Program Overview

Here’s how the Co-op program works. 

8 study semesters + 2 or 3 work term semesters = 11 terms to complete your undergraduate degree.

In Arts & Science Co-op, you'll follow either a Specialist program, a Double Major program, or a Major with two minors, leading to a four-year degree. This is comprised of 20 full-credit equivalents (FCEs). 

In addition to completing the academic component of your degree, you’ll complete at least four co-op courses and spend 8 to 12 months in jobs – called co-op work terms – that are relevant to your program of study. 

For most programs, you’ll follow the same academic program requirements as your non-co-op peers. However, some programs have specific additional courses and timing requirements that are outlined in the Academic Calendar.

When are my work terms? 

The co-op program alternates work and study semesters until you have completed all of your work term requirements. Before you can begin your work term search, you complete your co-op preparation courses.  These courses are taken in your first year.

Work Term Sequences

When you enter the program, you have a chance to select your desired work term sequence in October during our sequence selection period.  We know that things may change as you progress in your degree so if you should want to change your sequence after it is selected, this is possible.  

There are specific work term eligibility requirements for each co-op program, such as a minimum number of courses, grade point average (GPA), successful completion of required courses, and enrollment in a Co-op Subject POSt (Specialist or Major). 

The Co-op Community 

You have a team of coordinators who work with you from admission to graduation. You can book in-person or virtual appointments or attend drop-in sessions.  Your Student Services Team is here to help you with every step and every question you may have. The Arts & Science Co-op team is part of the larger U of T community that is focused on your success and well-being.  Take part in a co-op community with supportive activities and programming throughout the year, including:  

  • Co-op Innovation Challenge 

  • Navigate – Junior and Senior networking  

  • LAUNCH - employer hiring event 

  • Peer Mentors

  • Ask Me Anything Co-op 

  • Skills Modules 

  • Arts and Science Co-op Portal 

  • The Inside sCoop - monthly co-op e-newsletter  

Co-op Awards, Scholarships and Grants 

Awards and scholarships are an opportunity for the University to recognize and celebrate academic excellence. In fact, many of our co-op students are Pearson International Scholars. 

Learn more about UofT awards and scholarships: