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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 23, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Business and Economics Co-op

SBE Co-op program

School of Business & Economics (SBE) Co-op consists of three work terms of four monthsí duration, between second and fourth years, enabling students to obtain 12 months of practical, full-time work experience. It has been designed to allow employers to have a position filled year-round by Laurier Co-op students. Students apply for SBE Co-op at the end of their first year.

Honours Business

Laurierís business programs are known for their high academic standards, student-centred teaching methods and comprehensive approach to all aspects of business. Through a variety of teaching techniques, including case discussion, simulation challenges, student projects and presentations by business executives, Laurier business students become proficient at solving business problems from a general management perspective.

Honours Economics

Laurierís Department of Economics is committed to the pursuit of excellence in teaching and research. The study of economics develops problem-solving ability and analytical and quantitative skills, using a blend of theory and application. The department offers interdisciplinary programs that combine a traditional education in economics with the acquisition of skills in accounting, administration or financial management. (Students in the Honours Applied Economics program are not eligible to apply for co-op.)


  • Accounting
  • Brand Communication & Management 
  • Business & Sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Insurance and Risk Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management

International Co-op

Students enrolled in the Co-op Option may explore work terms with international employers. The Department of Co-operative Education guides students through the process of seeking a job and obtaining work permits and visas.  Students have recently secured co-op work terms in Australia, China, Dubai, India, South Africa, Turkey, Western Europe, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.


Laurierís BBA and Economics co-op programs are accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education. Laurierís School of Business & Economics has also received the highest form of accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, whose standards are recognized internationally.

Professional Recognition

The time spent on work terms is recognized as part of the experience requirements for the Chartered Accountant designation. Honours Business and Honours Economics courses may be counted toward credit with numerous professional organizations, including:

  • Certified General Accountants of Ontario
  • Human Resources Professionals Association
  • Insurance Institute of Canada 
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario 
  • Purchasing Management Association of Canada
  • Society of Management Accountants of Ontario

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