Transferring to Computing and Financial Management

Last updated: September 9, 2022

If you would like to be considered for a transfer to Computing and Financial Management (CFM), please find out what you need to do to be eligible. 

Transfers to CFM from other post-secondary institutions are not eligible for consideration due to limitations with courses and co-op. Transfers to CFM are only available to students at Waterloo. 

Minimum requirements for transfer

If you are a Computer Science (Co-op), Software Engineering or Waterloo-based Business Administration and Computer Science Double Degree student you will have other transfer conditions. Contact the Program Manager for more information. 

Courses Minimum grades per class
Mathematics (e.g. MATH, STATS, ACTSC) Low 80s
Computer science Low 80s
Arts (e.g. AFM, ECON, SPCOM, PHIL, ENGL) Low 80s
  • We also require at least a minimum overall average of 80% (all courses combined).
  • You must complete CS 136 - Elementary Algorithm Design and Data Abstraction for transfer consideration.
  • For a transfer to CFM, we will consider ALL grades in ALL terms in our assessment.
  • The requirements above are minimums for consideration and may not reflect the actual cutoffs for selection.

If you do not satisfy these minimum requirements, consider other programs that are similar to CFM. It is competitive for entry into the CFM program.  


Course requirements

ALL of the courses below need to be completed and graded for a transfer to be considered. 

Co-op

CFM is a co-op only program. You'll need to already be in co-op to be eligible to transfer.

If you're currently a Math Regular student, you'll need to review the requirements to transfer from regular to co-op.

All other students can contact their academic advisor for information on co-op.

Important notes

  • Transfer requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis each term.
  • You should speak with your academic advisor before attempting a transfer.
  • Transfers into CFM are competitive.
  • Courses graded with a CR/NCR mark cannot be assessed for transfer.
 

Things to keep in mind

  • CFM is structured - The Computing and Financial Management is a structured co-op-only program that is a major of computer science and a major of finance. To fit in these requirements, you'll need to take 36 required courses and 4 general electives. To see if CFM is the right fit, use the sequence of courses and the Prerequisite Chart (PDF) to see when courses are offered and what you'll take of part of your degree. 
  • Transferrable credits - If admitted as a transfer student, you will likely receive some transfer credits. This will be determined at the time of transfer admissions. 
  • Transferring to CS (as of Fall 2022) - If you are admitted to CFM and then attempt to CS, please be aware that a new merit-based transfer review and assessment will begin as of fall 2022. 

Similar programs to CFM 

As it is competitive to transfer into the CFM program, there are other similar programs that you may want to consider to study finance and computer science/technology. 

Please reach out to the appropriate advisor for information on these programs. 

 

How to apply for a transfer

You are invited to fill out the form if you satisfy all of the minimum admission requirements for a transfer. Please wait for all unofficial grade information to become available for your courses before you submit the form if you are currently completing an academic term.

Apply for Winter 2023 transfer consideration by filling out our form. 

Questions?

If you have questions about the minimum requirements or transfer process, please email the Program Manager.

Transfers are competitive for CFM and all minimum course and co-op requirements must be met for consideration.