Overview

Our two-year Business Administration diploma with a Financial Services major is designed to prepare you for a successful career in the dynamic financial services industry. It equips you with the skills and knowledge required to excel in financial planning, investment advising, insurance, trust management or compliance. 

This program positions you to provide helpful financial guidance and services to individuals and organizations.

When you’ve completed this program, you’ll be able to: 

  • understand the Canadian financial system with a deep understanding of its components, regulations, and operations
  • grasp the latest developments and trends in the financial services industry
  • apply effective relationship-selling principles to build trust and provide tailored financial solutions
  • assess clients’ financial needs and identify appropriate mechanisms to fulfill those needs
  • interpret and use financial concepts, theories, and tools. Use your strong presentation skills to communicate your financial findings
  • apply personal financial planning concepts to help individuals and businesses make informed financial decisions
  • create comprehensive financial plans that align with your client’s goals and objectives. 

As part of this program, you can prepare for the Investment Funds in Canada (IFIC) exam.  

Those working in the financial sector tend to be methodical, social, innovative and directive.  

You need: 

  • an aptitude for numbers 
  • respect for confidentiality 
  • strong listening and communication skills 
  • the ability to understand complex financial documents, such as insurance policies, pension plans, financial statements and tax regulations 
  • coping skills to deal with rapid changes 
  • quick decision-making skills 
  • an interest and willingness to keep their knowledge up to date. 

You should enjoy gathering and analyzing information, finding innovative solutions to problems and working with people. 

Graduates of this program with a minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA (67% or C+) may be eligible to enter the Bachelor of Business Administration and earn their degree with an additional two years of study. 

Our degree includes more advanced finance courses that provide an opportunity to complete the Canadian Securities Course (CSC) and the Canadian Securities Courses that lead toward the Personal Financial Planning (PFP) designation. 

You’ll have the option to participate in an integrative experience capstone project in your final semester. 

If you choose a capstone project, you’ll work collaboratively with students from other majors to address a challenge faced by a local business or organization. You’ll work together as a team to investigate and analyze the challenge or problem before presenting a solution to company representatives. 

You’ll have the opportunity to complete the Investment Funds in Canada (IFIC) mutual funds licensing exam through the Canadian Securities Institute. If you pass the exam, you’ll be qualified to apply for registration with the provincial securities regulator to sell mutual funds. 

The Financial Planning Standards Council recognizes this program as meeting the core and advanced curriculum requirements for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certification (QAFP) and Canadian Institute of Financial Planners Registered Retirement Consultant (RRC) designation. 

Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll receive a SAIT Business Administration diploma with a major in Financial Services.

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Careers and opportunities

Each year, SAIT conducts a survey between February and April to determine the employment rate, salary and satisfaction of our newest SAIT alumni. 

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Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Associated National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 10010, 10020, 10021, 11100, 11101, 11102, 11103, 11109, 12011, 12200, 14201, 64400.

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Career counselling and support

Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.

You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.

Courses

The Business Administration - Financial Services diploma requires 60 credits (20 courses) to complete.

The program spans two years, with two semesters each year.

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You must take all of the following courses to complete this program.

Business core

Course Credits

This course provides an introduction to financial accounting from the perspective of the user who makes decisions based on financial information. The course includes an introduction to the accounting framework, generally accepted accounting principles and financial statements. Accounting concepts such as accounting for cash, accounts receivable, assets, liabilities, sales and inventories, are covered in the context of how they are applied to decision making. Decision analysis regarding corporate ownership and application of financial ratios will also be studied.

Equivalents:
  • ACCT 1010
3

The use of industry-standard software is essential to effectively manage the information technologies that are required in business and online environments today. In this course, you will demonstrate skills in managing and customizing the Windows environment, as well as effectively using internet resources to enhance business productivity. You will develop skills in creating professional documents, managing data using spreadsheets and using technology for effective presentations. Through hands-on applications, you will learn to use productivity tools and application software in various business situations, and be able to select the right tool for the business need.

Equivalents:
  • BCMP 1225
3

Business Law outlines the Canadian legal system in the context of a business environment and empowers students to apply the law and make informed decisions concerning their legal affairs. Emphasis is placed on the construction of the judicial system, the resolution of disputes, tort law, contract law, business structures, and employment law. These legal principles are applied to personal and business scenarios. Upon completion, students will have an understanding of when to seek legal advice.

