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


In the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Financial Services program, you’ll take business finance courses that cover financial planning and investing, business and financial law and financial literacy. Once you graduate, you’ll be prepared to take on roles such as financial planner, financial advisor or investment analyst. You’ll also be prepared to test for internationally recognized designations such as Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Two ways to get a practical education 

Earn money and get relevant work experience before you graduate with the optional Co-operative Education Program. 

Complete projects in the modern workplace with the  Business Internship Program

You will also need work experience in order to complete BUSN 4500, the capstone course in this program, which requires you to have 500 hours of Canadian work experience. Hours gained through Co-operative Education and volunteer positions may be used to satisfy this component. See Program Requirements for more details. 

Excellent job prospects

The financial industry is growing across all sectors, with over 22,300 job openings in Canada between 2019 and 2028.* Financial advisors are especially in demand as companies look to these experts to identify opportunities for business growth.

*Source: Job Bank Canada

Get licensed as a Certified Financial Planner or Chartered Financial Analyst

Once you’ve completed the BBA Finance degree and FP Canada Core Curriculum courses (listed in program requirements), you’ll be qualified to write the FP Canada Financial Planning (CFP) exam and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 exam. The CFP and CFA are both internationally recognized designations that help you stand out in the job market and open up more finance job opportunities in a variety of industries.

Choose a concentration for your degree 

The Finance degree offers a number of concentrations to choose from that will help you build industry-relevant skills for your career path. See the Concentrations tab for more information. 

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. 

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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 Research Universities - SFU, UBC (UBCV or UBCO), UNBC or UVIC according to the BC Transfer Guide
  • Students can also take this program with a cooperative education option

Additional Graduation Requirements with the Co-Operative Education Option:

  • Successful completion of 3 Co-Operative work terms (27 credits)
  • Students completing the Co-Operative Education option will graduate with 148.5 credits and may require additional terms of study.

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 Business Communication 3.00
CMNS 1125 Public Speaking 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

Co-Operative Education Option

3 Co-Operative work terms (See Note 11) 27.00
Total Credits with Co-Operative Education Option 148.5



  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 121.5-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.
  11. The co-op work term is a minimum of 420 hours of work and must be taken through Douglas College's Co-op program. The timing of the work term is restricted to the following:
    • Can be undertaken only after completion of a minimum of two semesters, 18 credits
    • Cannot be taken in the last semester of the program

 *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.


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

The BBA degree granted by Douglas College is given under a license granted to us by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, British Columbia Government, and as such it is an accredited post-secondary degree.

Most BBA courses are transferable to other post secondary institutions. Granting credit for work done at Douglas is entirely up to the receiving institutions. For first and second year courses, most colleges and universities follow the BC Transfer Guide for course transfers.

For 3rd and 4th year courses which are normally subject specialty courses, the receiving institution may grant credit provides such courses are compatible both in content and coverage with the courses at their institution.

This degree is offered to high school graduates, 2-year college diploma graduates or adults returning to education to obtain higher credentials while pursuing professional accounting and financial services certifications such as CGA, CA, CMA, CFP, PFP, and CFA. University and college graduates who may have non-business degrees may also apply.

We offer 3 intakes per year: in the Fall, Winter and Summer semesters. Please note that we may not have many degree-level courses in the summer as most student work in the field, acquiring practical experience. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, as the seats are assigned based on the application flow. You may also apply online and forward your official transcripts by mail. Apply online here.

All international applicants are encouraged to apply. Foreign applicants should first submit their educational documents including all the official transcripts to International Credit Evaluation Services for assessment of all the previous work done, determination of Canadian equivalency. Once you receive the evaluation, please submit all these documents along with your Douglas College application.

Yes, you may. In such cases, applicants are classified as "pre-BBA" and will be required to complete all the prerequisite courses whether from high school or lower level college prerequisites. Douglas College offers math upgrading and English upgrading for those applicants who may be missing high school level courses.

Yes, we can. Please contact the BBA Coordinators for a personal meeting. We will be pleased to sit down, assess your current educational needs and try to find a program that may best fit your future educational goals and expectation. Get contact info.

The focus of the degree is to equip you with relevant, applied skills in the fields of professional accounting, financial services, banking and wealth planning. You will take a diverse set of courses so you'll be ready for multiple entry position in financial management. Many of the courses contain "hands-on" component enabling you to practice and master skills that will be very relevant at the workplace. The design of the curriculum provides a "seamless" transition from the classroom to the work environment.

You can choose from three specialties: Accounting, Financial Services or Management.

Accounting is ideal if you plan to earn credentials such as a CA, CGA or CMA.

Financial Services will prepare you for wealth planning and securities positions, plus designations such as CFP, PFP, CIM, FMA, CFA or Mutual Fund Licensing.

Management will prepare you for management-level roles in an industry of your choice with the combination of the Chartered Management Program (CMP) designation and industry-specific skills in such fields as financial services, international business, supply chain, hospitality and project or trades management. Plus, earn an additional industry-specific designation for your chosen concentration.

The course offerings are on late afternoons, evenings and all day Saturdays. This format of offering is ideal for working adults and others.

It will take 2-4 years for full-time students to complete this degree (durations for part-time students vary), depending on your level of business education. Get details here.


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

Concentration in Business Law

Douglas College’s new Concentration 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 Concentration 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 Concentration 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 Concentration in Business Law

Students enrolled in the BBA program can obtain a Concentration 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 concentration.

Career Pathways

Career opportunities include:

  • Bank Representative 
  • Budget Analyst Intern 
  • Certified Financial Analyst 
  • Claims Adjuster 
  • Foreign Exchange Trader 
  • Investment Advisor 
  • Investment Research Intern 
  • Junior Budget Consultant 
  • Junior Credit Counsellor 
  • Junior Portfolio Analyst
  • Tax Preparer