JR Shaw School of Business

Bachelor of Applied Business Administration - Finance

Sep 08, 2020
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Delivery Options

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  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.


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Open Studies

Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 10 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of D in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Become a financial services leader

The Bachelor of Applied Business Administration - Finance program is suspended and applications are no longer being accepted.

Build upon your knowledge from the Business Administration – Finance diploma to align your career path with accreditations and work experience.

The Bachelor of Applied Business Administration – Finance post-graduate degree hones the financial expertise and management skills you’ll need in the expanding field of financial services.

The applied degree allows students to complete all the academic requirements to challenge the Certified Financial Planning (CFP®) designation. Students can take the 5 core curriculum courses of the CFP designation as part of their course load.

Learn more about the Certified Financial Planning designation

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills 

To become a financier, you’ll identify trends and thoroughly investigate areas of business and money management. You’ll also have to develop the technical, communicative and interpersonal skills to compete in the demanding financial market and financial management sectors.

To be a successful graduate of the Bachelor of Applied Business – Finance program, you’ll need to:

  • communicate effectively
  • think critically
  • adhere to ethical business practices
  • work well with others
  • analyze businesses from the ground up

Take your abilities to the next level and discover your full potential in this industry-led program.

Program schedule

Following the completion of your 2-year diploma program this program allows you to complete an additional 2 years of study and earn a Bachelor of Applied Business Administration – Finance degree.

Year 3 will begin with 2 consecutive academic terms followed by 2 work experience terms that we call Directed Field Studies (DFS). Year 4 of field studies is taken online while you’re employed.

Classroom & study hours

On average, you can expect to spend:

  • 20 hours per week attending classes over the course of each semester
  • An additional 20-30 hours per week studying, completing assignments, doing research, reading, etc.

Hands-on learning

We immerse students in a combination of classroom teaching, industry-relevant case work, simulations and networking. You will develop an understanding of modern business dynamics and learn to work well within culturally diverse organizations.

Practicum/Co-op/Work Experience

In year 4 of the Bachelor of Applied Business Administration – Finance program, you will take field studies classes while working full-time through two 4-month terms. You will be responsible, with advice from the program and NAIT Student Recruitment, for attaining employment in the finance field during these terms.

Enter the workforce with confidence 

The close relationships we maintain with business and financial institutions provides graduates great opportunity for rapid upward mobility.

Upon graduation, you may find employment with banks, treasury branches, trust companies, credit unions, investment dealers and mutual fund companies.

Opportunities also exists in the fields of personal financial planning and consulting.

Possible careers

  • Financial planner / advisor / consultant
  • Financial analyst  
  • Corporate risk manager  
  • Loans officer  
  • Wealth management consultant 

After graduation

Following required coursework, you can achieve designations like:  

  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)  
  • Canadian Securities Certification (CSC) 
  • Life License Qualification Program (LLQP)
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • Professional Risk Manager Designation (PRM)  

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General Program Information / Advanced Credit

Business Information Centre – JR Shaw School of Business
Email: businfo@nait.ca 
Phone: 780.471.8998

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Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.

*Program availability is subject to change without notice.