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

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 2 prestigious degrees and 2 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.

Down the road at nearby Wilfrid Laurier University, 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 4 to 5 terms of real-world work experience through North America’s largest co-op program.

In just 5 years, you'll earn both a co-op Bachelor of Computer Science (BCS) from Waterloo and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Laurier.

Learn from top researchers

Home to award-winning teachers and researchers, the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at Waterloo is among the 10 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.


About the program

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Admission requirements

  • Ontario students: 6 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
  • Admission averages: Individual selection from the mid-90s
  • An Admission Information Form is required for admission
  • Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements

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.

First-year courses

Students may also select the advanced-stream courses for algebra, calculus and computer science if they meet the requirements.

September to December

MATH 135 - Algebra 
MATH 137 - Calculus 1
CS 135 - Designing Functional Programs
BUS 111W - The Business Environment*
ECON 120W - Introduction to Microeconomics*

January to April

MATH 136 - Linear Algebra 1 
MATH 138 - Calculus 2 
CS 136 - Algorithm Design and Data Abstraction
BUS 121W - Functional Areas of the Organization*
ECON 140W - Introduction to Macroeconomics*
1 communication skills course

*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.

Customize your degree

You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor(s) or specialization as part of your degree.


Sample upper-year courses 

CS 341 - Algorithms
CS 480 - Introduction to Machine Learning

CS 492 - The Social Implications of Computing
CS 486 - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence


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

  • Microsoft
  • WhatsApp
  • Oath Inc.
  • Redfin
  • Shopify
  • Stratus360

What can you do with a degree in Business Administration 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.

Recent graduates

  • Program Manager - Microsoft
  • iOS Software Engineer - Applie
  • 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

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