Really understand the numbers
In this one-of-a-kind program, you’ll cover all the fundamentals of a standard accounting program — plus you’ll take a deep dive into mathematics.
It’s the perfect foundation for a career as a chartered accountant or a management accountant. You’ll learn from world-recognized professors in the only professionally accredited Chartered Professional Accountancy program in Ontario that leads to a Bachelor of Mathematics (BMath) degree.
Then, you’ll put your knowledge to work during four co-op work terms, gaining valuable real-world experience that can be counted toward your CPA designation. You’ll graduate with a unique degree and ready for a high-impact career as a CPA.
First faculty of mathematics in North America
Gain experience through the co-op program
Waterloo is an international leader in mathematics
Ontario students: six Grade 12U and/or M courses including
- Advanced Functions
- Calculus and Vectors
- Any Grade 12U English
- One other 4U course
Recommended courses: Grade 11U Introduction to Computer Science, Grade 12M Principles of Financial Accounting
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.
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? 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.
First-year courses and beyond
You may also select the advanced courses for algebra, calculus, and computer science if you meet the requirements.
September to December
January to April
After first year
You'll take a variety of courses in statistics, finance, business, and accounting.
View a full list of courses required for your degree.
Sample upper-year courses
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.
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and four 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
- Student in Accounts
- Tax Co-op Associate
- Junior Student in Accounts
- Senior Student in Accounts
- Business Analyst
Sample co-op employers
- Ernst & Young LLP
- PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
- BDO Dunwoody LLP
- Klasner & Solomon Chartered Accountants LLP
- TD Bank Financial Group
What can you do with a degree in accounting?
Mathematics/Chartered Professional Accountancy graduates often pursue careers in accountancy, financial analysis, and consulting. They typically work for insurance companies, financial institutions, auditing companies, and more.
- Accountant – Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada
- Banking Analyst – J.P. Morgan
- Senior Credit Risk Analyst – CIBC
- Internal Auditor – Treasury Board Secretariat
- Consulting Analyst – Accenture
- Business Analyst – Deloitte
- Quantitative Trader - Northstar Trading
Possible professional designations
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.
Apply directly to this program on your application
Offered by the Faculty of Mathematics
Earn a Bachelor of Mathematics
Ready to learn more?
- Visit the Mathematics/Chartered Professional Accountancy website
- Contact our Mathematics recruitment co-ordinator, who can answer your questions about the program
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Fast track your career
Once you graduate, spend just eighth months taking the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree and you’ll be ready to write the Common Final Examination.
Meet friends for life
Planning to live in residence? Choose the Accounting and Finance Living-Learning Community and build lasting friendships, participate in residence events, get support from upper-year students, and more.