Enhance your studies with career-focused work experience. Co-op allows you to apply classroom theory, explore career options and build your resume. The co-op program is optional for both the Bachelor of Applied Computer Science and the Bachelor of Computer Science programs. 

"The co-op system here is unique, particularly within the video game industry. I haven’t seen anything like it in any of the cities and countries I’ve lived in. It’s an incredible resource. The quality of candidates is very impressive"

— Aaron Stafford, Technical Director,
Ubisoft Halifax

Co-op defined

Co-operative Education will give you a deeper, richer educational experience, real-world work experience, career connections and employment income during work terms. Co-op allows you to alternate career-focused work terms with study terms and receive special co-op degree designation upon graduation.

Benefits of co-op


Alternate study and work terms to apply what you learn in class to real-world work situations and then apply what you learn at work to your classroom studies. Learn more about your career options by test-driving different work environments before you graduate.


Enter the job market with the distinct advantage of practical work experience thanks to the work terms completed during your co-op experience.


Make vital connections and build rapport with employers and colleagues on your co-op work terms. Many co-op students receive full-time job offers from their co-op employers.


Co-op work terms are paid work terms. Employers pay competitive wages and sometimes relocation expenses. Paid work experience means your employer will expect a high level of productivity and professionalism of you, but you will also learn more as you work on projects that directly contribute to the bottom line of your employer.

Who can apply?

Students who are highly-motivated, professional, able to relocate for employment (70% of co-op jobs are outside of HRM) and meet CGPA requirements for their program are eligible to apply to co-op.

Learn more about eligibility and how to apply

Co-op fees

The co-op program has additional fees which, depending on the number of work terms completed, total $1800 or $2200 over the course of the program. Our co-op fees remain among the lowest in the country and only cover half of the costs of delivering the program, the other half of which is born by the university.

Learn more about co-op fees