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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 Pathways

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 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.

Note: The co-op option is available to applicants with less than three years of full-time work experience.

Toronto: Part-Time, Alternate Weekends

Note: Intake for this format is currently on hold.

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.

Waterloo: MFin + MMA Double Degree

The Master of Finance (MFin) and MSc in Management in Analytics (MMA) double degree is designed to train students to be interdisciplinary specialists in finance and data analytics.

The integrated interdisciplinary curriculum is combined with experiential learning for students to gain comprehensive knowledge both in finance and data analytics as well as hands-on experience for solving real world finance problems using sophisticated analytical tools and quantitative models.

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.
  • Earn your MFin degree while preparing for your CFA exams (Level I, II or 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):

  • MF673A: Investment Management
  • MF701A: Financial Statement Analysis
  • MF773A: Financial Modeling
  • MF753A: Financial Econometrics
  • Mandatory non-credit Excel, VBA, Python and Bloomberg training and career development.

Term 2 (Winter):

  • MF623A: Derivatives and Financial Risk Management
  • BU723MFW: Advanced Investment Management
  • MF763A: Economics for Financial Analysis

Term 3 (Spring):

  • BU663MFW: Advanced Corporate Finance
  • MF743A: Fixed Income Analysis
  • One of the following:
    • BU643A: International Financial Management
    • MF791: Machine Learning in Finance

Recommended Optional Elective Courses

  • BU613A: Entrepreneurial Finance
  • BU633A: Management of Financial Institutions
  • BU643A: International Financial Management
  • BU660A: Laurier Start-up Fund
  • BU693F: Behavioural Finance
  • EC665A: Forecasting, Time Series Analysis and Survey
  • EC623: Financial Economics
  • MF683: Advanced Security Analysis
  • MF693A: Investment Strategies
  • MF733A: CFA Level I Review
  • MF783A: Research Paper
  • MF791: Machine Learning in Finance

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.
  • Earn your MFin degree while preparing for your CFA exams (Level I, II or 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
  • MF701: Financial Statement Analysis
  • MF773: Financial Modeling
  • MF753: Financial Econometrics
  • Mandatory non-credit Excel, VBA, Python and Bloomberg training and career development
  • MF673: Investment Management
  • MF701: Financial Statement Analysis
  • MF773: Financial Modeling
  • MF753: Financial Econometrics
  • Mandatory non-credit Excel, VBA, Python and Bloomberg training and career development

Term 2 (Winter)

  • Co-op
  • BU723: Advanced Investment Management
  • MF623: Derivatives and Financial Risk Management
  • MF763: Economics for Financial Analysis

Term 3 (Spring)

  • BU663: Advanced Corporate Finance
  • MF743: Fixed Income Analysis
  • One of the following:
    • BU643: International Financial Management
    • MF791: Machine Learnig in Finance
  • Co-op

Term 4 (Fall)

  • Co-op
  • Co-op

Term 5 (Winter)

  • MF623: Derivatives and Financial Risk Management
  • BU723: Advanced Investment Management
  • MF763: Economics for Financial Analysis
  • BU663: Advanced Corporate Finance
  • MF743: Fixed Income Analysis
  • BU643: International Financial Management

Recommended Optional Elective Courses

  • BU613A: Entrepreneurial Finance
  • BU633A: Management of Financial Institutions
  • BU643A: International Financial Management
  • BU660A: Laurier Start-up Fund
  • BU693F: Behavioural Finance
  • EC665A: Forecasting, Time Series Analysis and Survey
  • EC623: Financial Economics
  • MF683: Advanced Security Analysis
  • MF693A: Investment Strategies
  • MF733A: CFA Level I Review
  • MF783A: Research Paper
  • MF791: Machine Learning in Finance

Part-Time Alternate Weekends Master of Finance in Toronto

Note: Intake for this format is currently on hold.

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.
  • Earn your MFin degree while preparing for your CFA exams (Level I, II or 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. Customization is possible for students to take more or fewer courses than two per year. Contact us to customize your schedule and complete the program at your own pace.

Term 1 (Fall):

  • MF673T: Investment Management
  • MF753TF: Financial Econometrics

Term 2 (Winter):

  • MF701: Financial Statement Analysis
  • MF773TF: Financial Modeling

Term 3 (Spring):

  • BU663MFT: Advanced Corporate Finance
  • One of the following: 
    • MF791: Machine Learning in Finance
    • BU643A: International Financial Management

Term 4 (Fall):

  • BU723MFT: Advanced Investment Management
  • MF743: Fixed Income Analysis

Term 5 (Winter):

  • MF623T: Derivatives and Financial Risk Management
  • MF763TF: Economics for Financial Analysis

Recommended Optional Elective Courses

  • BU633: Management of Financial Institutions
  • BU643: International Finance
  • MF683: Seminar in Advanced Security Analysis
  • MF733: CFA Level I Review
  • MF783: Research Paper
  • MF791: Machine Learning in Finance

MFin + MMA Double Degree in Waterloo

Benefits

  • Earn two master's degrees in 20 months.
  • The MFin + MMA double degree provides students with data analytics skills as well as the breadth and depth of the technical 'must haves' for a career in finance.
  • 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

Five terms of study (20 months) covering 20 required courses.

Term 1

  • MGTA601: Machine Learning for Business
  • MGTA604: Applied Econometrics
  • MGTA602: Visualization and Communication with Spreadsheets
  • MF673: Investment Management

Term 2

  • MGTA611: Business Applications of Artificial Intelligence
  • MGTA621: Field Project I
  • MGTA613: Decision Making with Analytics
  • MF763: Economics for Financial Analysis

 Term 3

  • MGTA622: Fieldwork Project II
  • MMA elective 1
  • MMA elective 2
  • BU663: Advanced Corporate Finance

 Term 4

  • MGTA603: Data Management in Organizations
  • MF701: Financial Statement Analysis
  • MF773: Financial Modeling
  • MF743: Fixed Income Analysis

 Term 5

  • MGTA612: Legal and Ethical Issues in Data Analytics
  • MF623: Derivatives and Financial Risk Management
  • BU723: Advanced Investment Management
  • MFin elective x 1

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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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