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Are you thinking of an accounting career but are also interested in finance and investments?

BCIT’s Finance Diploma Program offers you unique, practical training for a solid foundation in accounting, economics, finance, and investing principles. All the courses in this program are designed to teach you to the necessary skills and confidence to help you pursue a career in finance while preparing you for accelerated study to become an accountant.

About the Finance program

  • Two-year, full-time program
  • Broad range of accounting, financial, economic, and investment training
  • Strong industry connections and networking opportunities
See more about how the Finance Diploma gives you the necessary skills for a successful career at the Program Details.

Who should apply for a Finance Diploma?

This program is designed to give you strong technical skills in accounting plus a broad understanding of finance and economics, providing a wider range of employment opportunities.

This program might be right for you if you:
  • Want accounting training that is supplemented by investment skills and knowledge
  • Aren’t an accountant, but need some accounting knowledge for your current job
  • Want to know more about financial services, capital markets and securities
  • Have an interest in investments and financial markets
  • Work well with numbers and big-picture planning
Visit the Program Entry page to apply today.

Your experience matters

If you already have work experience or other post-secondary education, you might qualify for course credits to help accelerate your training. Check to see whether your experience qualifies you for advanced placement.

What grads can do

Earning the hands-on experience and essential skills offered through BCIT’s diploma program can be an excellent way to begin a long, rewarding career.

With the training you’ll receive in the Finance Diploma Program, you’ll be prepared and confident in new potential jobs in financial services, accounting, and financial management.

You’ll also have the option to continue your education with a Bachelor of Technology in Accounting or a Bachelor of Business Administration degree to become a Chartered Financial Analyst or Chartered Public Accountant and further your career.

Learn more about your job prospects and options on the Graduating and Jobs page.

Accredited Program

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Program Entry

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day)

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • It is strongly recommended that you assess your fundamental mathematical skills. The Mathematics Self-Diagnostic Test [PDF] is voluntary. If you find these problems difficult, we strongly recommend that you attend OPMT 0199. You should be able to do this exercise in about an hour, after which you should compare your answers with the correct ones supplied. If you scored less than 20 out of 26 correct, you should seriously consider upgrading your mathematical skills.

Advanced Placement

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through 1. re-admission or 2. direct entry. The following applies to all advanced placement applicants:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof of completing all requirements (proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants) to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applications exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.
  1. Re-admission: Have you completed part of this program at BCIT and want to apply to an advanced level?

    Applications are accepted throughout the year. You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your application.

  2. Direct Entry: Are you new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level?

    BCIT accepts complete applications starting:

    • February 1st for level 2 (January start)
    • November 1st for level 3 (September start)

    You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] and proof of meeting the entrance requirements with your online application. View the Direct Entry sheet [PDF] for details.

Transfer Credit

Do you have credits from another post-secondary school?

Transfer credit may be granted for courses completed at BCIT or another post-secondary institution where the learning outcomes duplicate those of the BCIT course. As per Admission Procedure 5003-PR1, the department reserves the right to determine the granting of credit where appropriate.

Applications will be accepted up to day 14 of the term; an official transcript and a course outline where appropriate must be provided (or be on file with BCIT) to process the request. A maximum of two courses per level are eligible for credit through this process.

Apply to program

BCIT only accepts complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.


Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $542; Level 2: $388; Level 3: $981; Level 4: $758
(General estimated cost, subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Each course in this program was created by working financial professionals to give you the hands-on, useable knowledge you need for success. As part of your training, you’ll learn key skills for your job search, business communication, and specific financial and accounting concepts like taxation, macroeconomics, accounting, and more.

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  BSYS 1000 Business Information Systems 3.0
  COMM 1100 Business Communication 1 3.0
  ECON 2100 Microeconomics 3.0
  FMGT 1105 Accounting 1 for Financial Management 5.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics 4.0
  ORGB 1100 Organizational Behaviour 3.0

Students must achieve a grade of 65 per cent or better in FMGT 1105; or, a grade of 70 per cent or better in FMGT 1100 in order to take FMGT 2105.

