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Athabasca University

Bachelor of Commerce: Finance Major

Regulations effective January 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019.

Building on the Bachelor of Commerce program is Athabasca University’s Finance major.

Finance 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.

Program Plans

Our online program plans can assist you in selecting the courses needed to fulfill your program requirements.

Counselling Services offers an assessment website, Mapping Your Future. Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

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, Finance Major program. There are no course entrance requirements.

Regulations Governing All Bachelor of Commerce Students

Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Students must have a weighted average of at least 1.7 (C-) across all courses taken at Athabasca University towards a Bachelor of Commerce degree in order to graduate.

Program Structure

Total credits in the program 120
Required courses (Years 1 and 2) 39
Options 21
Required courses (Years 3 and 4) 30
Finance major core courses
21
Finance major electives
3
Options
6
A minimum of 12 Business and Administrative Studies credits must be at the 400 level (including ADMN 404 and ADMN 405). 12
Residency requirement: A minimum of 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in senior (300 or 400) level courses. These 30 credits must include ADMN 404 (3 credits) and ADMN 405 (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.
24
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 Finance Major.

Finance Major Years 3 and 4 (60 credits)

Required Courses (30 credits)

ACCT 355 Cost Analysis (3)
ADMN 417 International Business Management (3)
  or
ECON 401 The Changing Global Economy
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems
(3)
FNCE /ECON 300 Financial Economics (3)
  or
FNCE 370 Overview of Corporate Finance
MGSC 312 Statistics for Business and Economics II (3)
MGSC 368 Introduction to Production and Operations Management (3)
  or
MGSC 369 Service Operations Management
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour (3)
HRMT/ORGB 386 Introduction to Human Resources Management (3)
ADMN 404 Capstone I: Strategic Management* (3)
ADMN 405 Capstone II: Application and Integration of Contemporary Business Topics* (3)
  *ADMN 404 and ADMN 405 must be taken with AU. Transfer credit will not be awarded. These courses should be taken as the last courses in the program.  

Finance 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 Derivatives and Risk Management (3)
FNCE 405 Empirical Finance (3)
FNCE 470 Portfolio Management (3)
MGSC 405 Quantitative Approaches to Decision Making (3)

Finance Major Electives (Select 3 credits from the following)

Any Economics (ECON) or Finance (FNCE) course at the senior (300/400) level, not included as a core course. (3)

Options (6 credits)

Senior (300/400) level Non "Business and Administrative Studies" credits (6)

 

Information effective Jan. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2019.

Updated December 18 2018 by laurab

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