Business Administration and Computer Science Double Degree

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What is the Business Administration and Computer Science Double Degree?

Combine the society-changing power of computer science with the world of business in this co-op only program. In just five years, you will earn two degrees — a full honours computer science degree from the University of Waterloo (BCS) and a full honours business administration degree (BBA) from nearby Wilfrid Laurier University. Learn about software, algorithms, programming, and the limits of computation while also studying brand communication, accounting, human resources, marketing, and finance.

  • Available as a co-op program
  • There are 52 courses for this degree
  • Graduate with two degrees: a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Waterloo
  • Choose from one of ten business concentrations through Laurier: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Marketing, Risk Management, Strategic Management, Supply Chain Management or Sustainability 
  • Specializations in computer science through Waterloo: Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics, Business, Computational Fine Arts, Digital Hardware, Human-Computer Interaction and Software Engineering 

How does the BBA/BCS program work?

As a BBA/BCS student, you will pursue two degrees in roughly the same amount of time as a student pursuing a single degree program. To do this, you will spend time learning business and economics by taking courses on the Laurier campus and then math and computer science by taking courses at the Waterloo campus. The program is designed for you to learn all of the same business and economics concepts as a student studying only Business Administration and the same math and computer science concepts as a student only studying Computer Science. At the end of your studies, you will attend two graduations and earn two degrees from two internationally-recognized universities. BBA/BCS students have one less co-op requirement than most other programs allowing you to fit in your additional courses. To complete 52 courses, however, you'll have additional courses per term to complete than a traditional student that studies only 40 courses, taking 5 classes a term, to earn their degree.

Laurier and Waterloo work as a partnership to offer the BBA/BCS program but they manage admissions separately. Since it is competitive for entry, it is recommended that you apply to both universities. Regardless of the university that you apply to, the program is identical: the courses are the same, the schedule is the same, and students take classes at each campus. What is different is the university that you might call "home". If admitted at Waterloo for BBA/BCS, you will use the residence, co-op and scholarships offered by Waterloo and it will be known as your "home" institution. You will not have access to these options through Laurier. The same is true for students admitted through Laurier, they will access the residence, co-op and scholarship opportunities offered by this school, but not at Waterloo.

Fall Term

  • MATH 135 - Algebra
  • MATH 137 - Calculus 1
  • CS 135 - Designing Functional Programs
  • BUS 111W -Understanding the Business Environment
  • ECON 120W - Introduction to Microeconomics

See full courses in our undergraduate calendar.

Winter Term

  • MATH 136 - Linear Algebra 1
  • MATH 138 - Calculus 2
  • CS 136 - Algorithm Design and Data Abstraction
  • CS136L - Tools and Techniques for Software Development
  • BUS 121W - Functional Areas of the Organization
  • ECON 140W - Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Communication course

Sample co-op jobs

  • Junior Developer, Web Nodes
  • Infrastructure Systems Designer, Manulife Financial
  • Business Analyst, TD Bank Financial Group
  • Programmer Analyst, Investment IT, OTPP

Sample careers

  • Senior Business Intelligence Systems Analyst, WIND Mobile
  • Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
  • Project Manager, Telus Corporation
  • Risk Modelling Analyst, Toronto-Dominion Bank

Professional designation(s)

What is a professional designation? It's a professional approval by an employer or organization that a person can demonstrate particular standards of excellence in their field of work.

  • Graduates from Business Administration and Computer Science Doube Degree can pursue:
    • The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation by concentrating in finance through Laurier.
    • The Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation by concentrating in human resources through Laurier. 
    • The Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certification by concentrating in accounting through Laurier. 
    • The Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation by concentrating in accounting through Laurier. 

Student story

Meet Kathrine

Kathrine chose Waterloo for our culture of innovation, and for the invaluable experience she’s gained during her co-op terms.

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How to apply

Apply directly to Business Administration and Computer Science Double Degree for admissions consideration.

You're encouraged to apply to both Laurier and Waterloo to increase your chances of admissions. Both universities admit directly into the program and manage admissions separately.

Find out more information on the steps to apply.