Financial Analysis (Post-Degree Diploma)

Faculty
Commerce & Business Administration
Department
Credits
30.00
Length of Program
One year
Credential Type
Post-Degree Diploma
Learning Format
Full-time
Part-time
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - Additional Admission Requirements
Offered
Fall
Summer
Winter

Overview

Interested in the stock market? Consider a career as a financial planner, financial analyst or investment analyst with the Financial Analysis Post-Degree Diploma. In this one-year program you’ll learn career-enhancing financial knowledge and acquire a strong foundation in real-world investment analysis and portfolio management skills. 

Excellent job prospects

The financial industry is seeing a lot of hiring activity across all sectors, with an expected 23,300 job openings in B.C. between 2015 and 2025,* and professionals who have the financial skills to support business growth are in high demand. Financial analysts are especially in demand as companies look to these experts to help identify opportunities for growth.** 

Get certified as a Chartered Financial Analyst

Graduates of the Finance Post-Baccalaureate Diploma program are qualified to write the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 exam, the first step to becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst – one of the most globally-recognized professional finance qualifications. As a CFA, you’ll stand out to employers and have instant credibility.

*Source: B.C. 2025 Labour Market Outlook

**Source: Robert Half

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of minimum 30 credits.
  • 70% (21 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College. Up to a maximum of nine 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.

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
BUSN 2429*  Business Statistics 3.00
FINC 2300* Personal Finance I (CFP) 3.00
FINC 3305 International Financial Management 3.00

Select one of the following two options: (see note (2) below)

FINC 2340* Corporate Finance 3.00

FINC 2345*

Introduction to Corporate Finance 3.00
Required Courses
FINC 3390* Security Analysis (CFP) 3.00
ACCT 3410  Intermediate Accounting II 3.00
BUSN 3431 Business Statistics 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 one of the following two options:
FINC 4380 Derivatives – Theory & Applications 3.00
FINC 4390  Financial Analysis Capstone  3.00
Total Credits 30.00

 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. ECON 2298 may substitute for FINC 2340 or FINC 2345 if already taken.

*A minimum grade of "C" is required for this course because it is a pre-requisite to further courses.

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.

Due to the program’s advanced curriculum coverage in Finance, it is strongly recommended that students who wish to enter the program have a Bachelor’s degree in Business.

 

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.

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.