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In one of the most advanced undergraduate finance programs in the world, you’ll focus on the math behind financial markets.
Offered jointly by the Department of Pure Mathematics and the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Mathematical Finance is designed for students with elite mathematical abilities who wish to pursue finance combined with pure mathematics.
Our challenging curriculum includes courses on corporate finance, mathematical finance, asset-liability management, statistics, and forecasting. It also provides a co-op stream where students can gain up to two years of paid work experience.
This is a degree that can launch your high-flying career in banking and finance.
- Your choice: Four years or five. Gain 24 months of paid work experience through Waterloo's five-year co-op program or fast track your degree by choosing the regular system of study and graduate in four years.
- Social and academic support. Whether you’re looking for a study group or a night out with your classmates enjoying cheesy nachos, the Math Finance Student Association has you covered.
- Available as a regular or co-op program
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Mathematics in Mathematical Finance
- Offered by the Faculty of Mathematics
What will you learn?
During your first year, you'll take a mix of foundational courses in Math and Computer Science. In upper years, most of the classes you'll take will be in Actuarial Science and Pure Math.
Learn more about the courses you'll take for your Mathematical Finance degree.
Customize your degree
You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.
Once you're a student, advisors can help you explore which minors or specializations may fit into your plans.
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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
- Product manager assistant
- Security developer
- Quality assurance technician
- Risk analyst
- Trading products quantitative analyst
- Business application developer
- Data governance analyst
- Trading products quantitative analyst
Sample co-op employers
- AVIVA - COFCO Life Insurance
- CPP Investment Board
- Manulife Financial
- Pitney Bowes
- Bank of Montreal
- Pacific Services Canada Limited
What can you do with a degree in Mathematical Finance?
Waterloo Mathematical Finance graduates often pursue careers in investment banking, financial analysis, and more. They typically work in financial institutions, investment companies, and more.
- Investment Analyst – Manulife Financial
- Data Scientist – EMAGIN Clean Technologies
- Risk Analyst – TD Bank Group
- Associate Director, Counterparty Credit Risk – RBC Capital Markets
- Quantitative Investment Associate – Putnam Investments
- Quantitative Portfolio Manager – Lombard Odier
- Risk Modelling Analyst – TD Bank Group
Learn about the future of careers in business.
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.
Mathematical Finance admission requirements
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Advanced Functions
- Calculus and Vectors
- Any 4U English
- One other 4U course
Recommended course: Grade 11 U Introduction to Computer Science
Admission averages: Individual selection from the high 80s
How to apply?
Apply to Mathematics and choose Mathematical Finance as your major at the end of first year. Once you've applied, you'll need to complete the Admission Information Form as part of the application process.
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, or careers?
Contact Laura Jane Watkins, our Mathematics recruitment coordinator, who can answer any questions you have.