Computer Science (MCS)

Admission requirements
  • Be registered full-time in the Master of Computer Science program
  • Have an admission average of (B+ or 75%) and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 7.0 (B+ or 75%) in courses taken at the University of Ottawa
  • Start the program in the fall term (this is necessary due to CO-OP placement cycles)

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 - all students follow this sequence

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudyWork 1
2Work 2Study-

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
  • BlackBerry
  • CIENA Corporation
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Electronic Arts Inc.
  • Entrust Datacard
  • Ericsson Canada Inc.
  • Ford Motor Company of Canada
  • Honeywell Ltd.
  • House of Commons
  • IBM Canada Ltd.
  • Kinaxis
  • Mitel Networks Corporation
  • Morgan Stanley
  • National Research Council Canada
  • Nokia
  • RBC Royal Bank
  • Slice Labs Inc.
  • Thomas Reuters
  • TripAdvisor Media Group
  • Wind River Systems
Examples of tasks at work
  • Conduct project analyses and project management
  • Design basic programs and extensions to existing programs
  • Help design and implement software modules for a whole range of applications related to databases, networking, telecommunication, business intelligence, embedded systems, mathematical and statistical analysis, etc.;
  • Plan and execute test suites
  • Write program codes in the most commonly used languages, including C, C++, Java, Prolog, Assembler, Perl and fourth-generation languages
  • Write quality software documentation and manuals
Student salaries
How to apply

Masters programs

Apply to CO-OP after you've started your studies at uOttawa. You must have an admission average of 75% (B+) or higher.
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: September 30 of your first year of studies

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