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.

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.

Co-op positions are paid work terms, so tuition fees can be offset by co-operative education income. In addition to the co-op income, studies have shown that co-op students graduate with 32% lower debt loads, and earn a higher salary in the first year of work.

Typical Sequencing and Eligibility

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 Application Process

You apply for co-op in the second year of your degree; 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.

Two Plus Two Program: 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 during your first year at the Mount and may be eligible for a transfer credit for your first co-op work term.

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 did not receive an email please email or stop by our office (McCain Centre, Room 312).

Winter BBA Co-op Application
The deadline to apply has passed for the 2022 year

Summer BBA Co-op Application
The deadline to apply has passed for the 2022 year

Potential Jobs

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