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With the exception of the chemical engineering co-op program, admission to optional co-op programs is competitive. The optional co-op programs are admissions based academic programs. You must be admitted into co-op prior to applying for co-op jobs. Co-op admission applications are only open to students that have just completed their first year. You can apply and be admitted based on your cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and available space in the program. Some programs may require additional information such as a resume and/or a statement of interest, and a meeting with the Faculty Advisor and/or Co-op Program Specialist as part of the admission evaluation process.

In addition, you must have a clear academic standing and meet the stated minimum CGPA at the end of the second semester. To stay in the co-op program, you must maintain a clear academic standing and meet the minimum CGPA requirement.

Where differences exist between information on this site and the current Ryerson calendar, the information provided in the current calendar shall take precedence.

The application period starts on May 2nd, 2022 at 8:30 am and ends on May 19th, 2022 at 11:59 pm. Apply here, opens in new window.

Note: There is only one admission period in 2022 from May 2nd  to May 19th. 

All students must complete first-year courses in order to be eligible for co-op. Exceptions may be granted by your faculty advisor.


Minimum CGPA requirement at the time of application*

Resume, Letter of Intent, Current Transcript and Online Form Submission

Architectural Science

Top 32 Students





Biomedical Sciences






Computer Science

2.8 (3.0 to stay in the program)





Financial Mathematics






Mathematics and Its Applications



Medical Physics



Occupational Health & Safety



Politics and Governance 



Public Health & Safety






*CGPA requirements may fluctuate from year to year. You are advised to contact the co-op staff or the faculty advisor for your program for current GPA information. Space in the co-op option is limited and subject to competition. Grades above the minimum may be required for admission.

The co-op admissions process is outlined below for all programs except architectural science* and chemical engineering co-op programs

*Note: The architectural science program has its own co-op admission process, whereby the 40 students with the top CGPA during the first two (2) years of study are conditionally admitted into the co-op stream. Of these 40, the first 32 that secure a contract for their first work term are then officially admitted into co-op.

With the exception of Faculty of Arts co-op programs, students admitted into co-op this year will undertake our onboarding program to be job ready for roles in Summer 2023, with co-op job applications typically starting in January 2023. Faculty of Arts co-op students admitted into co-op this year will take a mandatory for-credit course for job readiness while applying for roles throughout Fall 2022, with co-op job start dates typically beginning in January 2023.

Co-op admissions are only open in the spring, with specific dates published each year. The typical application period is between 15 and 20 days. 

To apply to the Co-op Program, please follow the steps below:

  1. Create a profile on the Co-op Portal, opens in new window. You will need to hover over the word “Students” at the top right of the landing page and select “Apply to Co-op” from the drop-down menu.
  2. Please select the Fall 2021 program (this reflects your year of entry into Ryerson)
  3. Click on the “Co-op” tab on the left and complete the required admission criteria
  4. As part of your application you are required to submit documents including:
    1. Resume
    2. Letter of Intent (Should be about one page in length, and no more than 800 words with a response to 3 questions)
      1. Why do you want to join the Co-op program?
      2. What steps will you take to ensure success in the program?
      3. How will Co-op help you with your future career?
    3. Unofficial Transcript

Application forms will be visible during admission periods only.

For detailed steps on how to create your application, including information on documents to be submitted, please see our google docCo-op Admission Manual, external link.

Application deadline: Thursday May 19th, 2022 at 11:59 pm

The Ryerson Career & Co-op Centre, along with the faculty advisor for each program, will review all student applications and eligibility for co-op and notify successful candidates via email.

The evaluation process takes 7- 9 weeks.

If you are notified that you have been successfully admitted to the co-op program you applied to, you must reply and accept your offer of admission to co-op through the co-op portal. You can accept your offer by completing the required student agreements and submitting an academic plan change form to the co-op stream.


For students in the co-op program, co-op fees are additional fees on top of your school tuition and incidental fees. Co-op fees finance the administration of Ryerson co-op programs and are calculated in accordance with the policies of Toronto Metropolitan University and of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

For more information about fees, you can read more on the “Fees” tab on the How Co-op Works page.

Plan Change

The Registrar’s Office will be updating accounts with the Plan Change Forms over the Fall term which you will see reflected in your RAMSS account.


If you access OSAP, please update the OSAP office after January 1st about your co-op status and have your OSAP reassessed.

Next Steps

The Co-op Team will communicate the Fall Co-op Symposium date, your Peer Advisor, and more!  


Did you know that 60% of Ryerson students who complete our co-op programs receive a full-time job offer before graduation? 

Research shows that post-secondary students who graduate with co-op experience have a competitive edge over their peers, by finding work more easily and receiving higher wages upon graduation. This is an important consideration in our current labour market climate, which will impact new grad jobs for years to come.

