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JR Shaw School of Business

Bachelor of Applied Business Administration - Finance

Sep 08, 2020
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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times


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It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

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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

Program is not currently accepting new applications

Bachelor of Applied Business Administration – Finance program (ADF) is under review. Should you have any questions, please contact Business Information Center at 780-471-8998 or by email at businfo@nait.ca.
The Business Information Centre is located on the third floor of CAT. They are open Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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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Year 1 Core

CMIS3350Business Analytics and Data Visualization
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CMIS2250 or Level 3 or Level 4. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to Business Analytics and Data Visualization. It applies the processes, methodologies, and practices used to transform data into useful information to support business decision-making. Students gain skills by completing analytics projects introducing design principles for creating meaningful displays of quantitative and qualitative data. A major focus is on descriptive analytics, including data analysis and data visualization, which is understanding, manipulating, evaluating, and presenting the many complex data and information streams that drive today’s businesses and organizations.

COMM3321Critical Reading and Writing
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: COMM1101 or active in the Bachelor of Applied Business Administration - Finance program. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: FNCE321, JRSB321
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will examine works in written and other media in order to develop critical thinking and critical analysis skills required to evaluate business, social, political, and environmental issues and concepts. Students will scrutinize how rhetorical strategies and persuasive tactics are used to motivate and manipulate the audience of a work. Non-fiction, fiction, visual communication, and film/video communication may be discussed in the course. The writing component of the course focuses on advanced writing, documentation, persuasion, and research skills.

ECON3340Business and Its Environment
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ECON1110, ECON1112, BLAW2205 or Level 3.
  • Course Equivalencies: JRSB340
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Business and its Environment examines the political, regulatory, social and special interest elements within which businesses operate. Business firms just do not compete against each other in their market environments, they also compete for success outside - to shape and to accommodate public policy, public regulation, and public expectations. The vantage point of the course is the business firm and its leadership, rather than the public service and public administration. Developing the abilities to create effective strategies for interacting with the environment in which business firms operate, will enable the students to make better business decisions.

ETHC3311Ethics Fundamentals
  • Requisites: Co-requisite: COMM3321. Students enrolled in ETHC3311 may not enroll in ETHC3200.
  • Course Equivalencies: JRSB311
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Ethics Fundamentals examines moral philosophy and ethical behaviour from individual, organizational, and societal perspectives. Students will be prepared to engage in ethical decision making by developing a personal moral compass that can guide their current and future behaviour. They will explore moral philosophical development through exposure to the works of moral philosophers and current practical ethics scholars. Students will apply these theories, analytical methods, and their research to current practices and events that exemplify situations they may encounter in future courses, employment, and societal situations.

Year 1 Electives - Choose 6

ECON3380Economic History
  • Requisites: This course is availabe to students that have completed Level 2. Prerequisites: ECON1110, ECON1112, STAT2201.
  • Course Equivalencies: JRSB380
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Economic History deals with comprehensive issues related to the premarket economy, the Industrial Revolution, the emergence of Capitalism and its penchant for innovative production processes, and the contemporary challenges of globalization and the information-based economy. Moreover, the course will assess how economic events from the past have shaped the financial world of today. A combination of statistical and financial principles coupled with the application of relevant economic theory will be utilized to evaluate important economic events and their relevance to current situations and challenges.

FNCE3281Stock Market Simulation
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: FNCE2280 or active in the Bachelor of Applied Business Administration - Finance program. Co-requisite: FNCE3323. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: FNCE281
  • Open Studies: Available

In this simulation students will participate in a real time, global simulation that will blend Modern Portfolio/Fundamental/Technical Analyses while students trade a broad range of financial securities. Students will measure, report and manage an investment portfolio to preserve capital and to maximize returns.

  • Course Equivalencies: FNCE313
  • Open Studies: Available

Insurance will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of risk and risk management principles. Risk transfer strategies using various types of insurance plans will be discussed. In addition, the features, benefits, and taxation issues surrounding these plans will be examined. Other key topics covered in this course include insurance law and insurance company operations.

FNCE3314Retirement and Estate Planning
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: FNCE2280. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: FNCE314
  • Open Studies: Available

Retirement and estate planning examines goal setting in the context of achieving financial security through government pensions, registered pensions and other savings. Estate planning prepares for the distribution of assets in a tax-efficient manner through wills, trusts, and donations to charity. Retirement and Estate Planning is suitable for individuals interested in financial planning and for those who aspire to pursue the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation.

