Finance (Post-Baccalaureate Diploma)

Learning Format
Full-time
Part-time
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - Additional Admission Requirements
Offered
Fall
Summer
Winter

Overview

Boost your resumé with a specialty credential in finance geared toward one of Canada’s fastest-growing industries. In the two-year Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Finance program you’ll acquire financial literacy; a strong foundation in financial planning and investing and an understanding of business and financial law. Once you graduate, you’ll be prepared to take on roles such as financial planner, financial advisor or investment analyst.

Graduate job-ready with the Career Boost program and Co-operative education

Designed for post-degree students, the Career Boost program prepares you for part-time paid or volunteer positions that complement your studies. You’ll participate in career-building workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, career fairs, networking with employers, peer-led leadership meetings and more. Once you graduate, you’ll get the continued support, skills and knowledge you need to find a full-time job in your field.

You can also put your skills to work by joining the optional Co-operative Education program, which alternates semesters of study with paid, full-time work in your field. You’ll earn money while gaining experience, building your resume and getting an employer reference, all before you graduate. To participate in Co-op you need to plan two semesters in advance, so we strongly recommend contacting the Co-op Office at the start of your program.

Excellent job prospects

According to the Job Bank of Canada, over 22,300 job openings are expected between 2019 and 2028 in Canada. Financial advisors are especially in demand as companies look to these experts to identify opportunities for business growth.

Get licensed as a Certified Financial Planner or Chartered Financial Analyst

Once you graduate, you’ll be qualified to write the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 exam and the FP Canada Financial Planning (CFP) exams. Please note that to take these exams, you must make sure that you have completed all FP Canada Core Curriculum courses. The CFP and CFA are both internationally recognized designations that help you stand out to employers and open doors to a range of careers in finance.

Completion of the financial services courses below satisfy the FP Canada Core and Advanced Curriculum requirements allowing you to challenge the Qualified Associate Financial Planner (QAFP) and the Certified Financial Planner certification exams. Note that full certification also requires completion of relevant work experience, as well as the FP Canada Introduction to Professional Ethics program and the Professional Education program.

  1. FINC 2300 QAFP Core Curriculum
  2. FINC 3390 QAFP Core Curriculum
  3. ACCT 3370 QAFP Core Curriculum
  4. FINC 3300 QAFP Core Curriculum
  5. FINC 4370 Advanced CFP Core Curriculum

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of minimum 60 credits.
  • A minimum grade of "C" for each course which is a pre-requisite to further courses is required (courses indicated by *).
  • 70% (42 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College.  Up to a maximum of 18 credits used towards a previously received credential can be used to meet program requirements, but additional courses will need to be taken to replace these credits.  Any credit course from the same level or higher may be used to replace a course that has already been taken.  Contact the Financial Services Coordinator if advice on substitutions is required.
  • Co-op work experience is an option, which requires an additional term, and must be completed before the final term of the program.
  • A minimum average grade of C+ or 2.33 GPA in the program is required to graduate.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits
Required Courses
ACCT 1235* Principles of Introductory Financial Accounting I and II (see note (1) below) 3.00
FINC 1231* Business Mathematics (see note (2) below) 3.00
CMNS 1115 Practical Writing 3.00
CSIS 1190 Excel for Business 3.00
BLAW 1320 Introductory Business Law 3.00
ECON 1250 Principles of Macroeconomics 3.00
FINC 2300* Personal Finance I (CFP) 3.00
BUSN 2429* Business Statistics I 3.00

Select one of the following two options: (see note (3) below)

FINC 2340* Corporate Finance 3.00

FINC 2345*

Introduction to Corporate Finance 3.00
Required Courses
FINC 3305 International Financial Management  
FINC 3300 Personal Finance II (CFP) 3.00
FINC 3390* Security Analysis (CFP) 3.00
ACCT 3370 Income Tax I (CFP)  
ACCT 3410  Intermediate Accounting II 3.00
Select one of the following two options:
FINC 4340 Investment Management Techniques 3.00
FINC 4360 Portfolio Management Techniques 3.00
Select five courses from the following options:
FINC 3370 Financial Markets and Institutions 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 4340 Investment Management Techniques 3.00
FINC 4360 Portfolio Management Techniques 3.00
FINC 4370 Financial Planning Capstone (CFP) 3.00
FINC 4380 Derivatives – Theory & Applications 3.00
FINC 4390  Financial Analysis Capstone  3.00
Total Credits 60.00

Notes

  1. Students who take ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210 instead of ACCT 1235 will have to complete an extra course for the credential.
  2. FINC 1231 - Students may use Math 1125 or approved substitute to fulfill this requirement.
  3. ECON 2298 may substitute for FINC 2340 or FINC 2345 if already taken.

*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

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada or an equivalent credential from an approved institution of a different country. Any applicant who earned their credential in a language other than English must meet the Douglas College English language proficiency requirement.

Cost

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

Career opportunities include: 

  • Financial Planner
  • Financial Advisor
  • Investment Analyst

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.