Bachelor of Commerce (BComm)Offered by:
Department of Finance, John Molson School of Business
Why study finance?
Finance is a competitive program where you acquire the skills to manage money and practice making decisions that affect the futures of corporations, communities and investors. As a finance student, you will learn to:
- Appreciate the value of money over time
- Analyze investment opportunities
- Develop financing alternatives
- Weigh risk factors to build wealth responsibly
Specializing in one of five areas of finance—corporate finance, investments, financial institutions, derivatives, and international finance—you learn through lectures, case studies, simulation exercises and experiential learning. Our co-op program places you in a financial sector that you want to practice in. Our prestigious Kenneth Woods Portfolio Management Program provides top students the chance to manage a $1.5 million-plus portfolio. You can even develop an academic research project as part of our Honours in Finance program.
Whether you become a commercial banker for a multinational corporation or a consultant with a charitable focus, you’ll leave us motivated to build a sound financial future for any number of clients.
BComm in Finance:
A Bachelor of Commerce degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background. All JMSB students study a core business curriculum coupled with a JMSB major, which may be combined with a minor in another discipline or any combination of elective courses that interest them.
- Core business courses (42 credits)
- Finance major courses (24 credits)
- Electives (24 credits) which may include a business minor (12 credits)
Honours in Finance:
Students who qualify for the Honours in Finance program complete a 30-credit Finance major that includes a six credit research-based course.
JMSB minor in Finance:
A minor in Finance (12 credits) is available only to JMSB undergraduate students. This minor fulfils half of the 24 elective credits in your BComm and complements your major field of study.
Societies and competitions
Choose from a variety of opportunities to connect, or compete at regional, national, or international levels.
- Finance and Investment Students' Association (FISA)
- John Molson Investment Society (JMIS)
- John Molson Competition Program
Kenneth Woods Portfolio Management Program (KWPMP)
Want to work with a real-life portfolio of over $1.5 million? A select group of undergraduate Finance students receive hands-on investment management training in our flagship investment program. Read more about KWPMP.
Applying to the Finance co-op program gives you hands-on experience in financial management, financial analysis, and portfolio investments. During paid work terms that last 12 to 16 weeks, you’ll acquire first-hand experience in corporate finance, investments, financial institutions, derivatives, and international finance. Work terms make it possible for you to:
- Perform market comparisons
- Assess foreign exchange risk
- Conduct company valuations
- Provide advice to clients regarding their financial services objectives
- Trade in currencies on the global market
Finance graduates do very well after graduation, often landing high- paying positions in the following industries:
- Commercial Banking
- Hedge Fund Management
- Insurance and Risk Management
- Private Equity Management
- Market or Securities Analysis
Who employs JMSB Finance graduates?
- Multinational corporations
- Consulting firms
- Major American investment houses
- Private equity firms
- NGOs or international organizations