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Business Administration - Financial Services Concentration

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The Financial Services concentration is a second-year option of the Business Administration diploma program.

In this concentration, you're introduced to a broad range of financial services areas, including:

  • Retail banking and related services
  • Mortgages
  • Lending, mutual funds, investing
  • Insurance
  • Financial planning concepts

You learn how these topics fit together and have an impact on both businesses and individuals. You also develop an understanding of the importance of sales skills and customer relationship management with a client-centered focus.

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 placements are your responsibility.
  • To complete the work experience component of this concentration (and to work in the Financial Services industry), you must be bondable.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Study options

  • This concentration is available for part-time study
  • There is the option to complete the concentration in-class or through a combination of in-class and online courses.

Choose NSCC

  • You acquire the skills and experience industry wants; we maintain strong connections to employers and keep the program relevant to industry needs.
  • We have strong relationships with our financial services partners, and you'll have the opportunity to network directly with many of their human resources staff and hiring managers.
  • Our faculty maintain memberships in professional organizations; they share their real-world experience and knowledge.
  • Small class sizes provide you with lots of one-on-one interaction and hands-on opportunities to learn.
  • You can continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Other info

  • You'll have an opportunity to jumpstart your career by taking the three available industry-recognized courses: Personal Financial Service Advice, Personal Loans & Mortgages, and Mutual Funds, which can help you earn accreditation through the Canadian Securities Institute.
  • Completion of the Investment Funds in Canada course and acquiring a license to sell mutual funds following this program, will enhance your employability.

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery
Ivany Campus Dartmouth Full time Online (scheduled)Online (scheduled)
Complete your program fully online through a variety of learning experiences, including scheduled ​class sessions.
Kingstec Campus Kentville Full time Online (scheduled)Online (scheduled)
Complete your program fully online through a variety of learning experiences, including scheduled ​class sessions.

Admission requirements

  • Successful completion of Business Administration – Year 1 or Advanced Standing.
  • Advanced Standing – To be considered, you must apply to and meet the Admission Requirements for the Business Administration program. Advanced Standing is based on academic credits (certificate/diploma/degree) completed from a recognized public institution within the past ten years that meet the Academic Requirements of the full first year of the program. Advanced Standing is subject to seat availability.

Program requirements

  • You participate in community/service learning to assist you in meeting the industry's expectations for community involvement.
  • 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 is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

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Tuition (International):

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 amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Graduates are ready to accept positions with banks, credit unions, financial planners, mortgage and investment brokers, insurance offices, corporate financial service providers, etc.

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

BUSI 3005 - Contemporary Business Issues
Students will consider and analyse current business issues through the lenses of law, ethics, and sustainability. Through research to compare and contrast potential pathways to offer legitimate resolutions to the issues, students will furthermore develop critical thinking skills addressing contemporary events while broadening their understanding of the various challenges businesses of today face. Students who successfully complete Applied Ethical Decision Making (MGMT 3020), Business Law (LEGL 2000), and Environmental Sustainability in Business (BUSI 3000) may choose to be exempt from Contemporary Business Issues (BUSI 3005).

COMM 2215 - Communications - Workplace Applications
This course provides students with the opportunity to further develop writing skills acquired in Communications - Workplace Foundations. The course also allows students to explore job search techniques, and is designed to assist them in the continuing development of the skills and confidence required to deliver individual oral presentations. Advisement Note: A student who is able to format formal documents but who may not have successfully met the timing requirement in COMP 1103 (Document Processing I) is still eligible for admission into COMM 2215 (Communications – Workplace Applications).

FINA 3011 - Introduction to Financial Planning
This course will introduce the learner to the fundamentals of personal financial planning and will be presented from the perspective of a Financial Planning professional giving advice to a client.

FINA 3014 - Financial Products & Systems
This course delivers an introduction to basic banking product offerings, industry career path opportunities, professionalism, service learning, and customer relationship management practices. Through a hands on, interactive approach including guest presenters, learners will develop a basic understanding of the products and systems needed to create personal financial plans and professionally assist clients with meeting their everyday financial needs. Learners will also gain exposure to professional ethics & attire, regulatory practices, and service learning opportunities to assist them in setting personal goals, choosing career paths, and networking to help achieve employment and advancement within the financial services field.

FINA 3101 - Mutual Funds
The Mutual Funds course is delivered under agreement with the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI) using their course materials to prepare learners for the Investment Funds in Canada® exam. CSI describes the IFC® course as providing the opportunity to obtain “the certification you need to start giving advice and to start helping your clients make smart investment decisions based on their needs. The IFC prepares you to advise clients about their mutual funds investments based on their objectives, timeline and risk tolerance. It also explains a mutual fund representative's legal, ethical and professional responsibilities.” Students must also be registered in the related course with the CSI. For more information, please go to the Canadian Securities website at www.csi.ca.

FINA 4001 - Financial Services Practicum
This capstone course integrates many aspects of the learning concepts in the Financial Services concentration by enabling the student to prepare and present a comprehensive financial plan based on a realistic scenario.

FINA 4320 - Personal Financial Services Advice
The Personal Financial Services Advice® course is delivered under agreement with the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI) using their course materials to prepare students for the Personal Financial Services Advice® exam. CSI describes the course as designed “to help you confidently deliver the right advice to your clients based on their individual needs. You'll improve your communications skills, build stronger, more profitable relationships and ultimately, grow your client-base. What's more, completing the PFSA puts you one step closer to earning the new Personal Financial Planner (PFP®) designation and Certificate in Financial Services Advice - CSI's newest industry-leading credentials”. Topics include ethics and the regulatory environment, economics, time value of money, risk management, customer relations, and personal financial statements. Students must also be registered in the related course with the CSI. For more information, please go to the Canadian Securities website at www.csi.ca.

FINA 4995 - Work Experience
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal. This is a course of 175 hours spread over five weeks

PSAL 2015 - Professional Selling
The main focus of this course is selling skills which are advantageous in the work force. Many of these skills are introduced through theory and practice. Learners will use these skills in virtually any profession they enter. This course introduces consultative selling techniques to develop strategies and tactics that “get, keep and grow” customers. Learners can receive a certificate from the Canadian Professional Association (CPSA) for successfully completing the “Professional Selling” course, and other specific courses in the Business Administration program.

Directed elective course requirement. Two units/credits.

Open elective course requirement. Two units/credits.

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