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Business Administration - Financial Services

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma

Overview

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.

We have strong relationships with our financial services partners, giving you the opportunity to network directly with many of their human resources staff and hiring managers. Faculty maintain memberships in professional organizations, sharing their real-world experience and knowledge.

You'll have an opportunity to jumpstart your career by taking the three available industry-recognized courses: Personal Financial Service Advice, Personal Loans and Mortgages, and Mutual Funds, which can help you earn accreditation through the Canadian Securities Institute.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course, providing you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
    • Opportunities are typically paid in the financial services industry due to the strict confidentiality guidelines of most financial institutions 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.

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.

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.

2022-23 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

Availability

This concentration is not available at all campus locations and is subject to change. Seating is limited and availability will vary depending on the campus you choose.

September 2022

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery
Ivany Campus Dartmouth Full time In-class In-classDelivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements.
Kingstec Campus Kentville Full time In-class In-classDelivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements.

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.

Career options

  • Graduates are qualified to accept entry-level positions within the financial and insurance sectors.
  • Graduates may choose to pursue careers in areas dealing with mortgages, investments, lending opportunities and retail banking.

Future study options

  • Completion of the Investment Funds in Canada course and acquiring a license to sell mutual funds following this program, will enhance your employability.
  • You can continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

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