Transferring to Computing and Financial Management

At some point in your university career, you may come to realize that another program is better suited to your interests and career aspirations.

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 are only available to students currently studying at the University of Waterloo. Transfers to CFM from other post-secondary institutions are not eligible for consideration due to limitations with co-op. 

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.

Transfers to CFM from other post-secondary institutions are not eligible for admissions. 

Courses Minimum grades per class (updated November 2020)
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 into the program.
  • If you do not satisfy these minimum requirements, consider other programs that are similar to CFM

Course requirements

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

* You may take CS 115 and CS 116 instead of CS 135 but it will take longer to transfer as CS 115 is a pre-requisite to CS 116. 


CFM is a co-op only program. You will already need to be part of a co-op program to be eligible for a 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 should contact their academic advisor for information on co-op.

Important notes

  • Transfer requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis each term.
  • Transfers into CFM are competitive and are not guaranteed.
  • Students who transfer into CFM must stay at least two full-time academic terms before transferring to computer science.
  • You should speak with your academic advisor before attempting a transfer.
  • Course requirements that are graded with a CR/NCR mark cannot be assessed for transfer. An actual grade is needed.

Process to request a transfer by program

If you meet our minimum requirements, follow the steps to request a transfer into CFM based on your program of study. Please read these steps in their entirety for information related to co-op sequencing. 

Transfer students from another post-secondary institution are not eligible to apply to CFM because of the limitations of the co-op program. 

Fall 2021 transfer deadlines

If you are interested in a transfer for fall 2021 and you satisfy our minimum course, co-op and grade requirements, please submit the Transfer to CFM form by Monday, August 30 for consideration. Transfer requests will be reviewed and assessed by Friday, September 10.

Please review process to request a transfer by program before sending a message. 

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.