Accounting and Financial Management

Lead the change. Shape the future.

Disruptive technologies are revolutionizing business. To compete, it's not enough to have a foundation in accounting and finance. You also need a broad understanding of technology, business analytics, sustainability, and innovation.

That's why you'll study at the intersections of accounting, finance, and business while immersing yourself in diverse topics that give you the flexibility to design your unique pathway. Dive into collaborative, problem-based courses, then apply your learning to the real world through co-op work terms and co- and extra-curricular experiences. By cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset and leading-edge financial expertise, you'll be ready to positively impact global economies with new perspectives and solutions.

Program highlights

  • Pro qualifications — faster. If you want to enhance your credentials with a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), or Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) designation, your degree gets you there faster.
  • Top-level accreditation. Our School of Accounting and Finance has received the highest level of national accreditation through CPA Canada, as well as accreditation through the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program.

  • Offered as a co-op program only
  • Graduate with a Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management (BAFM)
  • Offered by the School of Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Arts

What will you learn?

First-year courses

You'll take mostly AFM courses in first year.

After first year, 70-80% of the classes you'll take will be AFM courses. The number of electives you'll have will depend on the professional designations or specializations you choose.

Learn about courses you'll take for your accounting and finance degree.

Customize your degree

You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including one or more of the areas of focus within the program.

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Analytics
  • Sustainability

You can also include one of the minors available to all Waterloo students. Popular areas of focus include Economics, Human Resource Management, and International Studies.


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Explore diverse areas within the field of accounting 

Varun’s four co-op work terms allowed him to explore diverse areas within the field of accounting. Applying classroom learning to his co-op work helped Varun focus his program to his desired career path… all while being a varsity baseball athlete.

Read how Varun can get his CPA designation faster as a Waterloo student than if he were at another school.

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Admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of 75% is required)
  • Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 75% is required)
  • Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 75% is required)
  • Completion of the SAF Admissions Assessment (SAFAA)

Recommended courses: Principles of Financial Accounting, Mathematics of Data Management

Admission average: Individual selection from the mid-80s

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How to apply

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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, or careers?

Please email Kelly Millar, our recruitment and admissions coordinator who can answer any questions you have.


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