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Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services) (B302)

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PROGRAM
Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services)
CODE
B302
SCHOOL
School of Accounting and Finance
LOCATION
St. James Campus
DURATION
4 years (8 semesters) including at least 1 Work Experience (Co-op Work Term)
STARTING MONTH
September, January
CERTIFICATION
Honours Bachelor's Degree
YEAR OF STUDY
2016-2017
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
George Brown College's Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services) is a four-year business degree program that was developed with employers to create graduates who can thrive in today's financial services industry. After the first year of studies, students can choose from either the Accounting or Financial Planning specialization.

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

George Brown College's Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services) is a four-year business degree program that was developed with employers to create graduates who can thrive in today's financial services industry. After the first year of studies, students can choose from either the Accounting or Financial Planning specialization.  

Whether you are seeking a career as a professional accountant or a financial planner, this program provides the skills, knowledge and real-world experience to help you succeed.

 The program offers the following additional benefits:

  • Work integrated learning experiences that amount to no less than 14 weeks of full-time equivalent work (420 hours), either in one block, or in multiple cumulative blocks appropriate to achieving the program learning outcomes
  • Accounting, banking management, administration and financial planning theory, as well as the practice of applying concepts in the real word
  • A state-of-the art facility that includes network-ready wireless classrooms and study areas
  • Curriculum that is current and has been developed with input from our industry partners, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and the Financial Planners Standards Council


Your Field Study Options 

Work experience is required as part of this program.

Work Integrated Learning Experience

The George Brown Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services) program includes work integrated learning experiences that amount to no less than 14 weeks of full-time equivalent work (420 hours), either in one block, or in multiple cumulative blocks appropriate to achieving the learning outcomes.

The work integrated learning experience usually occurs between your sixth and seventh semesters if taken in one block and all 420 hours mustbe completed before seventh semester. This work experience provides you with the practical experience employers value. Organizations in the following categories are engaged as field education partners for the Financial Services degree:

  • financial institutions
  • accounting and accounting-related organizations
  • small businesses
  • not-for-profit organizations
  • government offices
  • major corporations

George Brown works with employers and industry partners to identify potential work experience opportunities. Students are also strongly encouraged to pursue self-directed industry work experience opportunities they believe would provide the learning experiences they value and meet the learning outcomes of the program. This valuable work experience can in turn be added to your resume.

In addition to more formal on-the-job work experience George Brown College endeavours to provide field education opportunities with real world challenges and clients. Find out more about field education at the Centre for Business. 



Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College degree program is designed to deliver degree-level, discipline-specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.

Degree learning outcomes must include exposure to a breadth of learning beyond the core disciplinary or vocational field of a program, to increase students’ awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes



Course Outline

Required Courses 

The following is a guide for the courses in the B302 and B322 programs Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree for Semester 1 to 8. All courses in the first year are common to all majors. You will choose your major (Personal Financial Planning or Accounting) after you successfully complete your first year.

Students must successfully complete 41 courses and 1 Integrated Work Experience in order to complete their degree. This includes 33 Mandatory courses and 8 Liberal Arts courses of your choice from the Arts and Humanities, Social Science, or Science & Technology.

Printable Curriculum Planner 2016-2017pdf file

Common Degree Courses

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BCOM 1001 Applied Business Communication NONE
BBUS 1001 Canadian Business Fundamentals NONE
BMTH 1003 Financial Mathematics NONE
BBUS 1006 Microeconomics: Canada in the Global Environment NONE
 Select One Liberal Studies Elective

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BFPL 1001 Personal Financial Planning Principles NONE
BACC 1002 Introduction to Financial Accounting NONE
BBUS 1106 Organizational Behavior NONE
BBUS 1007 Macroeconomics: Canada in the Global Environment NONE
 Select One Liberal Studies Elective

At the end of year one, students select their major. You can access the Curriculum Planner and course outline for each major online.

