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  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
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  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

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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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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.

Think you can predict the future?

In finance, you'll need to investigate trends and become a detective of business and money management. You will be immersed in one of the most dynamic areas of business, which includes the analysis of economic factors, the world of stock trading and corporate investing. 

In our 2-year diploma program, you will learn the elements of sound financial management while gaining networking opportunities and practical, hands-on experience in finance. 

Dig into a creative field that uses numbers and analysis to provide solutions to real business challenges.

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

In your first year of the program, you will take 10 common courses with other business students, in order to gain foundational core business knowledge. In the second year of studies, you’ll take the required courses to get a specialized finance diploma upon graduation. 

Our accredited finance program focuses on business case studies, securities, banking, corporate fiscal management and more, through a practical and hands-on educational experience.

Our accredited finance program focusses on: 

  • money and credit 
  • financial planning 
  • investment management 
  • wealth building 
  • ethical and social responsibility 

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.

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.

Certification and designations

Following required coursework, you can achieve designations like:  

Enter the workforce with confidence

The close relationship we have with business and financial institutions provides our successful graduates the 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 career outcomes upon completion of this program include: 

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

Common first year

In the first year of the program, all business students take the same 10 foundational courses in order to gain core business knowledge. This allows students to experience a variety of business fields in order to decide which is the best fit. In the second year of studies, you will take the required courses to get a specialized accounting diploma upon graduation.

How to apply

Students applying to any business administration diploma program will choose Business Administration - General when selecting the program on the  Alberta Post-Secondary Application System (APAS). More information can be found under How to Apply below.

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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

Advanced Academic Information

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

Business Information Centre

The Business Information Centre, on the third floor of CAT, provides generalized advising for students and prospective students for the JR Shaw School of Business.   Find out more



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Year 1

ACCT1115Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will acquire a basic knowledge of how to use financial data, prepare financial reports, and communicate financial information to various stakeholders. This course introduces students to foundational accounting principles, preparation of financial transactions and their implications on financial information.

ACCT1117Introductory Accounting II
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ACCT1115. (Enroll in ACCT1117 if ACCT1115 was completed prior to September 2019. Enroll in ACCT1116 if ACCT1115 was completed after September 2019.) This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: ACCT120, ACCT121, ACCT220, JRSB117
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces the student to the financial accounting concepts for current and non-current liabilities and shareholders’ equity (corporations). Analysis of financial statements provides a bridge to managerial accounting as one of the methods of performance measurement and evaluation. Students will be introduced to the budgeting process and explain the role budgeting plays in planning and control. Cost behavior, cost-volume-profit analysis, and segmented income statements will also be explored.

CMIS1150Business Productivity Software
  • Course Equivalencies: AAC120, CMIS241, JRSB150
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces productivity applications in business. Emphasis will be placed on applied computing to develop skills in office applications such as spreadsheet, documentation, presentation, and collaboration tools for problem-solving and decision-making.

COMM1101Communications I
  • Course Equivalencies: AAC160, BUSF850, COMM121, COMM122, JRSB101
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces the student to the complexities of written and oral communication. The students learn business writing strategies and techniques to communicate ideas effectively through written communication in an academic setting. Students will use software to compose, edit, and revise assignments with a focus on writing, critiquing, and editing text. Students are required to apply effective online and database research techniques and APA documentation to compile and write a formal information report. In addition to students gaining skills for effective writing, they will also learn effective oral presentation skills.

  • Course Equivalencies: AAC141, ECON186, ECON188, JRSB110
  • Open Studies: Available

Microeconomics examines the question of how individuals and firms use their scarce resources to attain economic goals, and how different economic systems try to solve this central problem of scarcity. Other key topics include the market system, elasticity of demand, and how firms make decisions and conduct themselves in the marketplace. Price and output determination for firms operating in each of pure competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, and oligopoly market structures is studied. The economic functions of government and basic environmental economics are examined.

