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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


At Laurier, we have more than thirty undergraduate and graduate co-op programs available.

Our co-op office approves full-time paid positions that provide our students with the opportunity to learn while performing productive work and to be real-world ready.

Undergraduate Programs

Applied Water Science Co-op

Applied Water Science is an interdisciplinary program jointly operated by the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Geography and Environmental Studies.

Students completing an Applied Water Science degree learn about hyrdology, limnology, biogeochemistry, toxicology, biology, water governance and policy. 

Applied Water Science Co-op Work Study Sequence

Year

Fall 
(September to December)

Winter 
(January to April)

Spring 
(May to August)

Year 1

Study term

Study term

Summer
vacation

Year 2

Study term

Study term

Summer
vacation

Year 3

Study term

Work term 1

Work term 1

Year 4

Study term

Study term

Work term 2

Year 5

Work term 2

Study term

N/A

 

Arts Co-op

With more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the Faculty of Arts is the largest and most diverse faculty at Laurier. The 11 departments and interdisciplinary programming span a number of fields in the social sciences and humanities.

Arts Co-op Work Study Sequence

Year

Fall 
(September to December)

Winter 
(January to April)

Spring 
(May to August)

Year 1

Study term

Study term

Summer vacation

Year 2

Study term

Study term

Work term 1

Year 3

Study term

Study term

Work term 2

Year 4

Study term

Study term

Study term

Business and Economics Co-op

Laurier's Business and Economics Co-op programs have a reputation for high academic standards, and comprehensive approach wand have received the highest form of accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, whose standards are recognized internationally.

Honours BBA Co-op Work Study Sequence 

Year

Fall 
(September to December)

Winter 
(January to April)

Spring 
(May to 
August)

Year 1

Study term

Study term

Summer vacation

Year 2

Study term

Study term

Work term 1

Year 3

Study term

Work term 2

Study term

Year 4

Work term 3

Study term

Study term

 

Honours BBA Co-op Work Study Sequence
(Alternate Sequence - Eight Month Co-op Term)

Year

Fall 
(September to December)

Winter 
(January to April)

Spring 
(May to August)

Year 1

Study term

Study term

Summer vacation

Year 2

Study term

Study term

Study term

Year 3

Work term 1

Work term 2 

Study term

Year 4

Work term 3

Study term

Study term

 

Honours BBA Co-op Work Study Sequence
(Alternate Sequence )

Year

Fall 
(September to December)

Winter 
(January to April)

Spring 
(May to 
August)

Year 1

Study term

Study term

Summer vacation

Year 2

Study term

Study term

Study term

Year 3

Work term 1

Study term

Work term 2

Year 4

Study term

Work term 3 

Study term

 

Honours Economics and Financial Management
Co-op Work Study Sequence

Year

Fall 
(September to December)

Winter 
(January to April)

Spring 
(May to August)

Year 1

Study term

Study term

Summer vacation

Year 2

Study term

Study term

Work term 1

Year 3

Study term

Work term 2 

Study term

Year 4

Work term 3 

Study term

Study term

Business and Computer Science Co-op (UWaterloo)

Students in the double degree program in Business Administration and Computer Science take business courses at Laurier and computer science courses at the University of Waterloo.

Business Administration and Computer Science 
Co-op Work Study Sequence

Year

Fall 
(Sept. - Dec.)

Winter 
(Jan. to April)

Spring 
(May to Aug.)

Year 1

Study term

Study term

Summer vacation

Year 2

Study term

Work term 1

Study term

Year 3

Study term

Work term 2

Study term

Year 4

Work term or
Study term

Work term or
Study term

Study term

Year 5

Optional
Work term

Study term

Study term



Business and Computer Science Co-op (Laurier)

Students in Laurier's double degree program in Business Administration with Computer Science develop an expertise in business and a strong understanding of computer science.

Business and Computer Science
Degree Work Study Sequence

Year

Fall 
(September to
December)

Winter 
(January to 
April)

Spring 
(May to 
August)

Year 1

Study term

Study term

Summer
vacation

Year 2

Study term

Study term

Work
term 1

Year 3

Study term

Work term 2

Study term

Year 4

Work
term 3

Study term

Study term

Year 5

Study term

Study term

N/A 

Business and Computing students may
complete an optional fourth work term.

