About Program Admission Requirements

Mathematics for Commerce is an ideal program for students who want a background in mathematics that can be applied to a business-oriented career. It is offered in two streams:

Actuarial Stream

An actuary is a professional concerned with: the design and administration of insurance policies, pension plans, government welfare plans and similar programs. The main responsibility of actuaries is to ensure that these programs operate on a sound financial basis. To do this, they use many areas of mathematics and statistics, as well as general principles of economics and finance.

In North America, the standard way to become an actuary is to pass the examinations administered by either the Society of Actuaries or the Casualty Actuarial Society.

Operations Research Stream

Operations Research is the scientific study of any problem relating to optimal management of a system. The programs of study at York can provide the student with the diverse background needed to prepare for work in operations research.

The Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) offers a diploma to students who complete a prescribed array of courses.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Problems, Conjectures and Proofs
  • Computing for Math and Statistics
  • General Education Course(s)
  • Elective

Possible Career Path

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  • actuary
  • financial analyst
  • financial risk analyst

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.