Program Overview

In this two-year Financial Technology (FinTech) and Innovation post-graduate co-op program, you’ll learn how to leverage technologies for mobile banking, investing, borrowing services and cryptocurrency to make financial services more accessible to the public. The program begins with a curriculum that will provide international students with the Canadian context necessary for their academic and employment success. In subsequent semesters, this specialized post-grad program is at the intersection of IT and business where the combination of technology and innovation are utilized to create financial solutions for the rapidly evolving fintech space.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
45 Weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
2025 May
2024 May

Your Learning Experience

 FTI1 is available to international students only. Domestic students can enrol in FTI2


Prepare for the future of finance with this two-year Graduate Certificate program in Financial Technology (FinTech) and Innovation.


FinTech is the term used to describe the emerging application of technology and innovation to traditional banking and financial services. Since 2019, adoption of fintech solutions has rapidly increased, creating a demand for newer, easier and faster FinTech solutions for consumers; thus, creating a need for people with the knowledge and skills to keep up with the demand.


The program begins with a curriculum that will provide international students with the Canadian context necessary for their academic and employment success. In subsequent semesters, this program will provide you with specialized skills on both the business and IT sides of FinTech. On the business side, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the FinTech landscape in order to assess the future of finance and find solutions to real-world problems in the financial services industry. On the IT side, you’ll learn the technical skills needed to bring FinTech solutions to life and how to keep data secure and safe.


In this Fintech program, you’ll learn:

  • Financial analysis
  • Information security in FinTech
  • Regulation and privacy in FInTech
  • How to use AI and predictive technology
  • Blockchain and cryptocurrency 
  • Big data and enterprise technology


In their final semester, students will complete a paid, co-operative work term with an industry partner.

Laptop and technical requirements

Please note, this program requires a laptop. It is recommended that students use a PC laptop vs. a Mac laptop, as Windows is required to be able to load program-specific software. For more information on specific requirements, visit the Laptop Requirements page on the Fanshawe CONNECTED website.


Career Information

Fanshawe’s Financial Technology and Innovation program will prepare graduates to take advantage of the growing opportunities evolving FinTech space. Graduates can expect to be hired as the following:

Financial Analyst 

Guide fintechs by examining financial data to gain insights on trends in order to assist in making financial decisions

Blockchain Developer 

Build and program apps and maintain centralized databases

Product Manager 

Manage fintech projects to meet client expectations, define project scopes, develop plans and timelines, and oversee resources

Quantitative Analyst 

Use statistical methods to solve financial and risk management problems

Cybersecurity Analyst 

Protect fintech computer networks and systems

Financial App Developer 

Create safe and secure applications for mobile banking and using the most current technology to develop new solutions to meet consumer needs


Learning Outcomes
  1. Design secure and regulatory compliant financial technology (Fintech) mobile and web solutions to support the financial services sector.
  2. Analyze data to inform strategic decision making when implementing Fintech solutions.
  3. Propose cryptography solutions to support secure financial transactions to manage cryptocurrencies for various stakeholders.
  4. Design and implement new Fintech products and services that enhance the efficiency and convenience of transactions through mobile connectivity.
  5. Adhere to ethical and legal guidelines to ensure data security, integrity, and confidentiality in the delivery of Fintech applications.
  6. Develop plans using principles of entrepreneurship to start up, manage, and expand a small business.
  7. Adhere to professional practices and communication to foster positive relationships with clients and stakeholders.
  8. Integrate interpersonal, teambuilding, and leadership skills to effectively participate in diverse organizational environments.

