Graduate Co-Op Program

For the moment, only a number of programs (MS, MBA, BS/MS, LeBow College of Business, MS, Engineering; College of Engineering; MS, Biomedical Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems) participate. Available as a special “co-op” track, which may entail more time to completion for the degree, GCP enables students to accept paid positions in their career fields (i.e. go out on co-op) for up to six months during their degree program. These 6 months can either be the Summer-Fall or Fall-Winter quarters.

For all GCP students, full-time employment during co-op is considered an integral part of their educational process; therefore, they will retain their student status during the six-month period.


Students accepted into a master’s program that offers the co-op track can be admitted provisionally to the GCP by requesting for it at the start of the degree program. Confirmation to continue in the program must be sought from the Office of Graduate Studies when the student has earned a minimum of 24 credits but no more than 34 credits before going out on co-op. For International students there is an additional requirement that they are at least 9 months into their degree program. Admission to some GCP programs can also be granted by the Office of Graduate Studies to any student who was not provisionally admitted to the program. Students seeking continuation and students applying for admission who were not provisionally admitted must file a completed Application for Admission/Continuation into the GCP Program. Students should obtain the required signatures and submit the appropriate forms directly to the Office of Graduate Studies. A detailed plan of study together with a proposed project to be completed during co-op must accompany the form.

More Information

For more information regarding the Graduate Co-Op program, please visit the Steinbright Career Development Center Website.

For more information about the ISSS Curriculum Practical Training, please visit the ISSS Website.