Master of Finance

The Master of Finance prepares students to work as analysts and researchers with investment banks and other financial institutions through development of excellent quantitative research skills and training in finance. The program also prepares students to write the CFA® exams. 

The Waterloo full-time program is a compact one year long program that provides intensive in-depth training in finance over three consecutive terms of study.

The Waterloo full-time program with coop option provides students the opportunity to gain practical experience through an 8-month coop.

The Toronto weekend program offers working professionals an opportunity to receive in-depth training in finance on alternative weekends over a period of one and a half years.

Graduate Program Co-ordinator

Dr. Ning Tang
ext. 2479

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Master of Finance program, students must meet the general admission requirements of the university, and must possess an honours degree, or equivalent, in economics or business with a finance concentration. To be considered, applicants should have a minimum B+ average over the last two years of full-time study. The GMAT is required, with a minimum score of 650 for the Waterloo full-time program with coop option and a minimum of 620 for Waterloo full-time regular program and Toronto weekend program. The GMAT can be waived for applicants who passed the CFA level I examination with strong performance.

Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee, which considers all prior university grades, letters of reference and GMAT score. Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential to graduate studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution where English is the language of instruction are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency.

Students admitted to the coop option are permitted to transfer into the non co-op option at any time during their program. However, students admitted to the non coop option are not permitted to transfer into the coop option. 

Cooperative Education

Additional information pertaining to Cooperative Education is located in the General Regulations of the Graduate Academic Calendar.

Program Requirements

The Master of Finance program includes 10 required courses.

Waterloo Full-time Program (with Coop Option)

Coop students are required to complete 8 months coop in addition to the 10 required courses. Coop students can select one of the following two plans. 

Co-op Plan A:
Term 1 (Fall): MF673, MF713, MF753, MF773
Term 2 (Winter): Coop term
Term 3 (Spring): MF623, BU663, MF743
Term 4 (Fall): Coop term
Term 5 (Winter): BU723, MF723, MF763

Co-op Plan B:
Term 1 (Fall): MF673, MF713, MF753, MF773
Term 2 (Winter): BU723, MF723, MF763
Term 3 (Spring): Co-op term
Term 4 (Fall): Co-op term
Term 5 (Winter): MF623, BU663, MF743

Waterloo Full-time Program (Regular)

Term 1 (Fall): MF673, MF713, MF753, MF773
Term 2 (Winter): BU723, MF723, MF763
Term 3 (Spring): MF743, MF623, BU663

Toronto Alternate Weekend Program

Term 1 (Fall): MF753, MF773
Term 2 (Winter): MF673, MF713
Term 3 (Spring): BU663, MF743
Term 4 (Fall): BU723, MF723
Term 5 (Winter): MF623, MF763