Equivalents:
  • BLAW 2030
3

Business Mathematics introduces you to mathematical techniques used to solve finance problems involving simple and compound interest, debt repayment, valuation of investments, simple and general annuities, amortization of debts, sinking funds and bond valuations.

Equivalents:
  • BMAT 1040
  • BMAT 205
3

Communication and Presentation Skills provides you with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to compose business documents and give engaging, formal presentations. You will learn how to effectively communicate in a professional environment and consider different aspects of spoken, written and nonverbal communication (e.g., channel, content, organization, style, tone, format and mechanics) in order to share clear and concise messages with your audience. You will be required to work in both individual and collaborative settings.

Equivalents:
  • COMM 1030
  • COMM 1070
3

In this introductory course in Microeconomics, you will learn about economic principles involved in analyzing problems in the business and consumer sectors of the Canadian economy. Some of the topics covered are: economic scarcity, demand, supply, elasticity, and perfect and imperfect competition.

Equivalents:
  • ECON 1010
3

Macroeconomics introduces you to the operation of the Canadian economy. You will apply economic principles to analyze a national economy. Topics include measuring and analyzing demand and supply, economic performance, and unemployment and inflation; As well, government fiscal, trade, and monetary policies are explored.

Equivalents:
  • ECON 1110
3

Marketing Essentials is an introductory course offering you a solid foundation in marketing principles. Working individually and in teams, you will research and discover how marketing decisions are made and identify the components of sustainable marketing programs. Your research, content application and teamwork skills will be developed and reinforced as you progress through the course.

Equivalents:
  • MKTG 1060
3

The Introduction to Business course will provide you with tools to understand multiple business functions including management, human resources, marketing, operations, and personal finance. You will also explore the Canadian Business and economic system, as well as the importance of business ethics and social responsibility in an increasingly global environment. Working through a team project and business simulation, you will begin to develop a 21st-century skillset, including communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and effective teamwork. By the end of this course, you should have the foundations for understanding business and business ownership in Canada.

Equivalents:
  • MNGT 1200
3

This introductory course provides an overview of human behaviour in organizations at the individual, group, and organizational level and the effect of each on organizational effectiveness. Topics include: individual differences, motivation, communication, teams, power and politics, conflict and negotiation, leadership, organizational culture, and change management.

Equivalents:
  • MNGT 2250
3

Quantitative Methods will build analysis skills through the study of basic concepts in statistics, including: sampling; measurement of central tendency and variability; probability and probability distributions; random variables; estimation; hypothesis testing; small sample theory; and regression analysis.

Equivalents:
  • STAT 2040
3

Financial services major cores

Course Credits

This course covers sources and structures of income tax legislation, the meaning of income from employment, net income for individuals, income from business and property, capital cost allowance, capital gains/losses, remuneration salaries vs. dividends, impact of taxation on business decisions and tax planning.

Pre-requisites:
  • BLAW 300 or BLAW 200
  • ACCT 255 or ACCT 240 or BFIN 230 or BFIN 255 or BFIN 301
3

Money and Banking introduces the sources and demands for money, interest rates, and financial products and services. You will discuss financial markets, the roles of financial and non-financial institutions, financial institution management, the structure and governance of the international financial system, the roles of central banks, and current trends within the Canadian financial services sector.

Equivalents:
  • BFIN 2333
3

This intermediate course provides more in-depth knowledge into the key elements of Financial Planning. Topics include a deeper analysis of Risk Management and Insurance, Retirement Planning, Government benefit programs, TFSA’s, RRSP’s and other types of savings plans. The course will emphasize client relationship building. Participants will complete a basic Financial Plan.

Pre-requisites:
  • BFIN 255 or BFIN 230
Equivalents:
  • BFIN 2341
3

Constructing an appropriate investment portfolio of mutual funds and financial securities depends upon identifying and responding to changing client needs. Topics include the role of the mutual fund representative, knowing your client, the types of financial securities and mutual fund products available, risk and return, creating and evaluating investment portfolios. Concepts are reinforced through a stock game simulation and mutual fund portfolio design and critique. Leads to the Investment Funds in Canada (IFC) credential required to sell mutual funds.

