Sabrina Zhai

What is Mathematical Finance?

Mathematical Finance is an elite program designed for students with outstanding mathematical skills who want a career in high-level quantitative finance. In one of the most advanced undergraduate finance programs in the world, you’ll take courses in corporate finance, real analysis, asset liability management, and forecasting. The program delivers solid mathematical training and a modern understanding of the financial market to prepare you for the broad field of banking and finance after graduation

Meet Sabrina

Sabrina ZhaiWhile at the University of Waterloo, Sabrina has taken advantage of the global opportunities that the school has to offer - including a co-op term in Switzerland. When on-campus in Waterloo, she is part of the Archery Club and in her spare time she likes to practice and play the piano.

“I really like the culture at Waterloo. It’s so inclusive – you get to meet a lot of students from different backgrounds and a lot of other people who are passionate about math. Interacting with them on a daily basis is really exciting.”

Your first year

All first-year students take a common selection of math courses called core courses. Normally in the fall term, students take:

*Note: For suggested electives and more information please visit our course selection page.

Potential co-op and career opportunities

Potential co-op opportunities
Sample titles Sample employers
  • Product manager assistant
  • Security developer
  • Quality assurance technician
  • Risk analyst
  • Trading products quantitative analyst
  • Business application developer
  • Data governance analyst
  • Trading products quantitative analyst
  • AVIVA - COFCO Life Insurance
  • CPP Investment Board
  • Scotiabank
  • Manulife Financial
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Bank of Montreal
  • OMERS
  • Pacific Services Canada Limited
Potential career opportunities
  • Investment Analyst, Manulife Financial
  • Data Scientist, EMAGIN Clean Technologies 
  • Risk Analyst, TD Bank Group
  • Associate Director, Counterparty Credit Risk, RBC Capital Markets
  • Quantitative Investment Associate, Putnam Investments 
  • Quantitative Portfolio Manager, Lombard Odier
  • Risk Modelling Analyst, TD Bank Group

Contact Ross Willard for more information.