Graduate Co-operative Education

At the master's level there are two ways that a student can participate in a co-operative education experience. The first way is to register in one of the co-operative education programs offered at the University of Regina. Alternately, some units offer Graduate Co-operative Education courses, outside of a co-operative education program. Students who complete either a Co-operative Education Program, or complete an approved Graduate Co-op Work Term Course will have a Co-operative Education Designation added to their degree.

For Students

Co-op Routes

If you are in Master’s program in an academic unit supporting a Co-operative Education Program, then you may apply for this route. You should apply either at time of admission or by submitting a Request for Graduate Transfer. To be accepted you must be in good standing in your program.

The student's academic unit has to provide approval for the student to enroll in the co-operative education program.  Academic units may have additional requirements or constraints on the students who are either accepted in a co-operative education route, please see the program description for complete details.

Students in a co-operative Education Program will be required to register in at least 6 credit hours (or equivalent) for each of two work semesters in a work placement for a total of 12 credit hours (or equivalent). Each work semester will be graded (Pass/Fail). Students may be required to submit a report or make a formal presentation on their co-operative work term which will be subject to academic review to assess its merits.

Approved Co-op Course (outside of co-op routes)

If you are not in a unit that has a co-op route, but are in one that offers a Graduate Co-op Work Term course, then you may apply to take their unit’s co-operative education course. For this option you must be a full-time masters student in good standing and both your unit and FGSR must approve you to take the co-op class, and also must approve your specific co-op placement. Academic units may have additional requirements for the students who are granted permission to take a graduate work term (these can be found in the course descriptions).

Process for registering in a co-op course:

  1. Student Applies for Graduate Co-op.
  2. Student works with Career Office to find a Work Placement
    • Once the student has their “Application to Graduate Co-operative Education” approved, they will work with the Career Office to find a placement.
  3. Approval of Work Term
    • Once the student has an offer of employment, the Career Office informs the student's academic unit. 
    • The student registers for XXXX 601/602.
  4. Student Goes on Work Term

  5. Assigning the Final Grade
    When the student returns from their work term, the person who has signed the Approval of the Graduate Co-op Work Term form will be responsible for submitting a final grade for the student.  Departments may require a report or a presentation.

  6. Co-operative Education Designation
    When the student graduates, FGSR will check if the student has completed the courses required to earn a Co-operative Education Designation.  If so, the student will receive a "Co-operative Education" designation which will appear on the student's parchment and transcript.

Notes

  • The career office will help find placements for students enrolled in graduate co-operative education. The career office will attempt to find graduate co-operative education placements with either more responsibilities and obligations than an undergraduate co-operative education placement, or a research aspect that complements the student’s graduate education. Obviously, the career office cannot promise research positions. Professors are encouraged to use their contacts to help in this process.
  • Graduate students will follow the same work term requirements pertaining to undergraduate students, such as length of terms, suitability of work placements, and codes of conduct.
  • International students should apply for a work visa two terms before they anticipate starting their first placement. The career office can provide students with a letter for CIC stating that their co-op course is essential for the student to earn the Co-operative Education Designation. 

For Professors and Graduate Co-ordinators Creating Co-op Classes

Units that do not have a co-operative Education Route may offer a Graduate Work Term course. Instructions on how to create these courses is described in this document. Graduate Work-Term classes will be in addition to the student’s program and will not replace required courses in the student’s program.

Course Descriptions

ARTS 601 – Graduate Co-op Work Term I
This is the first one semester co-op placement for graduate students in the Faculty of Arts. To register in this class a student must be in good standing and enrolled full-time in a Masters program in the Faculty of Arts. A student who completes both ARTS 601 and ARTS 602 will have the designation “Co-operative Education” added to their degree. A “Credit” grade requires both a satisfactory work-term report and a satisfactory employer’s evaluation. 6 credit hours, Credit / No Credit.
Prerequisite: Completion of two graduate level courses in the student’s graduate program, CGPA minimum of 75% and permission of the student’s academic unit.

ARTS 602 – Graduate Co-op Work Term II
This is the second one semester co-op placement for graduate students in the Faculty of Arts. To register in this class a student must be in good standing and enrolled full-time in a Masters program in the Faculty of Arts. A student who completes both ARTS 601 and ARTS 602 will have the designation “Co-operative Education” added to their degree. A “Credit” grade requires both a satisfactory work-term report and a satisfactory employer’s evaluation. 6 credit hours, Credit / No Credit.
Prerequisite: ARTS 601, CGPA of minimum 75%, and permission of the student’s academic unit.