Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services) Program (B302)

2019-20202020-2021
  • Program Name:
    Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services)
  • Code: B302
  • Credential:
    Honours Bachelor's Degree
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    4 years (8 semesters in-class plus 1 Co-op Work Term)
  • Centre:
  • School:
  • Location: St. James Campus
  • Starting Months: January, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $8,753.00 * †
  • Experiential Learning:
    Work Experience Required

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Overview

Program Overview

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 Description

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

This Centre for Business program is part of our School of Accounting and Finance.

Your Field Education Options

Work experience is required as part of this program.

Work Experience

The Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services) degree includes Co-op experience(s) that amounts 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 Co-op 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 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 Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Communicate information and concepts clearly and concisely using the most appropriate methods for the message, its purpose and its audience.
  2. Work effectively in teams to achieve desired goals and outcomes by managing projects, resolving conflicts, addressing differing points of view and demonstrating self-awareness, self-confidence and self-management.
  3. Solve business problems by interpreting data from primary and secondary sources in qualitative and quantitative analyses.
  4. Evaluate risk, economics, environmental, ethical, legal, political, sociological and technical factors to support strategic decisions.
  5. Formulate and communicate sound arguments using critical evaluation of research, personal and societal contexts.
  6. Develop solutions to financial problems using relevant business and statistical models.
  7. Assess the overall financial performance of an individual or organization and prepare appropriate financial reports.
  8. Adhere to appropriate professional, legal and ethical codes of conduct and comply with government and industry regulations.
  9. Use appropriate business software to manage data, analyze financial information, and create business reports.
  10. Demonstrate awareness of uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge and how these might influence analysis and decisions.
  11. Gather and evaluate data, formulate arguments and solve problems using appropriate methods of research and enquiry.

Courses

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 2019-2020

Common Degree Courses

SEMESTER 1

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

Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BFPL 1001 Personal Financial Planning Principles NONE
BACC 1002 Introduction to Financial Accounting NONE
BBUS 1106 Organizational Behaviour 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

Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BMTH 1002 Statistical Methods BMTH 1003
BFPL 2102 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

Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BMTH 2001 Quantitative Methods BMTH 1002
BFPL 2103 Investments II BFPL 2102
BFPL 3001 Retirement Planning BFPL 1001
BACC 3004 Corporate Finance I BACC 1002
Liberal Studies Elective

Year 3

SEMESTER 5

Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BACC 3002 Income Taxation I BACC 1002
BLAW 2004 Family Law BACC 1002
BFSM 2001 Estate Planning BFPL 1001
BFPL 3005 International Finance BFPL 2103 & BBUS1007
Liberal Studies Elective

SEMESTER 6

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 2102
Liberal Studies Elective

Integrated Work Experience (14 weeks) or equivalent

Year 4

SEMESTER 7

Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BBUS 3103 Corporate Governance and Compliance NONE
BFPL 3002 Investment Management BFPL 2102 & BFPL 2103
BFSM 2104 Selling Financial Services BFSM 2103
BFSM 4002 Management Decision Making BBUS 1106
Liberal Studies Elective

SEMESTER 8

Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BFPL 4101 Advanced Personal Financial Planning BFPL 3006
BFPL 4002 Portfolio Management BFPL 3002
BFSM 4101 Human Resources Management BBUS 1106
BFPL 4109 Small Business Management BLAW 2004
Liberal Studies Elective

ACCOUNTING MAJOR (B322)

Year 2

SEMESTER 3

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

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
BACC 3004 Corporate Finance I BACC 1002
Liberal Studies Elective

Year 3

SEMESTER 5

Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BACC 3002 Income Taxation I BACC 1002
BCMP 2007 Business Management Information Systems BACC 1002
BACC 3003 Advanced Managerial Accounting BACC 2103
BACC 3105 Intermediate Accounting III BACC 2101
Liberal Studies Elective

SEMESTER 6

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

Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BACC 3102 Advanced Accounting I BACC 3105
BBUS 1002 Marketing Management NONE
BACC 4005 Advanced Auditing BACC 3001
BBUS 3103 Corporate Governance and Compliance NONE
Liberal Studies Elective

SEMESTER 8

Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BBUS 4001 Operations Management BMTH 2001
BBUS 4102 Strategic Management BCOP 1101
BFSM 4002 Management Decision Making BBUS 1106
BACC 3112 Advanced Accounting II BACC 3102
Liberal Studies Elective

Detailed course outlines

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

Graduates of the Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services) degree are prepared for careers in a wide range of business sectors and organizations 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.

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

$8,753.00 * †

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 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.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

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 65% or higher in Math
  • Post-secondary courses in English and Mathematics will be considered (certain courses only)

** There is no mature student testing in the required Grade 12 University (U-level) credits for degree programs. Mature applicants must have the English and Math credits required.

Mature student applicants, who require Grade 12 University (U-level) credits for their application to a George Brown degree program, may consider completing our on-campus Degree Preparation (U-level) Courses at no extra cost. Information on where and how to upgrade can be found on the English and Math upgrading pages.

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:

  • George Brown College ESL Level 9; TOEFL 84 overall and 21 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 georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details.

Course Exemptions

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

International (Visa) Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

George Brown has been granted a consent by the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development to offer this applied degree for a 5–year term starting February 12, 2015. In conformity with the Minister’s criteria and requirements, George Brown will submit an application for the renewal of the consent for this program 12 months prior to the expiration of the consent. George Brown will ensure that all students admitted to this program will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame. The Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development has extended the term of this consent by two years to February 12, 2022. During that time George Brown will submit an application for the renewal of the consent.

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How to Apply

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Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Student Success

Student Name
Hussain Mirza

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.

Student Name
Gurjinder Singh

George Brown helped me realize that education alone is not sufficient to obtain employment in today's job market. Alongside education, a successful candidate requires hands-on skills and experience. Learning a background in accounting really prepared me for my role in finance.Read more about Gurjinder and his experience at George Brown College

Student Name
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.

Student Name
Daniel MacGirr

The 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.

Student Name
Taran Dhillon

George Brown College is a reputed institution for education and the professors and staff are amazing. I love George Brown because of its friendly environment and students 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.

Contact Us

Information Sessions

On-campus information sessions are held on a regular basis. Come and have your questions answered. Learn about the program content and career options, meet your friendly professors and staff, and experience what it is like to be in a George Brown College classroom. Sign up for an upcoming session.

Domestic Student Admissions

For inquiries about domestic admission requirements, admission deadlines, or the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@georgebrown.ca or visit the Admissions section.

International Student Admissions

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page.

Fees and Financial Information

For inquiries about OSAP, Bursaries, Scholarships and other financial inquiries, please contact the Financial Aid Office at FinAid@georgebrown.ca or visit the Financial Aid section.

Entry Advising

For advice on the various program options and which program might be best suited for you, make an appointment to see an Entry Advisor. Please review these frequently asked questions.

Centre for Business

For questions regarding programs at the Centre for Business or if you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our knowledgeable staff are available to assist you.

For general inquiries, please contact the Centre for Business:
Email: business@georgebrown.ca
Phone: (416) 415-5000 ext. 2160

Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services) (B302)

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

Niraj Sinha, Program Co-ordinator

Email: Niraj.Sinha@georgebrown.ca

or

Mohammad Khan, Program Co-ordinator

Email: mohammad.khan@georgebrown.ca

Sam Levy, Chair, School of Accounting and Finance

Email: Sam.Levy@georgebrown.ca

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