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The School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) consists of the following programs: Accounting and Financial Management (AFM), Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy (Biotech/CPA), Computing and Financial Management (CFM), Mathematics/Chartered Professional Accountancy (Math/CPA) and Sustainability and Financial Management (SFM).
What kind of work can SAF students do?
Accounting and Financial Management students specialize in one of six disciplines: accounting, financial leadership, financial markets, business analytics, sustainability, and entrepreneurship. Students from our other programs typically fit these specializations as well: SFM students fit sustainability; CFM students fit financial markets, and have computer science experience; Math/CPA fit accounting and have a math background; and Biotech/CPA fit accounting, with additional skills in biology.
We've compiled some sample jobs and skills for each specialization, but employers are welcome to learn about our specializations and programs directly. We also publish the SAF Employment Report for employers to use as a resource.
- Entrepreneurial mind-set
- Desire to work in a start-up environment
- Ability to multitask, prioritize, and handle multiple responsibilities
- Able to problem solve and think of innovative ways of accomplishing tasks
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
I have worked with many University of Waterloo undergrad co-op students and MAcc graduates over the years, and they have made a significant contribution to the success of our firm. I am consistently impressed by their technical capability, project management skill and strong work ethic. Each student shows a true willingness to learn new skills and work together as a team to provide the best solutions for our clients.