Computer Science

Admission requirements
  • Be registered full-time in the Honours BSc with Specialization in Computer Science or the Honours with Major in Computer Science
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 6 in courses taken at the University of Ottawa
  • Have completed all your first-year course requirements, and be registered in your mandatory second-year fall and winter courses
  • Obtain a minimum mark of D+ in ENG 1112 (not required for the major in Computer Science)

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
2StudyStudyWork 1
3StudyWork 2Study
4Work 3StudyWork 4

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

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

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

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

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
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Amazon
  • Bank of Canada
  • Bell Canada
  • BlackBerry
  • CENX Inc.
  • CIENA Corporation
  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Caseware International Inc.
  • Communication Security Establishment Canada
  • Electronic Arts Inc.
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Ericsson Canada Inc.
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Health Canada
  • House of Commons
  • IBM Canada Ltd.
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Kinaxis
  • Klipfolio
  • Mitel Networks Corporation
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Nokia
  • Open Text AG
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Ross Video Limited
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Shopify
  • Statistics Canada
  • StoneShare Inc.
  • Telepin Software
  • The Pythian Group
  • Treasury Board of Canada
  • Ubisoft Entertainment
  • 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
Student salaries
Work term reports guidelines

You must submit your work term report through the CO-OP Navigator. The “Work Term Report” link can be found next to your work term, under the “My Evaluations” tab. The system will allow you to change or submit your report right up until the deadline for submission, and professors will be able to submit their comments and attach a corrected copy of your report online as well.

You must include a cover letter or letter of transmittal along with your CO-OP work-term report in one PDF file.

For confidential Work-Term Reports, please make sure to submit your cover letter or letter of transmittal through the CO-OP Navigator by the deadline for submission.

Academic coordinators
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