FINANCIAL PLANNING MAJOR (B302)

Year 2

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BMTH 1002 Statistical Methods BMTH 1003
BFPL 2102 Canadian Investments I NONE
BFSM 1101 Canadian Financial Systems BBUS 1001
BFSM 2103 Financial Services Marketing BBUS 1001
BCOP 1000 Work Experience Prep. Course BCOM 1001
 Liberal Studies Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BMTH 2001 Quantitative Methods BMTH 1002
BFPL 2103 Canadian Investments II BFPL 2102
BFPL 3001 Retirement Planning BFPL 1001
BLAW 2004 Family Law NONE
 Liberal Studies Elective

Year 3

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BACC 3002 Income Taxation I BACC 1002
BACC 3004 Corporate Finance I BACC 1002
BFSM 2001 Estate Planning BACC 2104
BFPL 3002 Investment Management BFPL 2102 & BFPL 2103
 Liberal Studies Elective 

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BFPL 3003 Personal Risk Management BACC 3002
BACC 3104 Corporate Finance II BACC 3004
BACC 2104 Income Tax Strategies BACC 3002
BFPL 3006 Intermediate Financial Planning BFPL 3001, BACC 3002, BFSM 2001, BFPL 3002
 Liberal Studies Elective 

Integrated Work Experience (14 weeks) or equivalent

Year 4

SEMESTER 7

semester courses
Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BFPL 3103 Corporate Governance and Compliance NONE
BFPL 3005 International Finance BFPL 2103
BFSM 2104 Selling Financial Services BFSM 2103
BFSM 4002 Financial Decision Making BBUS 1106
 Liberal Studies Elective

SEMESTER 8

semester courses
Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BFPL 4101 Advanced Personal Financial Planning BFPL 3006
BFPL 4002 Portfolio Management BFPL 3002
BFSM 4101 Human Resources Management NONE
BFPL 4109 Small Business Management BLAW 2003
 Liberal Studies Elective

ACCOUNTING MAJOR (B322)

Year 2

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BACC 2001 Intermediate Accounting I BACC 1002
BACC 2003 Managerial Accounting I BACC 1002
BMTH 1002 Statistical Methods BMTH 1003
BLAW 2005 Canadian Business Law None
BCOP 1000 Work Experience Prep. Course BCOM 1001
 Liberal Studies Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BACC 2101 Intermediate Accounting II BACC 2001
BACC 2103 Managerial Accounting II BACC 2003
BMTH 2001 Quantitative Methods BMTH 1002
BCMP 2007 Business Management Information Systems BACC 1002
 Liberal Studies Elective

Year 3

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BACC 3002 Income Taxation I BACC 1002
BACC 3004 Corporate Finance I BACC 1002
BACC 3003 Advanced Managerial Accounting BACC 2102
BACC 3105 Intermediate Accounting III BACC 2101
 Liberal Studies Elective

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BACC 4002 Income Taxation II BACC 3002
BACC 3104 Corporate Finance II BACC 3004
BACC 3001 Audit and Assurance BACC 2101
BFSM 4101 Human Resources Management BBUS 1106
 Liberal Studies Elective

Integrated Work Experience (14 weeks) or equivalent.

Year 4

SEMESTER 7

semester courses
Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BACC 3102 Advanced Accounting I BACC 2101
BBUS 1002 Marketing Management NONE
BACC 4005 Advanced Auditing BACC 3001
BBUS 3103 Corporate Governance and Compliance NONE
 Liberal Studies Elective

SEMESTER 8

semester courses
Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BBUS 4001 Operations Management BMTH 2001
BBUS 4102 Strategic Management NONE
BFSM 4002 Management Decision Making BBUS 1106
BACC 3112 Advanced Accounting II BACC 3102
 Liberal Studies Elective


Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates of the George Brown College Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services) program are prepared for careers in a wide range of business sectors including banks, other financial institutions, federal, provincial and municipal government offices and service organizations. 

Graduates of the program have found employment as:

  • Analyst, International Tax
  • Supervisor, Accounts Payable
  • Senior Accounting Clerk
  • Client Portfolio Analyst
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Financial Officer
  • Assistant Portfolio Manager


Future Study Options 

Designations

Graduates of this program may wish to pursue other designations or credentials in accounting. For information on the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, please visit cpaontario.ca.

Graduates of this program may also wish to pursue other designations or credentials in financial planning.

The Financial Planning Examination Level 1 is a required step toward obtaining a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation. More information on the CFP® designation and its requirements may be obtained at the Financial Planning Standards Council website at fpsc.ca.

