Computer Science

Admission requirements
  • Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or an international student (authorization or diplomat)
  • Be registered full-time in the honours bachelor of science program in either the specialization in computer science or the major in computer science
  • Have a minimum CGPA of 6
  • Have completed all course requirements up to and including the fall term of second year while still having a minimum of 60 credits remaining to complete your program
  • Obtain a minimum mark of D+ in ENG 1112

CO-OP programs have limited enrolment. Meeting the admission criteria does not guarantee you a place. Admission is based on your CGPA. We admit those with the highest CGPA first.

Work/Study sequences

Sequence 1 - by default, all students follow this sequence

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudy-
2StudyStudyWork 1
3StudyWork 2Study
4Work 3StudyWork 4
5Study--

Sequence 2 - available to students hired for 12-month terms with the same company

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudy-
2StudyStudyWork 1
3StudyWork 2Work 3
4Work 4Study-
5StudyStudy-

Sequence 3 - available to students hired for 8-month terms with the same company

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudy-
2StudyStudyWork 1
3StudyWork 2Study
4Work 3Work 4-
5StudyStudy-

CO-OP fees

As a CO-OP student, you also pay CO-OP fees (announced every year by the Registrar) for the session before your first work term and then for every work term, up to and including your last one.

Some of our employers include
  • Amazon
  • Bank of Canada
  • BlackBerry
  • CENX Inc.
  • CIENA Corporation
  • Canada Border Security Agency (BSA)
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Caseware International Inc.
  • Communication Security Establishment Canada
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • GENBAND
  • Gemalto (SafeNet)
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Health Canada
  • House of Commons
  • IBM Canada Ltd.
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Kinaxis
  • Klipfolio
  • Microsoft Canada
  • Mitel Networks Corporation
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Nokia
  • Ross Video Limited
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Shopify
  • Sonus Networks
  • Statistics Canada
  • StoneShare Inc.
  • Telepin Software
  • The Pythian Group
  • Thinkwrap Commerce
  • Treasury Board of Canada
  • University of Ottawa
Examples of tasks at work
  • Basic operations software
  • Database design
  • Designing basic programs and extensions to existing programs
  • Mathematical and statistical analysis
  • Programming in several languages including C++, Java, Prolog, Assembler, Perl, Scheme and fourth-generation languages (4GL)
  • Project analysis and management
  • Work on designing high-level software including for data transmission and networks
How to apply

Two easy ways to apply :

1 - Reserved placement

When applying for regular admission to the University, you can also apply for direct admission to any CO-OP program except Biomedical Science, Translation and graduate-level programs. The average mark required to be eligible for direct admission into CO-OP is

  • 80% or higher for students admitted in first year.
  • 75% or higher for applicants who have completed at least two years of CEGEP.

To keep your reserved placement in CO-OP, you must obtain a cumulative grade point average of at least 8.0 and meet the admission requirements of your chosen CO-OP program until you are formally admitted into the Program (September 30 or March 1 of your second year of studies, depending on the program). Otherwise, you will lose your reserved spot in CO-OP and have to compete with regular applicants for admission.

If you apply for direct admission and are not granted a placement, don't worry. You can re-apply during your second year at University (see section 2)


2 - Applying once at the University of Ottawa

You can apply for CO-OP after you have registered at the University of Ottawa. Application deadlines and admission requirements vary from program to program, so be sure to check individual program pages online for specific information.

Steps to follow in order to apply from the University via uoZone:

  • Connect to uoZone.
  • From the Applications menu, click on CO-OP Navigator.

If you have any questions about your application, please contact our office by phone at 613 562-5741 or by e-mail at coop@uOttawa.ca.

Application Deadline: September 30 of your second year of studies

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