Mathematical Finance

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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 chicken wings, the Math Finance Student Association has you covered.


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The Mathematical Finance program allows you to explore your interests in finance and theoretical math simultaneously.

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Graduation capEarn a Bachelor of Mathematics in Mathematical Finance


Mathematical Finance admission requirements

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.

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

You may select advanced-stream courses for algebra, calculus, and computer science if you meet the requirements. 

September to December

  • MATH 135 - Algebra
  • MATH 147 - Calculus 1 (Advanced level)
  • Choose one of:
    • CS 115 - Introduction to Computer Science
    • CS 135 - Designing Functional Programs
  • One communication skills course
  • One elective

January to April

  • MATH 136 - Linear Algebra 1
  • MATH 148 - Calculus 2 (Advanced Level)
  • Choose one of:
    • CS 116 - Introduction to Computer Science 2
    • CS 136 - Algorithm Design and Data Abstraction
  • Two electives


Note: You're encouraged to take three courses from AFM 101, AFM 102, AFM 131, ECON 101, and ECON 102 using your first-year electives to satisfy the degree requirements for Mathematical Finance.

After first year

You'll take a mix of actuarial science courses and pure math courses, with additional courses in business, economics, and accounting. With your remaining classes, 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

ACTSC 372 – Corporate Finance
CS 335 - Computational Methods in Business and Finance
PMATH 451 - Measure and Integration
STAT 443 - Forecasting


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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
  • Scotiabank
  • Manulife Financial
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Pacific Services Canada Limited

Customize your Mathematical Finance degree

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

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.

Recent graduates

  • 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

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