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University of Calgary Calendar 2016-2017 Haskayne School of Business 4. Program Details 4.4 Co-operative Education Program
4.4 Co-operative Education Program

All Bachelor of Commerce students are eligible to apply for admission to the Co-operative Education program. This program normally includes 12 to 16 months of supervised paid work experience in various private companies and government agencies in addition to the eight required academic terms.

Students who wish to pursue the Co-operative Education option are urged to discuss their course selection with the Co-op Program Co-ordinator at the Haskayne Career Centre as early in their program as possible. Bachelor of Commerce students completing the requirements of the Co-operative Education option will graduate with "Co-operative Education" designated on their parchment.


1. Prospective Business Co-operative Education students must complete a Co-operative Education application available at the Haskayne Career Centre.

2. The Haskayne School of Business has a quota on the number of students accepted into the Co-operative Education program. Admission will be competitive, based on the student's skills, attitudes and academic record. Students may be required to attend an interview to assess their suitability for admission.

3. Students should refer to 3.1 "Admissions" and 4.1 "Bachelor of Commerce (BComm)" sections of this Calendar for specific admission regulations pertaining to the Haskayne School of Business.


1. Applications to the Haskayne Co-operative Education Program are accepted twice a year - on May 1st and December 1st. Direct entry students normally apply by December 1st of their second year in the Bachelor of Commerce Program. Transfer students normally apply by May 1st following completion of 60 units (10.0 full-course equivalents) applicable towards the Bachelor of Commerce Program.

2. Applicants must have been admitted into the Haskayne School of Business before their Co-operative Education application will be reviewed.

3. To be considered for admission applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.50. Admission GPA is calculated on the most recent 36-45 units (6.0-7.5 full-course equivalents).

4. Before a Co-operative Education student's first work term commences, at least 54 units (9.0 full-course equivalents) and normally not more than 90 units (15.0 full-course equivalents) appropriate to the degree program must have been successfully completed, including at least one business course relating to the chosen Concentration (e.g., Accounting 217 or 317, Finance 317), and either a) Business and Environment 291, Computer Science 203, and Communication and Media Studies 363 or 369, or b) Management Studies 217, Strategy and Global Management 217 and Entrepreneurship and Innovation 317.

5. Co-operative Education students should have completed no more than 90 units (15.0 full-course equivalents) applicable to their Bachelor of Commerce before their first work term commences (consult the Co-op Program Coordinator at the Haskayne Career Centre).

Work Term Requirements

Attendance at the Career Centre workshops (Co-op New Student Orientation, Interview Skills, Co-op Best Practices and Success), or equivalent tutorials as approved by the Career Centre, is a requirement of admission and must occur before the start of the job search process.

In addition to their regular academic requirements, students pursuing the Co-operative Education designation must complete the following work term courses:

Co-operative Education 523.01, 523.02 and 523.03. Students completing back-to-back third and fourth work terms with the same employer will be registered in both Co-operative Education 523.03 and 523.04. Otherwise, Co-operative Education 523.04 may only be completed with the consent of the business school.


In addition to the Haskayne School of Business's regulations governing the Bachelor of Commerce program and the regulations governing the Co-operative Education program, the following regulations also apply:

1. Bachelor of Commerce students are required to complete a minimum of three four-month work terms, two of which must be completed while registered in the Haskayne School of Business Co-operative Education program.

2. Students wishing to transfer the credit of Co-operative Education work terms either from other faculties within the University of Calgary or from other institutions must submit a Haskayne School of Business Co-operative Education application.

3. December 1 applicants will normally begin their first four-month work term (Co-operative Education 523.01) in the subsequent Summer (Spring/Summer Intersession) Term. May 1 applicants will normally begin their first four-month work term in the subsequent Winter Term. Students can work a maximum of two Summer (Spring/Summer Intersession) work terms, the third work term must take place in the Fall or Winter Term.

4. Sequencing of work terms with academic terms is a flexible process which depends upon the availability of work terms, length of work terms (four or eight months) and the student's academic requirements.

5. Students must end their Co-operative Education program with an academic term.

6. The Co-operative Education courses are in addition to the normal requirements for each degree, i.e., students must complete the required courses and the required number of non Co-operative Education courses as students completing the traditional degree programs.

7. Students must be registered full time during their academic terms. Students taking a vacation or a leave should inform the Co-op Program Co-ordinator. While on a four-month work term a student may take one evening or weekend academic course.

8. If a student's academic performance results in the student being required to withdraw from the Haskayne School of Business, or being placed on probation, the student will be required to withdraw from the Co-operative Education program. If the student is required to withdraw from the Co-operative Education program but has already accepted a work term, the employer will be informed that the student is no longer registered in the Co-op program. Termination of the student's employment will be at the employer's discretion.

9. While on a work term students pay an academic course fee and are considered as full-time students.

10. Upon completion of each work term, the student must present a work term report to the Co-op Program Co-ordinator at the Haskayne Career Centre.

11. Students enrolled in combined degree programs wishing to pursue the Co-operative Education designation should consult the Co-op Program Co-ordinator for regulations.

12. Students who receive a Failure (F) on a work term will be required to withdraw from the Co-operative Education program.

For further information please contact the Co-op Program Co-ordinator at the Haskayne Career Centre.