Year 5

Work term 4

Study term

Study term

Business and Financial Math Co-op

Sudents in the accelerated ccelerated double-degree program earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Financial Mathematics in five years. Through their business program, students learn about internal and external business structures and processes, and the skills to manage them. Through their mathematics courses, students build the quantitative and technical expertise needed to analyze risk in business and industry.

Business and Financial Math Double Degree
Co-op Work Study Sequence

Year

Fall 
(September to
December)

Winter 
(January to 
April)

Spring 
(May to 
August)

Year 1

Study term

Study term

Summer Vacation

Year 2

Study term

 Study term

Work term 1

Year 3

Study term

Work term 2

Study term

Year 4

Work term 3

Study term

Study term

Year 5

Study term

Study term

 N/A

Business and Mathematics Co-op

Students in the double degree program in Business Administration and Mathematics take business courses at Laurier and math courses at the University of Waterloo.

Business and Math Double Degree
Co-op Work Study Sequence

Year

Fall 
(September to
December)

Winter 
(January to 
April)

Spring 
(May to 
August)

Year 1

Study term

Study term

Study term

Year 2

Study term

Study term

Work term 1

Year 3

Study term

Work term 2

Study term

Year 4

Work Term 3 or Study Term

Work Term 3 or Study Term

Study term

Year 5

Optional Work Term 4

Study term

 Study term

Business Technology Management Co-op

Bachelor of Business Technology Management students are equipped with traditional business skills, the latest knowledge of technology and courses in liberal arts and leadership. Graduates are prepared to be leaders in a turbulent world of technology-based change.

Business Technology Management Co-op Work Study Sequence

Year

Fall 
(September to
December)

Winter 
(January to 
April)

Spring 
(May to 
August)

Year 1

Study term

Study term

Summer vacation

Year 2

Study term

Study term

Study term

Year 3

Work term 1

Work term 2

Study term

Year 4

Work term 3

Study term

Study term

Computer Science Co-op

Laurier's Computer Science Co-op students complete three four-month work terms and are available to work in the fall, spring and winter.

Computer Science Co-op Work Study Sequence

Year

Fall 
(September to
December)

Winter 
(January to 
April)

Spring 
(May to 
August)

Year 1

Study term

Study term

Summer vacation

Year 2

Study term

Study term

Study term

Year 3

Work term 1

Study term

Work term 2

Year 4

Study term

Work term 3

Study term

Data Science Co-op

Laurier's Data Science program seeks to address the data-related needs of modern business and industry. With a focus on mathematics, statistics, data analytics and computing technologies and methods, our students take courses in computer science, data analysis, business and economics. 

Data Science Co-op Work Study Sequence

Year

Fall 
(September to
December)

Winter 
(January to 
April)

Spring 
(May to 
August)

Year 1

Study term

Study term

Summer vacation

Year 2

Study term

Study term

Study term

Year 3

Work term 1

Study term

Work term 2

Year 4

Study term

Work term 3

Study term

Science Co-op

With 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students, many of our Faculty of Science programs take an interdisciplinary approach with an emphasis on the applications of science that address some of society’s most pressing issues and leave our graduates well positioned to begin very productive careers. 

Science Co-op Work Study Sequence

Year

Fall 
(September to
December)

Winter 
(January to 
April)

Spring 
(May to 
August)

Year 1

Study term

Study term

Summer vacation

Year 2

Study term

Study term

Work term 1

Year 3

Study term

Study term

Work term 2

Year 4

Study term

Study term

Study term

Professional Experience Program

The Professional Experience Program (PEP), which is available to students in Honours Computer Science, includes a work term lasting from 12 to 16 months. These students often take placements in areas such as programming, networking technology, quality assurance, technical support or information technology consulting. 

Professional Experience Program
Co-op Work Study Sequence

Year

Fall 
(September to
December)

Winter 
(January to 
April)

Spring 
(May to 
August)

Year 1

Study term

Study term

Summer vacation

Year 2

Study term

Study term

Summer vacation

Year 3

Study term

Study term

Work term

Year 4

Work term

Work term 

Work term

Year 5

Study term

Study term

N/A

User Experience Design Co-op

The User Experience Design program is part of the Faculty of Liberal Arts, located in Brantford. User Experience (UX) is a rapidly growing career path that focuses on making products, services and spaces useful, usable and enjoyable for users. The extended work term of 12 to 16 months allows students to engage in a project of reasonable complexity and see it to completion. 

