Science co-op applications will close at 4:00pm EST on Monday, January 16th, 2023. Our last information session will run on Tuesday, January 10th, 2023. Please sign up on OSCARplus/Science/Events.

Prospective Students


Why Choose Co-op?

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Cooperative education is "hands-on" education, extending the learning process beyond the classroom into the workplace by alternating academic terms with paid study-related co-op terms. Here’s how our program works: Co-op students apply in their second year and enter the program in their third year, where they alternate academic terms with work terms, and graduate with at least one year of work experience in the real world, a network of valuable contacts and the skills to successfully transition into graduate studies or a career. Often co-op students find permanent employment with a former co-op employer or a supervisor for their graduate studies.


  • Complete Science 2C00: Skills for Career Success in Science in Year 2
  • Ensure you have met all academic requirements for your co-op program of interest. Check the Undergraduate Calendar for requirements.
  • Attain at least a 5.0 GPA. Note: Co-op admission requirements are typically much higher. 
  • If unsure if you meet academic course requirements please meet with the Program Advisor for the academic program you wish to apply to.

Benefits of Co-op:

  • Apply the skills and knowledge acquired in academic terms in a real-world work setting.
  • Gain practical relevant work experience.
  • Network within organizations and make contact with potential employers and supervisors.
  • Explore career choices in order to make more informed decisions upon graduation.
  • Opportunity to travel inside and outside of Canada.
  • Improve job search and professionalism skills including writing resumes and cover letters, handling job interviews, interacting with co-workers and employers, communications and more.

Other Considerations:

  • Co-op is a 5-year program, with in an extra year of academic study.
  • A separate co-op fee applies.

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