Finance (MFin)

The Master of Finance (MFin) degree has been named as the "must-have degree" by the Financial Times. The Lazaridis 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.

Our outstanding faculty are here to help equip you with extensive knowledge in finance and critical thinking skills. Graduating with an MFin degree will allow you to pursue a career in some of the most innovative sectors of Canadian finance.

We offer multiple MFin program formats for students looking for full-time studies or for students who wish to participate in Canada’s largest business degree co-op program.

Message from the Director

As director of the Lazaridis Master of Finance program at Wilfrid Laurier University, I’d like to encourage you to explore the possibility of advancing your career and expanding your financial knowledge through one of our programs.

It’s an exciting time to join the finance profession or take the next step in your finance career. Relying on the latest research, cutting-edge tools and programs, and outstanding faculty instructors, you’ll benefit from the Lazaridis School’s unique combination of engaging classroom instruction and challenging experiential learning opportunities built into our curriculum.

When you’re ready to take the first step in your application, submit a request for a one-on-one pre-assessment to see if the Lazaridis Master of Finance program is right for you.

We’re looking forward to connecting with you and welcoming you into the Lazaridis MFin community!

Tony Tang, PhD
Director, Lazaridis MFin program

Program Details

One Program, Many Pathways

Further details about the curriculum and format of each program option can be found below.

Lazaridis and CFA Partnership

CFA Investment Institute logoThe Lazaridis MFin is a member of the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. You can prepare for all three levels of the CFA examinations while you work toward completing the MFin degree.

Laurier Graduate Student Investment Fund

The Laurier Graduate Student Investment Fund (LGSIF) is an investment fund for graduate students at Wilfrid Laurier University. The daily operation of this fund will be supervised by faculty members and governed by Laurier policies.

Course Offerings

The ten required courses listed below are taught by world-class instructors who will equip you with the foundational and advanced knowledge need to join the next generation of finance leaders in Canada.

You will have the option to take various elective courses and gain exposure to broader finance topics or dive deeper into a specific specialization.

In addition to the 10 required courses and optional elective courses, you will receive training in:

  • Bloomberg terminals;
  • Financial databases;
  • Excel and VBA for financial modelling; and
  • Python for financial modelling.

Required Courses

Selected Optional Electives

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“I really enjoyed my time at Laurier. The MFin program provides a great selection of courses which equipped me with the theories of the financial market. I also learned about industry practices through co-op terms.”

Rebecca Li (MFin '15), Vice President, Capital Market Risk Management, TD, Singapore

Admissions

Applications to the co-op and regular program are due Jan. 5 for first consideration. We will continue to take strong applications until the program is full. Applicants who are not accepted into the co-op program will automatically be considered for the regular program.

  • Start: Fall (September) only
  • Format: Full-time
  • Application opens: Oct. 15
  • Application deadline: May 30 (domestic applicants); April 15 (international applicants)

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“The world is fierce but a degree from the Master of Finance program at Laurier gives me the credibility to compete. The 20-month program format enabled me to apply what I learned in the classroom into two four-month internships and the continued working life. More importantly, people here are super nice and helpful!”

Marina Xiao (MFin '14), Treasury Manager, Funds Transfer Pricing, TD, Toronto

Waterloo Campus

This program is available on Laurier's Waterloo campus.

Laurier's Waterloo campus is home to more than 19,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Tucked into several city blocks, this campus is walking distance to your classrooms, food, and various campus amenities.

Laurier is a leading force in research among Canadian universities, and many of our research centres and institutes are housed in Waterloo.

Learn more about Laurier's campuses.

Tuition and Funding

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for each school year are set in the spring and come into effect the fall term of each year. Wilfrid Laurier University reserves the right to modify any part of this program. Fees are approved by the Board of Governors and are subject to change without notice.

Visit our Tuition and Fees page for up-to-date information.

Scholarships

At Laurier, learning should be your primary concern. All applicants will automatically be considered for an entrance scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence. No additional application is required.

Additional Financial Support

Learn about funding and possible scholarship opportunities to support you throughout grad school. Note that students in the Master of Finance (MFin) program are not eligible for OSAP.

Domestic students are eligible to apply for Student Lines of Credits with our contact at TD Canada Trust:

Arlen Silvestri
Account Manager Small Business 
576 Weber Street North
Waterloo, ON N2L 5C6
arlen.silvestri@td.com
519.884.4710 x300

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“The MFin program was instrumental in kickstarting my career. The co-op staff and professors are knowledgeable with regards to what employers are looking for, and the courses go into sufficient detail to teach us this material. The co-op semesters also give us exposure to multiple roles.”

Sean Keaney (MFin '13), Principal, Equity Research Analyst (Clean Tech and Sustainability), Eight Capital, Calgary

Gain the Knowledge and Skills to Excel in Your Career

The Lazaridis Master of Finance program is designed to give you an advantage in launching or accelerating your finance career.

Whether you want to prepare for the CFA exams, expand your understanding of the latest finance theories, or learn how to apply those theories to solve real-world financial problems, the Lazaridis MFin program has something for you.

Master Core Financial Concepts

  • Equity Markets
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Fixed Income Markets
  • Derivatives
  • Corporate Finance
  • Commercial Banking
  • Portfolio Management
  • Quantitative Analysis and Financial Modelling
  • Risk Management

Experiential Learning

  • Learn the latest techniques for using Bloomberg Terminals.
  • Join the Lazaridis Graduate Student Investment Fund (LGSIF) and manage real money in real markets in real time.
  • Earn hands-on industry experience before you graduate in one of the following roles:
    • Portfolio Manager
    • Equity Analyst
    • Risk Analyst
    • Macro Analyst
  • Build your startup investment expertise through the Laurier Startup Fund.

CFA Curriculum

  • Master the facts, ideas, and concepts required to earn your CFA designation (Level I, II, III).
  • Many Lazaridis MFin students enter the program with at least CFA Level I, and most earn additional designations shortly after graduating.

Professional Development

  • Access strategic career consulting from Laurier's Career Centre.
  • Earn your MFin Career Development Certificate through workshops covering resume writing, interview preparation, job search and network building.
  • Access alumni panels, industry guest speakers and employer recruitment events designed specifically for MFin students.
  • Use your status as an MFin graduate to gain access to the Graduate Student Employment Service and Alumni Employment Service to find early job postings.

Contact Us

Program Contacts

Ning (Tony) Tang 
Associate Professor and Director
Lazaridis Master of Finance Program

Brenda Burns (on leave)
Graduate Program Recruiter

Victoria MacKenzie
Graduate Program Recruiter

Danish O'Habib
Graduate Program Recruiter

View a complete list of all faculty and staff in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics.

One-on-One Pre-Assessments

We are currently only offering one-on-one pre-assessments for domestic applicants (Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident). International applicants are invited to attend one of our virtual information sessions.

To book a one-on-one pre-assessment meeting with us to discuss your future in the Waterloo MFin program, submit the One-on-One Pre-Assessment Request Form.