The CFM advantage

CFM offers a balanced program with equal courses in each area, providing you with focused, in-depth knowledge of computer science and finance from the start.

Add to this knowledge 2 years of work experience facilitated by the world's largest co-op program and you will be armed with a unique skill set that helps you stand out from other job seekers. Enrolling in the CFM program is an investment in your future sure to multiply the options available to you. Check out co-op and careers to find out where CFM can take you.

1. Balanced studies in computer science and finance

Computing and Financial Management (CFM) is made possible by the collaboration of two schools and two faculties: Canada's premier School of Accounting and Finance, in the Faculty of Arts, and the World renowned David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, in the Faculty of Math. Add this collaboration to Waterloo's expertise in cooperative education and the result is an educational experience that cannot be found at any other Canadian institution. 

2. Earn the skills to work in the growing field of FinTech

Employers say: 

“The Computing and Financial Management students we’ve hired from the University of Waterloo provide a fantastic fit, a great blend of technical, analytical and business skills – ideal for driving the transformation to a Mobile-First, Cloud-First world at Microsoft Canada.” - National Azure Product Manager, Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft Canada

3. Prepare your career for a professional designation

CFM is a member of the CFA University Affiliation Program, which is the Institute’s endorsement that our curriculum helps prepare students well to challenge CFA exams. Students learn necessary skills for the professional exams through investment focused courses in upper years

4. 2 years of co-op experience – fund your education

CFM is a mandatory co-op program and will take 5 years to complete with six 4-month co-op terms. Try out different jobs and find out what you like and earn income to contribute toward the cost of tuition, books, and living expenses. Build your skills through real-life on-the-job experience and networking with employers before you graduate to find meaningful full-time work in the industry.

5. Personalized attention from a dedicated academic advisor

The CFM Program Manager attends to students from application to graduation. The program manager can help you succeed academically and professionally. 

6. A small community of students

Students in our living-learning community have access to peer leaders who offer additional academic and social support for CFM students. Peer leaders hold academic study sessions, hold workshops and social events for all students in the School of Accounting and Finance. 

In addition, CFM students have access to the mentorship program. First-year students have an upper year student checking in on them, offering support with academics and co-op, and joining students during social events. 

7. Support from students for academic and personal success

CFM students have access to many academic supports across campus. 

  • SAF Academic Success Coach and Advisors - like an athlete, our professional students benefit by taking their academics to the next level 
  • Math and CS advisors - can help you plan your future with the right courses
  • SAF Business Development Officer - can help  you find ways to increase your opportunities to gain valuable co-op work experience 

Student profile

CFM student Amy talking with classmateAmy was drawn to CFM because of the balance between computer science and finance, which will equip her for a successful career in FinTech.