February 2019

Accreditation pathways

Kyrie with University of Waterloo sign, looking away.

The right pathway for me

Before looking into the Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) program, I had no idea what an accreditation pathway was and how it worked. University of Waterloo’s School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) has received the highest level of accreditation from the CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) Canada and the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute, providing students with a direct pathway to the CPA and/or CFA designation.

Applying for a competitive program

Kyrie standing near the University of Waterloo sign on Seagram Drive

The competition is on!

One thing that I had not quite considered while looking into programs was, what if I want to apply for a competitive program? When I hear about people applying for competitive programs I tend to think of the stereotypes: universities only letting in people with a 98% GPA (grade point average) or higher, or you have to have 90’s in every math course you could ever take even if they don’t offer it at your school.

Academic preparation for AFM

Kyrie smiling as if she is in a conversation with someone

Be prepared

Something that surprised me about the requirements for the Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) program was that you do not need any previous knowledge of accounting or finance. The requirements to get into AFM are a minimum of 75% in grade 12 U level English, advanced functions, and calculus and vectors.

Is AFM the right fit for me?

Kyrie standing outside the SAF wing in Hagey Hall

Learning something new.

At the beginning of my research on university programs, I did not know what the Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) program was, but I was intrigued and wanted to know more.