Mathematics/Financial Analysis and Risk Management (FARM)

Daniel Molka

What is Financial Analysis and Risk Management (FARM)?

The world of finance requires professionals with strong mathematical and analytical skills. You’ll hone them both in this challenging program — one of just a handful across the country recognized by the CFA Institute and the Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA).

You’ll be ready to deliver, whether you choose to pursue a career in financial analysis or risk management. Combine courses in mathematics, statistics, and computer science with corporate finance, micro and macroeconomics, and other business-related courses, and you’ll be prepared for your Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Professional Risk Manager (PRM) designation.

Meet Daniel

Daniel poses with an flyer bearing his imageWhen Daniel isn’t focusing on schoolwork, he enjoys getting involved in a few different extracurriculars that the University of Waterloo has to offer. He has participated in the FARM student association as its IT analyst, is a Math Ambassador at open houses, and he loves dancing in the Mambo Club.

“Waterloo is the greatest school in Canada for Math. My mom is a Waterloo Math graduate, so it’s always been ingrained in me, at least since grade school, that I would for to Waterloo. And during my first tour of campus, I loved the environment and knew it was the right place for me.”

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
  • Information systems assistant
  • Associate business analyst
  • Investment performance intern
  • Junior gaming analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Hedging & assets specialist
  • Trading products quantitative analyst
  • TD Bank Financial Group
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Bell Canada
  • SS&C Technologies
  • Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation
  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
  • CPP Investment Board
Potential career opportunities
  • Portfolio Management, Evaluator, Foresea Life Insurance Company
  • Observational Risk Analyst, CIBC
  • Data Support Analyst, Sustainanalytics
  • Capital Markets Risk Management Associate, TD Securities 
  • Business Development Planner, Nissan Finance, Nissan Canada 
  • Consultant, Capgemini Canada 
  • Treasury Manager, TD Canada Trust