Level 2 (20 weeks) Credits
  BLAW 3100 Business Law 4.0
  BSYS 2050 Business Data Analytics* 2.0
  BSYS 2060 Business Data Management* 2.0
  BUSA 2100 Principles of Management* 2.0
  COMM 2200 Business Communication 2 4.0
  ECON 2200 Macroeconomics 4.0
  FMGT 2105 Accounting 2 for Financial Management 6.5
  FMGT 2540 Working Capital Management* 2.5
  FMGT 2710 Computerized Accounting* 2.0
  OPMT 1130 Business Statistics 5.5
*denotes a half-term course
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  FMGT 3110 Financial Accounting 1 5.0
  FMGT 3210 Cost/Managerial Accounting 1 4.0
  FMGT 3410 Taxation 1 4.0
  FMGT 3510 Finance 1 4.0
  FMGT 3610 Security Analysis 1 4.0
  FMGT 3720 Advanced Computer Applications 1 4.0
Level 4 (20 weeks) Credits
  FMGT 4110 Financial Accounting 2 7.0
  FMGT 4210 Cost and Managerial Accounting 2 5.5
  FMGT 4410 Taxation 2 5.5
  FMGT 4510 Finance 2 5.5
  FMGT 4520 Enterprise Finance* 2.5
  FMGT 4570 Money and Banking 5.5
  FMGT 4610 Security Analysis 2 2.5
  FMGT 4720 Advanced Computer Applications 2 for Finance 2.5
*denotes a half-term course
Total Credits: 120.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

This program is specifically designed to give you a broad exposure to financial, economic, accounting, and investment knowledge and opportunities. Perfect for students who want the career flexibility offered by knowledge of both accounting and finance. As part of your experience at BCIT, you’ll get real-world training with working professionals and graduate having written and passed the Canadian Securities Institute exam.

Program length

Two years, full-time

Additional program options


The accounting profession, through its professional bodies, recognizes a wide variety of subjects offered in the program. The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Certified General Accountants' Association of Canada, the Certified Management Accountants Society and the Canadian Credit Institute give credit for various subjects, and our graduates are able to achieve a professional designation within two years of receiving their BCIT diploma.

Students who choose the Finance program will write the Canadian Securities Course examination while they are students at BCIT. Successful completion is a mandatory step for anyone considering a career in the field of financial planning, or indeed in any aspect of the investment world. In addition, it is a prerequisite course for all other courses and programs offered by the Canadian Securities Institute.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Degree Completion

The Financial Management department offers an Accounting degree completion program to those who already have an Accounting, Finance, or Financial Planning diploma or equivalent. Please see our Accounting Bachelor of Technology program for more information.

Universities will give credit for subjects taken in the program to those students who wish to continue their training and qualify for a university degree. Block transfer credit arrangements are in effect with Thompson River University, Simon Fraser University, the University of Northern British Columbia, Royal Roads University and Lakehead University.

Graduating & Jobs

With the focus on practical skills, BCIT’s program gets you ready to perform in your new financial career from the first day. And because of the wide variety of courses through the program, graduates have a similarly wide variety of jobs in the financial, accounting, and investment industries.

Some opportunities in finance include:
  • Financial Services Representative
  • Financial Analyst
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Finance Manager
  • Corporate Financial Manager
  • Senior Financial Analyst
While many students begin their careers immediately upon graduation, others decide to continue their education for a bachelor’s degree, which is required to pursue a Chartered Professional Accounting (CPA) designation or the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. This diploma program ladders directly into BCIT’s Bachelor of Technology in Accounting program, and is recognized at many universities for block credit transfers.

Advanced Placement

Do you have a degree, diploma, or completed a substantial amount of post-secondary courses? You may qualify for advanced placement into the Finance program. Students that qualify for advanced placement can enter the program in the middle of first year depending on the number of transfer credits received.

Acceptance into advanced placement is dependent on a number of factors including: seat availability, course transfer credits, and the number of applications received. Most applicants are required to complete additional course work before entering their desired program. Early application is strongly recommended.

Entry into the middle of Year 1 (January)

  • Application process opens on February 1st*

Entry into the start of Year 2 (September)

  • Application process opens on November 1st*

*or next business day

When applying for advanced placement, you must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your online application.

For more information about eligibility requirements and the application process, please download the Finance Advanced Placement Guide [PDF].

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

The BCIT Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is also a viable option for students that have completed a bachelor's degree. This is an eight month full-time program that leads into a number of international MBA programs.

Contact Us

Debbie Flynn
Administrative Assistant
604-432-8571 | Debbie_Flynn@bcit.ca

Patrick Wolfe
Program Head, Finance
604-431-4965 | Patrick_Wolfe@bcit.ca

Contact a Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:
  • Program selection and program planning
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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Taking the corporate finance program was definitely beneficial in getting me where I am now...without all the time management skills I learned (among other things) I would not have been able to easily complete my degree while working full-time. Since joining Sherritt two years ago, I've been fast tracked from a financial analyst to (now) senior management.
Leanne Gawley, Financial Management - Corporate Finance diploma grad 2003