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Careers & Co-op

Ryerson University is one of the few universities with optional co-op streams in each of its science programs. Co-op embeds real-world, paid work placements right into your degree. Co-op adds an extra year to your academic program, but you'll finish with many competitive advantages – all before you graduate.  

Why Co-op?

Fill your resume
Gain real-world work experience in your field

Build your network
Meet industry professionals and gather references

Earn a salary

Co-op students can earn over $7,000 per term

Where Could You Land?

Students often say that co-op helped them decide on a specific career path. By working in different roles at various organizations, you’ll try out firsthand what interests you most and where you might prefer to work after graduating. Our co-op students have gained exposure to top organizations including:

Royal Bank Canada (RBC)
Google
Sick Kids Hospital
Apotex Canada
Ministry of Agriculture
Statistics Canada & more...

Ben Cornish

Student Spotlight

“Co-op has been, by far, the most valuable piece of my Ryerson experience. Through work terms in data science at TD Bank, I’ve expanded my career skills, boosted my confidence in the workplace, and applied course material that I never thought I’d need!” – Ben Cornish, Financial Mathematics co-op student

Jason Silva

Employer Spotlight

“Our company has employed co-op students for years. When it’s a good fit, we’ve even hired them outright after graduation. We love the fresh thinking and enthusiasm Ryerson students bring. They get to build their professional network and apply what they’ve learned in class to the real world — and our company gets access to a diverse set of talented, hardworking individuals.” – Jason Silva, Managing Director, ServiceEcho

Program Highlights

The optional co-op stream is available in each one of our Faculty of Science programs. Check out more details within the range of science co-op programs, including some of the roles and employers our co-op students have worked in.

  • Program Length: Five years, full time
  • Work Terms: 3-5 work terms, each 16 weeks long, at 35-40 hrs/wk
  • Experience Gained: Total of 12-20 months full-time experience
  • Co-op Fees: Extra fees are paid in installments over the entire program.
  • Wages: Students can potentially earn over $7000 per work term. Science co-op students earn, on average, the highest hourly wages compared to other co-op programs.

Find out more about how co-op works.

Work Term Schedule Examples

Semester Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
Fall
Study Study Study WKY 605 Study
Winter Study Study WKT 505 Study Study
Spring Free WKT 405
WKT 506 WKT 606 Graduation
  • Science Schedule* – *Applies to Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Financial Math, Mathematics and its Applications and Medical Physics
  • Schedule 1 & 2* – Applies to Computer Science Co-op program.
  • Some co-op programs allow students to change their work term sequence with the permission of their Co-op Faculty Advisor. Depending on the students’ schedule and preference, their work term may be extended to 8, 12 or 16 months of continual employment.
     
Semester Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
Fall
Study Study WKT 203
Study Study
Winter Study Study Study WKT 403
Study
Spring Free WKT 103 WKT 303 WKT 503 Graduation
  • Science Schedule* – *Applies to Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Financial Math, Mathematics and its Applications and Medical Physics
  • Schedule 1 & 2* – Applies to Computer Science Co-op program.
  • Some co-op programs allow students to change their work term sequence with the permission of their Co-op Faculty Advisor. Depending on the students’ schedule and preference, their work term may be extended to 8, 12 or 16 months of continual employment.
     
Semester Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
Fall
Study Study Study WKT 303
Study
Winter Study Study Study WKT 403
Study
Spring Free WKT 103 WKT 203 WKT 503 Graduation
  • Science Schedule* – *Applies to Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Financial Math, Mathematics and its Applications and Medical Physics
  • Schedule 1 & 2* – Applies to Computer Science Co-op program.
  • Some co-op programs allow students to change their work term sequence with the permission of their Co-op Faculty Advisor. Depending on the students’ schedule and preference, their work term may be extended to 8, 12 or 16 months of continual employment.