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Apply for Co-op

With the exception of the chemical engineering co-op program, admission to optional co-op programs is competitive. Co-op admission applications are open to students that have completed their first year. You can apply and be admitted based on your cumulative grade point average (CGPA). Some programs may require additional information such as a resume and/or a statement of interest.

In addition, you must have a clear academic standing and meet the stated minimum CGPA at the end of the second/third semester. To stay in the co-op program, you must maintain a clear academic standing and meet the minimum CGPA requirement.

Where differences exist between information on this site and the current Ryerson calendar, the information provided in the current calendar shall take precedence.

Program

Minimum CGPA requirement at the time of application*

Resume, Letter of Intent, Current Transcript and Online Form Submission

Architectural Science

Top 32 Students

No

Biology

2.5

Yes

Biomedical Sciences

2.67

Yes

Chemistry

2.5

Yes

Computer Science

2.8 (3.0 to stay in the program)

Yes

English NEW for Fall 2021

2.67

Yes

Financial Mathematics

3.0

Yes

History NEW for Fall 2021

2.67

Yes

Mathematics and Its Applications

3.0

Yes

Medical Physics

3.0

Yes

Occupational Health & Safety

2.67

Yes

Politics and Governance NEW for Fall 2021

2.67

Yes

Public Health & Safety

2.67

Yes

Sociology NEW for Fall 2021

2.67

Yes

*CGPA requirements may fluctuate from year to year. You are advised to contact the co-op staff or the faculty advisor for your program for current GPA information. Space in the co-op option is limited and subject to competition. Grades above the minimum may be required for admission.

All students must complete first-year courses in order to be eligible for co-op. Exceptions may be granted by your faculty advisor.

With the exception of the architectural science* and chemical engineering co-op programs, there is a process you need to go through in order to gain admission into Ryerson’s optional co-op programs. There are five steps in this process.

*Note: The architectural science program has its own co-op admission process, whereby the 40 students with the top CGPA during the first two (2) years of study are conditionally admitted into the co-op stream. Of these 40, the first 32 that secure a contract for their first work term are then officially admitted into co-op.

You will be notified via email of when the co-op information sessions will take place and be provided with further instructions of how to register for the event. At the co-op information session, you will learn more about the program and how to apply to the co-op program. You will have an opportunity to ask questions of the co-op staff members and faculty advisors who are speaking at the session. The co-op information sessions are usually held in the winter & fall semesters of every year. Please check our department’s event calendar, external link, opens in new window for current dates, times, and locations or speak with a co-op staff member for more information.

There are admission periods in the spring and fall terms. The typical application period is between 5 and 10 days. You are required to submit the following items for your application:

  1. An online form/profile.
  2. A resume 
  3. A letter of intent
  4. Your unofficial transcript

You can apply online through our co-op portal, opens in new window. You will need to hover over the word “Students” at the top right of the landing page and select “Apply to Co-op” from the drop-down menu. Application forms will be visible during admission periods only.

The Ryerson Career & Co-op Centre, along with the faculty advisor of the program, will review all student applications and eligibility for co-op and notify successful candidates via email.

If you are notified that you have been successfully admitted to the co-op program of your choice, you need to reply and accept your offer of admission to co-op through the co-op portal. You can accept your offer by completing the required student agreements and submitting academic plan change forms to the co-op stream.

For students in the co-op program, co-op fees are additional fees on top of your school tuition and incidental fees. Co-op fees finance the administration of Ryerson co-op programs and are calculated in accordance with the policies of Ryerson University and of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

For more information about fees, you can read more on the “Fees” tab on the How Co-op Works page.