6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program and course delivery

This program is offered in Seneca's hybrid delivery format with some courses available in Seneca's flexible delivery format. Some coursework is online and some must be completed in person. Students will need to come on campus to complete in-person learning requirements. For courses offered in the flexible delivery format, professors use innovative learning spaces and technology to teach students in a classroom or lab and broadcast in real time to students attending remotely. In flexible courses, students have the choice of coming on campus or learning online.

About the Program

This three-year advanced diploma program prepares you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to work in the business world and financial services industry. To complement the business administration skills you will develop, you will also obtain a specialization in financial planning, one of the fastest growing sectors in Canada. You will be prepared for personal and career success through a broad range of business administration skills, the ability to manage your own personal finances and the capability to provide financial advice to the public.


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • business administration
  • communication
  • critical thinking
  • cultural awareness
  • financial planning competencies
  • intrapersonal and interpersonal skills
  • project management
  • problem solving

Work Experience

Optional Work Term

Students meeting all academic requirements may have the opportunity to complete an optional work term(s) in a formal work environment. The work term(s) is similar in length to an academic semester and typically involves full-time work hours that may be paid or unpaid. In programs with limited work term opportunities, additional academic requirements and a passing grade on a communication assessment may be required for eligibility. Eligibility for participation does not guarantee a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for those participating in the optional work term stream regardless of success in securing a work position.

Work-Integrated Learning Model
Year September January May
Year 3 Semester 5 Semester 6 Work Term

Your Career

Graduates of the program can explore the following career options:

  • banking and finance specialist
  • business administrator
  • sales and service associate
  • investment representative
  • insurance agent/broker
  • financial planning support associate

Professional Certification

Successful completion of this program is the first step in obtaining the following industry certifications and designations that are in high demand:

  • Canadian Securities Course (CSC®)
  • Certificate in Financial Services Advice (CFSA)
  • Personal Financial Planner (PFP®) designation
  • Qualified Associate Financial Planner™ (QAFP™) designation
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation 

Students enrolled in this program have the opportunity to complete the Canadian Securities Course (CSC®) — a prerequisite for employment in many areas of the financial services industry. Successful completion of the Canadian Securities Course and this program will allow students to obtain their Certificate in Financial Services Advice.

Graduates of this program will be eligible to proceed to the following steps on the pathways to certification:

Pursuing these certifications requires the completion of additional courses, examinations and/or work experience, all of which involve additional costs.




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Success Stories

Sarah Hasan

“I had a great time studying at Seneca and I really felt that the professors and the curriculum prepared me for work opportunities related to my field of study. One of the reasons that I joined Seneca was because of the degree-transfer opportunities. Class sizes were also smaller, which allowed me to get to know my peers and encouraged interaction with the professors.”

Sarah Hasan
Business Administration – Financial Planning

Read Sarah's success story

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