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Finance (MFin)

 waterloo | Also available in toronto

Earn one of the most sought-after degrees in the world through the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics.

The Lazaridis Master of Finance (MFin) degree is designed to help you pursue a career in finance in positions that demand both extensive finance knowledge and excellent quantitative research skills. When you graduate with this full-time, one-year master’s degree from the Lazaridis School, you’ll be able to conduct expert analysis in equities, fixed incomes, derivative products, corporate finance and portfolio management.

Our full-time MFin is offered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada’s best technology ecosystem. You can choose to pursue our full-time, one-year degree or our co-op option, which is 20 months and includes two four-month co-op work terms. Our business degree co-op program is Canada’s largest and MFin students typically work in the financial sector, with 80% of our co-op work terms in companies within the Greater Toronto Area.

Laurier Graduate Student Investment Fund (LGSIF)

Students in the Lazaridis School are uniquely positioned to manage the Laurier Graduate Student Investment Fund (LGSIF). The structure of LGSIF is designed to provide real-world experience to graduate students in investment and wealth management, using real money.

Lazaridis and CFA Partnership

The Lazaridis MFin has been accepted into the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programs incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams. Our pass rates have consistently surpassed the global pass rates.

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Department of Business

Program Highlights

  • Study with top finance professors to earn one of the most sought-after degrees in the world.
  • Prepare for all three levels of the CFA examinations – our students consistently exceed global pass rates.
  • Attain your MFin degree in one year (non-co-op) or 20 months (with co-op).
  • Study at the centre of Canada’s technology hub: Waterloo has a strong financial services sector and is home to several leading-edge research institutions.
  • Invest real money as part of the Laurier Graduate Student Investment Fund (LGSIF).

Sample Core Courses

  • Investment Management
  • Fixed Income Analysis
  • Economics and Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Foundation in Finance and Professional Ethics


  • A four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent, in economics, finance or business with a finance concentration.
  • Minimum B+ average in your last two years of full-time study.
  • GMAT score of at least 650 for the full-time with co-op program, and at least 620 for the full-time (no co-op) program.
  • High proficiency in written and spoken English.

See our Application Checklist page for our admission requirements.


Our graduates are found in major investment banks, pension funds, insurance companies and financial services consulting firms, including:

  • AIG
  • Alberta Investment Management Corporation
  • CIBC
  • Finance Canada
  • HSBC
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
  • TD
  • Scotiabank
  • Telus
  • RBC
  • Walmart

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