Industry and Careers
Careers in economics and finance require many of the same skills, including the ability to analyze information, compile statistics, and make informed decisions. Professionals with these skills are particularly valuable to banks and other financial institutions.
This certificate can help you meet the educational criteria for several in-demand professional designations, including Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP). It can also help you prepare to take the Canadian Securities Examination or pursue graduate studies in economics, finance, or business administration.
Who Should Take This Certificate?
- Individuals aspiring to a career in banking and finance, or if you’re already working in these fields and want to accelerate your career
- Career professionals who want to prepare to qualify as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
- Students who want to pursue graduate studies in economics, finance, or business administration
What Will You Learn?
Develop strong analytical skills through a wide range of introductory economics courses and specialized finance courses. Build a foundation in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and monetary economics.
Learn the major concepts in finance and investments, including the time value of money, discounted cash flows, and risk and return.
This certificate will also provide you with a thorough introduction to the mathematics of asset valuation and an overview of security analysis and portfolio management, including:
- equilibrium pricing relationships
- efficient market hypothesis
- evaluation of portfolio performance
- modern portfolio theory
- treasury bills and bonds
- valuation of common stock
- risk and return
- 4 required courses
- 2 electives
- Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
- With 6 Grade 12 U credits (including English, Mathematics (one of which must be Advanced Functions, Calculus and Vectors, or Data Management)
- Or with M credits with a minimum average of 70 percent or equivalent academic status
- Mature student status
CACC 110 or equivalent
Professional Designations and Accreditation
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential is the most prestigious designation in the finance industry. The three levels of CFA exams cover 10 key areas including Economics, Corporate Finance, Investments, Fixed Income, and Derivatives. The Certificate in Economics and Finance will help you build a solid foundation in these key areas.
Visit the CFA Institute website for more information.
Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
The Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation is the most widely recognized financial planning designation in Canada. Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Investments, and Personal Financial Planning are part of the CFP core curriculum courses. The Certificate in Economics and Finance can serve as a stepping stone to a career in financial planning.
Visit the FP Canada website for more information.
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