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Co-Operative Program Overview
The Department of Computer Science (in conjunction with the Ryerson's Office of Co-operative Education & Internship) also offers an optional co-op program, which provides graduates with 20 months of work experience integrated into their academic program.

Students wishing to be considered for this program should apply through this department for admission into the Co-op program during the third semester of their program. These second year students will receive notice in September of an introductory seminar on the Co-op program. Interested students should attend the seminar to find out more about the program and how to apply.

Typically, to be admitted into the Co-op program, students must have a CLEAR status and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the end of second semester, or receive departmental approval. To stay in the Co-op program, students must maintain a CLEAR status and minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, or receive departmental approval.

Students normally commence work terms upon completion of the second year of the program. The optional co-op extends the program to five from four years. The sequencing of academic and work terms is either:
SEMESTER YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4 YEAR 5
FALL SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 3 WKT 203 SEMESTER 6 SEMESTER 7
WINTER SEMESTER 2 SEMESTER 4 SEMESTER 5 WKT 403 SEMESTER 8
SUMMER FREE TERM WKT 103 WKT 303 WKT 503 GRADUATION

OR

SEMESTER YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4 YEAR 5
FALL SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 3 SEMESTER 5 WKT 303 SEMESTER 7
WINTER SEMESTER 2 SEMESTER 4 SEMESTER 6 WKT 403 SEMESTER 8
SUMMER FREE TERM WKT 103 WKT 203 WKT 503 GRADUATION

OR

SEMESTER YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4 YEAR 5
FALL SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 3 SEMESTER 5 WKT 403 SEMESTER 7
WINTER SEMESTER 2 SEMESTER 4 WKT 203 SEMESTER 6 SEMESTER 8
SUMMER FREE TERM WKT 103 WKT 303 WKT 503 GRADUATION
Students must successfully complete a minimum of four work terms to graduate. Work terms are graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Each work term is assessed (by the Co-op faculty Advisor) on the basis of the student.s comprehensive written report of the work term and the employer.s evaluation of the student's performance on the job.

Ryerson cannot guarantee work term jobs, but the Ryerson's Office of Co-operative Education & Internship will prospect for employers and make every effort to locate suitable positions, as well as be available to advise students on their search for program-related jobs. The co-op program enables students to earn prevailing wages for the level of responsibility and contribution of the jobs they perform, and thus finance at least part of their university education.

For more information on the Co-op program at the Department of Computer Science, visit this Co-op Web Portal and the Ryerson's Office of Co-operative Education and Internship.