Masters of Applied Computer Science COOP

The Co-op Program is excited to announce that the new Master of Applied Computer Science (MACS) program will have a co-op option for students. 

Masters Co-op Program Overview

Our master's MACS co-op students complete 8 months of paid work experience (May to December time frame) in appropriate fields of business, industry, government, non-profits, and academic studies. While completing the work experiences, students complete required learning assignments and are monitored and evaluated by the Co-op Office and their employer. Monitoring and evaluation will assist the student with learning and understanding themselves and the world of work. As with many Co-op Education programs in Canada,  graduate co-op students will complete two professional development seminars,  2 work terms (8 months, summer & fall), and our capstone course COOP 530.

Masters Co-op Fees: $2200. Each professional development seminar is $600 and each work term is $500. Students pay the co-op fees as they register for each component of the program. In the fall, students complete the two professional development seminars ($600x2), and once they have secured a co-op work experience, register for their work terms in May and September ($500 x2) for a total of $2200 in Co-op fees. Co-op fees are in addition to tuition fees. Students will pay 3-credit tuition per work term in addition to their co-op fees.

For additional information about Co-op, please visit our Master's co-op program questions & answers

Work Term Sequencing 

  Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Summer 2022 Fall 2022 Winter 2023
# academic course credits and Co-op Requirements

9 credits of academic courses

COOP 500, 501,  starting to job search 

12* credits of academic courses

Actively co-op job searching

not taking academic courses

COOP 510: Work Term 1 (3 credits)

not taking academic courses

COOP 520: Work Term 2 (3 credits)

9 credits of academic courses

COOP 530 (completed in the month of January)

*students have the opportunity to complete 12 credits in the winter semester before going on co-op work term or taking 12 credits in the winter semester after finishing their co-op work terms. 

Co-op Work Terms

Students will work a minimum of 35 hrs/week for a minimum of 13 weeks within a four-month semester. Minimum salary of $17.00 per hour. While on a co-op work term, students are considered full-time. Students are not enrolled in classes while on a co-op work term. Co-op work terms can be located across Canada. 

Co-op Application Process and Timeline  

Timeline Process
Mid June Co-op Office will contact confirmed MACS students by email regarding the Co-op Education application process
mid-June/end of June Students will have two weeks from the time they are notified by email of the Co-op application to apply to co-op and agree to the Terms and Conditions of Participation
August Co-op Office will notify MACS Co-op students of the professional development September seminar schedule.
September The Co-op staff will meet you in person once you have arrived at STFX

Co-op Work Permit Information  

After being accepted into the Co-op program, international students are required to have a co-op work permit in addition to their study permit prior to applying for any co-op jobs. International students enrolled in the Co-op program should apply for their co-op work permit by September 30. For more information on the work permit application process visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website. Co-op work permit application processing times can be lengthy. Students are encouraged to start the process immediately after being accepted into the Co-op program. Co-op Students should visit CIC's website as it contains the most up-to-date information.

In addition to the co-op work permit, students will also need a Social Insurance Number (SIN). The Social Insurance Number (SIN)  is a nine-digit number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits. For more information, please visit the Government of Canada's website. Students can apply for their SIN after being accepted into the Co-op Program.