Computing and Financial Management

Set yourself apart in a competitive marketplace

Develop the know-how, networks, and experience to land a career in computer science or finance – or both. Combine your interdisciplinary studies with six co-op work terms in areas such as software development, banking, investments, risk management, or insurance to set yourself apart in a competitive marketplace.

You'll gain expertise in two majors (computer science and finance) and become a valuable asset to any technology-dependent organization – especially in the ever-evolving financial technology industry.

As part of Computing and Financial Management (CFM), you'll study in two of Waterloo’s powerhouse institutions: the School of Accounting and Finance, where you’ll learn to understand sophisticated concepts of modern financial management, and the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, where you’ll acquire the skills to develop and maintain financial software.

By the time you graduate, you'll be armed with the know-how, the networks, and the co-op experience to land a career in computer science or finance — or both.

Program highlights

  • Build an awesome résumé. Because you’ll be alternating between classroom learning and co-op work terms, you’ll gain two full years of work experience and graduate with an impressive résumé.
  • Add more credentials. Aiming to work in in the investment industry? A CFM degree accelerates your path to a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

  • Offered as a co-op program only
  • Earn a Bachelor of Computing and Financial Management (BCFM)

What will you learn?

First-year courses

During your first year, you'll take Computer Science, Accounting and Financial Management, and foundational Mathematics courses.

Learn more about courses you'll take for your Computing and Financial Management degree.

Customize your degree

You can add additional areas of expertise by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.


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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
  • Calculus and Vectors
  • One other Grade 12 U course

Recommended: Introduction to Computer Science, Principles of Financial Accounting

Admission averages: Individual selection from the low 90s

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.

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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, careers?

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


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