Sustainability and Financial Management

 Redefine the bottom line

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

Become a finance expert with purpose by learning to 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 from Waterloo’s School of Accounting and Finance with the Faculty of Environment’s expertise in sustainability. Plus, you’ll be able to explore careers and gain valuable skills for your career by graduating with 16 months of paid co-op work experience.

Program highlights

  • Kickstart your credentials. The Sustainability and Financial Management (SFM) program is a direct route to a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) or Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. 
  • Grow your own green business. Have an idea for an environmental business or social enterprise? Take a course in green entrepreneurship. Or drop by Entrepreneurship at Environment (E @ E) to work on your business plan with one-on-one coaching from 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

Co-op = relevant paid work experience

Explore careers in the field by alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree – and graduate with 16 months of paid experience.

You might work as a sustainability analyst, financial analyst, ESG internal reporting associate, or business analyst.

Learn how co-op works.


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

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What can you do with a Sustainability and Financial Management degree?

Your career path will depend on your interests. You might use your environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) knowledge to lead organizations toward a greener world. 

You could pursue further education in a variety of areas, including a Master of Accounting (MAcc) program at Waterloo or elsewhere. You can also pursue your Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) or Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation depending on the specialization you choose after your second year. You can also choose to go directly into your career, including the following possible career options.

  • Accountant
  • Financial consultant
  • Sustainability analyst
  • ESG policy analyst
  • Internal auditor

Learn about the future of careers in business.

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.

Connect with us

Questions about courses, programs, requirements, careers?

Please email Jesse MacLeod, our SFM program manager, who can answer any questions you have.


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