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Cooperative Education Option

The Master of Arts (MA) in Communication Studies program offers a cooperative education option. This limited enrolment option is open to full-time students. Applicants indicate their interest in being considered for the co-op option when they apply to the program.

Admission to the co-op option is not guaranteed. The Communication Studies graduate committee and the Co-op office assess applications for the co-op option; however, the Co-op office makes the final admission decisions. The Co-op office administers the work term application process, and students are required to apply to job postings and interview with prospective employers, etc. Work terms pay at least statutory minimum wage. Students in the co-op option are not guaranteed a work term.

Co-op students complete coursework in the fall and winter semesters, have a work term in the spring/summer, and write their major research papers (MRP) or theses in the subsequent fall semester, typically completing the MA program in 16 months. Students in the co-op option are required to pay co-op fees. Co-op students must be registered in CS695 (MRP) or CS699 (thesis) in their final semester in the program.

Following their co-op work term, co-op students are required to submit to the graduate coordinator a short essay about their co-op experience. Participation in the co-op option requires students to delay their graduation until the following spring.