Admission Requirements

A Two- or Three-Year College Diploma, or a degree in a Business or Information Technology field (Note: minimum 'C+' average or cumulative 2.5 GPA)


Acceptable combination of related work experience and post-secondary education as judged by the College*

*Applicants may be required to submit a resume and cover letter that includes details of work experience.
International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

It is highly recommended that students be proficient in the following areas before entry into the program:

- Mathematics

- Business Communication

- Computer applications, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario

- Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)

- Achievement in the Admission Requirements


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
FINA-6032Personal Finance in Canada3
This course will introduce graduate-level international students to the personal finance in Canada. Topics to be covered will include the Canadian banking system, income tax, interest and debt, credit cards and credit scores, loans, and insurance. Students will learn about work eligibility requirements for international students. Students will set financial goals and create a budget.
CANS-6001Contemporary Canadian Society3
Using a sociological lens, this course introduces students to the Canadian social landscape and key societal topics. Students will learn about Canada's history and the experiences of various ethnic, linguistic, and racial groups within the nation. Through understanding the myriad dynamics of culture, socialization, and oppression, students will gain critical insight and holistic understanding of Canadian contemporary society. Topics relevant to race, gender, class, and immigration will be examined in the context of increased equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives within Canadian institutions.
CANS-6002Citizenship & Immigration in Canada3
What are the factors that have influenced Canada's ever-evolving immigration and citizenship policies and how do these factors influence us today? These are the two major questions that we will address in this course. In answering these questions, we will look at why immigration was central to Canada's nation-building, why there was backlash to immigration, and why World War II was a catalyst for change in Canadian immigration policies. Through understanding the past, we will learn about today's understandings of culture, society, politics, civic responsibility, and belonging in relation to Canadian citizenship and immigration.
COMM-6046Canadian Workplace Communications3
This course will introduce post-graduate level international students to communication within the Canadian workplace. Topics to be covered will include verbal, non-verbal and written communications, with a focus on cultural differences. In this course, students will learn how to create basic workplace messages (including social media), engage in workplace conversations, organize workplace meetings, and deliver informal presentations. Instruction will emphasize the importance of tone, audience, purpose, body language, word choice, and grammar in the Canadian context. Through group work, students will develop interpersonal strategies for common face-to-face workplace interactions. By the end of the course, students will be able to confidently engage in basic communication with co-workers, clients and customers in the Canadian workplace.
DEVL-6035The Canadian Workplace3
This course will teach post-graduate level students that are new to the Canadian workplace the fundamentals of job searching practices, the various processes related to applying to jobs, interview techniques and employer expectations when interviewing. It will also examine workplace culture and on-the-job expectations in order to be successful in Canada. Students will become familiar with their rights and employment standards in Canada, and specifically in Ontario. Students will be able to create targeted resumes for various levels of employment in Canada. Students will also be introduced to the importance and value of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as it relates to workplace organizations. By the end of the course, students will have the necessary tool kit, including essential entry-level marketing documents and various resources to be successful, to begin their career journey in Canada.
DEVL-6036Post-Secondary Learning in Canada3
This course will prepare graduate-level international students for the learning environment in Canadian post-secondary institutions. Topics to be covered will include academic integrity, research methods and online learning. Students will learn to apply research, information evaluation and citation skills in addition to learning critical Academic Integrity principles. Students will also be exposed to common teaching and learning methods used in graduate certificate programs, including case-based learning, problem-based learning and experiential learning, and investigate relevant study skills and College resources that will support their learning and development Students will work individually and in groups, both in F2F and online learning environments, and will have ample opportunity for skill development that will support their success in future coursework.
POLI-6001Canadian Government & Politics3
Canada's governments and political systems are faced with the challenge of governing a diverse population who inhabit the second-largest nation in the world. Understanding those systems is key to living, learning and working in Canada. Students taking this course will learn the history and current status of Canadian political systems and leaders - from the foundations of the nation at Confederation to the policies and issues behind current government decisions. Students will understand the rights of citizens, the laws of the nation, the political parties that seek to govern us, our three levels of government, and how to engage with those levels for specific issues or needs. Throughout the course, students will learn how to find reliable Canadian media sources to develop the skills needed to critically analyse current issues and consider ways in which the political system could be improved - in part, by considering the policies and practices of other nations.
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Tuition Summary

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Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.