More Than Business

Experience matters

Experience Matters

For over 30 years, the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) has been launching business leaders of the world. We provide an education where experience matters.

All of our programs provide students with the technical, analytical, evaluative, and communication skills needed to prepare for successful careers in public accounting, finance, industry, government and not-for-profit sectors.

Our undergraduate programs:

Program ChartOur graduate programs:

CPA logoSAF has received the highest level of national accreditation under the Chartered Professional Accountancy (CPA) National Accreditation Standards. The SAF's national accreditation provides customized pathways for SAF students to tailor their education for a direct route to the CPA designation.

Students in AFM, Math/CPA, and Biotech/CPA can combine their undergraduate studies with the MAcc graduate program to move directly to the CPA Common Final Exam (CFE) after graduation.

The SAF's AFM and CFM programs are recognized under the CFA Institute University Recognition program. AFM and CFM students will receive advanced preparation to challenge the 3 CFA accreditation exams as early as Year 4 of their program.

  1. Oct. 10, 2017University of Waterloo Student Venture FundFall 2017 Student Venture Fund

    By: Carrie Gilmour​

    Waterloo Region is Canada’s top innovation hub. It is home to the second highest density of start-ups in the world after Silicon Valley, and is a top 25 innovation ecosystem in the world (Startup Compass 2015).

  2. Sep. 29, 2017Stan Laiken, Professor Emeritus granted Honorary CPAStanley N. Laiken, BA, MBA, PhD - Professor Emeritus
    by Patty Mah

    Professor emeritus, Stanley Laiken was granted Honorary Membership at the Annual Meeting of CPA Ontario. For more than four decades, Laiken, affectionately known as uncle Stan by students and colleagues, provided distinguished service to the accounting profession as an educator specifically in the area of taxation.

  3. Sep. 22, 2017Best in the world; where are they now?2016 CFA Research Institute Challenge Winners

    By Carrie Gilmour 

    It’s been a year since School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) students took the world stage by storm at the CFA Institute Research Challenge and a lot has changed in that short period of time.

    In 2016 five students from the SAF (l-r), Kamaljot Dhaliwal, Daniel Zhang, Brent Small, Rudder Zhang and Adnan Khan, used their diverse co-op and program backgrounds to beat out over 1,000 teams from 70 countries to become the World Champions in a business valuation competition.

    The team spent months preparing to present and defend detailed equities research report on a publicly traded company to a panel of industry experts. The SAF team advanced through several rounds over eight months to reach the Global Finals in Chicago, where they competed against University of Georgia, Ateneo de Manila University, and Politecnico di Milano, to capture the championship and a $10,000 prize.

    So where are they now?

    Brent Small, an Accounting and Financial Management (BAFM 2017) graduate was appointed as the CEO in winter 2017 for the SAF Student Investment Fund, managing a team of 30 students with $250K in assets under management. He is currently working as an Investment Analyst at Polar Asset Management Partners in Toronto.

    I landed my dream job right out of school. I couldn't imagine a better job or workplace, and this is due in no small part to my experience at SAF.

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  1. Oct. 19, 20175th Annual Women in Accounting and Finance Event

    We invite you to an exclusive evening of discussion and learning as distinguished executives share their career and leadership experiences. Hear inspirational stories, learn valuable advice and gain insight on topics that matter most.

    You don’t want to miss this opportunity to meet these outstanding female industry leaders, and uncover successful strategies for professional and personal growth.

    Reconnect with your alma mater, fellow alumni and look forward to meeting new friends!

  2. Nov. 4, 2017Fall Open House Fall Open House 2016

    You and your family are invited to join us on Saturday, November 4th. Meet with professors, staff, and students who can help you learn about Waterloo.

    Want to learn more about the School of Accounting and Finance programs?

  3. Jan. 13, 2018DECA Provincial Prep ConferenceDECA Prep Conference

    Who should attend?

    DECA Regional Competition winners. A maximum of 200 students who have competed in one of the following categories: 

    • BFS - Business Finance Series
    • ACT - Accounting Applications
    • FTDM - Financial Services
    • FCE - Financial Consulting Event
    • PFL - Personal Financial Literacy

    Why should you attend?

    By attending this conference, DECA delegates will be able to:

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Andrew Bauer

Assistant professor; Canada Research Chair in Taxation, Governance and Risk

Office: HH 3112

Phone: 519-888-4567 x36516


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