Admission decisions for the co-operative (co-op) programs in the Faculty of Mathematics are made when a student first applies to the University of Waterloo and the Faculty of Mathematics. Since some co-op students choose not to follow through with their admission, or others switch out of co-op for personal or academic reasons, a number of openings are created for students wishing to transfer into co-op from regular programs in the Faculty of Mathematics. Such transfer requests are considered at the end of each academic term.
Each term the Associate Dean - Co-operative Studies (Mathematics) and the Faculty Relations Manager - Mathematics, Co-operative Education (CE) invite applications from mathematics students who wish to transfer into co-op. Students (including transfer students) should apply during their 1B term. Information sessions are held in early March/July/November so students not in co-op may explore the possibility of switching to the co-op program. Notices of these information sessions are posted in the Mathematics Undergraduate Office (MUO) in February/June/October. Applications to transfer to co-op are due on the last day of lectures each term.
There is no need for you to meet with the Associate Dean or the Faculty Relations Manager prior to the information session. All interested students should attend the next scheduled information session (check with MUO staff for the date of the next scheduled session) to clarify their personal circumstances as well as any questions that may pertain to the application process.
Admission to the various co-op programs in Mathematics is very competitive. Students seeking admission to co-op must compete for limited spaces; therefore, grades become an extremely important part of the application. Historically, the number of students admitted to co-op each term has ranged from 15-20. The cumulative average of all first year (1A and 1B) courses is used in the decision-making process and varies each term depending on the number of applicants. In recent terms, most successful applicants had cumulative averages of at least 85%. While grades are the primary factor considered when making decisions, additional information submitted by the applicant will be considered, so it is impossible to predict an average that will guarantee admission to co-op in any given term.
The ideal applicant will pass five courses in each of their 1A and 1B terms. All applicants must be no further than 2A (no more than 6.0 credits completed, including transfer credits) when they are admitted to co-op in Mathematics and must be prepared to complete a total of six full-time as a co-op student and five work terms.
Who can apply?
All Waterloo Math students who are in good standing are eligible to apply for admission to co-op. Students studying on a student authorization visa must accept that some restrictions will apply: visa students' work terms are restricted to Canada (and/or their country of citizenship) and those students must obtain a coop work-permit from Immigration Canada (a process that may take up to 12 weeks) as well as a Social Insurance Number (SIN) before beginning their work term.
CE will assist international students obtain their coop work-permits from Immigration Canada.
When will I find out if I am admitted to co-op?
The Associate Dean Co-op and the Faculty Relations Manager will review applications once all first year marks are available. Offers of admission will be made to successful applicants as soon as possible in the term following their application.
How do I apply?
The application process involves the following steps:
- You must complete the online application form.
- As part of the online application, there is an opportunity to provide additional information regarding your application. You may wish to explain how you will benefit from being in co-op, or why you feel you will be a strong co-op ambassador for Waterloo, or any other information you feel is relevant. There is a limit of 500 characters, so be concise!
- You must email your resume (as a pdf file) to the Associate Dean, Co-op. Use the subject "Transfer Application (ID)", using your student ID number in brackets.
- If you are a visa student, you must email a copy of your visa (as a pdf or jpg file) to the Associate Dean, Co-op. Include it in the same email with your resume.
- All components of the application must be completed by 11:59 pm on the last day of lectures.
How do I choose my co-op sequence?
When applying for co-op, students must choose one of the co-op sequences listed below. International students studying on a student authorization visa must choose from sequence option 2 or 3, in order to allow enough time to obtain their temporary work visa. Canadian (Cdn) and non-visa international (Intl) students must choose sequence option 1 or 2.
Each of these sequences includes five co-op terms, which is the minimum number of successful co-op terms that are required for a co-op degree in Math. If, as part of your co-op education, you fail to successfully complete any of your scheduled co-op terms, you will be removed from co-op, as you will be unable to complete co-op degree requirements. A co-op term can be unsuccessful for several reasons, including not securing employment, receiving a failed work term due to poor job performance, or forfeiting a work term as part of a sequence change.
Students are responsible for ensuring that their choice of co-op sequence will allow completion of their academic course requirements.Legend:
*W - work term