MINISTRY-APPROVED PROGRAM TITLE: BUSINESS – FINANCE
This joint Durham College (DC) and Ontario Tech University (Ontario Tech) diploma-to-degree program will enable you to earn two credentials in only four years. Experience the best of both learning environments while on the journey to a rewarding career in finance. Build a solid foundation in business as well as training in various areas of financial planning, investments, and life and health insurance, using the latest technology in combination with the most current business and IT trends.
Students will be prepared to write the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI) Global Education Inc. exam, the professional designation of Chartered Financial Analysts, 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 license. The external industry licencing exams, fees and the requirements for each designation/certification are set by the granting body, not DC or Ontario Tech. In order to qualify for any of these designations/certifications, students need to follow and meet the required processes.
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This program was created by Durham College (DC) and Ontario Tech University (Ontario Tech) for individuals who plan to take Ontario Tech’s Bachelor of Commerce degree program. The bridging courses required for admission to the degree program are embedded in the curriculum and if students achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in each semester of the DC courses and no grade below C in the Ontario Tech courses, students can apply directly to the third year of the Ontario Tech degree program. This opportunity allows qualified candidates to major in Finance at Ontario Tech however acceptance is based on Ontario Tech approval with higher marks required. In order to participate in this program, students are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and complete an application to Ontario Tech in the first semester. Ontario Tech embedded courses are flexible and subject to change by Ontario Tech. Academic planning assistance will be offered to you by a student advisor representative.
A student participating in this program, will be registered at both DC and Ontario Tech. Ontario Tech offers classes in the evenings and the annual calendars including reading week are different. Students are expected to attend all classes as scheduled. In addition, the two institutions use different learning management systems.
For more information please visit the Finance – Business – Transfer to Ontario Tech University Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Frequently Asked Questions.
Students can also earn the following globally recognized certificates by taking Microsoft Office Specialist exams as part of their computer courses:
Students who successfully pass all three exams can earn an extra certificate that recognizes their accomplishment with the Microsoft Office Specialist: Associate (Office 365 and Office 2019) certificate. DC students are provided access to Microsoft Office 365 through the college’s Microsoft Office account. See more details about this opportunity.
Please note: Students will apply to the Finance - Business transfer program at www.ontariocolleges.ca using the FNTU application code. Upon meeting the selection criteria, students may be eligible to complete the Bachelor of Commerce degree at Ontario Tech.
First-year students enrolled in a diploma program or select graduate certificate program through the Faculty of Business will receive a membership to all eight of Durham Region’s Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade for the duration of their studies, plus an additional year following graduation. As one of the only colleges in Ontario with this offering, DC is proud to provide students access to local businesses at a regional level.
The eight Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade include:
The courses listed below are for incoming students. If you are a current student, please refer to your program of study for the year you began your program. Your program of study can be found on MyDC.
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change. Please note that as a result of COVID-19 the 2023-2024 program of study may be modified to accommodate program delivery changes.
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) or the Bachelor of Commerce (Finance major) if they meet the Ontario Tech requirements. This can lead to an opportunity to pursue the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI) Global Education Inc. exam, the professional designation of Chartered Financial Analysts, and a successful career in the financial service industry.
Please visit our pathways page to learn more about how you can transfer your credits towards a degree.