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Gain the specialized skills and knowledge you need for a rewarding career in the financial industry.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
(Varies for part-time or blended studies)
Advanced Diploma
$5,380 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus/Online • Dartmouth Full time • Blended • Weekdays/Evenings Seats available


With a focus on alternative investments, risk and compliance, asset and wealth management, along with commercial banking, this program readies you to work in Nova Scotia's growing financial industry.

Learn the financial tools used by professionals and gain a real-world perspective on the organization, structure and operation of the various financial sectors. Get skills in:

  • Financial planning
  • Risk and compliance management
  • Alternative investments and hedge funds administration

This program helps prepare you to write the first examinations on your route to obtaining industry designations. It includes some of the required courses for completion of the following designations:

Admission requirements

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work experience are the responsibility of the student.
  • For more information, visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

You graduate ready to accept a wide range of positions in the financial services sector, such as:

  • Banks, trust companies and credit unions
  • Brokerage houses
  • Investment firms
  • Hedge fund companies
  • Financial planning firms

Choose NSCC

  • This comprehensive one-year program helps you stand out from the competition in the financial industry.
  • This program helps prepare you to write the first examinations on your route to obtaining industry designations
  • Learn from experienced, industry-connected faculty.
  • Throughout the program, you'll meet industry experts and hear from guest speakers.

Other info

  • Some courses are designed with the curriculum of the Canadian Securities Institute of Canada.
  • Certifying organizations provide examination settings in the associated topic areas
  • Students are responsible for additional course fees related to external industry certifications.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
FINC 3960   Work Experience
FINC 5100   Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management
FINC 5110   Financial Planning I
FINC 5120   Canadian Securities I
FINC 5130   Professional Communication
FINC 5140   Spreadsheets and Analytics and Finance
FINC 5150   Professional Relationship Management I
FINC 5200   Professional Relationship Management II
FINC 5210   Hedge Funds Accounting, Administration and Analysis
FINC 5220   Canadian Securities II
FINC 5230   Retirement Planning
FINC 5240   Consumer Credit
FINC 5250   Tax Law and Ethics
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Next Steps

  1. 1

    Visit NSCC

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  2. 2

    Application Process

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