Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy

The study of financial systems and business sophistication within science.

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We account for everything.

Understand how biological processes are used to develop new technologies while gaining knowledge and expertise in financial management, accounting, auditing, and taxation.

The world is becoming dependent on new technologies to solve many issues facing today, from global warming to antibiotic resistance. The scientific community is poised to discover these solutions, but it alone cannot deploy the new biotechnologies required — it needs someone who understands the business processes behind the development, manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of the product. Someone who understands both the product and the business is key - because new technologies don't often follow traditional business models.

Take your passion in both science and accounting and earn your Chartered Professional Accountant designation after graduation. Join a fast growing industry — biotechnology — ahead of the competition with your 16-months of paid co-op experience.                                                         

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Find out more about life as a Waterloo Biotechnology/CPA student. Come in for a tour or to one of our open houses and you might even meet us in person!

This major is available in the co-op stream of study only.


The School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Waterloo offers a Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree. Combine your Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy degree with MAcc, and move directly to the CPA Common Final Exam (CFE). The education gained within these two degrees are designed to cover the required knowledge and skills within the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP).

Note: MAcc entry requires a separate application and admission process.


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  • Financial analysis
  • Project management
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Time management
  • Corporate analysis

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