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Co-op Program in Computer Information Systems


A student is eligible for Co-op if their program shows "Business Undeclared - Computer Information Systems Intended". You do not need to be declared into the diploma to be eligible for entry into the Co-op program. However you must still maintain the entrance requirements of the program at all times (see below) and you are still required to declare your program prior to seeking a Co-op work term.

How to Apply

Applications for the Co-op program are accepted all year around. Full details can be found on the Apply to Co-op page.

Program Requirements

The Computer Information Systems diploma is offered with a Co-operative Education option. Co-operative Education gives a student the opportunity to apply the skills gained during academic study in paid, practical work experience semesters. Students can complete two work semesters while completing their diploma. Work terms generally occur full-time in separate 4 month work semesters and alternate with academic study.

Students wishing to enter and participate in the Co-op Option must meet the following requirements:

Declaration/Entrance Requirements:

  • Declaration into the Computer Information Systems diploma program (intended is also accepted for entry)
  • Good Academic Standing
  • Completion of COOP 1101 prior to completing 30 credits

Program Continuance and Work Term Requirements:

Continuation in the co-op option requires:

  • Declaration into the Computer Information Systems diploma program
  • Successful completion of COOP 1101 prior to 30 credits
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Instructor permission*

* Instructor permission - Upon completion of COOP 1101, students must meet and maintain ALL Program Continuance and Work Term Requirements of his/her program in order to remain in the Co-op program. For most programs this includes a minimum cumulative GPA (including all transfer credits and undergraduate courses that may apply to their program), successful completion of COOP 1101 prior to 75 completed credits (prior to 30 completed credits for diplomas) and instructor permission.

Instructor permission can take into feedback from the COOP 1101 instructor and assignments, feedback from other KPU instructors (including attendance, behaviour, and participation) and suitability as an ambassador of the Co-op program. Students may meet the GPA and credit requirement but access to Co-op may be withheld or removed if instructor permission is not granted.

Additional requirements:

In addition to the requirements stated above, all Co-op students must satisfy the General Co-operative Education Requirements.

CISY Program Information

Please click here for a detailed description of what you can expect from the CISY Program.

CISY Co-op Employment

CISY Co-op students have been employed with a variety of industries such as the federal and provincial governments, municipalities, private businesses, and non-profit organizations. Student have held various titles such as:

Some of the positions students have worked in include:

  • Network Administration
  • Systems and User Support
  • Database Design and Management
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Software Development
  • Web Page Development

Student Testimonial

“Co-op gave me a first-hand idea of what courses are relevant in my field today and how much and what kind of education I need to achieve my career goals. It helped me to explore on a deeper level my career choice and it opened a wider variety of career opportunities. Ultimately, it gave me the opportunity to practice what was learned in the classroom in a real world setting, allowing me to identify personal and professional strengths and weaknesses for me to work on in the future.” - Roman - Computer Information Systems Co-op student

To learn more about the Computer Information Systems Diploma Co-op Program, please contact: