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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


One Program, Many Possibilities

Waterloo: Full-Time

Our full-time Master of Finance (MFin) program is offered in Waterloo, Ontario – Canada's best technology ecosystem and takes 12 months to complete.

Waterloo: Full-Time with Co-op

You can choose to pursue our full-time degree while being part of Canada's largest co-op program. This option takes 20 months months to complete, including two four-month co-op work terms. MFin students typically work in the financial sector, with 80% of our co-op work terms in companies within the Greater Toronto Area.

Toronto: Part-Time, Alternate Weekends

Our part-time, alternative weekends MFin program is located in downtown Toronto to immerse you in Canada’s financial capital. We offer this degree every other weekend (with summers off) to fit within your schedule as a working professional.

International students typically don't apply to our Toronto part-time programs because they are not eligible for the PGWP after graduation.

Toronto: MFin and MBA Double Degree

For extremely ambitious students looking to earn both a Master of Finance (MFin) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), you can partner the Lazaridis MFin degree with our Toronto MBA degree and graduate with two professional degrees.

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
  • Upcoming information sessions:

Curriculum and Format

Further details for each program option can be found below.

Full-Time Master of Finance in Waterloo

Benefits

  • Earn your MFin degree in one year.
  • Launch your career in finance by learning finance theories and their application to current issues affecting financial markets and institutions.
  • Gain hands-on experience in investment and asset management through the Laurier Graduate Student Investment Fund.
  • Cover 100% of the Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) for CFA level I and level II and over 70% for level III.
  • Receive dedicated career training through Laurier’s Career Development Office.
  • Located in Canada’s best technology ecosystem, Waterloo has a strong financial services sector and is home to several leading-edge research institutions.
  • Benefit from a supportive alumni network.

Schedule

Three terms of study (12 months), with a total of 10 required courses.

Term 1 (Fall):

  • MF673: Investment Management
  • MF713: Financial Reporting and Analysis I
  • MF773: Foundation in Finance and Professional Ethics
  • MF753: Economics and Quantitative Methods I
  • Mandatory non-credit Excel, VBA, Python and Bloomberg training and career development.

Term 2 (Winter):

  • MF723: Financial Reporting and Analysis II
  • BU723: Advanced Investment Management
  • MF763: Economics and Quantitative Methods II

Term 3 (Spring):

  • MF623: Derivatives and Financial Risk Management
  • BU663: Advanced Corporate Finance
  • MF743: Fixed Income Analysis

Recommended Optional Elective Courses

  • BU613: Entrepreneurial Finance
  • BU633: Management of Financial Institutions
  • BU643: International Financial Management
  • BU653: Short-Term Financial Management
  • BU660: Laurier Start-up Fund
  • BU693E: Advanced Security Analysis
  • EC665: Forecasting, Time Series Analysis and Survey
  • MF703: Seminar in Corporate Finance
  • MF733: CFA Level I Review
  • MF783: Research Paper

Full-Time Master of Finance with Co-op in Waterloo

Benefits

  • Attain your MFin degree in 12 months of study plus eight months of co-op. Offset the cost of tuition while earning your degree, gaining valuable work experience in multiple industries of your choice.
  • Laurier has the largest business degree co-op program in Canada with 65% of co-op jobs in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • Learn finance theories and apply to practical issues for a career in finance in areas such as investment banking and financial risk analysis.
  • Gain hands-on experience in investment and asset management through the Laurier Graduate Student Investment Fund.
  • Cover 100% of the Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) for CFA level I and level II and over 70% for level III.
  • Receive dedicated career training through the Career Development Office.
  • Located in Canada’s best technology ecosystem, the city of Waterloo has a strong financial services sector and is home to several leading-edge research institutions.
  • Benefit from supportive alumni network.

Our co-op program helps students gain relevant work experience in large corporations and financial companies, including:

  • American International Group (AIG)
  • BMO Capital Markets
  • TD Canada Trust
  • CIBC
  • CI Investments
  • CPPIB
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Manulife
  • Morgan Stanley
  • National Bank
  • INFOR Financial
  • OMERS
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
  • Portlan Holdings
  • RBC
  • Scotiabank

Schedule

Five terms of study (20 months) covering 10 required courses and two four-month paid work terms with firms in the financial services industry.

Co-op Schedule Options

Term

Co-op Plan A

Co-op Plan B

Term 1 (Fall)

  • MF673: Investment Management
  • MF713: Financial Reporting and Analysis I
  • MF773: Foundation in Finance and Professional Ethics
  • MF753: Economics and Quantitative Methods I
  • Mandatory non-credit Excel, VBA, Python and Bloomberg training and career development
  • MF673: Investment Management
  • MF713: Financial Reporting and Analysis I
  • MF773: Foundation in Finance and Professional Ethics
  • MF753: Economics and Quantitative Methods I
  • Mandatory non-credit Excel, VBA, Python and Bloomberg training and career development

Term 2 (Winter)

  • Co-op
  • MF723: Financial Reporting and Analysis II
  • BU723: Advanced Investment Management
  • MF763: Economics and Quantitative Methods II

Term 3 (Spring)

