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The Master of Quantitative Finance (MQF) at Waterloo provides an ideal foundation for a career in the challenging and constantly changing financial markets. It incorporates a four-month internship where students work on applied problems with Canada’s major banks, pensions funds, financial institutions and related businesses.

In addition to the rigorous courses students benefit from the high quality seminars and conferences sponsored by the Waterloo Research institute in Insurance, Securities and Quantitative Finance (WatRISQ).


  • New students enter the program each September, completing two academic terms of intensive, demanding courses followed by an internship in the financial industry.
  • After completing their four month internship from May to August they return for a final academic term and completion of their research project.
  • Students in the thesis option normally complete four courses, (with the option of additional courses) along with their master's thesis.
  • In addition to the required courses students typically select from a wide range of electives including:
    • Numeric Computation for Financial Modeling
    • Asset and Liability Management
    • Mathematical Models in Finance
    • Portfolio Optimization

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