Business Administration (Laurier) and Computer Science (Waterloo) Double Degree

Combine the worlds of bytes and business

A Business Aministration Computer Science student at the University of Waterloo.

Double down on your love of technology, computer science, and business. In this unique program, you’ll get two prestigious degrees and two sets of skills in high demand.

Your Waterloo courses will cover fundamental mathematics, computer programming, data structures, algorithms, software engineering, operating systems, and social implications of computing. At nearby Wilfrid Laurier University (walking distance from our campus), you’ll study all the business basics: finance, accounting, marketing, organizational behaviour, business communication, law, human resource management, and business policy.

Plus, you’ll get four to five terms of real-world work experience through North America’s largest co-op program.

In just five years, you'll earn both a co-op Bachelor of Computer Science (BCS) from Waterloo and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Laurier.

Program highlights

Learn from top researchers. Home to award-winning teachers and researchers, the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at Waterloo is among the ten best computer science departments in North America.

Take your ideas to market. From fitness apps to AI-based note-taking software, Waterloo’s Velocity program helps students launch their startup ideas.


What will you learn?

First-year courses

You'll take fundamental courses in Business, Economics, Mathematics, and Computer Science to give you the foundations for your upper-year classes.

Learn about courses you'll take for your Business Administration and Computer Science Double Degree.

Customize your degree

Once you're a student, advisors can help you explore which minors, specializations, or concentrations may fit into your plans.


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Contact a Faculty of Mathematics student ambassador to learn about their experience in the program.

Ask them questions such as why they chose their program, what the classes are like, and how you can get involved on campus.


Gain relevant work experience through co-op

Waterloo's co-op program, the largest in North America, is an amazing way to explore potential careers, learn to interview for jobs, graduate with up to two years of valuable experience – and make money!

Sample co-op job titles

  • Full stack developer
  • QA analyst
  • Secure engineering tools development intern
  • Software developer
  • Trading products quantitative analyst
  • Web UI intern

Co-op work-study sequence

Starting in second year, you'll normally alternate between school and work every four months, integrating your classroom learning with real-world experience. You can return to the same employer for a couple of work terms to gain greater knowledge and responsibility or work for different employers to get a broad range of experience.

Year September to December (Fall) January to April (Winter) May to August (Spring)
First Study Study Co-op
Second Study Co-op Study
Third Study Co-op Study
Fourth Co-op Study Study
Fifth Co-op Study Study

Your first work term will be after first year (May to August 2025).

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Admission requirements

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

  • Advanced Functions
  • Calculus and Vectors
  • Any Grade 12 U English
  • One other 4U course
  • Recommended course: Grade 11 U Introduction to Computer Science

Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements.

Admission averages: Individual selection from the mid-90s

Once you've applied, you'll need to complete the Admission Information Form as part of the application process.

We strongly encourage you to participate in the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest and/or the Euclid Mathematics Contest to enhance your admissions status. To be considered for entrance scholarships in the Faculty of Mathematics, you must write one or both of the contests. If you complete both contests, we'll use the results of the contest in which you performed best.

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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, or careers?

Please contact our Faculty of Mathematics recruitment coordinator who can answer any questions you have.


Where to apply: Waterloo or Laurier?

The University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University each admit students to the double degree program. We recommend that you apply at both universities to maximize your likelihood of admission. The academic program is identical, regardless of whether Waterloo or Laurier is your home base. Differences include where you’d live in residence, scholarships, the co-op process, and access to athletic and student life facilities. These are available through your home university.