Why Mathematics at Waterloo?
Learn about the past, present, and future of mathematics as you take courses in business, computer science, advanced algebra, algorithms, optimization, artificial intelligence, and more.
Waterloo is home to the only dedicated Faculty of Mathematics in North America. This unique faculty offers 22 different majors providing the ability to customize and specialize your education.
Mathematics majors and programs
Co-op and careers
Build a diverse and highly applicable skillset and gain relevant paid work experience to prepare you for success in a fulfilling career in a wide range of industries.
Earn an average of $80,000+ over six work terms to help fund your education
Build your professional network and gain a specialized skillset
Apply your work term hours towards professional designations
Discover student life in the Faculty of Mathematics
Coding, clubs, coffee, donuts. Explore a multitude of opportunities to meet new people, follow your passions, and build something of your own.
Tour the Faculty of Mathematics
Take a guided tour of our study, research, and social spaces through the Faculty of Mathematics and campus. Highlights include labs, support centres, study spaces, lecture halls, the infamous Math Coffee and Donuts, and some other campus hot spots.
FAQs about the Faculty of Mathematics
What are the admission requirements for Math programs?
Admission requirements vary from program to program, as well as for students coming from high school compared to transfer students.
What if I don't satisfy the English language requirements?
If your grades and Admission Information Form (AIF) are eligible for admission but your English language test scores fall below our requirements, you may receive an offer to participate in Math/Bridge to Academic Success in English (Math/BASE) program. The program is designed to allow students to improve their English before beginning in their mathematics program. Students cannot apply directly to Math/BASE.
I am using a summer school/non-day school or repeated course for my application, will this affect my chances of acceptance?
If you repeat a required course or take a course outside of your regular day school, you may jeopardize your chances of being admitted to the Faculty of Mathematics.
You should take all your courses in regular day school and do well in your first attempt.
If you take a course(s) outside your regular day school you will be asked to explain why on your Admission Information Form (AIF).
Why should I participate in a math contest?
The Euclid Mathematics Contest and the Canadian Senior Math Competition (CSMC) are administered by the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC), an outreach affiliate of the Faculty of Mathematics. The results of these contests are used to make math scholarship decisions for students who have applied to programs in the Faculty of Mathematics, including Computer Science.
While the contests are used primarily to award scholarships, a strong score can be an asset to your application. For students whose grades and Admission Information Form scores are on the borderline of receiving admission, a good score could result in them receiving an offer. A missing score or bad score will not be used. Participation in the contests will not hurt your chances of admissions as they are NOT required for consideration.
Contests need to be written in the year that you're applying to Waterloo for the results to be applicable for scholarships and possibly admission. Students in Grades 9, 10, and 11 are welcome to write the contests as preparation for Grade 12.
Should I participate in multiple math contests?
It's recommended that you participate in both the Euclid Mathematics Contest and the Canadian Senior Math Competition (CSMC). If that's not possible, participating in at least one contest is beneficial. If you're applying to one of our computer science programs, you're also encouraged to participate in our Canadian Computing Competition (CCC). View all of our contests.
If you are applying as a transfer student, you do not need to participate in our contests as transfer students are not eligible to receive our math entrance scholarships. They are designed for high school applicants.
Ready to learn more?
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Learn more about our offerings in Mathematics, Business and Accounting, Computer Science, and our majors for Mathematics students as you find your perfect program fit.
Learn how to apply
See how you can join us in the Faculty of Mathematics along with important dates, FAQs, and the required information for your University of Waterloo application.
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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, or careers?
Contact Laura Jane Watkins, our Faculty of Mathematics recruitment coordinator, who can answer any questions you have.