Get a degree that counts
If you love numbers, symbols, and equations, we talk your language. At Waterloo — the world's largest centre for education in mathematics and computer science — we offer more than 300 different math courses.
After first year, you'll focus on one of the majors listed below. Depending on which one you choose, you can gain two years of paid work experience through Waterloo's co-op program, the largest of its kind in North America, or fast track your degree by choosing the regular system of study.
When you graduate, you’ll have all kinds of career options. Mathematics is the foundation of many fields of study, such as commerce, computing, engineering, and science — and essential for asking many fundamental questions about how our world works.
First faculty of mathematics in North America
Waterloo is an international leader in mathematics
Mathematics 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
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.
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Monthly topics include how to choose a program, what it's like to be a Waterloo student, the differences between high school and university, and more.
Questions? Ask a student!
Contact a Faculty of Mathematics student ambassador to learn about their experience in the program.
Ask them questions such as why they chose their program, what the classes are like, and how you can get involved on campus.
Choose one of 14 majors at the end of first year.
Apply directly to this program on your application
Offered by the Faculty of Mathematics
Select from 14 majors within your Bachelor of Mathematics
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
- Actuarial analyst
- Data scientist
- Instructial support assistant
- QA analyst
- Research assistant
- Software developer
- Web developer
Sample co-op employers
- Bank of Montreal
- CIBC/Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
- KGS Research
- London Life Insurance Company
- Sheridan College
- Sun Life Financial
- TD Bank Group
What can you do with a degree in Mathematics?
Waterloo Mathematics graduates often pursue careers in software development, consulting, and more. They typically work in banks, insurance companies, and research companies.
- Software Test Specialist – Magnet Forensics
- Associate, Consulting & Deals – PwC
- Software Developer – Latitude Geographics
- Internal Auditor – Treasury Board Secretariat
- Project Reporting Analyst – Bruce Power
- Programmer Analyst – Hospital for Sick Children
- Senior Developer – Shopify Plus
Learn about the future of careers in math, coding, and data.
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.
Also, visit our Waterloo Stories to read about how Janszen-Spitmsan found her place as a woman in math.
Ready to learn more?
- Visit the Mathematics website
- Contact our Mathematics recruitment co-ordinator, who can answer your questions about the program
- Subscribe to our newsletter to get tips and advice from current students
Study math in Europe
Spend part of your second year in Italy and France, studying math with Waterloo profs, soaking up culture, and enjoying lots of croissants and gelato.
Social and academic support
The student-run Mathematics Society organizes student/prof mixers, beach outings, and pie-filled Pi Day celebrations on March 14 (get it? 3/14?).
Visit our Waterloo Stories website to learn about research in Mathematics at Waterloo.