The Francis College of Engineering offers a Graduate Master's Cooperative Education Option (Co-op) in the Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) programs in Chemical, Civil and Environmental, Computer, Electrical, Energy (Solar & Nuclear), Mechanical and Plastics Engineering, and the Master of Science programs in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology, Engineering Management and Environmental Engineering Studies.
A Co-op work Experience offers an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in new, authentic contexts. Co-op participation at the graduate level is voluntary, and most students seek out the professional experience to deepen their education, develop new skills, and determine how theory and practice work together. The policies below are specific to the Engineering Graduate Co-op Program.
All full-time non-thesis master's students in a participating major are eligible to apply. Students must submit a separate application to this option before the end of their first semester of study.
For most departments, the Co-op Program consists of two one-credit components that are in addition to the master's degree requirements. In the semester immediately preceding the student going on Co-op, each student will complete the one-credit Co-op preparatory workshop-based course (ENGN.6020 Graduate Professional Development for Engineers), where they will learn how to approach a job search, address workplace cultures and behavior, and hone their technical writing skills. Following this preparatory course, students will engage in the one-credit Co-op work experience (ENGN.6030 Graduate Cooperative Experience) for a three- or six-month period of paid professional experience in an industrial setting, in the United States (i.e. private, non-profit or government sector). The combination of the one-credit preparatory course and one-credit Co-op work experience is a two-credit add-on to the existing non-thesis master's program in most of the participating departments in the College of Engineering.
The Co-op option in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and Energy Engineering (Nuclear Option) program includes a third component, a one-credit ENGN.6040 Workforce Development course to be taken in the semester immediately following the Co-op work experience period. ENGN.6040 is an independent study aimed at promoting student interaction and networking with professionals in their field from industry, government, academia and non-profit sectors with a focus on workforce development activities. The ECE Department has integrated this Co-op Program into the traditional non-thesis master's degree by having the ENGN.6020, ENGN.6030, ENGN.6040 sequence of courses count as one of the required technical electives in each of its 33-credit non-thesis master's degree programs. The Energy Engineering (Nuclear Option) has also integrated this Co-op Program into the 30-credit traditional non-thesis master's degree, replacing one of the technical electives with the three component Co-op sequence.
Questions regarding the Engineering Co-op program should be directed to:
Technical Program Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Director of Cooperative Education Career Services
To be eligible to apply for the Graduate Master's Co-op Option in the College of Engineering, the students must meet all of the following criteria:
Ineligibility due to academic standing will be monitored and enforced by the Director of Graduate Student Services.
Ineligibility or failure to comply with Co-op policy standards will be monitored and enforced by the Co-op Program Director.
Students who have applied and been admitted to a master's program in the Francis College of Engineering must apply separately to the Co-op Option by completing the Co-op Application Form and submitting it by the deadline specified on the application, typically one to two weeks after the semester ends. Applicants will also need to submit a professional resume (through Handshake) and a statement of purpose. All applicants should preregister their intent to apply by registering their name and email address at Intent to Apply for MS Co-op in Engineering. The due date for this preregistration is one month in advance of the due date for the full application.
For students who begin their graduate studies in the fall and apply for a Co-op beginning in the summer, these students will be notified about acceptance into the Co-op Option no later than mid-January. For students who begin their graduate studies in the spring and apply for a Co-op beginning the following spring, these students will be notified about acceptance into the Co-op Option no later than mid-July. Students will register for all relevant Co-op courses (ENGN.6020, 6030 and/or 6040) using a permission number granted by the Co-op Program Director.
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