Masters of Applied Computer Science COOP

Please note. This website will be updated by April 2023 for the academic year 2023-2024. Once we have finalized our intake process for 2023-2024, the information for 2022-2023 will be deleted from the site. 

Masters Co-op Program Overview

Our master's MACS co-op students complete 8 months of paid work experience (May to December time frame for September Co-op start and January to August for January Co-op start) 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,  1 work term (8 months, summer & fall, September start or 8 months, winter & summer, January start), and our capstone course COOP 530.

Masters Co-op Fees: $2200. Each professional development seminar is $600 and the work term is $1000. Students pay the co-op fees as they register for each component of the program. In the first semester of starting the MACS program, MACS Co-op students complete the two professional development seminars ($600x2), and once they have secured a co-op work experience, register for their work term ($500 x2) for a total of $2200 in Co-op fees. For each co-op work term, students will pay 3-credit tuition per work term, StFX additional fees, and their co-op work term fee. Information regarding StFX tuition and additional fees, visit student accounts webpage

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

Work Term Sequencing - Students who start their program in September and enroll in the Co-op in September 2022

  Fall** Winter 2023 Summer 2023 Fall 2023 Winter 2024
# academic course credits and Co-op Requirements

9 credits of academic courses

COOP 500, 501,  starting to job search 

9* 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)

12* credits of academic courses

COOP 530 (completed in the month of January)

*students have the opportunity to complete 12 credits in the winter semester after completing their co-op work term (Subject to change for the 22/23 academic year). 

**MACS Co-op students are strongly encouraged to focus on their academics in the fall semester of their first year. The Co-op Office will review academic grades in December. If a course grade falls below 60 (which is considered a fail grade by MACS academic standards), the student will be ineligible to continue with the Co-op program. 












Work Term Sequencing - Students who start their program in January 2023 and apply to Co-op in January 2023

Starting in January 2023, students who start their MACS program in January will have an opportunity to apply to Co-op. MACS Co-op students who start in January will have a different work term sequencing option than students who start their program/Co-op in September. Only students who start their MACS program in January are eligible to apply to Co-op in January. Confirmed January 2023 start MACS students will receive an email the end of November 2022 that will outline the Co-op application process and considerations about the Co-op program. 

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  (new process for 23-24 academic year)

At the time of applying to the MACS program, students also were automatically applying to the Co-op Program. In early September, students will have the opportunity to confirm their decision about completing the Co-op Program. Students will be emailed in late August with the process and timeline of confirming Co-op status. This process will be similar for MACS students who begin their academic studies in January. Students should read the frequently asked questions section for more specific information. 


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 (September start) or January 30 (January start). 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.