Guidance counsellors

Guidance counsellors play an important role in helping students make an informed decision about their study options. To support you in your connections with students, we've highlighted the benefits of studying math and computer science in the Faculty of Mathematics. We've also included lots of helpful links and resources summarizing information important to students in the application process. 


Why Choose Mathematics and Computer Science at Waterloo

Students have lots of great options when it comes to their studies. Knowing the differences between universities and their academic excellence and student experience is a great way to help students narrow down their choices. 

At Waterloo, we have national and international recognition for our Faculty of Mathematics and our mathematics and computer science programs. 

We are: 

  • The only Faculty of Mathematics in North America.
  • The largest centre for mathematics and computing in the world.
  • #1 in Canada for computer science and mathematics (Maclean's 2021).
  • Ranked top 50 in the world for mathematics and top 23 in the world for computer science (QS World Rankings).

Programs

We have 23 undergraduate programs for students to choose from. Research each of our study options to discover program descriptions, courses, professional designations, student stories, comparable programs and how to apply. 

“We have one of the best, competitive, challenging, and intellectually rewarding math programs in the world!” - Waterloo mathematics students

Co-op and careers

All of our mathematics and computer science programs can be combined with a co-operative education (co-op) option - with some programs requiring co-op for degree requirements. Co-op allows students to earn two years of paid work experience, the chance to develop their resume and make employer connections.

Mathematicians and computer scientists are needed in all industries and our students and graduates can be found in a variety of organizations like insurance, technology, science, health, banking, finance, economics and more.  

Many co-op opportunities lead to full-time jobs before or shortly after graduation. Common jobs for students and graduates are:

  • Accounting Associate
  • Business Analyst
  • Client Specialist
  • Data Scientist
  • Developer
  • Insurance Associate
  • Project Manager
  • Research Assistant
  • Software Engineer
 

Co-op vs. regular

Students who are not interested in participating in co-op can look at studying programs that offer a regular option. Students in our regular programs will have their summers off and will complete their studies in four years. They can take advantage of hands-on experiences to grow their resume.


Admissions

Admission averages can vary depending on the progran of interest. They can range from high 80s to mid 90s for Honours Mathematics, Math and Business and Computer Science programs. Check out our admission requirements. 

It is recommended that students take computer science, if available in their school, as all mathematics and computer science students are required to take computer science as part of their degree requirements.

Ontario students

Six grade 12 U and/or M courses including:

  • Advanced Functions
  • Calculus and Vectors
  • Any 4U English
  • One other 4U course
 

Search our admission requirements to find specific courses and grades for our mathematics and computer science programs. Look up additional systems of study for IB and AP.

All other students

Students that are studying outside of Ontario can search our admission requirements to find courses and grades relevant to their curriculum of study and their mathematics and computer science programs of interest. 

 

Important dates and deadlines

Application and documents deadlines outline the final dates for students to submit their application and supporting documents, like grades and Admissions Information Form (AIF).

Students can learn how to submit documents to Waterloo.

English language requirements

English language requirements are for students whose primary language of instruction is not English. 

 

Hot topics

You may find additional helpful information in our fequently asked questions


Resources

The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) offers a number of free math and computer science resources to help students improve their mathability including problem of the week, courseware, and contests. Many of our resources are available for teachers too.

Downloads

 
 

Helpful links