Financial Technology

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Students in this program must bring a mobile device that meets the minimum required specifications.

About the Program

The field of financial technology is evolving as it responds to the challenges facing the 21st century financial sector. This means that professionals employed in the field must be equipped to support diverse client groups such as individuals and company-based financial institutions. If you have a background in the computer industry, finance or other related fields, and are ready to attain in-depth competencies to help consumers and businesses track, manage, and facilitate their finances, this Ontario College Graduate Certificate program will be of interest to you. Through a variety of projects, case studies and interactive learning opportunities, and using current and relevant resources to support the latest trends in financial technology, you will develop the skills needed to help individuals and businesses secure their finances. You will study topics such as applications, emerging market trends, artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship and management. In just eight months, graduates will be job-ready to take the lead in the financial technology industry in various roles such as Business Analyst, Blockchain Business Analyst, Financial Technologist and other roles related to financial technology.

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Location: Kitchener - Doon
Start: January
First-Year Capacity: 70

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2020-2021 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2020 / 2021) for Financial Technology - Program # 1519

Doon - Winter 2021 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2021-01-18)
Description Winter 2021 Spring 2021
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50 $70.50
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.45 $28.45
Administration Fee $25.90 $25.90
Technology Enhancement Fee $142.75 $142.75
Capital Development Fee $77.08 $77.08
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $197.65 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.75 $12.75
eText Fee $0.00 $10.00
CSI Legal Protection (optional) $20.10 $0.00
Grad. Cert. Program Tuition $6500.00 $6500.00
CSI Event Fee and Campus Life (optional) $30.00 $30.00
CSI Student Clubs and Societies (optional) $4.00 $4.00
Sustainability Fee (optional) $5.00 $5.00
Student Services $50.65 $50.65
CSI - Student Frosh Kit Fee (optional) $65.00 $0.00
Session Total $7339.83 $7067.08
Year Total   $14406.91
Doon - Spring 2021 Level 1 (Program Start: 2021-05-17)
Description Spring 2021
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.45
Administration Fee $25.90
Technology Enhancement Fee $142.75
Capital Development Fee $77.08
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $97.35
ONE Card Fee $12.75
CSI Legal Protection (optional) $20.10
Grad. Cert. Program Tuition $6500.00
CSI Event Fee and Campus Life (optional) $30.00
CSI Student Clubs and Societies (optional) $4.00
Sustainability Fee (optional) $5.00
Student Services $50.65
CSI - Student Frosh Kit Fee (optional) $65.00
Session Total $7239.53
Year Total $7239.53

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2020 / 2021) for
Financial Technology - Program # 1519


Doon - Winter 2021 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2021-01-18)
Description Winter 2021 Spring 2021
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50 $70.50
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.45 $28.45
Administration Fee $25.90 $25.90
Technology Enhancement Fee $142.75 $142.75
Capital Development Fee $77.08 $77.08
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $197.65 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
ONE Card Fee $12.75 $12.75
eText Fee $0.00 $10.00
CSI Legal Protection (optional) $20.10 $0.00
CSI International Health Fee $335.00 $0.00
Grad. Cert. Program Tuition $6500.00 $6500.00
CSI Event Fee and Campus Life (optional) $30.00 $30.00
CSI Student Clubs and Societies (optional) $4.00 $4.00
Sustainability Fee (optional) $5.00 $5.00
Student Services $50.65 $50.65
CSI - Student Frosh Kit Fee (optional) $65.00 $0.00
Session Total $8049.83 $7442.08
Year Total   $15491.91

Doon - Spring 2021 Level 1 (Program Start: 2021-05-17)
Description Spring 2021
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.45
Administration Fee $25.90
Technology Enhancement Fee $142.75
Capital Development Fee $77.08
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $97.35
ISR $375.00
ONE Card Fee $12.75
CSI Legal Protection (optional) $20.10
CSI International Health Fee $165.00
Grad. Cert. Program Tuition $6500.00
CSI Event Fee and Campus Life (optional) $30.00
CSI Student Clubs and Societies (optional) $4.00
Sustainability Fee (optional) $5.00
Student Services $50.65
CSI - Student Frosh Kit Fee (optional) $65.00
Session Total $7779.53
Year Total $7779.53

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is not available for this program.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates would be able to work in a variety of settings including top financial institutions, insurance brokers, and technology-based corporations. Employers are recruiting individuals with analytical and critical thinking skills to include quality assurance, operations specialist, online experience manager, and customer service specialist.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details (1519)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
ACCT8220 Finance and Accounting for Non-Accountants

Description: All managers in an international environment need financial management skills to make decisions and manage projects within an organization. This introductory course for non-accounting students covers aspects of both financial accounting and management accounting. Students will be able to apply concepts of finance and financial management for organizations operating in international environments. Students will develop an appreciation for the techniques used to control financial risk in international situations. Students will be able to apply concepts of financial accounting to both personal and business situations, including the preparation and use of basic financial statements. Management accounting topics will allow the students to understand cost behaviour and its use in decision-making, evaluate capital investments, and prepare operating budgets.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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CON0101 Conestoga 101

