Program OverviewPrinter Friendly
The Business Administration – Finance program will help to open doors to more career options by preparing you for specialized financial services areas, 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 when you graduate.
In this three-year advanced diploma program, you'll study the functional areas of business (accounting, finance, marketing, information systems, human resources, production, operations management), and take management-oriented courses that will provide an integrated perspective of business. Because this offering will ensure you have a strong educational base in business, it will prepare you to effectively function in your chosen career, leading to supervisory and management positions in business, government and service organizations.
As a graduate of this Business School program, you'll acquire a specialized knowledge of how finance functions in the corporate entity and of the financial services sector of the economy.
Career Options and Education Pathways
Career Options and Education PathwaysPrinter Friendly
- 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.
- Financial analyst
- Investment advisor
- Sales agent
- Mortgage specialist
- Personal banking officer
- Mutual fund advisor
- Financial planner
- Retirement planning analyst
Start in a diploma program, end with a degree! Successful graduates of this Business Administration – Finance program have the opportunity to apply their credits towards further study at the degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.
Please note that each partner pathway has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the partner institution.
|Partner Institution||Degree Program|
|Algoma University||Honours Bachelor of Arts in multiple majors|
|Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting or Human Resources Management or Marketing|
|Bachelor of Science in multiple majors|
|Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations|
|Bachelor of Management - 3-year or 4-year with major|
|Bachelor of Commerce|
|Guelph-Humber, University of||Honours Bachelor of Business Administration|
|Humber College||Honours Bachelor of Business Administration|
|Laurentian University||Honours Bachelor of Busniness Administration|
|Honours Bachelor of Arts - multiple majors|
|General Bachelor of Arts - multiple majors|
|Nipissing University||Bachelor of Business Administration|
|Ontario Tech University||Honours Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies and Digital Technology|
|Seneca College||Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies|
|Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus||Honours Bachelor of Arts|
|Honours Bachelor of Commerce|
|York University||Honours Bachelor degree in any major|
Please visit our website at www.centennialcollege.ca/admissions/applying/education-pathways/outbound-pathways for more information on articulation agreements.
Admission RequirementsPrinter Friendly
- 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 11or 12 C, M or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College Math Skills Assessment for Admission
Co-op OptionPrinter Friendly
The co-op option in this program will provide you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while you complete two co-op work terms as an employee in the field. This experience not only allows you to put classroom learning into practice, but will also provide valuable contacts for your future career.
To participate in this co-op option, you will need to complete an application process in the second semester. If academically qualified, you may be admitted to the co-op program. Academically qualified students who are accepted into the program will register for the co-op preparation course as scheduled.
- Minimum of 80% of courses completed from year one and two
- A minimum C (60%) grade in COMM-170/171
- A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (this must be maintained for the duration of the program)
- Students must be legally eligible to work in Canada
- Students who meet the above prerequisites will apply to transfer to the co-op program as scheduled
Note: Meeting the minimum co-op program requirements does not guarantee admission into the co-op program.
Co-op Model Route
|Fall Semester Intake|
|Winter||Co-op Work Term 1|
|Summer||Co-op Work Term 2|
|Summer Semester Intake|
|Fall||Co-op Work Term 1|
|Winter||Co-op Work Term 2|
How to Apply
How to ApplyPrinter Friendly
1. Apply Online
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.
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.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and FeesPrinter Friendly
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 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 2020.
|Student||Tuition (2 Semesters)||Ancillary Fees||Total|