Cooperative 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 until such time as they have met this condition 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 Citizenship and Immigration Canada and prove eligibility to work in Canada during their program of study.

Application process and documents

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

Please save your completed application form, Letter of Intent, and resume in PDF form (as Lastname_Firstname_COOPApplication) and submit to Cheryl Kuehn at bcomcoop@macewan.ca .

 

Application form

Complete the application form and print it for submission with the rest of your documents. 

Download the Application Form

Download the Application Form for Accounting Major

Letter of intent

Guidelines

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.

 

Resume

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

Fees

Co-operative Education fees

Students will be charged a fee for each co-op term.

Further information on fees will be posted when it becomes available.

 

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.

Pre-Placement

     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

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

Students

If you have any questions about the Cooperative Education stream, please contact Cheryl Kuehn or Sebastian Panciuk at bcomcoop@macewan.ca.

Employers

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