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Financial Services (Bachelor of Business Administration)

Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Finance
Credits: 121.5
Length: Eight semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam, New Westminster
Credential: Bachelor's Degree
Admission Type: Open Enrolment - Additional Admission Requirements
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
program overview

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. 

curriculum framework

Year 1 - Semester I - Fall

ACCT 1110* Principles of Accounting I (or ACCT 1235, see note 2) 3
FINC 1231* Business Mathematics (or MATH 1125, see note 3) 3
CSIS 1190 Excel for Business 3
ENGL 1130 or CMNS 1115 Academic Writing or Practical Writing 3
BUSN 1210 Management Essentials   3
Total   15

Year 1 - Semester II - Winter

ACCT 1210* Principles of Accounting II 3
CMNS 1115 or CMNS 1125 Practical Writing or Oral Presentations (or UT ENGL or CMNS course, see note 4) 3
MARK 1120 Introductory Marketing 3
PHIL 1122 Business Ethics (or PHIL 1102 or BUSN 4490) 3
1000-4000 level Open elective (see note 4)   3
Total   15

Year 2 - Semester III - Fall

FINC 2300* Personal Finance I (CFP) 3
BUSN 2429* Business Statistics I (or MATH 1160) 3
FINC 2340* Corporate Finance 3
ECON 1150 Principles of Microeconomics 3
1000-4000 level Open elective (see note 4)   3
Total   15

Year 2 - Semester IV - Winter

MARK 2150 Personal Selling 3
ECON 1250 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ACCT 2320 Introductory Management Accounting 3
FINC 3390* Security Analysis 3
1000-4000 elective Open elective (see note 4)   3
Total   15

Year 3 - Semester V - Fall

BUSN 1320* Introductory Business Law 3
BUSN 3310 Organizational Management Skills (or SOSC 2140 plus an additional 3000-4000 elective) 3
3000-4000 level DEGREE REQUIRED COURSE (1/6, see note 6) 3
1000-4000 level Open elective (see note 4) 3
1000-4000 level Open elective (see note 4)   3
Total   15 

Year 3 - Semester VI - Winter

3000-4000 level DEGREE REQUIRED COURSE (2/6, see note 6) 3
1000-4000 level Open elective (see note 4) 3
1000-4000 level Open elective (see note 4) 3
1000-4000 level Open elective (see note 4) 3
FINC 4340 or FINC 4360 Investment Management Techniques or Portfolio Management Techniques (CFP)   3

Year 4 - Semester VII - Fall

3000-4000 level DEGREE REQUIRED COURSE (3/6, see note 6) 3
3000-4000 level DEGREE REQUIRED COURSE (4/6, see note 6) 3
BUSN 4275 Business Strategy and Competitive Analysis 3
3000-4000 level Open elective 3
3000-4000 level Open elective   3

Year 4 - Semester VIII - Winter

3000-4000 level DEGREE REQUIRED COURSE (5/6, see note 6) 3
3000-4000 level DEGREE REQUIRED COURSE (6/6, see note 6) 3
3000-4000 level Open elective 3
3000-4000 level Open elective 3
3000-4000 level Open elective 3
BUSN 4500 Career and Portfolio Development. This is a capstone course that requires 500 hours Canadian work experience.   1.5
Total   16.5


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

2. Students who take ACCT 1235 will have an additional 1000-4000 elective choice.

3. MATH 1120 and MATH 1130 are acceptable alternatives for FINC 1231 in particular cases.  Approval of the BBA Coordinator is required.

4. 1000-2000 level electives must be university transferable (UT) on the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer System (BCCAT).  Students who select SOSC 2140 toward their core requirements must ensure they have a minimum of 45.0 credits at the 3000-4000 level to graduate.

5. BBA courses which are no longer offered can still be used for graduation purposes.

6. A minimum of six of the following DEGREE REQUIRED COURSES must be taken:

MARK 3500 Financial Services Marketing
BUSN 3730 Law for Finance and Accounting Professionals (CFP)
ACCT 3370  Income Tax I (CFP)
FINC 3300  Personal Finance II (CFP)
BUSN 3431 Business Statistics II
FINC 3305 International Financial Management
FINC 3370 Financial Intermediation and Capital Markets
ACCT 3410 Intermediate Accounting II
FINC 4360 Portfolio Management Techniques (or FINC 4340)
FINC 4370 FPSC-approved CFP Capstone Course (CFP Level 2)
FINC 4380 Derivatives - Theory and Applications

Students taking the approved CFP Core Curriculum courses below qualify to challenge the Level 1 Certified Financial Planning exam:

7. Students who have taken BUSN 2420 (Business Law II) cannot take BUSN 3730 for further credit.

career transfer 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
admission requirements
  1. General College Admission Requirements
  2. Foundations of Math 11 or Principles of Mathematics 11 with a minimum grade of "C"
program 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.

curriculum 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.

Is Douglas College's BBA degree credible and acceptable in the market place?

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.

What are the transfer options for my BBA courses?

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.

Who can take this program?

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.

When can I 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.

I am an International applicant. Can I apply for the BBA and will my foreign diploma/degree be accepted for equivalent and transfer credit at Douglas College?

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.

I am missing some lower level courses such as Math 11 or English 12. Can I still apply to the BBA degree?

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. As well, students may also upgrade for business programs with specific courses. 

I need more clarification about the business programs, degrees and the specialty areas. Can you help me?

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.

What is the focus of this program?

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.

What is the difference between the three specialties in the BBA?

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.

When are courses offered?

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

How long will it take to complete the program?

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.

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 (

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