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Undergraduate Calendar 2010|11

Financial Services Major

Bachelor of Commerce: Financial Services Major

Regulations effective September 1, 2010.

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’s Faculty of Business at 800.468.6531, 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. There are no course entrance requirements.

Program Structure
Total credits in the program 120
Required courses (Years 1 and 2) 36
Options 24
Required courses (Years 3 and 4) 24
Financial Services major core courses
Financial Services major electives
Residency requirement: A minimum of 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University, including ADMN 404, 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. 30
Graduation with Distinction or Great Distinction. At least 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in order to be considered.
Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition credits 21

Years 1 and 2 (60 credits)

Years 1 and 2 of the Bachelor of Commerce Program regulations also apply to the Financial Services Major.

Financial Services Major Years 3 and 4 (60 credits)

Required Courses (24 credits)

ACCT 356 Strategic and Competitive Analysis (3)
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems
FNCE 370 Overview of Corporate Finance (3)
MGSC 368

MGSC 369
Introduction to Production and Operations Management


Service Operations Management
MKTG 396 Introduction to Marketing (3)
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour (3)
  A senior (300 or 400) level Organizational Behaviour course (other than ORGB 364) (3)
ADMN 404 Strategic Management* (3)
  *ADMN 404 must be taken with AU. Transfer credit will not be awarded. ADMN 404 should be taken as the last course in the program.  


Financial Services Major Core Courses (21 credits)

ECON 385 Money, Banking, and Canadian Financial Institutions (3)
ECON 476 International Finance (3)
FNCE 401 Investments (3)
FNCE 403 Risk Management (3)
FNCE 405 Empirical Finance (3)
FNCE 470 Portfolio Management (3)
MGSC 405 Quantitative Approaches to Decision Making (3)


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. (3)


Options (12 credits)

Any non "Business and Administrative Studies" credits at the senior (300/400) level (6)
Business and Administrative Studies credits at the senior (300/400) level (6)


Information effective Sept. 1, 2010 to Aug. 31, 2011.

Updated June 08, 2016