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Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.)

Learn how to get the most out of your degree and prepare for your future career.

The Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.) degree is a four-year direct-entry program. The first two years provide you with general business knowledge; all students take an introductory course in each of the major specializations before selecting a major in the middle of year two.

Finance is the science of funds management, with a focus on saving, lending, and investing money. The field of finance deals with the concepts of time, money, and risk, and how they are interrelated. The major is well positioned to provide students with specialized financial knowledge and the necessary management skills to be competent financial managers. Learn how people should invest their money and how companies will perform in the future based on the past.

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Learn more about some of the required major-specific courses for this degree. View the course and program catalogue or meet with an academic advisor to understand all major requirements.

Year 1 COMM courses

COMM 100.3 | Business Communication
COMM 101.3 | Introduction to Business
COMM 104.3 | Foundations of Business Statistics
COMM 105.3 | Introduction to Organizational Behaviour
COMM 121.3 | Business Mathematics
COMM 204.3 | Introduction to Marketing
COMM 211.3 | Human Resource Management
COMM 229.3 | Personal Financial Management


You choose
  • One course (3cu) to fulfill your english language requirement
  • One course (3cu) to fulfill your 100-level non-COMM elective requirement

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What will I learn?
  • Be a business professional ready to build nations
  • Understand areas of finance theory, corporate, securities, risk, insurance, venture capital, planning, modeling, investments and portfolio management
  • Train to compete and succeed in the financial marketplace
  • Gain the skills required to be ready to pursue a professional designation (Chartered Financial Analyst - CFA) upon graduation
  • Optional learning opportunity to participate in experiential learning through the Dembroski Student-Managed Portfolio Trust working with equity markets in real-time with real money

Gain relevant experience


Create local and global connections


Get career ready

  • Meet with Edwards Career Services to receive guidance and access resources related to achieving your career goals
  • View the Edwards School of Business tab within CareerLink to review resources and the calendar of career events as well as part-time summer and job postings
  • Build an amazing resume and prepare for upcoming interviews with Edwards Optimal Resume
  • Take a career assessment to learn more about your strengths, personality, interests, and values
  • Develop your LinkedIn profile to begin building your professional brand
  • If you are new to Canada, participate in the Edwards International Career Development Program. Information will be emailed to eligible students in November
  • Access Career Services for additional support with career exploration and job search
Sample courses

Explore your major

Learn more about some of the required major-specific courses for this degree. View the course and program catalogue or meet with an academic advisor to understand all major requirements.

Year 2 COMM courses

COMM 201.3 | Introduction to Financial Accounting
COMM 203.3 | Introduction to Finance
COMM 205.3 | Introduction to Operations Management
COMM 207.3 | Statistics for Business Decisions
COMM 210.3 | Introduction to Managerial Accounting
COMM 213.3 | Management Information Systems
ECON 111.3 | Introductory Microeconomics
ECON 114.3Introductory Macroeconomics


You choose
  • Two courses (6cu) to fulfill your non-COMM elective requirements
Year 3 COMM courses

COMM 304.3 | Introduction to Business Law
COMM 306.3 | Ethics and Strategic Decision Making
COMM 347.3 | Indigenous Business in Canada
COMM 363.3 | Intermediate Corporate Finance
COMM 367.3 | Security Analysis and Evaluation


You choose
  • Two courses (6cu) from the Finance Major Electives
  • One course (3cu) from any level non-COMM elective OR 300-level or higher COMM elective
  • Two courses (6cu) as free senior electives (200-level or higher non-COMM OR 300-level or higher COMM)

Academic tips


Add to your major

Choose from a variety of options to complement your major.

Gain relevant experience


Create local and global connections


Get career ready

  • Make a career advising appointment with Edwards Career Services to identify career options related to the majors you are considering
  • Take the CareerLeader assessment through Edwards Career Services to recognize how your interests, motivators, and skills relate to your future career success and satisfaction
  • View the Edwards CareerLink Events Calendar for upcoming workshops, employer information sessions and additional professional development opportunities
  • Discover job opportunities, explore career options, and meet professionals at Career Services events and career fairs
  • Apply to the Co-op Education Program and gain 8 months of paid work experience in your area of study. Attend a Co-op info-session for more details
  • Research careers and related professional associations – consider signing up for a student membership to access additional resources
  • Take a look at job postings on CareerLink – new postings are added daily!
  • Expand your professional network on LinkedIn
  • If you are new to Canada, participate in the Edwards International Career Development Program. Information will be emailed to eligible students in November
Career readiness competencies

Career Readiness Competencies are transferable skill sets that will prepare you for the world of work and include the top attributes that employers are looking for:


Explore your major

Learn more about some of the required major-specific courses for this degree. View the course and program catalogue or meet with an academic advisor to understand all major requirements.

Final year COMM courses

COMM 401.3 | Business Strategy
COMM 447.3Entrepreneurship and Venture Development
COMM 461.3Corporate Finance Theory


You choose
  • Three courses (9cu) from the Finance Major Electives
  • Four courses (12cu) as free senior electives (200-level or higher non-COMM OR 300-level or higher COMM)

Apply to graduate

Academic tips


Consider applying to a graduate program
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Gain relevant experience


Create local and global connections


Get career ready

Career readiness competencies

Career Readiness Competencies are transferable skill sets that will prepare you for the world of work and include the top attributes that employers are looking for:


Possible destinations

People with a finance degree take their knowledge and skills into many different industries and occupations. Note that some of the career paths listed here require further education and training.


Career paths

  • Actuarial Services
  • Asset Management
  • Bank Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Development
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Commercial Banking
  • Consulting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Credit Analyst
  • Financial Planning
  • Financial Services
  • Fund Development
  • Hedge Funds
  • Insurance
  • Investment Banking
  • Market Analyst
  • Mutual Fund Manager
  • Operations
  • Personal Financial Advising
  • Real Estate
  • Treasury Analyst
  • Venture Capital

What really stood out for me in my time at Edwards is all of the real life experience I received. From working with local companies on problems they were having to investing in the stock market, every year I had a chance apply what I was learning outside of the classroom!

—Colton, Bachelor of Commerce '15 in finance

Where do USask alumni work?

  • Affinity Credit Union
  • BMO
  • BMO Capital Markets
  • Business Development Bank of Canada
  • Cameco
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Canpotex
  • Cargill
  • CIBC
  • Concentra
  • Correctional Services of Canada
  • Farm Credit Canada
  • Federated Co-operatives Ltd.
  • First Nations Bank of Canada
  • Government of Saskatchewan
  • Imperial Oil
  • National Bank Financial
  • Nutrien
  • Raymond James
  • RBC
  • Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority
  • SaskPower
  • Scotia Wealth Management
  • Scotiabank
  • Star Produce
  • TD Canada Trust
  • University of Saskatchewan

Recent graduates with a bachelor of commerce degree in finance earn, on average, $58,657 (Edwards School of Business B.Comm. 2020 Employment Statistics).


"This degree is so flexible in the sense you can choose a path within finance. If you enjoy investments and the stock market, you have the resources to prepare for your CFA. If you prefer personal finance and insurance, you can shift your focus to classes that support that vision. Overall, your degree will include a standard set classes that prepare you for the business world - how to write a paper, how to present and articulate, and so much more."

—Robbin, Bachelor of Commerce '18 in finance

"I chose to study finance for the skills and knowledge of managing my own finances, as well as the many possible in-demand career paths in an essential function to any business."

—Brayden, third-year finance student