  • MF623: Derivatives and Financial Risk Management
  • BU663: Advanced Corporate Finance
  • MF743: Fixed Income Analysis
  • Co-op

Term 4 (Fall)

  • Co-op
  • Co-op

Term 5 (Winter)

  • MF723: Financial Reporting and Analysis II
  • BU723: Advanced Investment Management
  • MF763: Economics and Quantitative Methods II
  • MF623: Derivatives and Financial Risk Management
  • BU663: Advanced Corporate Finance
  • MF743: Fixed Income Analysis

Recommended Optional Elective Courses

  • BU613: Entrepreneurial Finance
  • BU633: Management of Financial Institutions
  • BU643: International Financial Management
  • BU653: Short-Term Financial Management
  • BU660: Laurier Start-up Fund
  • BU693E: Advanced Security Analysis
  • EC665: Forecasting, Time Series Analysis and Survey
  • MF703: Seminar in Corporate Finance
  • MF733: CFA Level I Review
  • MF783: Research Paper

Part-Time Alternate Weekends Master of Finance in Toronto

Benefits

  • Receive your MFin degree in 1.5 years.
  • Learn the technical “must-haves” for a career in investment and other finance fields.
  • Gain hands-on experience in investment and asset management through the Laurier Graduate Student Investment Fund.
  • Take two courses in each term. Students can take time to fully absorb the course material and apply theories in real world situations through comprehensive case studies.
  • Cover 100% of the Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) for level I and level II and over 70% for level III.
  • Study while working full-time with the convenient alternate weekend schedule and no summer classes.
  • Learn in small group settings with our commitment to small class sizes. You’ll study with and learn from other finance-focused individuals.
  • Convenient downtown Toronto location in the centre of the financial district.
  • Benefit from supportive alumni network.

Schedule

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 in July and August.

Term 1 (Fall):

  • MF753: Economics and Quantitative Methods I
  • MF773: Foundation in Finance and Professional Ethics

Term 2 (Winter):

  • MF673: Investment Management
  • MF713: Financial Reporting and Analysis I

Term 3 (Spring):

  • BU663: Advanced Corporate Finance
  • MF743: Fixed Income Analysis

Term 4 (Fall):

  • BU723: Advanced Investment Management
  • MF723: Financial Reporting and Analysis II

Term 5 (Winter):

  • MF623: Derivatives and Financial Risk Management
  • MF763: Economics and Quantitative Methods II

Recommended Optional Elective Courses

Toronto students wishing to take the optional electives must attend class in Waterloo or online through video conferencing.

  • BU693E: Seminar in Advanced Security Analysis
  • MF733: CFA Level I Review
  • MF783: Research Paper

Part-Time MFin and MBA Double Degree in Toronto

Benefits

  • Earn two master’s degrees in four years, studying on alternate weekends with July and August off.
  • The double degree MFin and MBA provides students with the strategic leadership skills of the MBA as well as the breadth and depth of the technical “must haves” for a career in finance.
  • Curriculum covers 100% of the Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) for level I and level II and over 70% for level III.
  • Learn in small group settings on alternating weekends with other finance-focused individuals, and from professors who are experts in their field.
  • Convenient downtown Toronto location in the centre of the financial district.
  • Benefit from supportive alumni network.

Schedule

Students enrolled in the double degree MFin and MBA must complete all eight courses in the integrated core of the Lazaridis MBA, ten finance courses required by the MFin program, plus an applied research consulting project and four MBA elective courses.

This four-year program runs Fridays from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m and Saturdays from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m on alternating weekends. No summer classes are held during July and August.

Terms 1 to 4 (Spring to Spring):

  • BU601: Strategic Management
  • BU602: Marketing
  • BU603: Financial Management
  • BU604: Organizational Behaviour
  • BU605: Operations Management
  • BU606: Economics
  • BU607: Accounting
  • BU608: Integrative Thinking
  • BU609: Business Analytics

Term 5 (Fall):

  • MF753: Economics and Quantitative Methods I
  • MF773: Foundation in Finance and Professional Ethics

Term 6 (Winter):

  • MF673: Investment Management
  • MF713: Financial Reporting and Analysis I

Term 7 (Spring):

  • Two MBA electives

Term 8 (Fall):

  • BU723: Advanced Investment Management
  • MF723: Financial Reporting and Analysis II

Term 9 (Winter):

  • MF623: Derivatives and Financial Risk Management
  • MF763: Economics and Quantitative Methods II

Term 10 (Spring):

  • MF743: Fixed Income Analysis
  • BU663: Advanced Corporate Finance

Term 11 (Fall):

  • One MBA elective
  • BU610 + NFP Practicum

Term 12 (Winter):

  • One MBA elective
  • BU610 + NFP Practicum

Recommended Optional Elective Courses

Toronto students wishing to take the optional electives must attend class at our Waterloo campus or online through video conferencing.

  • BU693E: Seminar in Advanced Security Analysis
  • MF733: CFA Level I Review
  • MF783: Research Paper

Contact Us:

Chau Truong-Wood, Graduate Program Coordinator

E: mfin@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3013

LinkedIn: Lazaridis Master of Finance Program

marnia-xaio.gif“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)
Senior Treasury Analyst, TD, Toronto

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