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The Department of Economics has a new, exciting addition to its programmes - an Economics Co-operative Education Option (ECEO). The popularity and demand for economics co-op programmes is increasing across the country. The reason is simple. Economics is a discipline that lends itself ideally to co-operative education. The qualitative and quantitative analytical skills of economists-in-training are in demand by the private sector and the public sector alike. Co-op programmes combine a solid base of course work with work terms that can provide students with invaluable experience.

Work Terms

On each of the three work terms, students will learn practical skills and gain experience working in the field of Economics. The benefits of work term placements are wide-ranging: students have opportunities to learn new skills, apply theory and academic work to real world situations, and understand how economics plays a role in different sectors and industries. There are also networking opportunities and the invaluable personal knowledge and experience gained from working in the area. In short, work term placements give ECEO students a chance to more fully develop their potential and to gain a competitive edge upon graduation.

The Dept. of Economics and the Economics Co-operative Education Coordinator work with companies and employers to develop job descriptions and positions that are ideally suited for ECEO students. The Co-op Coordinator will also work with students to help them prepare for their job placements, including CV development, interview skills and cover letter writing. Once a job placement has been secured, the Coordinator follows up with both employer and student to ensure that all expectations are met.

Students on a work term are expected to prepare a work term report that will facilitate the process of active learning and comprehension. Details of the report will be worked out by the student, the Coordinator and the Departmental Faculty Coordinator, Prof. Scott Lynch, often in conjunction with the Employer.

We have modeled our ECEO on the best co-op programmes in the country. The course work and each of the three work terms have been carefully matched so as to maximize the advantage to both students and employers, preparing students to undertake progressively more qualified tasks in the workplace.

Eligibility and Admission Requirements

The ECEO is available to full-time economics majors (B.A., B.Sc., Honors and Joint majors).

To be eligible for admission, an applicant must have successfully completed a minimum of thirty credit hours, as listed below, with an overall average of at least 65%:

  • Economics 2010 and 2020;
  • 6 credit hours in English;
  • Mathematics 1000; (B.Sc. applicants must have completed Mathematics 1001) and
  • 15 credit hours chosen from courses in the Faculties of Arts or Science.

Every student must complete the six academic terms in the ECEO programme, as outlined in the table below and must complete three work terms. Note that it is possible to enter Term 1 only in the Fall semester commencing in September of each academic year. Students who have already completed some of the courses that are required for the program may apply for entry into the program with Advanced Standing into a Term beyond Term 1. For information about the ECEO Program and Advanced Standing entry options, please contact the Department of Economics.

YEAR 1 AT 1 AT 2 WT 1
YEAR 2 AT 3 AT 4 WT 2
YEAR 3 AT 5 WT 3 AT 6
*AT = Academic Term; WT = Work Term