Co-op in Master of Science in Computer Science

Acadia University’s Co-op Program is nationally accredited and integrates study terms with paid, discipline-related work terms. Co-op students in the Master of Science in Computer Science program complete two 4-month work terms. Students apply to Co-op at the beginning of their 1st year. All Co-op students participate in mandatory professional development workshops and receive one-on-one coaching in resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, and workplace professionalism. Each work term is a non-credit course with applicable tuition fees.

In Computer Science, having work experience upon graduation provides a distinct competitive advantage. Applying knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, students gain hands-on experience in their discipline. Co-op helps students determine their strengths and interests while exploring different work environments and test-driving potential careers. Employers from across Canada hire Co-op students to work on special projects and assist during peak periods while often evaluating them for future hire.

Recent employers include: Blackberry, Royal Bank of Canada, and Rimot



"Working as a software developer co-op student at RBC allowed me to experience a diverse technology stack in a large enterprise environment. In addition, it provided the opportunity to work using a rigorous software development methodology. This experience has added a lot to my technical background. Moreover, working alongside other more experienced developers has contributed to my communication and people skills. I believe the recognition I get from working for one of the largest companies in Canada will contribute positively to my career after graduation."

Ahmed Galila
Master of Science in Computer Science
(Co-op Option)