FNCE3323Corporate Finance
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ECON1110, ECON1112, ACCT1115, (ACCT 1116 or ACCT1117) and FNCE1125, or Level 3. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: AAC341, FNCE223, FNCE323
  • Open Studies: Available

Corporate Finance examines financial and investment decisions from the corporation's perspective. The financial markets, the tradeoff between risk and return, the firm’s cost of capital, capital budgeting decisions, the firm’s working capital management decisions and the derivatives markets are integral to the valuation of financial assets. This is the scope of corporate finance.

FNCE3336Canadian Securities Course I
  • Requisites: Students who have completed FNCE3335 may not enroll in FNCE3336. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This is an intensive investment course that prepares the student for Part I of the Canadian Securities Course. Students focus on such topics as capital markets, the Canadian economy, listing and regulation, financial statements, fixed income securities, equities, and derivatives.

FNCE3337Canadian Securities Course II
  • Requisites: Students who have completed FNCE3335 may not enroll in FNCE3337. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This is an intensive investment course that prepares the student for Exam II of the Canadian Securities Course. The CSC Part-II course extends investment knowledge into Fundamental and Technical Analysis, Modern Portfolio Theory, Managed Funds and Private/Institutional Interactions.

FNCE3381Securities Valuation
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: FNCE3323 or active in the Bachelor of Applied Business Administration - Finance program. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: FNCE391
  • Open Studies: Available

Securities valuation is the estimation of an asset's value based either on such variables as dividends, free cash flow, growth rates and discount rates, perceived to be related to future investment returns, or on comparisons with similar assets using relative valuation techniques. This course will uncover and discuss the input variables that are required in most risk and return models that are used for securities valuation. These input variables will be applied to the two basic approaches to securities valuation: discounted cash flow valuation and relative valuation. Students will develop their quantitative and qualitative skills in securities valuation through online lectures and discussion, and the completion of a securities valuation project. This course is ideally suited for those students who wish to pursue the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and/or would like to develop their knowledge in the areas of corporate finance, securities valuation, and portfolio management.

SMGT3309Corporate Governance
  • Requisites: This course is available to students that have completed Level 2. Prerequisite: FNCE1125. Co-requisite: FNCE3323.
  • Course Equivalencies: JRSB309, MGMT309
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Corporate Governance describes how private sector organizations are governed to create shareholder value. The course covers roles and responsibilities of Directors and Board committees, as well as Board evaluation, and best practices of Board governance. The course also covers the normal oversight, monitoring and reporting that is required to execute the duties of a Corporate Director in Canada.

TAXX3312Taxation for Financial Planning
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: FNCE2280. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: FNCE312
  • Open Studies: Available

Taxation for Financial Planning will provide students with an overview of the fundamental principles, concepts, and applications of Canadian federal income tax legislation for individual taxpayers and small business owners. Topics include the concepts of income and liability for tax, personal taxation, capital cost allowance, income attribution, capital gains and losses, and alternative minimum tax.

Year 2

DFST4450Field Studies in Finance
  • Requisites: This course is available to students that have completed Level 3. Prerequisites: FNCE1125, FNCE2280, TAXX3312, FNCE3313, FNCE3314.
  • Course Equivalencies: DFS450
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is completed while employed in a field studies term. It relates the contents/topics of third year academic year courses to the student's current employment environment or potential advancement environment. The student, together with the employer and instructor, will choose a relevant finance topic. The student conducts research, writes and presents a paper on the topic effectively applying writing and communication skills.

DFST4460Financial Planning Capstone
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: FNCE1125, FNCE2280, FNCE3313, FNCE3314, TAXX3312.
  • Course Equivalencies: DFS455, DFST4455
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is completed while employed in a field studies term. Case studies related to Finance are analyzed and presented by the student. Students may draw from their own professional dilemmas or choose a case study in business ethics, the business environment, business law, financial planning and/or financial markets.


Cost Per Credit: $180
Tuition Cap: $1,940

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $747
Tuition Cap: $8,051

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 3 Term 1: $900
Level 3 Term 2: $900
Level 4 Term 1: $900
Level 4 Term 2: $900

The tuition and fee amounts are valid for the current academic year and are subject to change for subsequent intakes. For financial planning purposes, please use these totals as an approximate estimate of your costs. The approved tuition and fee information for your intake will be available in April.

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