Make sense of the mountain of data produced every day.
Today we’re inundated with information from sensors, digital images, streaming video, satellite and medical imagery, and more. In Data Science at Waterloo, you’ll learn to extract meaningful information from that tsunami of data and use it to predict future trends.
You’ll complement your core courses in statistics, mathematics, and computer science with a range of electives from many of Waterloo’s 100 subject areas. When you graduate, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to help governments and businesses make better decisions and smarter strategies.
When you graduate, you’ll be ready for a huge range of career options. Our grads are putting their skills to work in areas as diverse as medicine, business, advertising, entertainment, and public health.
Win prizes — and glory
Show off your data-taming skills, impress potential employers, and win prizes at Waterloo’s annual datathon.
Study in a high-tech hub
Waterloo Region is home to more than 1,000 technology companies, including Google, OpenText, Shopify, KiK, and a host of startups.
About the Data Science program
Earn a Bachelor of Computer Science or Bachelor of Mathematics
First faculty of mathematics in North America
Offered by the Faculty of Mathematics
Waterloo is an international leader in mathematics
Data Science admission requirements
- Apply to Computer Science or Mathematics and choose Data Science as your major at the end of first year.
- An Admission Information Form is required for admission.
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.
You may also choose advanced stream courses for algebra, calculus, and computer science if you meet the requirements.
September to December
January to April
After first year
Most of your required courses will be in Statistics and Computer Science, along with additional foundational courses in Mathematics. You can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.
View a list of courses required for your degree
Sample upper-year courses
Customize your Data Science degree
You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor (or minors) as part of your degree.
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
- Data scientist
- Risk management intern
- Software engineering intern
- Reporting analyst
- Project manager
- Enterprise analyst
- QA analyst
Sample co-op employers
- OpenText Corporation
- SAP Canada Inc.
- IBM Canada
- TD Bank Group
- Equitable Bank
- Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited
- Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc.