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Waterloo AFM: Financial Management (Program Code: WFM) VS Chartered Accountancy (Program Code: WPA)

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Hey!

I'm thinking of applying to many business schools, and one of them is Waterloo, specifically Waterloo's AFM program.

I just want to know:

What is the difference between WFM and WPA???

And maybe the Pros and Cons of each.





Thank You in advance!!! :bounce: :salut:
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WPA/Chartered Accountancy (formerly Public Accounting) and WFM/Business & Finance (formerly Financial Management) are both co-op options as part of AFM. You apply to the co-op option from high school. Select WPA if you want to apply for co-op positions at public accounting firms, and select WFM if you want to apply for co-op positions within businesses, not-for-profit organizations and government entities.

WPA has roughly 85 spots while WFM has 215. The competition to get into WPA is slightly higher.

If you want to apply for jobs in accounting firms (as most people do), WPA is ideal but both programs will afford you good opportunities.

For more information, check out the 2012 SAF Brochure: http://www.findoutmore.uwaterloo.ca/brochures/2012/AFM/
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Thanks so much!!!
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@ts3 wrote
Hey!

I'm thinking of applying to many business schools, and one of them is Waterloo, specifically Waterloo's AFM program.

I just want to know:

What is the difference between WFM and WPA???

And maybe the Pros and Cons of each.

Thank You in advance!!! :bounce: :salut:



As g93 said, PA students get exclusive access to applying to CA Training office that FM students are excluded from on our online job portal (Jobmine).

Furthermore, the School of Accounting and Finance runs Winter CA night and Fall CA night, where the national 6 firms/smaller firms come as a recruiting opportunity. These networking events are crucial as the firms pretty much select people to interview based on their networking skills. ONLY PA students (which are AFM-PA, Math/CA and Biotech/CA) have access to going to these events.

While it is possible to get a CA Training Office job in the FM co-op option, it is much more difficult (I would say around 20ish out of the 215 get it per year).

If you're not sure if you want to pursue a CA designation or not, I would still apply to the PA co-op option first as you have more opportunities.

As for your pros/cons...both programs are IDENTICAL except for the co-op option available and the things I have listed above.

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Alrighty, thank you!
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Don't go to Waterloo they're just ripping you off!
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Why do you say that??
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