Accounting and Financial Management

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Navigating the future as an accounting and finance professional demands a solid understanding of technology, business analytics and innovation. That's where the redesigned Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) program comes in—it's tailored to equip students with the essential knowledge and skills needed to handle the transformative impact of technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Program Highlights

  • Cutting-edge curriculum: Stay ahead of the curve with our emphasis on technology and AI. The AFM program ensures you are proficient in the latest tools and software utilized in the accounting and finance industry, elevating your efficiency and marketability.

  • Global perspective: In today's interconnected world, understanding global markets is essential. AFM integrates an international perspective, preparing you to navigate the complexities of the global business landscape and making you a valuable asset in any corner of the world.

  • Gain practical insights: While classes enhance your understanding, nothing propels your professional growth like real-world exposure. Immerse yourself in four 4-month paid co-op work terms, totalling an impressive 16 months of hands-on experience. Additionally, earn an average of $10,500 to over $18,000 CAD per co-op work term.

  • Two professional designations: AFM fast-tracks your path to becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant and/or Chartered Financial Analyst in as little as five years, launching you into a successful career. 
  • Networking opportunities: Connect with industry leaders, alumni and fellow students through our extensive networking events. The AFM program not only equips you with knowledge but also provides valuable connections that can open doors to co-op, mentorships and job opportunities.

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AFM Courses

You'll gain a strong foundation in accounting, finance and business starting from day one. Plus, you'll develop the competencies today's employers demand – from technical skills to transferable ones, including problem-solving, communication, collaboration and critical thinking.

Review your Accounting and Financial Management courses.

Sample AFM courses

  • AFM 102 - Introduction to Managerial Accounting 
  • AFM 121 - Introduction to Global Financial Markets
  • AFM 241 - Impact of Technology on Business

Career Specializations

Future-proof your career and expand your knowledge with career specializations. Use your 13 electives to complete up to two areas of focus.

  • Professional Accountant
  • Entrepreneurship Mindset
  • Financial Markets
  • Financial Leadership
  • Business Analytics

Co-op Experience

Enhance your journey by unlocking the power of co-op. Alternate between academic study and paid co-op work terms to gain valuable real-world experience. From auditing to financial analysis to consulting, you'll dive into the heart of the financial world. This hands-on approach equips you with the tools and experiences needed to succeed in the ever-evolving landscape of accounting and financial management.

Explore recent examples of co-op positions secured by AFM students:

  1. Auditing intern at a top accounting firm: Assist audit teams in examining financial records, assessing internal controls, and preparing audit reports for clients across various industries.
  2. Financial analyst at a Fortune 500 company: Conduct comprehensive financial analysis, including budgeting, forecasting, and performance evaluation to support strategic decision-making within a multinational corporation.
  3. Business development intern at a tech startup: Collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify market opportunities, develop growth strategies, and analyze competitive landscapes in the fast-paced environment of a startup venture.
  4. Government financial management intern: Gain insight into public sector finance by working with government agencies on budget planning, expenditure analysis, and compliance with regulatory requirements.
  5. Non-profit program coordinator: Assist in the management of fundraising campaigns, grant applications, and program evaluation initiatives for a non-profit organization dedicated to community development or social impact.
  6. Investment banking analyst at a boutique firm: Support senior bankers in executing mergers and acquisitions, conducting industry research, and preparing financial models for transactions in the investment banking sector.

Review additional co-op positions in public accounting, finance, business/industry and government/non-profits that allow you to explore diverse career paths and develop valuable skills in the financial world.

After Graduation

Many AFM students secure full-time roles during their final term of study, either by accepting an offer to return to a previous co-op employer or by applying to job postings on the WaterlooWorks system. These careers encompass positions within:

  • Public accounting firms
  • Financial services organizations
  • Consulting firms
  • Major corporations
  • Startups
  • Governments
  • Not-for-profit organizations

Alternatively, you might explore further education through completing SAF’s Master of Accounting (MAcc) program.

AFM positions you for the career you've always aspired to. Discover the accomplishments of our graduates and explore a variety of careers attainable as a successful AFM graduate.

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