Top reasons to choose Co-op:

  1. Gain professional work experience in your field of study
  2. Discover your strengths, interests and goals in a safe learning environment 
  3. Earn money to help offset the costs of your education
  4. Build a valuable network of contacts and references
  5. Improve your academic learning
  6. Build skills and competencies to add to your resume
  7. Increase your chances of getting hired upon graduation

How the Co-op Team supports you:

  1. Preparing you for the labour market and job search (creating targeted resumes and cover letters, interview preparation)
  2. Exclusive co-op opportunities for your program on the Co-op Portal 
  3. Competency development resources to leverage your technical and professional skills 
  4. Ongoing coaching and support while you are on a Work Term

Hear what other Co-op students are saying about the program:

"From professional references when applying to Masters programs to career mentors, Co-op helped foster relations that are core to my development."  Victoria M., Biology

"Coming from a program like mathematics with innumerable different career pathways, co-op has opened doors to opportunities I never knew existed."  Ben C. , Financial Mathematics

"Now, looking back, I am grateful that I applied to co-op. The program has helped me develop business-related skills and more. I believe that I am capable of starting a business of my own that will make an impact in our world."  Deborah M., Computer Science

“Graduating with co-op at Toronto Metropolitan University gives you a competitive advantage. The co-op terms provided not only substantial experience professionally but also allowed me to forge long-lasting connections and meet many amazing, experienced, and nurturing people. I discovered so many new aspects of Public Health and various career paths unknown to me and this insight is invaluable.”  Svitlana B. - Public Health & Safety

“Co-op has immensely heightened my education and has helped my professional growth. I now have relevant work experience directly in my field of study well before graduation. My co-op experience has given me the chance to explore different industries and workplace dynamics in occupational health and safety. co-op has given me confidence and a competitive edge in my future career goals".  Raisham S. - Occupational  Health & Safety

"I have enjoyed all of my co-ops and learned something new at each workplace. Being a part of the co-op program has provided me with many benefits including helping  me with future career choices, improving my soft skills, an advantage in classes and helping me build my professional network of contacts."  Jessica F.- Public Health & Safety

"Applying to co-op was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. In fact, it was a significant reason for me going to Ryerson at all. I’ve made many connections that will support me in the future of my career. Additionally, my work in co-op developed my interpersonal, presentation, and time management skills; I went from being super shy to being confident and able to present in front of large crowds. If you have the opportunity to enter into the co-op stream DO IT! Take my word for it- you won’t regret it.” Hallah K. - Public Health and Safety

What our employers are saying about co-op:

“In my experience with Ryerson co-ops, spanning the last 4 years, we’ve seen very strong candidates during the interview process and have been very fortunate to have strong team players join us. In my case, we’re able to expose these students to world-leading technology implementations focused on addressing emerging regulatory requirements to improve the Pharmaceutical supply chain.  Being supported by mature, informed, and experienced hungry students has been very beneficial to us.” Stephen Coady, Program Manager, Apotex Inc, external link.

Sample of companies we work with:


Canada Revenue Agency


City of Toronto

Ceridian HCM Inc.

Ernst & Young

Environment and Climate Change Canada



Kensington Health Centre

St. Michael’s Hospital 

Region of Peel 

Sanofi Pasteur

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)

Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB)

Ontario MPP Constituency Offices

Our Kids Media


Have questions? Please find a list of FAQs specific to your program:

google docFaculty of Science FAQ, external link, opens in new window

google docFaculty of Arts FAQ, external link, opens in new window

google docFaculty of Community Services FAQ, external link, opens in new window

You are also welcome to book an appointment, opens in new window with a Career Education Specialist or attend a webinar, opens in new window to get further assistance with your application.

Contact Us

Feel free to reach out to us with your admissions questions at Kindly specify your program of study so that we can direct email accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions

The application period will start on May 2nd, 2022 at 8:30 am and ends on May 19, 2022, 11:59 pm

Students in all programs (except chemical engineering & architectural science) apply at the end of 1st year. Exceptions may be granted by your faculty advisor.

Architectural science students qualify at the end of 3rd year.

Students can attend a co-op information session during their second semester, and apply at the end of the second semester.  You can find more details at Co-op Application Process

You can read more about the requirements for your program on our website co-op admission tab "Requirements"

You are required to submit the following with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Letter of intent - answers to three questions
  3. Unofficial transcript

Admissions criteria are different for each program. In general, CGPA plays an important role in determining a student’s eligibility for the co-op program.

If you miss the deadlines, you will be unable to apply to co-op. We do not accept late applications.

If you are not accepted into the co-op, we encourage you to seek out other work-integrated learning opportunities through the Career & Co-op Centre.

For students in the co-op program, co-op fees are additional fees on top of your school tuition and incidental fees, which are calculated in accordance with the policies of Toronto Metropolitan University and of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The fees cover operational costs that support you with: student advising, programming, and resource development; the co-op recruitment process; infrastructure and administration; job development; and employer and student relationship management.

The total co-op fee is $3,500.00. Fees are paid in installments spread over the course of students' study at Toronto Metropolitan University to reduce your financial burden.

Co-op fees are participation fees and are not based on the number of work terms secured, nor when work terms are secured. Students who secure at least three co-op work terms (12 months total) are required to pay the full co-op fees according to their respective fee payment schedule. Note: Students who are successful in securing their work terms can more than offset their Co-op fees with their earnings.

Co-op fees and payments are non-refundable and subject to change without notice.

You can find more information at How Co-op Works page, under co-op fees tab.