Finance and Analytics
Available as a two-year program
As new challenges present themselves, professionals need to be equipped with the tools that can help solve and innovate businesses for future success. There has never been a better time to gain the skills needed to translate real-world data to generate growth and calculate shifts in market dynamics. This program enables students to develop required business skills to help consumers and businesses secure their finances. Please note: Students will receive an Ontario College Diploma in Business – Finance & Analytics.
Two-year Ontario College Diploma
- Start Date
September and January entry
Analysts are able to convert data into actionable knowledge about their customers, their competitors, their supply chain and themselves. By studying topics such as financial modelling, cyber security, and corporate finance, and developing Python and R Script coding skills, students will be ready to work in fields such as:
- Financial analyst
- Investment analyst
- Data analyst
- Data administrator
- Financial customer service representative
- Product developer
- Financial services (retail banking, investing, or insurance)
Is it for you?
This program will appeal to students who are interested in business and finance but who also enjoy problem-solving and are quick to adapt to emerging trends such as cryptocurrency and fintech.
Successful students in this program are people who:
- Thrive in data-driven environments, are innovative, creative and agile.
- Are passionate about all areas of business, including but not limited to marketing, accounting, finance, production, human resources and financial technology.
- Quickly adapt to emerging trends.
- Innovate, create and are agile.
- Enjoy problem-solving and reading complex charts.
*This program is pending ministry funding approval.
In the Business – Finance and Analytics program students will:
- Process and maintain financial records in compliance with relevant policies, procedures and regulations for individuals and/or organizations.
- Prepare and present financial information in compliance with relevant legislation and regulations for individuals and/or organizations.
- Generate financial reports for individuals and/or organizations by applying financial mathematics and statistics.
- Contribute to the development and the implementation of a financial plan to meet individuals’ and/or organizations’ needs and objectives.
- Contribute to the development and the implementation of marketing strategies to promote financial products and services and to enhance customer service.
- Develop and implement strategies to establish and maintain professional networking and business relationships in the finance sector.
- Analyze, within a Canadian context, the impact of economic variables, legislation, ethics, technology and the environment on individuals’ and/or organizations’ operations.
- Develop and implement ongoing strategies for personal and professional development, highlighting ethics, values and standards in the finance sector.
- Develop strategies to scrape and mine financial data to meet clients and/or organizational goals.
- Develop and pitch new product ideas based on data analysis that will enhance the user experience of financial products.
Outstanding faculty make the difference
- Learn in small classes with an experienced faculty team.
- Professors have specialized experience with business, technology, finance and analytics.
- Teachers use their industry contacts to help connect students with jobs.
- First Year - Semester One
- COMP1021 Business Computer Applications - Excel
- Organizations of varying sizes and in various sectors benefit from the use of spreadsheets. As such, individuals who have highly developed spreadsheet skills using tools such as Microsoft Excel are able to assist these organizations with their functional activities. This course explores skills such as formatting cells and worksheets; using formulas and functions; analyzing and organizing data; and presenting data visually. Upon successful completion of this course, you will have covered the components and related tasks and skills needed to prepare for the MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) certification exam for Excel.
- MATH1033 Business Math
- This course covers the basic skills required by students to comprehend the essentials of business mathematics. Topics covered include an arithmetic and algebra review, percentages, ratios, commercial mathematics, and simple and compound interest.
- BUSI1041 Corporate Financial Management
- In this introductory course, you will develop the financial skills and logical thought processes necessary to understand and discuss the global financial environment and how it impacts our daily lives. You will learn to interpret and analyze financial statements using ratios; assess a corporation's financial leverage and capital structure; evaluate dividend policy; and develop long- and short-term financing plans.
- COMM1083 Effective Business Communication
- Effective Business Communications will prepare you for the various types of formats used to professionally communicate in the workplace, including emails, memos, letters, reports and presentations. You will apply critical thinking principles and brainstorm solutions to situations and problems in order to develop creative and innovative solutions. You will learn to select effective strategies to professionally communicate ideas to a variety of audiences. You will also learn elements of writing and grammar that will enhance your communication skills and enable you to succeed both academically and in the workplace.
- BUSI1016 Introduction to Business
- This course provides an overview of business in the Canadian environment using an integrated model. Topics covered include: the environment of business (social, technological, economic and political) as well as functional areas of business (marketing, accounting, finance, production and human resources) and legal and corporate governance information. A semester-long group project will provide you with the opportunity to explore the world of business, create work habits related to researching a company and stay current with what is going on in the business world.
- MRKT1005 Introduction to Marketing
- Welcome to marketing! You will learn how businesses reach and influence their customers. This course covers far more than advertising. You will discover how to create a marketing plan that can sell.
- PROF1020 Professional Development 1
- Professional Development #1 is a highly interactive course designed to give you “the right start” to a college education and the rest of your life. A variety of experiences connect you to your program and its related careers, paint a clear picture of your educational journey, outline and strengthen the skills necessary for success at college and in the workplace, provide supportive student resources, and allow you to build relationships with faculty and your fellow students. Learning will be demonstrated through writing, presentations, short reports, group work and reflective journal entries.
