2018-2019 Academic Year
Mount Saint Vincent University is a leader among Maritime universities in providing co-operative education as an integral element of several professional degree programs. The co-operative education programs at the Mount meet national quality standards and are accredited by Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL).
DefinitionCo-operative education provides students with the opportunity to put theory into practice by integrating the student’s academic study with alternating paid co-op terms in employer organizations. This employment is related to the student’s course of study. Studies show that co-operative education enhances the student’s academic performance and helps ease the student’s transition to the workplace upon graduation.
To graduate from the co-operative education program, students must successfully complete three co-operative education work terms in their respective degree programs in addition to the normal academic requirements. Graduating students who successfully complete the co-operative education requirements will have the “co-operative education” designation on their degree parchments. Co-operative education students enroled in optional co-operative education programs who complete fewer than the required number of co-op terms will have a notation on their transcripts indicating the co-op terms completed.
In addition to the regulations outlined below, all co-op students must complete the mandatory Professional Development Program which provides students with the tools to assist them in securing co-op terms and reflecting on their co-operative education experiences. Topics include the roles of the various partners in the educational program, the job competition process, self assessment, job search, résumé and cover letter writing, interview techniques, work term reports, setting learning objectives, and understanding the workplace.
In order to graduate with a degree completed in the co-operative education program, students must:
- fulfill the requirements for the degree in which they are enroled;
- maintain a 2.0 CGPA in each academic semester after admission to co-operative education*;
- be enroled as a full-time student in every semester, including summer, before and after each co-op term. The Chair of the Department must approve written requests for permission to enrol in a course during a co-op term;
- attend all of the co-operative education professional development sessions;
- alternate co-op terms and academic study according to the sequence prescribed by the academic department which includes ending on a full-time academic term;
- complete three co-op terms with a passing grade, and according to the standards prescribed, by the appropriate academic department. For a description of the appropriate standards, students must consult the Calendar entry for each department; and
- adhere to the policies and procedures as outlined in the Terms and Conditions for Co-op Students, Student Guide to Co-operative Education, and the University Calendar.
*Students who do not meet the 2.0 CGPA requirements for co-operative education but have more than 7.5 units of transfer credits, or grades from courses completed more than five years ago, may request an individual review of their transcripts by the Department Chair who may approve continuation.
Depending on the time of withdrawal from the co-operative education program, the following situations may occur:
- tuition fees may be assessed for any withdrawal from a co-op course/term or the co-operative education program according to the University withdrawal policy;
- prior to completing a first co-op term, and a cop-op job offer being accepted, students in an optional program may withdraw without any notation on their transcript;
- once a co-op job offer is accepted withdrawal without permission will result in a “F” for the co-op term;
- withdrawal from the co-operative education program prior to a co-op job offer being accepted will result in a “W” for the co-op term; and
- if a student fails to complete the co-op term requirements, an “F” will result for the co-op term.
Deferral PolicyStudents may be eligible to defer a co-op term under exceptional circumstances (e.g., illness or academic issues). Application must be made in writing to the Co-op Office. Decisions to defer a co-op term for exceptional circumstances will be made by the relevant academic department. This will result in the student being unable to complete course requirements according to the sequence prescribed by the academic department and may result in delayed graduation for as much as a year. In order to maintain status as a co-op student, the student may be required to take additional courses. Students who qualify can only defer one co-op term. See the Student Guide to Co-operative Education for more details.
“Self-Directed Search” Policy
Students who fail to actively participate in all stages of the co-operative education process within the parameters of co-operative education policies, procedures, regulations and the Terms and Conditions for Co-op Students will be given a status of “Self-Directed Search.” This status results in the student being removed from the application and interview cycle. Details of the “Self-Directed Job Search” status are outlined in the Student Guide to Co-operative Education.
Students are able to appeal decisions regarding admission to, and withdrawal, from co-operative education as well as the assignment of an “F” for a co-op term. All appeals will be made in writing to the Academic Appeals Committee.
Co-op Term Regulations
During the co-op term, the student is an employee in all matters pertaining to conditions of employment, and a student only for the purposes of academic evaluation. The University accepts no responsibility for the working environment in which the student is employed.
Co-operative Education Program Fees
The co-operative education program is an academic program which integrates semesters in the classroom with semesters in the workplace. The co-operative education process for each co-op term is an eight-month period starting with co-op term preparation the semester prior to a co-op term, the co-op term itself, and the debriefing and return-to-campus evaluations and activities the semester after the co-op term. Each co-op term receives an academic credit valued at 1.0 unit. As such, co-op students pay tuition fees for each academic semester and tuition fees for each co-op term.
Bachelor of Business Administration students normally apply for admission to the co-operative education program in October of their second year of full-time study at the Mount. Bachelor of Business Administration students may also apply in September of their third year of full-time study to commence a co-op term the following January. Students should check with the Co-op Office at the beginning of the academic year to confirm the exact application dates.
Students who choose to apply to co-operative education must consult the department or the Co-op Office for the academic and co-op term sequence.
Applications from full-time students with credits transferred from other programs and/or institutions or with a sufficient number of credits through prior part-time studies will be considered at the beginning of their first academic term at the Mount. Students should consult the Co-op Office.
In order to be admitted to the optional Bachelor of Business Administration co-operative education program, applicants must be admitted to the program by the Co-op Office and have achieved the following:
- a 2.0 CGPA at the end of the academic semester prior to the job search process*
- normally, completion of 10.0 units prior to the first co-op term; and
- successful completion of BUSI 2214, BUSI 2221, BUSI 2230 and ECON 1101
*Students who do not meet the 2.0 CGPA requirements for co-operative education but have more than 7.5 units of transfer credits, or grades from courses completed more than five years ago, may request an individual review of their transcripts by the department Chair who may approve admission.
Application forms for the co-operative education program and details regarding the particular requirements of each academic department can be obtained from the Co-op Office. For admission to the co-operative education program, students must be able to complete the required number of co-op terms and maintain full-time status as defined by co-operative education program regulations.
For further information, see Co-operative Education.