Mathematics/Chartered Professional Accountancy

Really understand the numbers

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Annie’s strong background in both mathematics and accounting led her to rewarding accounting co-op positions, where she was able to make valued contributions to her team in the tasks and projects they were given.

In the only accounting program in Canada to lead to a math degree, you’ll gain all the fundamentals of an outstanding accounting education — plus you’ll take a deep dive into mathematics.

You’ll acquire a strong background in the mathematical field of your choice, along with equally focused studies in accounting, economics, and business. It’s the perfect foundation for a career as a chartered accountant or a management accountant.

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.

Program highlight

A direct route to your career. Once you graduate, spend just eight months completing our Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program and you’ll be ready to write the Common Final Examination.

What will you learn?

First-year courses

During your first year, you'll take a mix of foundational courses in Math, Accounting and Financial Management, Economics, and Computer Science.

In upper years, you'll take courses in statistics, finance, business, and accounting.

Learn more about the courses you'll take for your Mathematics/Chartered Professional Accountancy degree.

Customize your degree

You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including a Data Analytics or Finance specialization.

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

Waterloo's co-op program, the largest in North America, is an amazing way to explore potential careers, learn to interview for jobs, graduate with up to two years of valuable experience – and make money!

Sample co-op job titles

  • Student in Accounts
  • Tax Co-op Associate
  • Senior Student in Accounts
  • Business Analyst

Co-op work-study sequence

Starting in second year, you'll normally alternate between school and work every four months, integrating your classroom learning with real-world experience. You can return to the same employer for a couple of work terms to gain greater knowledge and responsibility or work for different employers to get a broad range of experience.

Year September to December (Fall) January to April (Winter) May to August (Spring)
First Study Study Off
Second Study Co-op Study
Third Co-op Study Study
Fourth Co-op Study Co-op
Fifth Study - -

Your first work term will be halfway through second year (January to April 2026).

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Admission requirements

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

Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements.

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.


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