The Co-op Program is excited to announce that the new Master of Applied Computer Science (MACS) program will have a co-op option for students. Due to the current pandemic situation, its potential impact on the 2020-21 academic year, and employers' ability to hire, the Co-op Education program will launch Co-op in the MACS program in September 2021.
Masters Co-op Program Overview
Our master's MACS co-op students complete 8 months of paid work experience in appropriate fields of business, industry, government, non-profits, and academic studies. While completing the work experiences, students complete required learning assignments and are monitored and evaluated by the Co-op Office and their employer. Monitoring and evaluation will assist the student with learning and understanding of the self and the world of work. As with many Co-op Education programs in Canada, graduate co-op students will complete two professional development seminars, 2 work terms (8 months, summer & fall), and our capstone course COOP 530.
First-year students enrolled in the Masters of Applied Computer Science are eligible to apply in September 2020.
Masters Co-op Fees: $2200. Each professional development seminar is $600 and each work term is $500. Students pay the co-op fees as they register for each component of the program. In the fall, students complete the two professional development seminars ($600x2) and once they have secured a co-op work experience, register for their work terms in May and September ($500 x2) for a total of $2200 in Co-op fees. Co-op fees are in addition to tuition fees. Students will pay 3-credit tutition per work term in addition to their co-op fees.
For additional information about Co-op, please visit our Master's co-op program question & answers.
Work Term Sequencing
|# course credits||9||12*||9|
COOP 500, 501, job searching
|Job searching||COOP 510: Work Term 1 (3 credits)||Co-op 520: Work Term 2 (3 credits)||COOP 530|
Co-op Work Terms
Students will work a minimum of 35 hrs/week for a minimum of 13 weeks within a four-month semester. Minimum salary of $17.00 per hour. While on a co-op work term, students are considered full time.
Co-op Application Process and Timeline
|End of May/early June||Co-op Office will contact confirmed MACS students by email regarding the Co-op Education application process|
|mid-June/end of June||Students will have two weeks from the time they are notified by email of Co-op application to apply to co-op and agree to the Terms and Conditions of Participation|
|August||Co-op Office will notify MACS Co-op students of the professional development September seminar schedule.|
|September||The Co-op staff will meet you in person once you have arrived at STFX|
Work Permit Information
After being accepted into the Co-op program, international students are required to have a co-op work permit in addition to their study permit prior to applying for any co-op jobs. international students enrolled in the Co-op program should apply for their co-op work permit by September 30. For more information on the work permit application process visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website. Co-op work permit application processing times can be lengthy. Students are encouraged to start the process immediately after being accepted into the Co-op program. Co-op Students should visit CIC's website as it contains the most up-to-date information.
In addition to the co-op work permit, students will also need a Social Insurance Number (SIN). The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits. For more information, please visit the Government of Canada's website. Students can apply for their SIN after being accepted into the Co-op Program.