Combine the worlds of bytes and business
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.
First faculty of mathematics in North America
Gain experience through the co-op program
Earn two degrees in five years
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
Complete the Admission Information Form once you've applied.
Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements.
Admission averages: Individual selection from the mid-90s
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.
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.
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First-year courses and beyond
Students may also select the advanced-stream courses for algebra, calculus and computer science if they meet the requirements.
September to December
January to April
*Business courses are taken at nearby Wilfrid Laurier University.
After first year
You'll take business and economics courses at Laurier in combination with your computer science courses at Waterloo. In upper years, you can choose to specialize in both the business and mathematics components of the program.
View a list of all the courses required for your degree.
Sample upper-year courses
Customize your degree
You can add additional areas of expertise by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.
Gain relevant work experience through co-op
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Full stack developer
- QA analyst
- Secure engineering tools development intern
- Software developer
- Trading products quantitative analyst
- Web UI intern
Sample co-op employers
- Oath Inc.
What can you do with a degree in business and computer science?
Waterloo and Laurier Business Administration and Computer Science graduates often pursue careers in programming, finance, and analysis. They commonly work in technology, investment, and consulting companies.
- Program Manager - Microsoft
- iOS Software Engineer - Apple
- Business Analyst - CIBC World Markets
- Investment Banking Analyst - Morgan Stanley Canada
- Software Engineer - Google Canada
- Consultant - Deloitte Consulting
- Software Engineer - Amazon
Possible professional designations
- Chartered Professional Accountant
- Chartered Financial Analyst
- Fellow of the Society of Actuaries
Learn about the future of careers in business
Student life, including Women in Computer Science
Women in Computer Science
Women in Computer Science (WiCS) promotes gender equity for students interested in studying computer science and pursuing career in computing. WiCS has a very active student-run committee and offers events such as the Big CSters mentoring program, workshops, a speaker series, and panels about diversity in computer science and STEM.
Women in Mathematics
The Women in Mathematics (WiM) community encourages and advocates for women of all ages who are interested in studying math and pursuing a career in a related area. WiM strives for all genders to be well-represented in mathematics and welcomes people with under-represented gender identities.
Math Society (MathSoc)
MathSoc is run by students for students and provides a wide range of clubs and services as well as social and academic events to make your experience as a Waterloo Mathematics student the best it can be. There are many ways to get involved and to meet students in other Faculty of Mathematics programs.
Outside of the Faculty of Mathematics, our campus is packed with opportunities to get involved, no matter how unique your interests. Between clubs supported by the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association, sports and recreation, student government, and an incredible range of events, there's something for everyone at Waterloo!
There's also Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (WiSTEM), a student-run club that welcomes all students (regardless of gender) to promote equality in STEM. Opportunities include skills workshops, discussions, homework help, and guest speakers.
Waterloo is an international leader in mathematics
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Ready to learn more?
- Visit the Business Administration and Computer Science Double Degree website
- Email our Mathematics recruitment co-ordinator, who can answer any questions about the program
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