Business Administration - Finance

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Program Code: 2493

School: The Business School

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 3 years/ 6 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter, Summer

Location: Progress Campus

Email: business@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 2280

The Business Administration - Finance program helps to open doors to more career options by focusing on preparing you for specialized areas of financial services such as retirement planning or investment advising while you continue on the path towards the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation and a pathway to the Canadian Securities Course (CSC) credential. As a result, a wider variety of financial services careers will be available to you upon graduation.

In this three-year advanced diploma program, you will study the functional areas of business (accounting, finance, marketing, information systems, human resources, production and operations management) and take management-oriented courses that provide an integrated perspective of business. Because this offering ensures you have a strong educational base in business, it prepares you to function effectively in your chosen career field, leading to supervisory and management positions in business, government and service organizations.

Graduates of this School of Business program acquire a specialized knowledge of how finance functions in the corporate entity and of the financial services sector of the economy.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-112 Financial Accounting 1 Progress Campus
CCP-104 Call Centre Environment Progress Campus
COMM-160/161 College Communication 1 Progress Campus
COMP-106 Applied Business Software 1 Progress Campus
FINA-230 Canadian Financial Services Progress Campus
MATH-119 Mathematics of Finance 1-E Progress Campus

Semester Note

Students with an English assessment score of 170/171 will take COMM170/171 in the first semester.

Students with a MATH assessment score of less than 36/45 will be required to take MATH128 or MATH118 based on MATH assessment test. Additional fees may apply.

Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-221 Financial Accounting 2 Progress Campus
COMM-170/171 College Communication 2 Progress Campus
COMP-126 Applied Business Software 2 Progress Campus
FINA-110 Canadian Investment Funds Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus
MKTG-116 Principles of Marketing Progress Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
BUSN-313 Careers Progress Campus
FINA-248 Retirement Consultant Certificate 1 Progress Campus
FINA-308 Conduct and Practices Handbook Progress Campus
FINA-339 Canadian Securities Course 1 Progress Campus
FINA-343 Marketing Financial Services Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
FINA-340 Introduction to Life Insurance Progress Campus
FINA-347 Taxation and Financial Planning Progress Campus
FINA-348 Retirement Consultant Certificate 2 Progress Campus
FINA-349 Canadian Securities Course 2 Progress Campus
FINA-350 Financial Sales and Negotiation Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus

Semester Note

Please note, Canadian Securities Course 1 & 2 includes a $1000 fee for textbooks (online), online training quizzes and industry exam.
Semester 5
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-224 Corporate Finance 1 Progress Campus
BUSN-331 Business Law Progress Campus
ECON-206 Principles of Macroeconomics Progress Campus
FINA-307 Risk Management and Estate Planning Progress Campus
FINA-314 Borrowing and Lending In Canada Progress Campus
Semester 6
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-334 Corporate Finance 2 Progress Campus
BUSN-225 Research Methods and Data Analysis 1 Progress Campus
FINA-322 Concepts in Behavioural Finance Progress Campus
FINA-346 Program Review & Evaluation Progress Campus
FINA-360 CIFP Capstone Course Progress Campus

Semester Note

Minimum Program GPA of 2.0 (C Grade average) required to graduate.

Program Highlights

  • This program, which includes a CIFP capstone course, builds a complete skill set for financial services, including IIROC license, Life License Qualification program (LLQP), Retirement Consulting Certificate and CFP designation academic requirements.
  • Business Administration - Finance is also a pathway to the Canadian Securities Course (CSC) credential, and completion of this program will allow you to write the CSC exams.
  • You will be eligible to write the Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) Level 1 exam and will have Level 1 certification in financial planning (CFP).
  • If you complete the CIFP capstone course, you will be eligible to write the Level 2 exam for full CFP certification.

Career Outlook

  • Financial analyst
  • Investment advisor
  • Sales agent
  • Mortgage specialist
  • Personal banking officer
  • Teller
  • Mutual fund advisor
  • Financial planner
  • Retirement planning analyst

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
  • Mathematics Grade 11 or 12 C, M or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College Math Skills Assessment for Admission

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

All courses require the purchase of textbooks. Notably, there is a $1000 cost for online textbooks, training quizzes, and Industry Exams, which covers Canadian Securities Courses (CSC) 1 and 2. These courses are critical to success in the Financial Services Industry and successful completion of the Industry Exams earns the you the coveted CSC Certificate issued by the Canadian Securities Institute.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,935.50 $973.00 $3,908.50
International $13,283.00 $2,256.00 $15,539.00