Programs

Co-operative education combines traditional academic programming and relevant work experience in alternating terms. The work term experiences are designed to prepare students for their transition from university to the professional community. The Co-op degree programs enable students to acquire experience in their areas of career interest. The practical experiences and academic studies complement one another. The Co-op Education Office managers the administration and facilitation of the co-op experience at Brock, Co-op staff members for each program support students throughout their co-op experience.

Experience Co-op  – Student Brochure

Flip through our Experience Co-op Brochure to learn more about Co-op Education at Brock University.

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate co-op students are required to complete a minimum of three four-month co-op work terms to graduate with the co-op degree. Students can work up to five work terms. All undergraduate students in the Co-operative Education program are required to read, sign and adhere to the Undergraduate Co-op Student Terms and Conditions in CareerZone as articulated by the Co-op Programs Office. In addition, eligibility to continue in the Co-op option is based on the student’s major average and non-major average, and the ability to demonstrate the motivation and commitment to their professional development. All undergraduate co-op students are required to maintain their Honour standing as a minimum.

You must apply to the University through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). Check the section marked ‘Co-operative Education’ when completing the form. Do not check the regular degree program.

Refer to the Brock Viewbook for admission requirements by program. Meeting the minimum average does not guarantee admission. Applicants not accepted to a co-op program will automatically be considered for admission to the regular degree program.

Regular degree students may still apply to a co-op program after the first year of study with no more than 5.0 credits in order to be able to follow the respective co-op degree program. However, space may be limited and not all co-op programs will be open for admission.

First Year Transfer Application Process

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Co-op Students are required to register for and complete a Co-op Professional Preparation course (0N90) comprising of lectures, presentations and industry-specific information This noncredit course is a mandatory prerequisite requirement for co-op students to complete with an “SA” (Satisfactory) grade in order to continue on with their co-op journey.

The work-study sequence optimizes the quality of the work experience, by providing an opportunity to work during each cycle or season of business. The alternating terms also ensure academic course requirements are met on a timely basis.

Co-op students are required to complete minimum of three 4-month full-time co-op work terms typically in rotation with their academic terms. Each co-op work term requires minimum of 420 hours. Co-op students will typically end their degree on an academic term. Some exceptions may apply based on a specific degree program structure. Refer to the respective degree in the Calendar for a complete sequence.

Once students are registered in a co-op work term, they are expected to fulfill their commitment. Each four-month co-operative education work term must be registered and a “Satisfactory” (SA) grade will be assigned to a work term course when a student fulfills their work term performance expectations and submits all required work term reflection assignments listed below on-time in satisfying quality. The required work term reflection assignments are:

  • Learning Objectives
  • Mid-point Self Reflection
  • Work Term check-in
  • A satisfactory evaluation from their work term supervisor
  • Final reflection

In addition to academic tuition, students are assessed administrative fees for the Co-op Program. Universities offering co-op programs incur significant costs related directly to operating the program which is not covered by government operating grants. The government Ministry has established guidelines for setting co-op fees to allow universities to recover the cost from program participants. Brock follows Ministry guidelines, and as will other Universities, sets fees to distribute cost recovery through installments over the duration of the program. It is important to understand that the administrative fee is not a placement fee, but rather relates to all the non-academic costs of operating co-op programs. Please consult Student Accounts Financial Information regarding the amortization of Co-op fees. Co-op fees are subject to change/increase each year. Fees incurred are non-refundable.

To attain the co-op distinction on the degree program, Students in the co-op option must:

  1. Complete 0N90 – Professional Preparation course with a “Satisfactory” (SA) grade;
  2. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of the three 12 to 16 weeks full-time co-op work terms;
  3. Attain a “Satisfactory” (SA) grade for a minimum of three work terms.

It is the responsibility of all co-op students to adhere to co-op program procedures and regulations which are outlined in the Undergraduate Co-op Students Terms and Conditions.

 

Graduate students

All graduate students in the Co-operative Education program are required to read, sign and adhere to the Graduate Co-op Student Terms and Conditions in CareerZone as articulated by the Co-op Programs Office.

Graduate co-op Students are required to register for and complete a Co-op Professional Preparation course (5N90) comprising of lectures, presentations and industry specific information This noncredit course is a mandatory prerequisite requirement for co-op students to complete with an “SA” (Satisfactory) grade in order to continue on with their co-op journey.

Graduate co-op students are required to required number(s) of 4-month full time co-op work terms as listed in the University Calendar. Each co-op work term requires minimum of 420 hours.

Once students are registered in a co-op work term, they are expected to fulfill their commitment. Each four-month co-operative education work term must be registered and a “Satisfactory” (SA) grade will be assigned to a work term course when a student fulfills their work term performance expectations and submits all required work term reflection assignments listed below on-time in satisfying quality. The required work term reflection assignments are:

  • Learning Objectives
  • Mid-point Self Reflection
  • Work Term check-in
  • A satisfactory evaluation from their work term supervisor
  • Final reflection.

In addition to academic tuition, students are assessed administrative fees for the Co-op Program. Universities offering co-op programs incur significant costs related directly to operating the program which is not covered by government operating grants. The government Ministry has established guidelines for setting co-op fees to allow universities to recover the cost from program participants. Brock follows Ministry guidelines, and as will other Universities, sets fees to distribute cost recovery through installments over the duration of the program. It is important to understand that the administrative fee is not a placement fee, but rather relates to all the non-academic costs of operating co-op programs. Please consult Student Accounts Financial Information regarding the amortization of Co-op fees. Co-op fees are subject to change/increase each year. Fees incurred are non-refundable.

To attain the co-op distinction on the degree program, Students in the co-op option must:

  1. Complete 5N90 – Professional Preparation course with a “Satisfactory” (SA) grade;
  2. Satisfactory completion of all registered co-op work terms that are 12-16 weeks of full-time experience;
  3. Attain a “Satisfactory” (SA) grade for each registered work terms.

It is the responsibility of all co-op students to adhere to co-op program procedures and regulations which are outlined in the Graduate Co-op Students Terms and Conditions.