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Keys

  • Admission Information Form (AIF)
  • ASA
  • Bachelor of Computing and Financial Management (BCFM)
  • CERA
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • Computing and Financial Management (CFM)
  • Computer Science (CS)
  • FSA
  • Mathematics (MATH)
  • Mathematics Electives (MTHEL)
  • Mathematics/Financial Analysis and Risk Management (Math/FARM)
  • MQF
  • Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC)
  • Professional Risk Manager (PRM)
  • WCF
  • WM
  • WM
 
  Math/FARM CFM Actuarial Science - Finance Option Mathematical Finance
Direct entry
in first year?
Yes Yes No - second year entry. Apply to Mathematics. No - second year entry. Apply to Mathematics.
OUAC application WMF WCF WM WM
System of study Co-op and regular Co-op only Co-op and regular Co-op and regular
Number of academic terms Eight Eight Eight Eight
Number of co-op work terms Six Six Six Six
Number of courses 40 40 40 40
Number of electives Four (CFA), five (PRM) Four Seven Eight
Year 1
courses - common
Calculus I + Calculus II + Algebra + Linear Algebra I + two CS courses. Replace Calculus I and II with Advanced Calculus (MATH 147 and 148).
Year 1
courses - other
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Business/Finance Economics
  • Accounting
  • MTHEL 131
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Electives
Upper-year courses
  • Statistics Finance
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Computer Science
  • Statistics
  • Actuarial Science
  • Finance
  • Statistics
  • Actuarial Science
  • Pure Mathematics
Designation paths available CFA, PRM CFA ASA, CERA, FSA CFA
Number of first year spots 130 40 Not available. Not available.
Degree
earned
BMath BCFM BMath BMath
Post-graduate options MBA, MQF, MMath, PhD MQG, MMath, PhD
Required courses for admission
  • 12 U English
  • 12 U Advanced Functions
  • 12 U Calculus & Vectors
  • One other 12 U course
  • 12 U English (minimum 75%)
  • 12 U Advanced Functions
  • 12 U Calculus & Vectors
  • One other 12 U course
Not available - use the courses listed for Math/FARM when appliyng to Math (WM). Not available - use the courses listed for Math/FARM when applying to Math (WM).
First-year admission average
range
From the high-80s. Individual selections from the high 80s. Not available (Mathematics - from the mid-80s). Not available (Mathematics - from the mid-80s).
Other first-year requirements AIF AIF N/A N/A
To proceed to second-year 75% overall average (of 10 courses taken). 75% overall average, with strength in MATH, CS, and Accounting/Business/Economics courses. Must be currently enrolled in a co-op program. 70% overall average, at least 10 courses, no failures. 70% overall average, at least 10 courses, no failures (midterm in MATH 247 or credit in MATH 147 or 148).
Examples of careers that this program leads to Financial analyst, quantitative analyst, pricing analyst, internal auditor, market risk manager, asset/liability manager, and credit risk manager. Business analyst, financial/quantitative analyst, financial advisory consultant, quantitative software developer, and software engineer. Actuarial analyst, associate vice president, account executive, and assistant trader. Business analyst, senior associate, senior valuation analyst, senior business analyst, senior research officer, Scotia's trading rotation, actuarial program, financial engineering, financial statistics, computational finance, and economics.
Focus of work

CFA: uses data and information in a company’s financial statements for investment, valuation, management compensation and other economic decisions.

PRM: focuses on credit, operational, market, and financial risk management.
With interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise in computer science and finance, graduates can become future leaders in the information technology and finance industries. Addresses the uncertainties associated with life insurance, property and casualty insurance, annuities, and pension or other employee benefit plans. The program is designed to provide a strong background for future graduate work in finance.
Home department/
school
Mathematics, Business and Accounting programs group School of Accounting and Finance/Cheriton School of Computer Science Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science Statistics & Actuarial Science and Pure Mathematics departments
Total length
of program

Co-op: Four-two/third years

Regular: Three-two/third years

Four-two/third years

Co-op: Four-two/third years

Regular: Three-two/third years

Co-op: Four-two/third years years

Regular: Three-two/third years