  • Course Equivalencies: AAC142, ECON187, ECON289, JRSB112
  • Open Studies: Available

The primary focus of this course is to explain the performance of the overall macro economy, as measured by gross domestic product, and other key economic indicators. Keynesian and Monetarist theories are examined and used as a framework to analyze and evaluate the effects of government fiscal and monetary policies on income, employment and inflation. The role of chartered banks is described when examining how the Bank of Canada implements monetary policy affecting Canada's interest rate. International economic issues of free trade, balance of payments and exchange rates are also examined and discussed.

FNCE1125Introduction to Finance
  • Course Equivalencies: BUSF855, FNCE282, JRSB125
  • Open Studies: Available

Introduction to Finance introduces the tools, calculations, and components needed to complete a financial plan; time value of money, financial goal setting, and tax planning concepts; and concepts and calculations relating to money, credit, and risk management. You will learn how to calculate the cost of revolving and installment type credit facilities and apply the tools and techniques required to purchase and finance a home. The course also introduces fundamental concepts in investing, including a discussion of mutual funds, stocks, and bonds. Retirement and estate planning concepts, including annuity and retirement income calculations, will be discussed.

MARK1130Introduction to Marketing
  • Course Equivalencies: AAC250, JRSB130, MARK166, MARK167
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces you to the principles of marketing. The key concepts, methods of analysis, strategies, and tactics critical to managing profitable customer relationships in today's dynamic and connected environment are presented. Major emphasis is placed on the marketing mix and its strategic application to an increasingly complex business environment. In particular, the detailed areas of product, promotion, price, and distribution are examined in reference to achieving company objectives.

MGMT1120Principles of Management
  • Course Equivalencies: JRSB120
  • Open Studies: Available

MGMT1120 introduces the student to the key principles of management in contemporary business environments: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. These principles are examined from the perspective of the manager, and are elaborated upon using case studies, small group and class discussions, as well as course projects and assignments. Moreover, the student will learn how these four principles work in an integrated fashion to create a solid foundation for best management practices in the business firm or not-for-profit organization.

ORGB1135Organizational Behaviour
  • Requisites: Co-requisite: COMM1101. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: AAC230, JRSB135, ORGB191, ORGB192
  • Open Studies: Available

This course provides an introduction to the influence of the manager and the employee on the organization and work. The point of view is managing individual differences for increased productivity and satisfaction. As well, a framework for understanding behaviour in a variety of settings is studied. Case problems are solved by groups using the rational decision-making process.

Year 2

BLAW2205Business Law
  • Course Equivalencies: AAC220, BLAW161, BLAW162, JRSB205
  • Open Studies: Available

The objective of the course is to develop sophisticated clients. Students learn how to engage an appropriate lawyer and how to conduct basic legal research online. After examining Canada's legal systems, the course addresses how laws are made and enforced by various branches of government. Constitutional law, including an analysis of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, follows. Human rights legislation is similarly evaluated from a business perspective. The Canadian court system is contrasted with various forms of alternative dispute resolution. Students learn how civil actions in Provincial Court, Civil, are conducted. Tort law is examined to identify the potential liabilities businesses may face. Insurance law, contract law and forms of business organizations are likewise studied from a risk management perspective. The course concludes with employment law, including the common law and the relevant legislation.

CMIS2250Management Information Systems and Analytics
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CMIS1150. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: JRSB250
  • Open Studies: Available

This course offers theory and application of management information-processing systems that support the activities of an organization. The course emphasizes application of tools used in data analytics, process models, and business systems. Management Information Systems concepts and foundational theories are examined to provide context to the practical exercises.

COMM2215Communications II
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: COMM1101. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: COMM221, JRSB215
  • Open Studies: Available

This course places a heavy weight on in-class performances: writing, speaking, questioning and answering questions. Assignments will include in-class business correspondence writing. Students will have multiple speaking opportunities in front of the class to introduce other students, present prepared speeches and to give constructive critiques. Students will also take their turns as members of a hiring panel and as candidates in mock job interviews. Outside of class, students will complete reading assignments in the text, rehearse speeches and interview responses, and write personal profile documents for specific job applications and for building an on-line presence.