 

User Experience Design Co-op Work Study Sequence

Year

Fall 
(September to
December)

Winter 
(January to 
April)

Spring 
(May to 
August)

Year 1

Study term

Study term

Summer vacation

Year 2

Study term

Study term

Summer vacation

Year 3

Study term

Study term

Work term

Year 4

Work term

Work term 

Work term 

Year 5

Study term

Study term

N/A

Graduate Programs

Master of Applied Computing (MAC) Co-op

As technology becomes more sophisticated, so does the skill set required for the computing profession. Laurier’s Master of Applied Computing program offers students an advanced computing degree with theoretical and practical knowledge of mobile computing, enterprise computing and data mining. Students take ourses include Data Analysis, Practical Algorithm Design, and Seminar in Technology Entrepreneurship

Students in the full-time co-op program take 20 months to complete their degree, which includes an eight-month work term between May and December.

Master of Applied Computing (MAC) Work Study Sequence

Year

Fall 
(September to
December)

Winter 
(January to 
April)

Spring 
(May to 
August)

Year 1

Study term

Study term

Work term 1

Year 2

Work term 1

Study term

N/A

Master of Arts in Business Economics (MABE) Co-op

The Lazaridis School of Business and Economics has offered the Master of Arts in Business Economics (MABE) since 1992. MABE students apply economic principles to macroeconomic policy making, strategic planning, international trade, labour market analysis, finance, international finance and business problems. Courses include Microeconomics, Survey Design, Time Series Analysis, and Econometrics and Forecasting.

The program lasts 16 to 20 months, and includes an eight-month work term between May and December or a four-month work term from May through August.

Laurier's Master of Finance (MFin) co-op program is accredited by CAFCE, now Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL).

Master of Arts in Business Economics (MABE) Work Study Sequence

Year

Fall 
(September to
December)

Winter 
(January to 
April)

Spring 
(May to 
August)

Year 1

Study term

Study term

Work term 1

Year 2

Work term 1

Study term

N/A

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Co-op

The Lazaridis Full-time MBA with Co-op program is designed for high-calibre, recent graduates with less than two years of work experience. Laurier uses a seamless, holistic style to deliver the integrated core courses; Strategic Management, Marketing, Financial Management, Organizational Behaviour, Operation Management, Economics, Accounting and Business Analytics.

All Lazaridis MBA students explore management issues within the voluntary sector of the economy while providing field-based community service during the Not-for-Profit Practicum.

Students are available to complete four-month work terms in the winter and fall terms.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Work Study Sequence

Year

Fall 
(September to
December)

Winter 
(January to 
April)

Spring 
(May to 
August)

Year 1

Study term

Work term 1

Study term

Year 2

Work term 2

Study term

Master of Finance (MFin) Co-op

The Lazaridis Master of Finance (MFin) co-op program includes two four-month work terms, typically in financial services or government, and lasts 20 months. Students are equipped to conduct expert analysis in equities, fixed incomes, derivative products, corporate finance and portfolio management. The program’s core courses include Investment Management, Fixed Income Analysis, Economics and Quantitative Methods, Advanced Corporate Finance, Financial Reporting and Analysis, Foundation in Finance and Professional Ethics.

The Lazaridis MFin is part of the Chartered Financial Analysis (CFA) University Affiliation Program.

Laurier's Master of Finance (MFin) co-op program is accredited by CAFCE, now Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL).

Master of Finance (MFIN) Work Study Sequence

Year

Fall 
(September to
December)

Winter 
(January to 
April)

Spring 
(May to 
August)

Year 1

Study term

Work term 1

Study term

Year 2

Work term 2

Study term

Master of Arts in Communication Studies Co-op

Co-op students in the MA in Communication Studies program obtain employment and professional communication experience in non-profit organizations, the public sector, community groups, and organizations in creative industries. Co-op students are encouraged to pursue work terms in sectors and roles that align with their research interests.

This is a competitive-entry and limited-enrolment program available to full-time students. Participants study theoretical concepts and research methods in communication studies, and may take courses such as Critical Theory, Video Game Studies, and Risk, Media, and Science. After completing their coursework in the fall and winter terms, students participate in a work term from May through August and write their major research paper or thesis in the subsequent fall semester, completing all their program requirements in approximately 16 months.

Master of Arts in Communication Studies  Work Study Sequence

Year

Fall 
(September to
December)

Winter 
(January to 
April)

Spring 
(May to 
August)

Year 1

Study term

Study term 

Work term 1

Year 2

Study term

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