Mount Saint Vincent University offers an optional co-operative education program for Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) students. Co-op is an academic program that integrates your studies with paid, career-related work experience. As a co-op student you will be a productive member of the employer’s team of professionals. When you graduate with a co-operative education degree, you will have one full year of relevant work experience related to your chosen career.

In preparation for your co-op work term, we will help you with resume development, writing cover letters and interview prep. We host a student conference prior to your first work term to talk about the co-op process and navigating the workplace to help you succeed while on the job. A member of the Co-op Team will complete a work site visit during your work term to ensure you are achieving your learning goals.

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BBA co-op student starting in the winter (completed 7.5 – 12.5 units)

BBA co-op students starting in the summer (completed 3.5 – 7 units)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Registered in full-time courses (at least three per semester) and maintain full-time status throughout your academic studies
  • CGPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Must be available to attend on-campus professional development activities and interviews with co-op employers

The Mount’s Business Administration Program has an agreement in place with Nova Scotia Community College, New Brunswick Community College and PEI’s Holland College.

If you are a graduate of one of these programs, you would apply for co-op during your first year at MSVU and may be eligible for a transfer credit for your first co-op work term.

Receiving credit for one work term
Students who completed a work experience at their past post-secondary education institution may be eligible for a transfer credit for their first co-op work term.

Students typically apply for co-op in their second year of study; however, depending on the number of units completed, you may be able to apply for the co-op program in your third year. The co-op team will invite eligible students to apply in late July each year.

Co-op extends your degree program by four months. These four months are more than offset by the one full year of career-related experience. You will still be ahead of your classmates in jump-starting your business career following graduation.

Students should only apply for the co-op start term that they received an email about. If you were not contacted, email or stop by our office (McCain Centre, Room 312). Deadlines to apply can be found in the application below. Late applications will not be accepted.

Deadline to apply:

  • Winter 2025 Co-op Start: Friday, September 6, 2024 at 4:00 pm
  • Summer 2025 Co-op Start: Thursday, September 26, 2024 at 4:00 pm

BBA Co-op Application Form



The commitment of the Co-op Office is to support you in gaining professional work experience that will enhance your resume and give you transferrable skills that you can apply to future jobs.

You are not guaranteed a co-op position; however the MSVU co-op program has more positions than students. In addition to a surplus of positions, we deliver mandatory comprehensive professional development sessions providing you with the skills needed to succeed. Topics covered include; resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, and understanding the workplace.

Below is a list of potential job opportunities for business administration co-op students.

  • Customer Service Representative
  • Marketing & Administrative Assistant
  • Junior Accountant
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Human Resources Coordinator
  • Financial Services Office

The co-operative education degree is a 23-unit degree. Tuition applies to all academic credits, therefore there is a cost to co-op. Click here for tuition information. Fees are paid through Financial Services and can be viewed on your MyMount account.

There are withdraw fees if you withdraw from the co-op program.

  • 30% of fees will be charged once job postings have started
  • 50% of fees will be charged once interviews have started
  • 100% of fees will be charged once a position has been accepted

*fees are based on the value of one co-op work term