Business Administration and Mathematics Double Degree

Program ambassador Stephany

“I love having the opportunity to develop deep analytical and mathematical skills in the morning, then develop my communication, presentation, and business skills in the afternoon. I know that I am a far better student, employee, and person now than I was before I started my program. Every semester challenges me in a new and exciting way, and it enables me to grow much more than I could have in other programs.”

What is Business Administration and Mathematics Double Degree?

A Business Administration and Mathematics Double Degree will allow you to fast track your way to the top by simultaneously earning two degrees from two outstanding universities: Business Administration (BBA) at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, and Mathematics (BMath) at Waterloo. Build a résumé that stands out to employers and sets the stage for your career in finance, business, or entrepreneurship.

  • 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 Mathematics 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. 

How does the BBA/BMath program work?

As a BBA/BMath 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 on 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 Mathematics. At the end of your studies, you will attend two graduations and earn two degrees from two internationally-recognized universities. BBA/BMath 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/BMath 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/BMath, 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. 

You will choose a major after first year to focus your Mathematics studies by speaking with an academic advisor, if admitted. 

First-year courses

  • MATH 135/145 - Classical Algebra
  • MATH 137/147 - Calculus 1
  • CS 115/135/145 - Computer Science
  • BUS 111W - Understanding the Business Environment
  • ECON 120W - Introduction to Microeconomics

See more detail on Undergraduate Calendar.

Upper-year courses

  • ACTSC 231 - Introductory Financial Mathematics
  • STAT 333 - Applied Probability
  • BU 362W - Building amd Managing Products, Services and Brands

Sample co-op jobs

  • Corporate Accounting and Finance Co-op — Barometer Capital Management Inc.
  • Group Pensions and Retirement Intern — iA Financial Group
  • Portfolio Management Intern, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Sample careers

  • Global Equity Trader, Scotiabank
  • International Consultant, United Nations Development Program
  • Quantitative Risk Specialist, Enmax Corp
  • Product Manager, Microsoft
  • Digital Marketer, COPP Marketing + Design
  • Chief Investment Officer, Mink Capital
  • Management Strategy Consultant, Deloitte
  • Business Intelligence Analyst, Bell
  • Management Consultant, Oliver Wyman

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 Mathematics Doube Degree can pursue:
    • The Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) accreditation, known commonly as an Actuary designation, if majoring in Actuarial Science through Waterloo.
    • The Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation by concentrating in human resources through Laurier. 
    • The Certified Internal Audit (CIA) certification by concentrating in accounting through Laurier. 
    • The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation by concentrating in finance through Laurier or by majoring in Mathematical Finance through Waterloo. 
    • The Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation by concentrating in accounting through Laurier. 

Student story

Meet Stephany

Stephany is passionate about getting involved outside of the classroom and has worked numerous on-campus jobs such as being a Student Ambassador and giving tours to prospective students; being a Student Computing Consultant and helping students with on campus-systems and with their technical problems; and finally, being a Teaching Assistant at Laurier with the first-year business courses. She's welcomed new students as a Math Orientation Week Leader and she's helped students studying away from campus as a Co-op Connection Ambassador, which allowed her to plan events to connect students working on co-op in the same city.

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How to apply

Apply directly to Business Administration and Mathematics Double Degree for admissions consideration. If admitted, you will be able to declare a mathematics major through Waterloo after first year by speaking with an academic advisor.

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.