Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Commerce: Financial Services Major
Regulations effective January 1, 2008

Building on the Bachelor of Commerce program is Athabasca University's
Financial Services major.

Financial Services is a contemporary major, integrating finance and economics courses to provide graduates with a broad exposure to this growing services sector. The field of financial services involves the study of financial markets, financial instruments and investment decision making, and analyzes alternative methods to obtain, manage, and use capital by institutions and individuals.

For more information about this program, contact Athabasca University School of Business at 888.449.8813, or email.

Counselling Services offers an assessment website, "Mapping Your Future: Your Career and Athabasca University." Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.


Enrolment Restriction

Students holding a degree in administration, business, commerce or management; or a degree with a major, concentration, or any equivalency programs from Athabasca University or another university will not be accepted into the Bachelor of Commerce, Financial Services Major program.

Program Structure

  Total credits in the program
  Required courses (Years 1 and 2)
  Required courses (Years 3 and 4)
  Financial Services Major core
  Financial Services Major electives
  Residency requirement: At least 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in Years 3 and 4. These 30 credits must include ADMN 404 (3 credits) plus 12 credits from the list of required courses for Years 3 and 4.
  Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and
  Years 1 and 2 (60 credits)  

Required Courses (36 credits)

ACCT 253 Introductory Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT 355 Cost Analysis (3)
ADMN 232 Administrative Principles (3)
ADMN 233 Writing in Organizations (3)
CMIS 311 Case Studies in Management Information Systems or  
  any junior (200) or senior (300/400) level COMP course
ECON 247 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 248 Macroeconomics (3)
ENGL A junior or senior level English course (3)
LGST 369 Commercial Law (3)
MATH 265 Introduction to Calculus I
MGSC 301 Statistics for Business and Economics I*
* strongly recommended
MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics
MATH 216 Computer-Oriented Approach to Statistics (3)
MGSC 312 Statistics for Business and Economics II (3)


  Options (24 credits)



Administrative Studies credits at the junior (200)
or senior (300 or 400) level


Humanities, Science, or Social Science credits at the junior (200) level *
*A maximum of 3 credits in Non-Administrative Studies at the preparatory (100) level.


Humanities, Science, or Social Science credits at the senior (300 or 400) level)

  Years 3 and 4 (60 credits)  
  Required Courses (24 credits)  
ACCT 356 Strategic and Competitive Analysis
ADMN 404 Business Policy*
ADMN 404 must be taken at AU. Transfer credit will not be awarded. ADMN 404 should be taken as the last course in the program.
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems
FNCE 370 Overview of Corporate Finance
MGSC 368 Introduction to Production and Operations Management
MGSC 369 Service Operations Management
MKTG 396 Introduction to Marketing
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour
  A senior (300 or 400) level Organizational Behaviour course (other than ORGB 364)


  Financial Services Major Core Courses (21 credits)  
ECON 385 Money, Banking, and Canadian Financial Institutions
ECON 476 International Finance
FNCE 401 Investments
FNCE 403 Risk Management
FNCE 405 Empirical Finance
FNCE 470 Portfolio Management
MGSC 405 Quantitative Approaches to Decision Making

Financial Services Major Electives
(Select 3 credits from the following)

  Any Economics (ECON) or Finance (FNCE) course at the senior (300 or 400) level, not included as a core course.
  Options (12 credits)  
Administrative Studies credits at the senior
(300 or 400) level
Non-Administrative Studies credits at the
senior (300 or 400) level

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