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Financial Services (Diploma)

IMPORTANT NOTICE Students starting this program in the Fall 2019 semester or later will be required to have a program GPA of 2.00 or higher in order to graduate.
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Finance
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam, New Westminster
Credential: Diploma
Admission Type: Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Winter, Summer
program overview
In the Financial Services Management Diploma Program, students take financial management courses developed in consultation with the Canadian Securities Institute and major Canadian investment firms. The program also covers the skills needed to start a career, such as personal selling, business law and management essentials.
curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits
  • 25% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • A minimum program GPA of 2.00 is required

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

Select one course from the following two options:

BUSN 2275

Business Strategy and Simulation


BUSN 4470

Business Simulation


Select one course from the following two options:

BUSN 2429

Business Statistics I


MATH 1160

Introduction to Statistics (see note (1) below)


Select one course from the following two options:

BUSN 3310

Organizational Management Skills


SOSC 2140

Behaviour in Organizations


Select one course from the following two options:

FINC 1231

Commercial and Financial Mathematics


Math 1125

Calculus for the Social Sciences


Select one course from the following two options:

FINC 3350

Canadian Securities Course


FINC 3390

Security Analysis


Select one course from the following three options:

PHIL 1122

Business Ethics


PHIL 1102

Values and Contemporary Issues (see note (2) below)


BUSN 4490

Applied Legal and Ethical Decision Making for Managers, Professionals and Executives (see note (2) below)


Select two courses from the following three options:

ACCT 2320

Introductory Management Accounting


BUSN 3730

Law for Finance and Accounting Professionals


ECON 1250

Principles of Macroeconomics


Required Courses:

ACCT 1110

Principles of Accounting I  (see note (3) below)


ACCT 1210

Principles of Accounting II  (see note (3) below)


BUSN 1210

Management Essentials


BUSN 1320

Business Law I


CMNS 1115

Practical Writing


CSIS 1190

Excel for Business


ECON 1150

Principles of Microeconomics


ENGL 1130

Academic Writing


FINC 2300

Fundamentals of Personal Finance (see note (4) below)


FINC 2340

Fundamentals of Financial Management


MARK 1120

Introduction to Marketing


MARK 2150

Personal Selling


Total Credits


(1) Students who have taken MATH 1160 for credit may substitute it for BUSN 2429 when transferring into the program.  It is highly recommended that students take BUSN 2429.

(2) Students who have taken PHIL 1102 for credit may substitute it for PHIL 1122 when transferring into the program.  It is highly recommended that students take PHIL 1122BUSN 4490 may also be substituted for PHIL 1122

(3) 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 60-credit requirement of the program.

(4) FINC 2300 is required as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) qualifying course.

career transfer pathways

The Financial Services industry is one of the largest employers in Canada. Banks and investment companies offer increasing options to consumers, and this explosion of financial products requires trained specialists to sell and manage them. Further increasing the demand for wealth managers is the advent of the "baby boomer" generation seeking retirement planning and investment management to secure a sound financial position in retirement.

WorkFutures, the B.C. government’s comprehensive study on occupational outlooks, ranked the growth rate for financial management careers to be "much faster" than average. Incomes were also rated "much higher than average," with about 35 percent of financial planners being self-employed. 
Future Studies
All courses taken as part of the Financial Services Management Diploma may be applied for credit towards the BBA – Financial Services and Administration. As well, many courses can be transferred towards credits in university degree programs and other business credentials. Check the B.C. Transfer Guide or consult with faculty for updated information on specific courses.
admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

Note: Prerequisites for some required courses for this program are:

  • English 12 with a grade of "B" (or acceptable substitution)
  • Principles of Math 11 or Foundations of Math 11 with a grade of "B" (or acceptable substitution)

Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you check each individual course prerequisite and ensure that you have completed requirements prior to registration. 

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.