Post-Baccalaureate Diploma Co-op

Post-Baccalaureate Co-op Program Overview

StFX offers a co-op option for students enrolled in the following programs:

  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Enterprise IT Management (PBD EITM)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Artificial Intelligence (PBD AI)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Digital Marketing (PBD DM)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Business Studies (PBD BusS)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Data Science (Starting in September 2025)

Co-op students complete four months of paid work experience in appropriate fields of business, industry, government, non-profits, and academic studies. While completing the work experience, students complete the required learning assignments and are monitored and evaluated by the Co-op Office and their employer. Monitoring and evaluation will assist the student with learning and understanding of self and the world of work. As with many Co-op Education programs in Canada, PBD co-op students will complete two professional development seminars, one work term (four months), and our capstone course, COOP 530.

PBD Co-op Fees Breakdown

  • PBD co-op total fees: $1700
  • $600 per seminar (x2)
  • $500 work term

In addition to the co-op work term fee, students also pay the 3-credit tuition equivalent for the co-op work term (3 credits) and StFX additional fees. Visit StFX student accounts to learn more.

Please view our PBD Co-op Questions and Answers page for additional information on the program.

September 2024 Intake Information

At the time of applying to the PBD program, students were also automatically applying to the co-op program. In early September, students will have the opportunity to confirm their decision about completing the co-op program. Students will be emailed in mid/late August with the process and timeline of confirming co-op status. This process will be similar for PBD students who begin their academic studies in January. Students should read the frequently asked questions page for more specific information.

The PBD co-op program is a direct entry program. The Co-op Office entry requirements are the same that students need to enter their Post-Baccalaureate Diploma program. In addition to the academic requirements, to be accepted into the co-op program students will:

  • review and agree to the Co-op Student Expectation document which will outline the co-op program requirements and expectations for students, and;
  • confirm their co-op confirmation in the same semester that they begin their Post-Baccalaureate Diploma program. PBD EITM/DM/BS students who begin their program in January are eligible to begin the co-op program in September of the same year they began academic studies.
Work Permit Information

After being accepted into the co-op program, international students are required to have a co-op work permit in addition to their study permit prior to applying for any co-op jobs. International students enrolled in the co-op program should apply for their co-op work permit by September 30. The Co-op Office will schedule a workshop for students applying for their co-op work permit. For more information on the work permit application process visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website. Co-op work permit application processing times can be lengthy (5-6 months). Students are encouraged to start the process immediately after being accepted into the co-op program. Co-op students should visit CIC's website as it contains the most up-to-date information.

In addition to the co-op work permit, students will also need a Social Insurance Number (SIN). The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits. For more information, please visit the Government of Canada's website. Students can apply for their SIN after being accepted into the co-op program.