Business Administration - Finance Program (with work experience) (B150)

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PROGRAM
Business Administration – Finance
CODE
B150
SCHOOL
School of Accounting and Finance
LOCATION
St. James Campus
DURATION
3 years (6 semesters in class, 2 semesters work experience)
STARTING MONTH
September, January
CREDENTIAL
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
YEAR OF STUDY
2018-2019
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
The Business Administration – Finance (with work experience) advanced diploma program at George Brown College in Toronto provides students with the knowledge and skills to work in the financial services sector. The financial services sector continues to grow and adapt to the needs of clients through the use of technology. People with customer service skills and knowledge of financial planning, call centre operations, investments and risk management are needed in this fast paced environment.

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

The Business Administration – Finance advanced diploma program provides students with the knowledge and skills to work in the financial services sector. The financial services sector continues to grow and adapt to the needs of clients through the use of technology. People with customer service skills and knowledge of financial planning, call centre operations, investments and risk management are needed in this fast paced environment. In this program you will develop skills in:

  • Investment decision making
  • Analyzing the funds needed upon retirement
  • Applying the rules associated with net income, taxable income, stock options, capital property and income splitting
  • Managing risk through insurance strategies and individual needs
B130 - Photo of students

This program (B150) is offered with work experience. Students wishing to apply for Business Administration – Finance without work experience should apply to B130.

Part Time Study Options  

We also offer evening courses and a part-time certificate program in Financial Planning. See the Continuing Education Course Guide at coned.georgebrown.ca.

Field Education 

Work Experience (Co-op or Internship) Required

Your Field Education Options 

Work experience (Co-op and Internship): This program requires the successful completion of two semesters of work experience to graduate. This work experience is either co-op (paid) or internship (unpaid). Either one will give you the practical experience employers value.

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 will 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.

For more detailed information on Field Education, visit georgebrown.ca/business/learning_environment.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. 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.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

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 

In order to graduate from the B150 program, you need a total of 39 courses. 34 Mandatory courses, 2 Business Electives, and 3 General Education Electives. For the B150 program you need to take an additional course, Work Experience Prep Course (BUS 1000) in semester 3, and complete 2 Work Experience (Coop or Internship) terms.

The Mandatory courses for the first 4 semesters are common to all students. At the end of semester 4, students can choose their Specialization option: Financial Services or Financial Planning.

Depending on the results of your placement tests, you may be required to take COMM 1003 (English Skills) or CESL 1003 (English Skills-ESL) before progressing to COMM 1007. Similarly, you may be required to take MATH1027 (Business Math with Remediation) before progressing to MATH 1021. COMM1003/CESL 1003 and MATH 1027 do not count towards the 38 courses required for graduation, and you will be charged for these extra courses. Please speak to the Business Office staff if you need any assistance.

General Education Courses (Semester Two, Three, Four, and Five): You must complete 4 General Education courses. 1 mandatory (“Successful Social Relations” - GHUM 1087) and 3 chosen from at least 2 of the following categories: Social Sciences (GSSC), Arts and Humanities (GHUM) or Science and Technology (GSCI).

You are required to make up any failed or dropped courses before you are eligible to graduate. You can make up these courses during the day, and some are offered in the evening through Continuing Education. Please check with the Business Office staff to ensure that the continuing education courses are equivalent to what is taught in the full-time program. Note that some courses may not be offered in every semester. Our staff can assist you in any special timetable requirements you may have.

Printable Curriculum Planner 2017-2018pdf file

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Courses Prerequisite
BUS 1038 Business Concepts 1 NONE
COMM 1007 College English NONE
ECON 1032 Macroeconomics NONE
FIN 1003 Financial Systems in Canada NONE
MATH 1021 Mathematics of Finance NONE
MARK 1020 Principles of Marketing I NONE

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Courses Prerequisite
ACCT 1001 Accounting Fundamentals 1 NONE
COMP 1010 Business Computer Applications I NONE
COMM 1034 Professional Communications I COMM 1007
FIN 1011 Fundamentals of Financial Planning NONE
PSY 1129 Organizational Behaviour NONE
Select One General Education Elective

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Courses Prerequisite
BUS 1056 Business Presentation Skills COMM 1007
FIN 2061 Canadian Investments I FIN 1011
FIN 2003 Money Management & Software Application FIN 1011
FIN 2035 Consumer Behaviours & Financial Needs MARK 1020
MARK 2027 Sales Training & Client Management MARK 1020
STAT 1010 Quantitative Methods 1 MATH 1021
BUS 1000 Work Experience Prep Course* COMM 1007 & 3.0 GPA
GHUM 1087 Successful Social Relations NONE

* This course is mandatory only for students taking the Work Experience Option (B150)

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Courses Prerequisite
FIN 1035 Retirement Planning FIN 1011
ACCT 2028 Taxation I ACCT 1001
FIN 1034 Customer Service NONE
FIN 2062 Canadian Investments II FIN 1011
MARK 2028 Marketing Financial Services MARK 1020
STS 1037 Career Planning & Development NONE
Select One General Education Elective

Financial Services Specialization

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Courses Prerequisite
HRM 1008 Fundamentals of Human Resource Management NONE
LAW 1011 Business and Family Law NONE
COMP 1115 Business Computer Applications II COMP 1010
BUS 1040 Project Management NONE
FIN 3005 Call Centre Operations - Inbound NONE
Select One General Education Elective

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Courses Prerequisite
BUS 1041 Small Business Management BUS 1038
FIN 1033 Advertising & Promotion MARK 1020
FIN 3006 Call Centre Operations - Outbound NONE
FIN 2033 Introduction to Bank Financial Management FIN 1003
Select Two Business Electives