- GNED1100 Becoming a Global Changemaker
- This Loyalist College graduate attributes course will help shape your perspectives, broaden your understanding of important issues affecting our societies today, and equip you with invaluable knowledge and skills that will inform your ability to influence your community in a meaningful and impactful way. By exploring topics such as cultural competency, Indigenous education, entrepreneurship, sustainability, health and wellness, and ecological literacy, you'll be equipped with a powerful toolkit that extends far beyond the classroom.
- First Year - Semester Two
- BUSI2027 Advanced Excel Functions
- Students will learn Excel at an advanced level using key functions to display and organize large sets of data.
- BUSI1044 Digitization of Financial Products and Services
- Students will gain a foundational understanding of key financial products and services and learn how digitizing affects the industry.
- BUSI1043 Financial Markets and Securities
- Students will learn about the financial markets and gain an understanding of the various financial instruments, including equities and derivatives.
- COMP1034 Introduction to Python & R Script
- Students will learn how to use programming language from the market leaders - Python and R Script - at an introductory level.
- BUSI1042 Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
- This course will enable students to increase their personal leadership styles through self-assessment. Students will employ emotional intelligence frameworks to increase self-awareness and identify patterns of thinking.
- MEDI1022 Social Media & Emerging Technology
- Students learn about Skype, Facebook, Twitter, SMART Board, Smart phone apps, and C.R.M. Topics covered include the newest social media and business tools essential for employment. Get "LinkedIn" to social networking tools and gain an understanding of their application in today's business world.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Second Year - Semester Three
- ETHI2004 Business Law and Ethics
- Business Law and Ethics will prepare you for the increasingly complex world of business. You will learn how the Canadian legal system influences the organization and management of business enterprises. With a particular focus on data and how it impacts an organization, you will investigate tort, contract, banking and privacy laws. You will explore your ethical rights and responsibilities with regards to the accumulation, analysis and sharing of data. You will practise recognizing and appropriately responding to legal and ethical situations.
- BUSI2026 Change Management
- Students will learn how to be a change leader within an organization by developing tools and skills that initiate and sustain behaviours.
- COMP2016 Introduction to Cyber Security
- This course will cover an overview of areas within cyber security, such as cryptography, cyber forensics, and network security.
- COMP2018 Mobile Applications
- Students will learn how mobile applications are used by financial technology companies and how the design relates to the end-user experience.
- BUSI3007 Organizational Behaviour
- The behavioural dynamics of the workplace are complex. Technology is impacting the way we work, the way we interact, and the way we manage people. This course examines the factors that influence human behaviour and performance in the workplace, including emotional intelligence, personality, motivation, team behaviour, leadership, organizational change and cultural characteristics.
- COMP2017 Python 11 & Advanced R Script
- This course will build on the foundations learned from the introduction of Python and R Script and continue to build skills to an advanced level.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Second Year - Semester Four
- BUSI2031 CRM Selling, Product, Pitch
- Students will develop knowledge of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) using current technologies for efficient and successful relationship development and maintenance. Effective customer service skills and strategies are also examined to build loyal and happy customers.
- ACCT2023 Corporate Financial Mgmt 2
Building upon the concepts from Corporate Financial Management 1, students will learn methods of calculating a corporation's value and measuring its risk. Specific topics include: valuing stocks and bonds, determining net present value and other investment criteria, risk and return in the securities market, capital budgeting, calculating the weighted average cost of capital, and project evaluation.
Prerequisite: BUSI 1041
- BUSI2030 Financial Modelling & Data
Students will develop skills related to data visualization and presentation that will be used within the financial world.
Students will develop knowledge of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) using current technologies for efficient and successful relationship development and maintenance. Effective customer service skills and strategies are also examined to build loyal and happy customers.
- PROF2046 Professional Portfolio
- A carefully prepared and professionally presented portfolio provides you with a valuable advantage in the highly competitive process of securing employment. In a broader sense, a portfolio gives you a measure of control over your future, which is particularly important in times of rapid change and economic upheaval. Practical tips, tools, practices, and approaches are addressed to create your unique portfolio of talents, professional skills, experiences and background.
- WKPL2075 Service Learning
- Students will undertake project-based learning with industry or community partners on an applied project in the finance and analytics space. Students will be expected to incorporate their learned skills and knowledge into a workplace setting.
*Courses subject to change.
Students with previous education in business-related programs would be well suited to enter this program. Specifically, from Loyalist College's Business or Business Administration – Accounting programs.
Post-graduate programs at Loyalist College
Graduates from this program may be well suited to continue their studies in related one-year post-graduate certificate programs offered by the College.
- Financial Technology (FinTech)
- Global Business Management
- Project Management
- Global Project Management
To see a list of all post-graduate programs offered at Loyalist College click here.
Click here for information about university transfer agreements.
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2023 – 24)
- Domestic Tuition: $2,722.08
- Full-Time Ancillary Fees:* $1,308
- Total: $4,030.08
Additional costs, such as supplies, travel and parking, may be incurred during workplace visits, etc.
*Fees related to programs that are less than or greater than two semesters will be adjusted accordingly. Fees are subject to change. Please visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a list of the many services, activities and items included within the ancillary fees, and the related policies.
Bursaries and financial assistance
Loyalist College has a number of scholarships, bursaries and academic awards available to students. Our Financial Aid Office can help you explore your options, or assist you with a student loan.
Required academic preparation
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
- Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Applicants with work experiences or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist College. Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions) are granted. Click here for more information about our assessment and credit challenge process.
Click here for information about how to apply, international student fees and more.
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