Description: This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.
Hours: 1
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FIN8260 Applications of Financial Technology

Description: This introductory course focuses on the different financial services products in the technology field. Students will be introduced to various technologies that will have an impact on the international and domestic markets. Students will learn about multiple applications that contribute to the Financial Technology industry.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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FIN8270 Risk Management in Financial Technology

Description: Students in this course will learn about the critical security processes used in the financial technology industry. Students will work to secure data, ensure compliance, and establish financial protection. Being mindful of increasing online criminal activity, students will learn how to protect sensitive data of financial institutions as well as the individual consumer from the ever-growing cybercrime.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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INFO8475 Digital Revolution in Financial Services

Description: Digital data storage by financial service providers must be secured with confidence. With the increase of Identify theft, credit damage and cyber security breaches, the confidence of security is ever more present. This course will provide students with the skills to secure the privacy of clients in the financial services world.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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INFO8485 Transformation and Regulations in Financial Services

Description: Students will be familiarized with domestic and international markets including agencies from the provincial and federal levels. Students will be required to learn about the fast-changing transformation and regulations in financial services including technology, legal and policy changes within the Canadian government.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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MGMT8665 Project Management

Description: Project management has become central to the operations of any organization. This course focuses on the general principles of project management as well as Agile Project Management and its methodologies. This course takes a holistic, integrated approach to managing projects, exploring both technical and managerial challenges. Students will apply skills gathered from examining real-world cases into simulated projects done in the classroom. This course will help prepare students to write the Project Management Institute (PMI) exams to become a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). 
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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MGMT8760 Management and Leadership Essentials

Description: In this course, students will enhance their understanding of leadership and management approaches in Canadian organizations. Emphasis on developing effective management strategies including, professional communication, planning, decision making, conflict resolution, effective team building and navigating change. Key concepts include professionalism, adaptability, boundaries and resourcefulness.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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Level 2
CDEV8130 Career Management

Description: This course focuses on career management skills needed to navigate the evolving workplace. Students will evaluate their skills, attitudes, and expectations within their chosen careers and explore emerging trends in the workplace. Students will refine their networking strategies and create marketing documents to position them for success. Mock interviews will provide the opportunity for practice, feedback, and reflection as students prepare for future interviews. Students will explore communication strategies that support workplace success and advancement. By the end of this course, students will have created a personalized career management plan.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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ENTR8080 Entrepreneurship

Description: In this course students will learn the different strategies for creating their own entrepreneurial start-up. Students will develop a business plan to present to potential clients. They will discuss how to recognize opportunities, work with new and potential clients, sell their product, and close a deal.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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FIN8280 Artificial Intelligence in Finance

Description: Artificial Intelligence is playing a key role in the financial technology industry. This course will provide students with examples of how artificial intelligence in finance is transforming the way we interact with money. Artificial intelligence is helping the financial industry to streamline and optimize processes ranging from credit decisions to quantitative trading and financial risk management. Students will learn how to use these tools to the benefit of their clients while also protecting assets from potential artificial intelligence scammers.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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FIN8290 Emerging Trends in Financial Technology

Description: In this course students will learn how technology is changing the way business investments are conducted. With crowdfunding, companies are now able to use investors from around the world instead of relying on banks for loans. Companies and individuals are using mobile devices to send, receive and exchange money in a trillion-dollar market. Students will be introduced to the Blockchain Technology used on a distributed ledger system. Students will learn about different mobile applications that will allow them to keep track of their income, monthly payments, expenditures, and more.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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FIN8300 Capstone Financial Technology

Description: This capstone project course, a culmination of the program, will challenge students to apply the theory and skills gained throughout the program to successfully complete a project related to financial technology securities. Small groups of students, working in teams will design, document and manufacture a customer's security product. This semester-long project will demonstrate the students' understanding of security, applications and market trends. Through meetings with student groups, faculty will support the development of the project plan, implementation and metrics.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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INFO8495 Analysis for Financial Technology

Description: This course will teach students how to produce a variety of documents using different techniques and convert them to a system that can be used for analysis by a multitude of different financial systems. Students will develop skills to connect with financial investors using Quality Assurance methods that will also provide a project proposal, administration, budgeting, and assessment for the company.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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INFO8505 Mobile Applications for Financial Technology

Description: This course will make students aware of the different online applications that are being used by financial technology companies in the mobile and web arena. Students will learn how an interactive application is created while keeping the privacy and security of the data. Students will learn how the design of the application is as important to the end user as it is to the developer.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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Program Outcomes

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How to Apply to the Program

Domestic students should apply using a Conestoga College Program Application Form. This form can be obtained from any Conestoga College campus OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office OR by using the College website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms.

Send completed applications to: Conestoga College Admissions Office 299 Doon Valley Dr. Kitchener, Ontario Canada N2G 4M4 International students should refer to How to Apply International. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.
For additional program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

Disclaimer

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Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.