Co-operative Education

With the Bachelor of Commerce Co-operative Education (Co-op), students gain significant and relevant work experience along with their classroom-based learning.

The Co-op experience lets students try out a particular career and workplace environment to see if it is a good fit for their career paths, professional development, and personality.

The School of Business is focused on developing creative business partnerships and providing learning experiences for our students aligned with business practices. Co-op students will be visible in the business community and positively profile the university, the School of Business and their program.


Requirements for admission to the Co-op stream

Admission criteria

Bachelor of Commerce Co-operative Education is restricted to students admitted to the Bachelor of Commerce program who have declared their major.  

The BCom Co-op is a quota stream; therefore, admission is competitive and is not guaranteed to all qualified applicants.

Cooperative Education applicants will be evaluated according to:

  • GPA
  • Quantity of extracurricular/volunteer experience
  • Quantity, quality and diversity of work experience

Co-operative Education opportunities are not entry level roles. Co-operative Education employers expect students to have a significant volume of previous work experience and quality references from these previous work experiences. Co-operative Education roles are full time and may require overtime hours. We strongly recommend that applicants to the Co-op stream have some full-time work experience.

Applicants with an Accounting major should note that admission to the Co-operative Education stream is significantly more competitive than other majors; therefore the admission standards for this stream may be more rigorous. This is to reflect the reality of the job market where the likelihood of securing a position in these areas is strongly determined by the factors reflected in the admission criteria below.

GPA requirements

GPA Requirements – Accounting Majors

  • minimum GPA of 3.0 in the following courses: ACCT 311, ACCT 322 and FNCE 301 (or equivalent)
  • if an applicant in Accounting has not yet completed one or more of the required courses, they may be considered for conditional admission* to Co-op provided that they will complete all required courses prior to the term of admission.

GPA Requirements – Human Resources Management Major, International Business Major, Management Major, Marketing Major, Supply Chain Management Major

  • Minimum GPA of 2.7 on the most recent 24 credits.  
  • Some students may be evaluated on more than 24 credits based on credit load in their most recent term. (Find out more about how MacEwan calculates AGPA on Previous Post Secondary courses.)
  • Spring and Summer terms are not eligible.
  • Depending on the applicant pool in any given year we may consider any applicant who presents a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

GPA Requirements – Block Transfer Students

  • Students who have been admitted into the Bachelor of Commerce via Block Transfer are considered to have met the GPA requirement. 
  • These students are still required to demonstrate compliance with the Work Experience and Volunteer Criteria. 

*Conditional admission applies to any student with an Accounting major admitted to the Cooperative Education stream without having successfully completed ACCT 311, ACCT 322 or FNCE 301. Students with conditional acceptance must successfully complete all requirements (i.e., a GPA of 3.0 or higher in ACCT 311, ACCT 322 and FNCE 301) before beginning course work for COOP 290.

Work experience

All applicants, regardless of declared major, will present a minimum of 650 hours of paid work experience within the past 3 years. This work does not need to be business related and may certainly include paid experience from such fields as retail, hospitality and labour. It is highly recommended that students demonstrate their ability to work full time hours during the co-op placement.

Examples of Work Experience

These examples are designed to provide guidance on the amount of work that would equal 650 hours. Individual student experiences will vary and equivalencies will be reviewed.

  • At least two work shifts of 6+ hours weekly, completed consistently over the past 18-24 months; or
  • At least one full-time summer job (16 weeks, 30+ hours per week), plus one to two regular weekly part time shifts over the past 12-24 months; or
  • Two full-time summer jobs (16 weeks, 30+ hours per week) in the previous two years.

Voluntary or Extra-curricular Experience

All applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in volunteer or extra-curricular activities in order to improve their competitiveness for admission into the co-op stream and in securing a co-op position. Preference will be given to experience obtained in the past three years.

International students

International students must obtain all appropriate permissions from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and prove eligibility to work in Canada during their program of study. Meet an advisor at MacEwan International for questions about immigration permits.


Application process and documents

Your application package must include the following completed documents. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Apply through MacEwanLife

Application process is through MacEwanLife.

  1. Log in to MacEwanLife.

  2. Choose "Co-operative Education" from the left-hand menu.

  3. Choose your major to begin the application process.

  4. You will have to upload several documents to complete the process, as listed below.

Log in to MacEwanLife


  • Include a current resume with your application package.
  • Ensure that your resume demonstrates a minimum of 650 hours of paid work experience.


You can print off an unofficial copy of your transcripts as follows:

  1. In myStudentSystem
, go to the Academic Records tile.

  2. Click on Request View Unofficial Transcript.

  3. Choose report type Unofficial UGRD Transcript

  4. Click Submit.

The transcript uses a pop-up so make sure that the you allow pop-ups from this website or you won’t be able to view it. The transcript will open in a separate tab and a list of all requested transcripts will appear.

Letter of intent


Your Letter of Intent:

  • should be a maximum of two pages, single spaced
  • should be in a professional business letter format
  • should discuss your professional career goals and explain how you plan to achieve them and how co-op fits with your goals
  • must articulate that you have a clear understanding of the student expectations and responsibilities of the co-op stream
  • must be an original work, written by the applicant
  • must be addressed  to Mr. Sebastian Panciuk, Co-operative Education, MacEwan School of Business.


Declaration of Understanding

On the MacEwanLife application site, you will be provided with access to the Co-operative Education Stream Handbook, which you will be asked to review. You will then complete an online form confirming your understanding of key regulations.

Permission to Release Information Form

Download the form from the MacEwanLife application site. Review the form, sign and upload to the application site. This form authorizes the Co-operative Education Office to release the information outlined about students who have been accepted to the Co-operative Education Stream to potential employers.

Please note that this document is being collected so that it can be included in the files of students who are accepted to the co-operative education stream. The request to sign the form should not be confused with an offer of admission to the Co-operative Education stream.



Co-operative Education fees

Students will be charged a fee of $462 for each co-op course.


Additional core course requirements

All co-op students complete four 0-credit courses in addition to the 120 credits required to graduate from the Bachelor of Commerce degree.

As part of these courses students will create learning objectives, complete a work placement report and be evaluated by their employer.


     COOP 290 - Co-op Pre-employment Seminar

During placement

     COOP 295 - Co-operative Education: First Work Experience
     COOP 395 - Co-Operative Education: Second Work Experience
     COOP 495 - Co-Operative Education: Third Work Experience


Employers participating in the Co-operative Education stream gain access to high achieving students who may become future employees. The regular contact with MacEwan staff also allows employers to keep in touch with current teaching practices and research in the field.

Contact us for more information


If you have any questions about the Cooperative Education stream, please contact Cheryl Kuehn or Sebastian Panciuk at


If you have any questions or are interested in finding out more about the Cooperative Education stream, please contact Sebastian Panciuk at