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Frequently Asked Questions

To be eligible for the co-op program, you must be a full-time degree student. 

To qualify for co-op you must have completed ALL 10 first year courses in the BTM program with a minimum CGPA of 2.80 .

The primary intake for co-op occurs in the summer following your first year but exceptions are granted for ‘out-of-phase” students

If you fail a course or your CGPA is below the required level, you will have an opportunity to repeat the course in the summer to improve your GPA and be considered for admission during a second wave of intake in the Fall. There is no guarantee of acceptance, however, since 2nd wave applications will be based on space availability. 

You apply at the end of first year, during the primary intake period and indicate that you will be taking summer courses.  Your application will be processed at the completion of those courses.

Transfer credits will not necessarily affect your eligibility.  They can be used to offset course requirements for a given semester. Transfer credits for first year courses will be used to determine admission CGPA.

No. ALL first-year courses must be completed.


No, you must submit an application which is then evaluated.  All applicants are notified of their status at the end of the application process. 

No; admission to co-op is based on the established criteria. The decision is final and is not appealable. 

Students are encouraged to use any connections they may have in securing employment; however, the Business Career Hub will identify opportunities for which you must successfully compete. Jobs are listed on ORBIS, the official coop platform.  If job search is done outside of this portal, you must keep record of job search activities to show diligence.

Students are expected to complete 5 work terms to graduate with the coop designation, however, if after much effort you are not able to find a job for one work term you may be given an exemption for the missed work term. Students cannot choose to miss a work term. Exemptions are at the discretion of the school and are granted only after diligent search with no success.

If you do not secure employment for a 2nd work term, you will be opted out of the co-op program

You are permitted to take up to two courses through the Chang School. You must have permission from the school and your co-op employer.

If your CGPA falls below 2.80, you will be given one academic semester grace period to bring your CGPA back to the acceptable level. If this does not happen at the end of the grace period, you will be opted out of the co-op program

You can voluntarily opt out of the co-op program at anytime.  A portion of the co-op fee may be charged depending on when you choose to opt-out.

To opt out, you must complete an opt out form which will be provided by the co-op administrator, and complete a PDF filePlan Change Request Form, opens in new window.

Once you have been hired for a position, you are obligated to complete the employment, and submit a work term report before opting out

If you do not submit a report, you will receive a grade of “FLD” for the Work Term which will be counted as a failed course to determine academic standing and for graduation.

Yes, co-op students may participate in the exchange program. However you are advised to carefully plan your course load to ensure that your future co-op commitments and pre-requisite requirements will not be jeopardised 

No, Direct Entry students are not eligible, as they have already completed 2 years of the 4-year degree program.

While it is theoretically possible, students should realistically commit themselves to the program for 5 years.

No, your CGPA must be at or above 2.80 to be accepted into co-op.

Yes. Admission is based on a combination of factors:  CGPA, a personal statement and  a resume.

No, Admission to coop is a one-time opportunity.

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