Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Online and Barrydowne Campus

In the Business-Finance diploma program, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the financial services industry. You will be equipped with the knowledge and financial skills to work as a financial adviser, wealth management coach, investment advisor, insurance advisor and prepare to be a financial planner.

Our ultra flexible Business–Finance diploma program will give you the skills and training required to work in a wide variety of areas within financial services. You will gain foundational business skills in your first year, then build specialized knowledge in financial services industry regulations, financial analysis, credit and debt management, registered retirement plan, government benefit plans, registered education plans, economics, investments, taxation, law, insurance, and the human skills that will help you excel as you begin your career in financial services. This program is the only one of its kind in northern Ontario and will set you up to take on roles within financial service organizations or to be your own boss.

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How to Apply

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Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C) or (U)

  • Any grade 11 mathematics (C), (U), or (M)

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Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2024
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2024
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2024
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2025

Spring Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Spring 2024
  2. SEMESTER 2 Fall 2024
  3. SEMESTER 3 Winter 2025
  4. SEMESTER 4 Spring 2025


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2024
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2025
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2025
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2026

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2025
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2025
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2025
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2026

Spring Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Spring 2025
  2. SEMESTER 2 Fall 2025
  3. SEMESTER 3 Winter 2026
  4. SEMESTER 4 Spring 2026

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule posted on our website.

Program of Study for 2024-25 Academic Year

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ECN 1101 Microeconomics 3
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
ISP 3026 Spreadsheets for Business 3
BUS 1125 Business Professionalism 3
BUS 1146 Introduction to Business Management 3
ACC 1045 Introduction to Accounting 3
BUS 1211 Business Mathematics 3
Semester 2
ACC 1050 Financial Accounting 3
BUS 1153 CSR and Ethics 3
BUS 1212 Financial Mathematics 3
BUS 1111 Business Research Methods 3
ECN 1202 Macroeconomics 3
MKT 1204 Foundations of Marketing 3
One General Education Course. 1 3
Semester 3
FIN 1300 Financial Planning 3
FIN 1301 Insurance and Risk Management 3
FIN 1302 Investments in Canada 3
FIN 1303 Canadian Securities I 3
FIN 1304 Tax Planning 3
FIN 1305 Law and Estate Planning 3
One General Education Course. 1 3
Semester 4
FIN 1400 Debt Management 3
FIN 1401 Integrated Financial Planning 3
FIN 1402 Retirement Education Planning 3
FIN 1403 Mortgage Agent 3
FIN 1404 Mutual Funds 3
FIN 1405 Canadian Securities II 3
One General Education Course. 1 3
 Total Credits84

For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The total cost of books in the program is under review. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates will be prepared to work in entry to intermediate level jobs in the financial services industry, and begin their journey on towards becoming a  financial planner.  Roles include:

  • Banking
  • Mortgage Industry
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Security Trading
  • Insurance
  • Mutual Funds and other Investments

Advanced Standing Opportunities - Degree Programs

Graduates from this program (or equivalent) meeting a 2.5 GPA requirement are eligible for advanced standing in the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration program and will receive direct entry into Year 2 of the program.  Students may also receive direct entry into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Business Administration program.

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.