ECON2236The Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ECON1112. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: FNCE236
  • Open Studies: Available

This course examines the roles and structures of the financial markets, financial intermediaries, and regulations of the financial industry in Canada as well as a brief overview of foreign exchange markets. You will become familiar with issues and practices affecting this dynamic industry. ECON1110 is highly recommended.

FNCE2211Cash Management
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ACCT1115 and (ACCT1116 or ACCT1117). This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: FNCE211
  • Open Studies: Available

Managing cash flow is crucial for individuals, small businesses and corporations. Effective cash management involves both short-term and long-term planning with the use of the Statement of Cash Flows. In this course students will integrate fundamental accounting ratios and statement analysis to manage the movement of cash in a business. Ultimately students will be able to create an effective cash management plan.

FNCE2252Credit Management
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ACCT1115 and (ACCT1117 or ACCT1116). This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: FNCE252
  • Open Studies: Available

Credit Management will cover the practical applications of consumer, commercial and mercantile credit. Management of accounts receivable, collections and bankruptcy will be examined to give students the up-to-date design of the credit industry. Credit analysis as done by lenders will be diagrammed with a view to aid the student in preparing credit proposals for small businesses. Financial management software and/or a computerized financial simulation will apply financial and credit analysis techniques.

  • Requisites: Prerequisite: FNCE1125 or an emphasis of Finance Year 3. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: FNCE280
  • Open Studies: Available

Investments introduces the student to our capital markets, their institutions, the regulatory bodies and the financial securities available to investors. Students research the macroeconomic influences and business fundamentals that create value and the models used to price financial securities. The dynamics of the markets are studied continuously to analyze the performance of investments and to develop strategies for constructing investment portfolios. A foundation to the world of investing is established.

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.

STAT2201Business Statistics
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: AAC245, JRSB201, STAT218, STAT219
  • Open Studies: Available

This is an introductory statistics course designed to give students the ability to evaluate business problems using descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics will encompass descriptive statistics and data analysis, probability theory, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Learning objectives for each topic are reinforced with business problems and/or small case studies.

Year 2 Electives - Choose 1

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.

FNCE3336Canadian Securities Course I
  • Requisites: Students who have completed FNCE3335 may not enroll in FNCE3336. Co-requisite: FNCE3323. 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.

MARK2271Professional Selling Principles
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: COMM1101, MARK1130 or an emphasis in Marketing Year 3. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: MARK271
  • Open Studies: Available

This course examines the role of personal selling in the company's strategy, including models of communication and methods of selling. A primary focus is the development of applied selling skills that focuses on the attitudes and behaviours of successful sales people. Students will practice selling through role plays and will also be given the opportunity to expand their network through interviews with marketing professionals.

MATH2150Calculus for Business
  • Requisites: This course is not available to Open Studies students. Pre-Requisite: FNCE1125.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course focuses on the application of calculus and matrix algebra in business. The course begins with a review of algebra, functions and graphs, and systems of equations. Students will then focus on the application of calculus to the problems encountered in business


Cost Per Credit: $177
Tuition Cap: $1,940

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $735
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 1 Term 1: $875
Level 1 Term 2: $875
Level 2 Term 1: $875
Level 2 Term 2: $875

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.

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: May 03, 2021

Term Start Date: May 03, 2021

Entrance Requirements



  • Successful completion of the following business courses through NAIT Open Studies with an overall minimum GPA of 2.0:
  1. COMM 1101 (Communications I);
  2. ECON 1110 (Microeconomics) or ECON1112 (Macroeconomics);
  3. FNCE 1125 (Introduction to Finance);
  4. ACCT 1115 (Introductory Accounting I);
  5. One of: MGMT 1120 (Principles of Management); or MARK 1130 (Introduction to Marketing); or ORGB 1135 (Organizational Behaviour).


*Please note that acceptance into the program does not guarantee transfer credits. Transfer credits evaluation will take place after the student is accepted into the program.

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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 availabilty is subject to change without notice.

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