Mathematical Studies

Choose your own adventure! You’re looking for a degree that covers the full spectrum of math. We’re one of the world’s top centres for math and computer science. Together, we’re a logical match!

Waterloo’s most flexible math program provides you with a broad mathematics education, including courses in algebra, calculus, combinatorics, computer science, geometry, number theory, and statistics, in addition to the opportunity to gain up to two years of paid work experience through co-op.

If you enjoy mathematics and want the opportunity to hone your analytical, technical, and problem-solving skills, but don’t want to narrow your focus on one major only, then this program is for you.

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What can you do with a degree in Mathematical Studies?

Recent graduates

  • Analyst, TD Securities
  • Private Banking Executive, Barclays Bank
  • Sr. Economist, Education, Ministry of Finance, Ontario
  • Systems Analyst, Pepsi-Cola Canada
  • VP Platform Optimization, adMarketplace
  • Database Analyst, Toronto Star Newspapers
  • Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
  • System Report Analyst, Manulife Financial

For more information on potential careers, check out our page on careers in math, coding, and data.

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

Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements.

How to apply?

Apply to Mathematics and choose Mathematical Studies as your major. 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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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, or careers?

Please contact our Faculty of Mathematics recruitment coordinator who can answer any questions you have.