Set yourself apart in a competitive marketplace
Gain expertise in two majors (computer science and finance) and become a valuable asset in 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.
of students receive at least one entrance scholarship
Gain two years of professional experience with co-op
Your direct route to a CFA designation
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
Complete the Admission Information Form once you've applied.
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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First-year courses and beyond
September to December
January to April
You may also select the advanced-stream courses for algebra, calculus, and computer science if you satisfy the requirements.
What other courses will you take?
With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo and add additional areas of expertise by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.
View a full list of courses required for your degree.
Sample upper-year courses
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
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
- Claims data analytics intern
- Corporate finance analyst
- Investment analyst
- QA analyst
- Software developer
- Technical analyst
- Web developer
Sample co-op employers
- CIBC World Markets
- BMO/Bank of Montreal
- RBC Financial Group
- Oracle Corporation
What can you do with a degree in Computing and Financial Management?
Graduates often pursue careers in finance, investment, and technology. They often work in banks, consulting companies, and technology companies.
- Investment Analyst – Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
- Vice President, Trading – BMO Bank of Montreal
- Analyst – Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board
- Technical Systems Analyst – RBC Financial Group
- Tax Technology Specialist – KPMG
- Investment Banking Analyst – CIBC
- Financial Analyst – MNP
Possible professional designation
- Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
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Student life, including women in mathematics
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!
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.
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.
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.
Apply directly to this program on your application
$50,000 to $120,000 in potential co-op earnings
Earn a Bachelor of Computing and Financial Management
Ready to learn more?
- Visit the Computing and Financial Management website
- Email Heather Steinmetz, our CFM program manager, if you have any questions about the program
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Build an awesome résumé
Because you’ll be alternating between classroom learning and co-op work terms, you’ll gain two full years of practical 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.