The academic requirements are the same as in the Regular Thesis Option MSc, but at least two of the required four one-term courses (CHEM 784(0) – Research Literature Review and CHEM 794(0) – MSc Seminar) must be completed during the first two terms in the program. Following the second term, the student will spend two terms (eight months) working in an industrial or government laboratory, upon completion of which he/she must present an acceptable work report. Upon returning to the campus, the student will complete his/her course work, research, and prepare the MSc thesis.
To be accepted as a coop student, applicants must find a supervisor that is interested in taking the coop student into their research program. This is more likely to happen where the supervisor has a research program strongly linked with an industrial partner who shares the research interest of the researcher. Thus the research carried out under the supervisor can be continued.
A student is eligible to apply for admission to the MSc Co-operative option if he/she has a minimum standing of 75% in an Honours Bachelor of Science degree, or the equivalent, from an accredited university and is restricted to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. The Co-op MSc option is not available to students who have completed a Co-op program as undergraduates. These students are, however, eligible for admission to the Co-op PhD program.
During the work-terms, the student is paid by the host organization a salary that is based on the student’s experience and the host’s salary scale.