Pre-requisites:
  • BFIN 333 or BFIN 355
Equivalents:
  • BFIN 2356
3

This course focuses on the use and demonstration of a Needs Satisfaction Selling model. Through financial product-based role plays, learners will employ all elements of the model with the ultimate objective to utilize these skills in a real world setting. Ethical practices in the financial services industry will be examined with an emphasis on the Canadian Financial Planners code of ethics.

Pre-requisites:
  • BFIN 230 or BFIN 255
Equivalents:
  • BFIN 2360
3

This course will integrate all elements of the financial planning processes culminating in the creation of a basic financial and estate plan. The remaining topics of the financial planning cycle will be introduced including, professional standards casework, client-based financial planning process, financial management, estate planning including taxation, family law, organizational structures, and RESP options. Participants will complete a personalized retirement income plan as seen in the financial planning field.

Pre-requisites:
  • BFIN 341 or BFIN 342
Equivalents:
  • BFIN 2380
3

This course will integrate a broad range of elements from financial planning and taxation. Students will apply these elements in realistic scenarios to develop financial decision making skills relevant to the current marketplace. Critical thinking skills are utilized as students collect, assess, and synthesize information to determine realistic financial opportunities and formulate strategies that can be included in a complete financial plan.

Pre-requisites:
  • ACCT 375 or ACCT 370
  • BFIN 341 or BFIN 342
Equivalents:
  • BFIN 2386
3

You will choose courses from the following lists.

Business core elective (choose one)

Course Credits

Building on the foundation established in Introductory Financial Accounting I, this course introduces accounting concepts related to partnerships and corporations. Topics including adjusting journal entries, bank reconciliations, receivables, capital assets, short and long-term liabilities, share capital, and dividends are explored. You will gain practical, hands-on experience in recording accounting transactions and preparing financial statements for partnerships and corporations.

Pre-requisites:
  • ACCT 210 or ACCT 215
Equivalents:
  • ACCT 2110
3

Personal Financial Planning is an introductory course offering the student a solid foundation in financial principles. The goal of understanding personal financial planning is to achieve personal economic satisfaction. Significant areas that will be covered will be setting financial goals, budgeting, income taxes, insurance, investment products, and retirement/estate planning.

Equivalents:
  • BFIN 1255
3

Human Resource (HR) Management includes the foundational knowledge and skills required by HR Professionals and business managers. This course includes an overview of the field of human resource management, along with human resource planning, employee compensation and benefits, recruitment, selection and training of employees, performance management, government regulation and health and safety in the workplace.

Equivalents:
  • HRMT 2320
3

In this course, you will develop a practical approach to using digital, social and mobile platforms that achieve business goals. Current applications and tools, community management practices and legal/privacy issues related to digital marketing tactics will be examined. Teams will develop a digital plan that specifies the use of email, websites, SEO, social media and mobile marketing, all with the goal of targeting and delivering effective communication to digital media-savvy audiences. An emphasis is placed on the return on digital marketing investment and on building relationships that lead to a culture of trust.

Equivalents:
  • MKTG 1265
3

This introductory course examines the multi-faceted role of managers and leaders within the organization. Issues such as planning and controls, managing the team and group dynamics, and creating and leading change will be examined within the cultural context of the organization. Decision making and communication skills from a management perspective will be developed in light of sustainability, ethical, and diversity issues combined with a constantly changing competitive environment.

Equivalents:
  • MNGT 1255
3

Supply chain management (SCM) is the movement of material and information through integrated processes in a supply chain to provide the highest degree of customer satisfaction at the lowest possible cost to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. Elements of a supply chain include Transportation and Logistics, Procurement and Contract Management, Operations Management, Materials Management and Quality and Safety. You will analyze different components of the integrated process including: location choice, distribution system design, selection of suppliers and distributors, contracting issues, partnership formation, inventory policies, production plans and electronic data interchange. You will be introduced to the planning and management of the production and distribution of goods and services and you will start developing the skills needed to support the integrated SCM process.

Equivalents:
  • SCMT 1255
  • MNGT 2370
3

Integrative experience elective (choose one)

Course Credits

This capstone course allows you to demonstrate the integrative knowledge and skills you gained in earlier classes. You will deliver a pitch for a new or innovative idea that applies concepts learned in the program.

