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Business Administration - Financial Planning

Business Administration - Financial Planning

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:BAF
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

Many Faculty of Business programs have a substantially common first–year curriculum. This curriculum provides a solid foundation in business and develops skills necessary for a successful career. Your courses will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of personal and financial planning that includes: personal taxation, estate planning, retirement planning, insurance, investment strategies and risk management. Students at the Markham Campus will be able to complete three semesters of study then transfer to the Newnham Campus for semesters 4 to 6.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


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Your Career

Toronto is the financial capital of Canada. The Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA) reports that over 223,000 people work in the Toronto region's financial services sector, making it the third largest concentration of financial services employment in North America, after New York and Chicago. Over 75% of those employed hold postsecondary credentials and represent a third of Canada’s financial sector employment. In the last decade the industry has added more than 62,000 employees in the Toronto region (Source: TFSA).

The financial services industry has a long history of attracting energetic and ambitious people who are looking for rewarding career opportunities. The industry is noted for its broad range of career paths, commitment to employee development and compensation structures difficult to find in other sectors of the economy.

Seneca's Business Administration - Financial Planning (BAF) program puts you in demand with the financial planning expertise employers seek and prepares you for careers in financial planning and wealth management. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to launch your career within the financial services sector with employers such as banks, trusts, insurance companies, brokerages and financial planning firms.

Financial Planning students enrol in both Canadian Investment Funds Course (CIFC)® and Canadian Securities Course (CSC)® at an additional cost.

Co-operative Education Option

Choose the co-op option in this program and you’ll have the opportunity to secure a paid work-term between the fifth and sixth semesters. Job-related employment enables you to combine classroom skills and on-the-job training, experience that is highly valued by students and employers alike. It’s important to note that you’ll have a shared responsibility for securing employment opportunities and must meet co-op entrance requirements in order to be considered:

For more information, visit:

Co-op Model
  Fall Winter Summer
Year 3 Semester 5 Work-Term Semester 6

Professional Certification

During the program you'll have the opportunity to write the Canadian Investment Funds Course (CIFC)® exam to be eligible for mutual fund licensing, as well as the Canadian Securities Course (CSC)® exams to be eligible for a securities licence. In addition, as a graduate of BAF, you'll be qualified to challenge the Certified Financial Planner (CFP)® Professional Competence Examination 1 (PCE1).

CPA Ontario Learning Centre

Grow your accounting and finance skill set in a space dedicated to supporting and engaging Seneca students, whether at the introductory or advanced levels of their accounting studies. Academic support is offered in partnership with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. Located in the Newnham Campus Learning Centre.

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Ryerson University• Bachelor of Commerce, Business Management – Direct Entry
• Bachelor of Commerce, Business Technology Management – Degree Completion
Seneca College• Bachelor of Commerce, Human Resources Strategy and Technology
• Bachelor of Commerce, Business Management
• Bachelor of Commerce, International Business Management
• Bachelor of Commerce, International Accounting and Finance
• Bachelor of Commerce, Financial Services Management
Tyndale University College• Bachelor of Arts (Business Administration, Business Administration – Co-op, Business Administration – Health & Human Services, Business Administration – International Development)
York University• Bachelor of Administrative Studies (BAS)


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Algoma University• Bachelor of Business Administration
• Bachelor of Business Administration (Brampton)
Carleton University• Any Relevant Major
Laurentian University• Honours Bachelor of Commerce
Nipissing University• Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce
University of Ottawa• Bachelor of Commerce
Wilfrid Laurier University• Honours Bachelor of Arts
• Honours Bachelor of Business Technology Management
University of Windsor• Bachelor of Commerce – Honours Business Administration


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Athabasca University• Bachelor of Professional Arts – Governance, Law and Management
• Bachelor of Management or Bachelor of Commerce
• Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations
Okanagan College• Bachelor of Business Administration
Royal Roads University• Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management or Bachelor of Business Administration in Sustainability and International Business


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University at Buffalo• Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
D'Youville College• BSc - Accounting or Management
Davenport University• BBA – Finance with a Financial Planning Specialty
Northwood University• Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), with majors in Marketing, Management or Accounting
Robert Morris University• Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (BSBA)


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Birmingham City University• BA (Hons) Business Administration (Top-up)
• BA (Hons) International Finance (Top-up)

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BUS106 Business - Its Nature and Environment 3
EAC150 College English 3
MRK108 Introduction to Marketing 3
QNM106 Mathematics of Finance 4
SSC100 Success Strategies for College 2
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACC106 Accounting I 3
MGS350 Management Studies: Canadian Business Law 3
MRK213 Foundations of Strategic Marketing and Planning 4
SMS202 Microcomputer Business Applications II 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACC212 Financial Analysis 3
EAC394 Effective Business Writing 3
HRA701 Introduction to Human Resources Management 3
OPM400 Production & Operations Management - Manufacturing & Services 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BUS206 Business Management 3
BUS400 Business Economics 3
FIS403 Financial Management 4
OBR250 Organizational Behaviour 3
RFC121 Introduction to Financial Planning and Economics 4
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
RFC122 Taxation for Financial Planners 3
RFC124 Risk Management and Insurance in Financial Planning 3
RFC125 Understanding Investments and Investment Strategy 4
RFC126 Canadian Investment Funds 2
RFC127 Call Centre Operations 2
RFC223 Ethics and Marketing of Financial Products 3
CAP500 Career Planning (non co-op option only) 1
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only) 1
Co-op Work Term
CWT100 Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
QNM222 Business Statistics 4
RFC221 Retirement Planning and Benefits 3
RFC222 Estate Planning 3
RFC225 Investment Strategies and Tactics 4
RFC230 Financial Planning Management 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CPP200 Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only) 1

Note: Students in the Financial Planning diploma program must complete the following to enter semester 5:

  • all required courses from semesters 1 to 4 with a G.P.A. of 2.7 or higher
  • obtain minimum grade of C in FIS403 and EAC394 and minimum grade of B in RFC121
  • students must enter semester 5 with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher to be eligible for co–op

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Introduction to Business Administration
College English
Introduction to Marketing
Mathematics of Finance
Introduction to Studies at Seneca
Semester 2
Accounting I
Management Studies: Canadian Business Law
Foundations of Strategic Marketing and Planning
Microcomputer Business Applications II
General Education Option
Semester 3
Financial Analysis
Introduction to Human Resources Management
Production & Operations Management - Manufacturing & Services
Business Communication for the Digital Workplace
General Education Option
Semester 4
Entrepreneurship for Financial Services
Business Economics
Financial Management
Organizational Behavior
Introduction to Financial Planning and Economics
Semester 5
Taxation for Financial Planners
Risk Management & Insurance in Financial Planning
Understanding Investments and Investment Strategies
Canadian Investment Funds
Call Centre Operations
Ethics and Marketing of Financial Products
Career Planning (non co-op option only)
Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only)
Co-op Work Term
Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 6
Business Statistics
Retirement Planning and Benefits
Estate Planning
Investment Strategies and Tactics
Financial Planning and Management
General Education Option
Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only)

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Salaha Fatima
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22081
Registration & Records Advisor:
  William Mcelheron
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22464
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Lisa Dalla-Zuanna
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26216
Program Coordinator: Peter Wan
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26762
Co-op Coordinator: Orphtee Quarcoo
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26416
Program Chair: Karen Murkar
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22337

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