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Business Administration - Financial Services Concentration

Business Administration - Financial Services Concentration

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (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 • Dartmouth Full time • In-class
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class


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.

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, 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 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.

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.

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.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
BUSI 3005   Contemporary Business Issues
COMM 2215   Communications - Workplace Applications
FINA 3011   Introduction to Financial Planning
FINA 3014   Financial Products & Systems
FINA 3101   Mutual Funds
FINA 4001   Financial Services Practicum
FINA 4320   Personal Financial Services Advice
FINA 4995   Work Experience
MKTG 2015   Professional Selling
    Directed elective course requirement. Two units/credits.
    Open elective course requirement. Two units/credits.

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