Pre-requisites:
  • ACCT 215
  • BCMP 225
  • BMAT 230
  • COMN 220
  • ECON 250
  • ECON 305
  • MKTG 260
  • MNGT 250
  • MNGT 200 or BLAW 300
3

This course integrates the learning outcomes from pre-requisite courses to enable students to make sustainable and competitive strategic business decisions within a rapidly changing global environment. Critical thinking skills are utilized as students analyze and apply management strategies to business cases and make recommendations to maximize corporate results.

Pre-requisites:
  • ACCT 215 or ACCT 210 or ACCT 330
  • BCMP 225 or BCPT 238
  • BMAT 230 or BMAT 205
  • COMN 220 or COMM 290
  • ECON 250 or ECON 240
  • ECON 305 or ECON 260
  • MKTG 260 or MKTG 205
  • MNGT 200 or BLAW 300 or BLAW 200
  • MNGT 250 or MGMT 254
3

Progression

You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure >

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Explore your options!

Some courses in this program are available through Open Studies. You can complete courses via Open Studies to get a head start on your education, reduce your course load once accepted into a credentialed program, or determine which career path best suits you before you fully commit. 

You may also take courses for general interest or personal and professional development.

Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents.

  • at least 50% in Math 30-1 or Math 30-2, and
  • at least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 60% in English Language Arts 30-2.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

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Academic Upgrading

Missing an admission requirement for this program? Upgrade your prior education to help you receive admission into one of SAIT's career programs.

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English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Transfer agreements

At SAIT, we evaluate post-secondary credit you have previously earned and apply it to your SAIT credential. Explore our formal transfer agreements available for this program.

We can evaluate your prior education, even if we don't have a formal agreement in place.

Submit a transfer credit application

Campus Alberta Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement

Program name
Provincial Business Administration pathway
Available credits:
n/a

Upon successful completion of business administration coursework from one of the Alberta institutions listed on the Campus Alberta Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement, you may be eligible to transfer credit to our business administration diploma or bachelor's degree. For more information, contact an academic advisor at the School of Business.

Transfer options for graduates

Build on the knowledge you’ve learned at SAIT. The opportunity to advance your education at an accredited post-secondary institution may be available.

🔗 Visit Transfer Alberta search tool for a full list of transfer opportunities within the province.

Griffith University

Program name
Bachelor of Commerce in Finance
Available credits:
45

Upon successful completion of this program, you'll be eligible to receive up to 45 credits (1.5 years) toward Griffith's Bachelor of Commerce in Finance.

This degree is a three year program offered on-campus beginning in February and July each year.

Available intakes

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Waitlisted
  • Application deadline: June 28, 2024
International students: Closed
  • Application deadline: May 29, 2024

Winter 2025

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: Oct. 25, 2024
International students: Open
  • Application deadline: Sept. 30, 2024

Spring 2025

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: April 30, 2025
International students: Open
  • Application deadline: March 28, 2025

Costs

2024/25 tuition and fees

The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2024.

Domestic students

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for domestic students is based on the recommended course load per year. 
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $5,910 $1,608 $7,518
2 2 $5,910 $1,608 $7,518
Total cost:
$15,036

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for international students is based on the recommended course load per year. 
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $19,500 $1,608 $21,108
2 2 $19,500 $1,608 $21,108
Total cost:
$42,216

Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with standard hardware and software requirements. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available close to your start date. Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn’t receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you’re in luck; no textbook purchase is required for that term.

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Financial aid

Paying for your education may feel overwhelming, but we have resources and programs that can help, including information about payment options, student loans, grants and scholarships.

Application process

When applying in the application portal, select Business Administration. You will declare your major before your second year of the program.

Ready to apply?

Follow our step-by-step guide to submitting a successful application.

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Communication during admission

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

We recommend you add the business.advising@sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.

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Begin your application

Apply now using the online application portal. 

Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants. 

Information sessions

Prepare for a strong start in your chosen program or get the details you need to decide your future path.

Our expert staff and faculty are ready to answer your questions and provide information about the following:

  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.

Contact us

School of Business Advising

Phone
403.284.8485
Email
business.advising@sait.ca

International Student Advising

Phone
403.284.8852
Email
international@sait.ca
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