Financial Planning Specialization

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Courses Prerequisite
FIN 2007 Investment Planning FIN 1011
FIN 1040 Estate Planning Fundamentals FIN 1011
COMP 1115 Business Computer Applications II COMP 1010
HRM 1008 Fundamentals of Human Resource Management NONE
LAW 1011 Business and Family Law NONE
Select One General Education Elective

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Courses Prerequisite
BUS 1041 Small Business Management BUS 1038
FIN 2005 Income Tax Planning FIN 1011
FIN 2008 Advanced Financial Planning & Ethics FIN 2007
FIN 2063 Insurance In Financial Planning FIN 1011
Select Two Business Electives

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Electives 

BUSINESS ELECTIVES – FINANCIAL SERVICES SPECIALIZATION

semester courses
Code Business Electives Prerequisite
CMMK 1127 The Business Media in Canada COMM 1034
COMP 1113 Principles of E-Business COMP 1010
ECON 1031 Microeconomics NONE
HRM 2021 Compensation HRM 1008
MARK 2053 Negotiation Skills MARK 1020
ECON 1021 Environmental Economics ECON 1031 or ECON 1032 or ECON 1034
MGMT 1018 International Business MARK 1020
HRM 2027 Coaching for Effective Performance Management HRM 1008
MGMT 3008 International Trade Finance MGMT 1018
STAT 2011 Quantitative Methods II STAT 1010
BUS 3015 Applied Business Planning ACCT 1001, MATH 1021 & HRM 1008
CMMK 1114 Business Research & Report Writing COMM 1034
CMMK 1156 Talking Business COMM 1035 

BUSINESS ELECTIVES – FINANCIAL PLANNING SPECIALIZATION

semester courses
Code Business Electives Prerequisite
BUS 1040 Project Management NONE
COMP 1113 Principles of E-Business COMP 1010
ECON 1031 Microeconomics NONE
FIN 1033 Advertising & Promotion MARK 1020
MARK 2053 Negotiation Skills NONE
MGMT 3008 International Trade Finance MGMT 1018
ECON 1021 Environmental Economics ECON 1031 or ECON 1032 or ECON 1034
MGMT 1018 International Business MARK 1020
BUS 3015 Applied Business Planning ACCT 1001, MATH 1021 & HRM 1008

 

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Educational / Degree Pathway 

Business Administration – Finance students may be eligible for advanced standing in the Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services) program.

For information on additional future study options, see georgebrown.ca/transferguide.

Your Career 

In this program, students obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue careers in the financial services sector. Graduates of the program have found employment as:

  • Financial Advisor/Planner
  • Financial Services Representative
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Investment Advisor

Note: While the advanced diploma will help you build many of the skills needed in these roles, further designations or credentials may also be required. To learn more about the career possibilities and educational requirements, you may wish to visit the Toronto Financial Services Alliance website at explorefinancialservices.com.

Future Study Options 

Graduates of the Business Administration – Finance advanced diploma may be eligible for advanced standing in the Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services) program.

For information on additional future study options, see georgebrown.ca/transferguide.

Designations

Graduates of this program may wish to pursue other designations or credentials in the financial services sector.

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.

Information on the Canadian Securities Course and licensing requirements can be found at the Canadian Securities Institute website.

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.

(Work Experience) B150 program including high school, work and other college or university programs. After graduating from the program, students can go to work, or they can further their education through a graduate certificate, a professional credential or designation, or a college or university degree.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$4,322.00 * †

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 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates.

This program includes 2 Work Experience semesters. The tuition fee for this program does NOT include the cost of Work Experience semesters. The first Work Experience fee of $450 covers the cost of the Work Experience Preparation course and the first Work Experience semester. There is an additional fee of $450 for the second Work Experience semester.

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

Fees for external exams (Canadian Securities Course I and II, Financial Planning Standards Council Exam Level I) are not included.

Students or graduates should visit the Financial Planning Standards Council website and Canadian Securities Institute website for information regarding exam dates and fees.

Students wishing to become licensed to sell life insurance products in Ontario must complete the following steps:

  1. Apply for and pass (min. 60%) Oliver’s (or approved other) LLQP certification exam.
  2. Within 12 months of completing the certification exam, apply for and pass (min. 60%) the provincial exam.
  3. On passing the provincial exam, a provincial insurance license may be granted if the applicant is sponsored by a qualified company.

LLQP Exam Fees (subject to change):

  • Oliver’s certification exam, textbook and practice exams: $250 + HST
  • Provincial Life Licensing exam: $108

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 or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

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

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

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.

Course Exemptions

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

English Language Proficiency

Proficiency in English communications is necessary for success in this program.

Please visit georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details

International (Visa) Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Success Stories  

Sarita Gnyawali, Business Administration - Finance Graduate

"I grew up in a different cultural environment and moving to Toronto was a challenging step in my life and career. I had supportive friends, staff and professors at George Brown that made it very easy for me to cope with the challenges. This program provides hands-on learning opportunities and also opens doors to gain Canadian work experience. There are frequent on-campus recruitment programs organized by potential employers that provide us opportunities to interact and connect with them. I am glad and proud to be a part of this reputed brand."

Sarita Gnyawali (Graduate 2016, Business Administration – Finance)

Account Payable Intern, GroupM

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Business Administration – Finance (B130/B150)

For inquiries related to this program (for example, course-specific information) please contact one of the Program Co-ordinators:

Stoney Kudel, Program Co-ordinator

Email: skudel@georgebrown.ca

or

Carolyn Fallis, Program Co-ordinator

Email: cfallis@georgebrown.ca

 

Brent Cook, Interim Chair, School of Accounting and Finance

Email: bcook9@georgebrown.ca

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George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.

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