Finance (Post-Baccalaureate Diploma)

Commerce & Business Administration
Length of Program
Two years
Credential Type
Post-Baccalaureate Diploma
Learning Format
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - Additional Admission Requirements


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.

Three ways to get a practical education 

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

Get essential career training that will prepare you for your future career with the Career Boost Program. 

Complete projects in the modern workplace with the  Business Internship Program

Excellent job prospects

According to the Job Bank of Canada, over 23,000 job openings are expected between 2022 and 2031 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 (listed in program requirements). 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.

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.


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Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of minimum 60 credits.
  • 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.
  • A minimum average grade of C+ or 2.33 GPA in the program is required to graduate.
  • Students can also take this program with a cooperative education option.

Additional Graduation Requirements with Cooperative Education Option

  • Successful completion of 9 additional credits through Cooperative Education I (COOP 1100).
  • Students completing the Cooperative Education option will graduate with 69 credits.
  • 70% (48.3 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College.

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 Business Communication 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


Cooperative Education Option
COOP 11004 Cooperative Education I 9.00
Total Credits wtih Cooperative Education Option   69.00


  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.
  4. 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.

Career Pathways

Career opportunities include: 

  • Financial Planner
  • Financial Advisor
  • Investment Analyst