The Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services) is a four-year business degree 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 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 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 Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services) degree 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 must be 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