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Finance (Post-Baccalaureate 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: Two years
Credential: Post-Baccalaureate Diploma
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
program overview

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

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. This is the first step to becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst, the highest distinction in the investment management profession and an internationally recognized designation. As a CFA, you’ll stand out to employers and have instant credibility.

*Source: B.C. 2025 Labour Market Outlook

**Source: Robert Half

curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of 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.   Please contact the program coordinator for approval of substitutions.
  • A minimum average grade of C+ or 2.33 GPA in the program is required to graduate.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

Year I Coursework

Select one option from the following two options:

ACCT 1235*

Principles of Introductory Financial Accounting I & II

3.00

ACCT 1110* and

ACCT 1210*

Principles of Accounting I and

Principles of Accounting II

3.00

3.00

Required Courses:

FINC 1231*

Business Mathematics

3.00

BUSN 2429*

Business Statistics

3.00

CMNS 1115

Practical Writing

3.00

CSIS 1190

Excel for Business

3.00

ECON 1150

Principles of Microeconomics

3.00

ECON 1250

Principles of Macroeconomics

3.00

BUSN 1320*

Introductory Business Law

3.00

FINC 2300*

Personal Finance I

3.00

FINC 2340*

Corporate Finance

3.00

Year I Total Credits

30.00

Year II Coursework

Required Courses

ACCT 3370 Income Tax I 3.00
ACCT 3410 Intermediate Accounting II 3.00
BUSN 3431 Business Statistics II 3.00
BUSN 3730 Law for Finance and Accounting Professionals 3.00
FINC 3300* Personal Finance II 3.00
FINC 3390* Security Analysis 3.00
FINC 4380 Derivatives - Theory & Applications 3.00

Select one course from the following two options:

FINC 4340

Investment Management Techniques

3.00

FINC 4360

Portfolio Management Techniques

3.00

Select one course from the following two options:

BUSN 4275

Business Strategy and Competitive Analysis

3.00

FINC 4370

FPSC Approved Capstone

3.00

Select one course from the following five options:

FINC 3305

International Financial Management

3.00

FINC 4340

Investment Management Techniques

3.00

FINC 4360

Portfolio Management Techniques

3.00

FINC 4390

Supplemental Topics for CFA

3.00

MARK 3500

Financial Services Marketing

3.00

Year II Total Credits

30.00

Total Program Credits

60.00

These courses listed below are part of the FPSC Approved Core Curriculum qualifying students to write the FPSC level 1 exam:

admission 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.
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.

upcoming info sessions
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