Information on the Canadian Securities Course and licensing requirements can be found at the Canadian Securities Institute website at csi.ca/student/en_ca/home.xhtml.

Note: The requirements for each designation/certification are set by the granting body, not George Brown College. In order to qualify for any of these designations/certifications, you need to follow the process listed on its website and meet all the requirements applicable to you.



Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$8,003.00 * †

Additional Cost 

 *Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2015. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2016 and at later dates.

 † This program includes 1 Work Experience semester or equivalent. The cost of the Work Experience Preparation course and the Work Experience semester is included in first year tuition.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.



How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma with six Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses including: Grade 12 (U) English and Grade 12 (U) Mathematics.
  • A grade of at least 60 in all prerequisite courses (English and Math).
  • An overall average of 65% in six Grade 12 (U) or (M) courses.
  • Recommended courses: basic computer software applications and Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U).

OR

Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD):

  • Grade 12 (U) English and Grade 12 (U) Mathematics are required
  • Grade of 65% or higher in English and Math
  • Post-secondary courses in English and Mathematics with a grade level of B or higher will be considered.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

English language proficiency required:

  • George Brown College ESL Level 9; TOEFL 580 (Paper), 237 (Computer), 92 overall and 22 in each skill band (Online); IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each skill band; MELAB 85; CAEL overall 70 (writing 60);

Proficiency in English communications is necessary for success in this program. Applicants may be required to complete English testing to demonstrate proficiency.

Please visit www.georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details.

Course Exemptions

Some college and university credits may qualify you for exemptions. Please visit www.georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

Note: There is no admissions assessment (testing) for this program. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available for this program, final student selection will be based on overall academic standing and/or grades in the required courses.

International students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.



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Student Success

Success Stories  

Hussain Mirza

"George Brown College is a reputed institution for education and the professors and staff are amazing. I love GBC because of its friendly environment and also students are from diverse communities. The professors are experts in their area of study which ensures that the students understand the curriculum in the class. Studying in the Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services) degree program will act as a stepping stone to enter the accounting field in the future."

Hussain Mirza, Student, Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services)

Nadine Elliott

"It was a really big support network for me to have the same classmates and to get to know them really well. I found it was much more practical in the college setting, working through the problems and having the time to do that with a professor, not necessarily with a T.A. (teacher's assistant), and really get that one-on-one experience with them."

Read more about Nadine and her experience at George Brown College

Nadine Elliott, Student, Bachelor of Applied Business

“I was able to take the Canadian Securities Course as part of my degree. Also, the program prepared me to write the Certified Financial Planner exam right after graduation, which saved me a lot of time.

My education helped me to move up at TD very quickly, much faster than I would have without it. George Brown was the right choice for me. I would recommend the program to anyone.”

Taran Dhillon, Graduate 2007, Bachelor of Applied Business; Financial Advisor, TD Bank

“I really enjoy this program, especially the applied components, because it’s very hands-on and industry-oriented. My professors are the best ones you could ask for. Their solid industry background and experience bring additional value to the lectures, and they always engage us with the material. The support from professors and classmates adds to a friendly learning experience, and to achieving my short-term goal of becoming an applied business degree graduate.”

John Anastasakis, Graduate 2008, Bachelor of Applied Business – Financial Services

“The Bachelor of Applied Business degree program at George Brown College has provided me with the skills and knowledge that are essential to succeed in the financial services industry. The co-op term at Outland Reforestation allowed me to apply the skills and knowledge, putting me on the right track to a successful career. My work with our Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) team has allowed me to make a meaningful difference to numerous social enterprises while developing an excellent network to ensure that when I graduate, I will hit the ground running.”

Dan MacGirr, Student, Bachelor of Applied Business; VP of Marketing, Enactus George Brown



Contact Us

Contact Us  

For general inquiries about eligibility, scheduling, and applying to the program, please contact the Centre for Business.

Email: business@georgebrown.ca
Phone: (416) 415-5000 ext. 2160

For program information, please contact the program co-ordinator.

Niraj Sinha
Email: Niraj.Sinha@georgebrown.ca
Phone: (416) 415-5000 ext. 2547



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