For prospective students who are considering applying for graduate studies in business, the opportunity to participate in a co-op placement is often on the top of their priority list. Graduates who have successfully completed a placement as a part of their MBA degree are better prepared for the realities of day-to-day business operations. They further gain necessary experience many employers want to see from job applicants.

Over the past several years, the full-time MBA program with co-op at the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics has consistently achieved a 100% work term employment rate for their candidates’ first co-op term, often leading to full-time employment opportunities once they graduate. Because the Lazaridis MBA with coop program is highly respected for its integrated core methodology, co-op students go into their placements knowledgeable, and well-informed about the many different facets of business companies deal with daily. Even with less than two years of work experience, they’re prepared to succeed because their studies emphasize real life case work and team-based projects. Students can then transition seamlessly from a studying to a working environment.

Being the first business co-op program in Ontario, and now the largest business degree co-op program in Canada, the Lazaridis School has earned its strong reputation, and has even received accreditation from the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education. It was also the first MBA Co-op program in Canada to receive this prestigious accreditation. In any given year, students have an array of positions to choose from for their placements, the school gives access to 3,700 job postings from over 875 organizations for co-op work term opportunities. Students can choose from several industries like accounting, government, retail, education, or technology and communications to name a few. Companies that have been keen to hire from these cohorts include BDO Canada, Deloitte, the CRA, Loblaw, McCain Foods, BlackBerry, Microsoft and IBM among other prominent names. Typically, the weekly salary of a student in the co-op program ranges from $800-$900 weekly, making it possible for students to reduce their debts while gaining valuable work experience.

The program is comprised of 20 courses and two four-month work terms, offering an innovative and diversified curriculum built around case competitions, consulting and international projects. The eight key disciplines in the first year are taught in a unified and holistic way, broadening students’ foundation of management concepts and skills. This is valuable to a myriad of potential employers looking for a candidate that is flexible, quick thinking, and can understand the long-term significances of their decisions. With a serious commitment to corporate social responsibility as well, all students participate in a not-for-profit practicum as part of the Applied Business Research course, which is an advantageous addition to any resume, regardless if the candidate chooses to pursue a career in this sector or not.

Ultimately, a strong MBA program will emphasize the importance of applying concepts into practice through co-op initiatives, so that graduates emerge from the program ready to take on the market and set on a path to advance in their chosen careers.