Greenleaf)
Brian Sugg, BA (Harvard), LLB/MBA (Dalhousie), LLM (Singapore)
Brian Parker, BA (Simon Fraser), LLB (British Columbia), LLM (Toronto)
Brian Fixter, BA (York), JD (British Columbia), LLM (British Columbia)

For more information, please contact
Bill Archibald, Chair, Business Department (