Admission requirements
  • Be registered full-time in the Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Option or specialization in Accounting) program
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 6 in courses taken at the University of Ottawa
  • Have completed all course requirements for first and second year of the program according to the program's course sequence

Students who do not follow the course sequence due to equivalencies granted at the time of admission must communicate with the Undergraduate Office of the Telfer School as soon as possible, and no later than the end of their first study term, to discuss their eligibility with an Academic Advisor.

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.

Note: Once you are officially admitted to the co-op program, in other words, once an offer of admission has been sent to you from the Co-op Office in the summer term prior to your first work term, you must attend a mandatory workshop before accepting your offer of admission. Please note that this workshop takes place in the first week of September, you must make yourself available and register.

Work/Study sequences

Sequence 1 - students hired by a CPA Firm for their 1st work term will follow this sequence

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
3StudyWork 1Study
4StudyWork 2Work 3

Sequence 2 - by default, all students follow this sequence (see note for sequence 1)

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
3StudyWork 1Study
4Work 2StudyWork 3

Course schedule for Option in Accounting 

Course schedule for Specialization in Accounting 


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
  • BDO Canada LLP
  • Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Collins Barrow LLP
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Federal and municipal governments
  • Ginsberg, Gluzman, Fage & Levitz, LLP
  • Hendry Warren LLP
  • Logan Katz LLP
  • Marcil Lavallée
  • Office of the Auditor General of Canada
  • PwC
  • Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
  • Welch LLP
Examples of tasks at work
  • Creating financial statements for small businesses
  • Doing reconciliations
  • Preparing preliminary tax returns
  • Reversals of provisions
  • Reviewing and interpreting policies
  • Turning raw data into accounts and financial statements
Student salaries
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:

  • 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

Application Deadline: March 1st of your second year of studies

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