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Applying to Co-op

Undergraduate Application Process

We will begin accepting applications in March from undergraduate students for fall 2020 admission to Arts, Business, Economics, Science, Data Science, Computer Science and User Experience Design co-op. The deadline to apply for co-op is Monday of the second week of classes. We will not accept late applications.

We will begin accepting applications for fall 2020 admission in March.

We will grant interviews to students who achieve a certain overall GPA in first year.

  • The minimum overall first-year GPA required for students applying for admission to Business and Economics co-op was 8.80 out of 12.  In July, we will announce the minimum GPA required for admission in 2020.
  • Applicants to Arts co-op and Science co-op needed an overall GPA of at least 7.0 in first year, or a GPA of at least 7.0 in their honours discipline courses and at least 6.5 overall, to be granted an admission interview.

If we grant you an interview, please select a time, and upload your resume to Navigator at least two days before the interview.

Arrive early for your interview so you have time to review an introductory statement.

If we offer you admission to co-op, we will have you agree to follow co-op rules and regulations. Read the admission conditions for your co-op program.

The only entry point for Arts co-op, Business and Economics co-op, Science co-op and double degree co-op is the fall term, at the beginning of year two.

PEP students are admitted only at the beginning of year three in the fall term.

You must be enrolled full-time in your first four-year degree program to apply. Co-op is not available to students pursuing a second undergraduate degree.

Enrolment is limited. (For example, we can offer admission to only 385 of the more than 700 students who usually apply to Business and Economics co-op.)

Please scroll down for information about the minimum GPA. (We announce the minimum GPA for Business and Economics students each July.)

Graduate Application

Co-operative education, a form of work-integrated learning, is a model of education that integrates and alternates a student's academic learning with workplace learning in fields relevant to the student's academic and personal goals.

Both work and academic terms are full-time and follow a formalized sequence. The time spent in the workplace comprises at least 30% of the time spent in academic study. Co-op work terms are approximately the length of each study term. Co-op programs begin and end on an academic term.

Co-op students follow the same academic program as regular students. Because of the alternating pattern of work and study terms, there may be some differences in the scheduling of individual courses.

Students prepare for the job search by participating in webinars, workshops and speaker series events. Each work term is developed in collaboration with the employer and approved by the Department of Co-operative Education as a suitable learning environment that will engage the student in productive work. Students apply to employers with whom they are interested in working, and most interviews take place on campus.  Although the university cannot guarantee that students will obtain employment, staff members in the Co-op Office strive to make suitable employment available to co-op students.

Employers supervise their students and evaluate their workplace performance. Co-op staff members monitor each student's progress during the work term. The co-op curriculum supports student learning goals, personal evaluation and reflection; students are required to set goals each term, present and write work term report(s). Employers compensate students for the work they perform.

To obtain the co-op designation, students must complete all the requirements of both their academic program and the co-op option. Students completing the option will have the notation "Co-operative Option" appended to their transcript and noted on their degree.

The following graduate programs offer co-op:

  • Master of Applied Computing
  • Master of Arts in Business Economics 
  • Master of Arts in Communication Studies
  • Master of Business Administration 
  • Master of Finance 

Application Procedure
To be admitted to the co-op program, students must meet the general admission requirements of the university, and must possess an honours degree, or equivalent, in their area of study.  Where required as part of the admission requirements, a minimum score of 650 on the GMAT is required.  Applications are reviewed by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, faculty in the graduate program, and the Co-op Office, and all prior university grades, letters of reference, resume and GMAT score (where applicable) are considered.  Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential for admission to graduate studies at Laurier.  Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution where English is the language of instruction are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency. Upon a successful screening, the student will receive an admission interview by faculty and/or the Co-op Office. Co-op offers of admission are extended with the offer of admission to Laurier.

Students on study permits may apply to and be admitted into co-op programs at Laurier, in accordance with the application processes to the Co-operative Education Department and Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Note, however, that there may be a limit on the number of spaces available to international students.

Co-op fees are payable according to the fee payment schedule on the co-op web site.

International Application 

Students on study permits may apply to and be admitted into co-op programs at Laurier. Note, however, that there may be a limit on the number of spaces available to international students.

The only entry point for co-op is in the fall at the beginning of second year. Students who are removed from their academic program are not eligible to continue in co-op, even if they are later reinstated into that program. 

Co-op Process Overview

If you are admitted to co-op, you will be required to:

  • Participate in modules or seminars on all aspects of the job search. (Seminars for Arts, Business, Economics and Science students are part of the fundamentals of co-operative education course.)
  • Apply to many job postings.
  • Be on campus for interviews during primary recruiting periods. We advise students not to make travel commitments during primary interview periods, including during the fall reading week before a winter work term.
  • Not take vacations during work terms.
  • Be willing to relocate for jobs; that includes finding housing in another city or town.
  • Pay co-op fees to participate in the program.

Primary interview periods:

  • Interviews with CPA firms for students seeking their first work term take place during the first week of classes in January.
  • Interviews for the spring work term take place from late January through mid-February.
  • Interviews for the winter work term take place from mid to late October, including during the fall reading week.

Application Requirements: Business and Economics Co-op

Application Requirements: Arts Co-op and Science Co-op

Application Requirements: Double Degree Programs

Application Requirements: Other Programs