Sustainability and Financial Management

Redefine the bottom line

Sustainability and Financial Management student standing in front of the Environment 3 building on Waterloo campus

Many of today’s investors, businesses, and governments are focussed on sustainability as well as dollars and cents.

The field of sustainable finance is giving rise to a greener future while moving away from the limited approaches of the past. For companies, there’s value in aligning environmental responsibility with profits, using environmental, social, and governance reporting to drive policy and decision-making for long-term success.

That means a growing demand for a new breed of financial experts who can integrate people, profits, and the planet into the bottom line. Through this one-of-a-kind program, you’ll fuse knowledge of accounting and financial management with expertise in sustainability. And with 16 months of paid co-op work experience, you can explore careers and gain valuable skills before you graduate!

Program highlights

Kickstart your credentials. Sustainability and Financial Management (SFM) is a direct route to a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) or Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Grow your own green business. Take a course in green entrepreneurship or drop by Entrepreneurship at Environment to work on your business plan with experienced advisors.


What will you learn?

First-year courses

Throughout your degree, you'll take a mix of accounting, finance, sustainability, and environmental courses.

Learn about the courses and specializations you'll take as part of your degree.

Customize your degree

After finishing second year, you’ll customize your pathway by selecting a specialization that reflects your interests.

  • Corporate Sustainability (CPA pathway)
  • Government Policy and Financial Markets (CFA pathway)
  • Indigenous Entrepreneurship

Sustainability is our future. Become a finance expert who can link our natural systems and social impacts to financial outcomes.

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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!

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 Study Co-op Co-op
Fifth Study - -

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

Learn more about co-op →


Admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of 75%)
  • Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 75%)
  • Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 75%)
  • Completion of the SAF Admissions Assessment (SAFAA)

Recommended courses: Principles of Financial Accounting, Mathematics of Data Management

Anticipated admission average: Individual selection from the mid-80s

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How to apply

Apply directly to this program on your application.

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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, careers?

Please email Kelly Miller who can answer questions you have.


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