Why study Finance at Concordia?Finance programs familiarize students with all aspects of financial management and decision-making. Students learn how corporations make financial decisions and how individual investors can select and manage their investment opportunities. Students have the opportunity to become familiar with the increasingly important fields of derivative securities and the management of financial services industries. Students learn basic concepts through lectures, case studies, and simulation exercises and may specialize in one of the five major areas of finance: Corporate Finance, Investments, Financial Institutions, Derivatives, and International Finance (see below).
Finance Honours ProgramThe honours program offers students with high academic standing the possibility to pursue an academic or practice-oriented research project under close supervision of a faculty member. In preparation for their thesis work, students are introduced to empirical methods and software tools including a variety of financial databases and statistical analysis packages. In addition, they are exposed to the academic literature on real options, public debt and equity offerings, venture capital, hedge funds, VC funds, and corporate governance (or other areas that relate to the students' interests). Upon completion of the project, students are required to submit a 30-40 page thesis and have the opportunity to present their results.
To be eligible, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their finance courses; they must have completed FINA 385 and 395 as well as six (6) additional credits in finance prior to applying to Honours Finance.
Finance Co-Op ProgramDid You Know that the finance major has a Co-op Program? Students in the JMSB Finance Co-op Program complete three 12 to 17 week paid work terms as part of their Bachelor of Commerce studies.
The benefits? Here are just a few:
- You’ll have almost one full year of work-related experience on your resume when you graduate
- After working in three different jobs, you’ll have a better idea of the type of work you’d like to do and the size of organization that’s right for you
- You’ll get to apply the material you’ve learned in class to real-world situations
- Throughout your studies in the Co-op Program, you’ll be building an ever-expanding network of colleagues and potential employers
- You may even be hired by a co-op employer on a full-time basis after graduation!
What are the potential career options I have with Finance education?
- Commercial Banking
- Retail Banking
- Corporate Finance
- Financial Planning
- Hedge Fund Management
- Insurance and Risk Management
- Investment Banking
- Money Management
- Private Equity Management
- Real Estate Management
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Market or Securities Analyst
Who employs Finance graduates?
- Consulting firms
- Firms with imports, exports and small international involvement
- International organizations
- Foreign representations of governments
- Travel, tourism, and transportation
For more information on employers, types of jobs requiring an IB education and skills required for a career in Finance, visit Career Management Services: What to do with my degree in Finance.
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Curriculum for Undergraduate Finance Degree
- All Business courses are 3 credits in length.
- All BComm students are required to declare a Major.
- Students can declare a business double major in the BComm program, replacing any previously declared business minor. The John Molson School of Business may impose quotas on some majors.
- The information above is strictly for the 90-credit program.
- To review the course requirements for your year of entry in the program please refer to the course calendar or degree worksheet for that year.
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Contact UsGeneral questions about the Finance program should be directed to the Undergraduate Office or the MBA Office whose information is provided below.
To provide information or to update this web page, please email the director of the Finance program whose information is also provided below.
JMSB Undergraduate Student Affairs OfficeGeneral Information
Phone: 514-848-2424, ext. 2721
Office: MB 4.201
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Phone: 514-848-2424, ext. 3515
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