Computing and Financial Management

Set yourself apart in a competitive marketplace.

By gaining both computer science and finance skills, you’ll be a valuable asset to any technology-dependent organization — especially in the ever-evolving financial technology industry.

Study in two of Waterloo’s powerhouse institutions. In the School of Accounting and Finance, you’ll learn sophisticated concepts of modern financial management. In the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, 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.


Computing and Financial Management 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

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.


  

  

 

First-year courses

September to December

  • MATH 135 - Algebra for Honours Mathematics
  • MATH 137 - Calculus 1 for Honours Mathematics
  • CS 135 - Designing Functional Programs
  • AFM 101 - Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • AFM 132 - Introduction to Business Stages

January to April

  • MATH 136 - Linear Algebra 1 for Honours Mathematics 
  • MATH 138 - Calculus 2 For Honours Mathematics 
  • CS 136 - Elementary Algorithm Design and Data Abstraction
  • AFM 102 - Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • AFM 121 - Introduction to Global Financial Markets
 

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?

Most of your required courses will be in Computer Science and Accounting and Financial Management, along with foundational courses in Mathematics.

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 

AFM 373 – Derivative Securities
CS 480 - Introduction to Machine Learning
AFM 422 – Fixed Income Securities
CS 486 - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

 

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Amy was drawn to CFM because of the balance between computer science and finance, which will equip her for a successful career in FinTech.


icon of a briefcaseGain two years of professional experience with co-op

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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

  • Facebook
  • Deloitte
  • CIBC World Markets
  • BMO/Bank of Montreal
  • RBC Financial Group
  • Oracle Corporation
 

100%of students receive at least one entrance scholarship

dollar sign$50,000 to $120,000 in potential co-op earnings

icon showing route from A to BYour direct route to a CFA designation

 

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.

Recent graduates

  • 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)

For more information on potential careers, check out our page on careers in business.


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 with five to six work terms over the course of your degree.

Add more credentials

Aiming to work in in the investment industry? A CFM degree accelerates your path to a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

 

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