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Athabasca University

University Certificate in Finance

Regulations amended, effective September 1, 2018.

The University Certificate in Finance program provides students with the skills and knowledge appropriate for financial services professionals. The program has been designed so that, through careful selection of options, students may complete the major portion of the training required by various professional financial services associations. All credit earned in the UC: Finance program can be transferred into the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Management programs at Athabasca University.

Transfer Credit will not be accepted if course(s) completed more than:

  • 10 years ago in Business and Administrative Studies area of study at the (300/400) level;
  • 5 years ago in the CMIS (all levels);
  • 10 years ago in Statistics (all levels).

If you are currently working in the field and provide evidence of work being completed, this restriction may be waived. Transfer credit being used to satisfy options other than those in the Business and Administrative Studies area of study will not be restricted.

Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

Program Requirements

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

Program Structure

Total credits in the program 30
Required credits 27
Elective credits 3
Residency requirement. A minimum of 15 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University 15
Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits 6

General certificate regulations

Required Courses (27 credits)

ACCT 250 Accounting for Managers
ACCT 253

Introductory Financial Accounting

(ACCT 253 is required Certified Financial Planner Designation)

ECON 247 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 248 Macroeconomics (3)
ECON 385 Money, Banking, and Canadian Financial Institutions (3)
FNCE 322 Personal Finance (3)
FNCE 370 Overview of Corporate Finance (3)
FNCE 401 Investments (3)
FNCE 470 Portfolio Management (3)
MGSC 301 Statistics for Business and Economics I
(strongly recommended)

MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics
MATH 216 Computer-oriented Approach to Statistics

Electives (Select 3 credits from the following)

ACCT 356 Strategic and Competitive Analysis (3)
ADMN 232 Introduction to Management (3)
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems (3)
ECON 476 International Finance (3)
FNCE/ECON 300 Financial Economics (3)
FNCE 403 Derivatives and Risk Management (3)
FNCE 405 Empirical Finance (3)
LGST 369** Commercial Law (3)
MGSC 312 Statistics for Business and Economics II (3)
MGSC 405 Quantitative Approaches to Decision Making (3)
TAXX 301** Taxation I (3)
ADMN 404* Capstone I: 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.

**LGST 369 and TAXX 301 are required for Certified Financial Planner designation.



Information effective Sept. 1, 2018 to Aug. 31, 2019.

Updated February 11 2019 by laurab

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