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If you have additional questions about the Lazaridis Master of Finance (MFin) that are not covered below, contact the MFin office at mfin@wlu.ca and we will be pleased to assist you.

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Waterloo FAQs

Do You Accept GRE As A Substitute To GMAT?

We do accept GRE. We use the ETS’s conversion tool to convert GRE score to GMAT score.

If I Don’t Have An Honours Economics Or Business Degree With A Finance Concentration, Am I Eligible To Apply To The MFin Program?

We do consider whether you passed any of the CFA exams and/or relevant industry working experience as a substitute for a business degree.

Is Work Experience Required For The MFin Program?

Work experience is not required. However, strong previous internships and co-op experiences are preferable.

Can My Application Be Considered Before I Submit My GMAT Score?

You need to provide all required documentation. We consider completed applications only.

I Submitted My Application A While Ago But Haven’t Received Any Information.

Please check the status of your application online and make sure all required documents have been submitted. We will not consider incomplete applications. If your application is completed before the first consideration deadline, it will be processed in January. and you should receive a decision on whether you will receive an interview invitation by the end of January. If your application is completed after the first consideration deadline, it will be considered on a space available basis.

Can I Apply To The Waterloo Full-Time Mfin Program After The First Consideration Deadline?

We continue to consider applications on a space available basis after the deadline. However, space is limited and competition is high. You are encouraged to apply early.

If I Apply To Both The MBA And MFin Programs, Is My Application Considered For Both Programs Separately?

Your application will be considered separately for each program.

Does Applying To Both The MBA And MFin Programs Lower My Chance In Receiving An Admission Offer?

Applying for multiple programs does not necessarily affect your chances. However, the career directions are different for different programs. Career goals and motivation are important considerations when we screen the applications. We encourage you to apply to programs that are consistent with your career goals.

If I Have Completed Multiple Levels Of CFA Exams, Is The MFin Program Still Suitable For Me?

Our MFin program does help the students to prepare for the CFA® exams because we cover almost 100% of the CFA curriculum. However, our program is not a CFA® prep program. Topics covered in the courses go beyond the CFA material. Students in the program will be exposed to in-depth analysis of contemporary issues in the financial markets. One main goal of the MFin program is to teach our students how to apply textbook theories to real world issues through case studies.

Does The MFin Program Provide The Opportunity For Students To Conduct Research?

Each of the MFin courses contain term projects. Some of the term projects are more industry oriented and others are a more academic type of research project. Students will learn how to conduct research and apply theories in analyzing practical issues in these projects. For students who want greater exposure to academic research, we offer an elective, MF783: Major Research Paper, where students are paired with faculty members based on their research interests. The faculty member will supervise and direct the student to complete a major research paper.

Is Co-op Placement Guaranteed For Co-op Students?

Co-op employment is not guaranteed. Co-op students apply for co-op positions posted by companies. The companies select those students they wish to interview. Interviews start in October. for placements in the winter term. If a co-op student fails to secure a position in the fall term, he/she can continue interviews in the winter term. After two terms, a co-op student without co-op job offer will be converted to the regular stream.

What’s The Difference Between Co-op Plan A And Plan B? Which Plan Is Recommended?

Plan A is for students receiving co-op job offers in the fall term. If a student is unsuccessful in securing co-op job to start in the winter term, he or she will be in Plan B. We recommend our co-op students to try their best and follow Plan A. Plan B is an alternative to give our students more time to secure a co-op employment.

If I Received An Offer For The Regular Stream, Can I Be Converted Into The Co-op Stream?

Students in the regular stream cannot be converted into the co-op stream.

Are Regular Stream Students Eligible To Take One Term Off For Internship During The Program?

Regular stream students are required to complete their studies in three consecutive terms.

Toronto FAQs

If I passed the CFA level I exam, can I be exempt from the GMAT requirement?

If you passed the CFA level one exam and completed a previous degree in North America, the GMAT requirement can be waived.

Is work experience required for the MFin program?

A minimum of two years of full-time work experience is required for our alternate weekend MFin program in Toronto. No work experience is required for our full-time MFin program in Waterloo.

Where are classes held in Toronto?

All our classes for the alternate weekend MFin program in Toronto are held at Vantage Venues (formerly known as St. Andrews Club and Conference Centre) in downtown Toronto in the centre of the financial district.

Vantage Venues
Sun Life Financial Tower, 27th floor
150 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M5H 1J9

I submitted my application a while ago but haven't received any information

Please check the status of your application online and make sure all required documents have been submitted. We will not consider incomplete applications. If your application is completed before the first consideration deadline, it will be processed in January. and you should receive a decision on whether you will receive an interview invitation by the end of January. If your application is completed after the first consideration deadline, it will be considered on a space available basis.

If I don't have an honours economics or business degree with a finance concentration, am I eligible to apply to the MFin program?

We do consider whether you passed any of the CFA exams and/or relevant industry working experience as a substitute for a business degree.

Are international students eligible for the Toronto Part-time Alternate Weekend MFin program?

We do accept applications from international students. International students do not typically apply to our part-time Toronto program becasue they are not eligible for a post-graduate work permit (PGWP).

What is the class schedule for the Toronto Part-time Alternate Weekend program?

You'll be in class every other weekend on Fridays (7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) and Saturdays (8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) over 18 months. No classes are held during July or August.

Contact Us:

Chau Truong-Wood, Graduate Program Coordinator

E: mfin@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3013

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Important Dates

  • Application portal opens for all MFin programs: Oct. 8
  • First consideration deadline: Jan. 5
  • Application deadlines:
    • All international: Apr. 15, 2021
    • Waterloo domestic: May 30, 2021
    • Toronto domestic: July 30, 2021
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