Emerging technology and changes to our physical and social environments are allowing us to reimagine products and services. These forces are inspiring new business models, placing new responsibilities on governments, and creating new opportunities in the not-for-profit sector. At SAF, we’re inspiring the next generation of leaders who will help drive change in all areas of society by redefining what it means to be an accounting and finance professional.
The world needs problem-solvers. The future of work requires professionals with outstanding accounting and financial analysis capabilities, data savviness, business and social awareness, an entrepreneurial mindset, and proven people/teamwork skills.
AFM offers you the freedom to design your own pathway through the program by making decisions about academic specialization, elective courses, and testing out co-op employment and co/extra-curricular experiences you find appealing. This flexibility allows you to align your values and interests with a customized learning experience so that you’ll be ready to lead the change and shape the future in whatever area of society that you wish.
Years 1 and 2 - Get 'Choice Ready'
Year 1 and Year 2 of your academic journey is to build your academic foundations in accounting finance and get you choice ready for Year 3 + 4. You'll leverage and integrate your academic, co-op and co/extra-curricular experiences in Year 1 and 2 learn about the opportunities and options you have to futher explore your professional career journey. SAF Advisors, professors and the Performance Management modules aims to support your transition to the SAF community, inspire your engagement in your learning, foster your academic success, enhance your people skills, and prepare you for academic and employment choices/experimentation. Take advantage of the experiential learning opportunities such as events, workshops, interactive webcasts, and team-based problem-solving situations connected to your courses and extra-curricular situations to maximize your success within your first two years as an AFM student.
Your Year 1 Year 2 Roadmap
Year 1 & 2 Course Roadmap
Year 1 and Year 2 Course Roadmap
In order to build foundations in accounting, finance and business, all AFM students must complete the following courses within their first two years of study.
*Both AFM 205/207 and AFM 206/208 are 0.25 credits each. These courses are taken together in order to fulfill the necessary 0.5 credit requirement: AFM 205+207 = 0.5 credits and AFM 206+208 = 0.5 credits. Each course will run for 1/2 a term, one for the first 6 weeks, and the second for the last 6 weeks.
Minors and Studying Abroad
Minors are not a common component of an AFM degree as most require eight courses (0.5 credits each) to complete, and AFM students are required to use either 5 or 6 elective courses to pursue a Career Specialization. Students can use their remaining electives to pursue a complete a second Career Specialization instead of a Minor. The SAF advisor can help you figure out if a minor is a possible addition to your degree.
Studying abroad is an option in 4A and will need to be planned for in advance to allow students to meet the one Specialization requirement. More information can be found on the University of Waterloo's website.