The MMASc program is an innovative, one-year course-based professional graduate program that requires the completion of one four-month full-time co-operative education (co-op) work term for the successful completion of the degree. Potential employers include all levels of government, not-for-profit organizations and public and private companies.

Employer Benefits

  • Gain access to innovative, motivated students who have strong technical/scientific knowledge and a solid understanding of the fundamental functional areas of business/business skills (finance, marketing, organizational behaviour, project management, leadership, oral and written communications).
  • MMASc students are a reliable, responsible, and cost-effective solution for many employers seeking individuals with technical/scientific knowledge as well as business skills & acumen.
  • Opportunity to build a talent “pipeline” to provide on-going support to business projects while supporting Western and the Faculty of Science in developing industry-ready graduates who will be able to meet a with combined science & business expertise within your organization.
  • The MMASc is a registered co-operative education program with the Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Development and enables an employer to be eligible for the Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit that can reimburse an employer up to $3,000 of the costs incurred as a result of hiring an internship student.
  • The ability to 'test drive' potential employees during a work integrated learning experience (co-op) allowing organizations to identify a strong ‘fit’ for full-time positions that may be available in the near future.
  • Given the timeframe of the program, should a strong ‘fit’ be identified, employers may choose to offer our students extended placement terms, short-term contracts or full-time jobs, which are still eligible for the Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit. The first four months of any such option will still be considered internship and thus be eligible for an additional grant to offset up to $3,000 in costs to the employer.

Employer Expectations

As a host organization, we ask that you commit to the following:

  • Offer the students work projects that are relevant, and degree-related
  • Provide orientation and training for the student when they begin their work term
  • Impart your experience and wisdom through regular supervision and mentorship

Typical Salary and Costs

The average hourly wage for an MMASc candidate is typically between $15-25/hr.  For a four-month placement, which equals about 500 hours of work, the overall cost, excluding benefits, typically ranges from $7,500 - $12,500.

All of our four-month placements are eligible for The Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit (maximum credit $3,000 per four-month placement). Other funding for employers includes the MITACS – Accelerate program ($15,000 per four-month placement), where grants are available to offset the cost of employing our students.

Hiring a Student – The Process

Students will first complete academic studies between September-April and then a be ready to undertake a work integrated learning/co-operative education experience from May-August or beyond. As of May, candidates are able to not only complete a traditional co-op work term (4 months) but are also available for 8, 12, 16-month work-terms, contract term positions or full-time roles. 

MMASc recruiting may begin in the Fall term; however, the most significant recruiting period for work term positions is typically from January-April with organizations posting opportunities, students applying, organizations interviewing selected candidates, and formal offers being extended to students throughout the months of February, March and April.

Action Timeline
Summer work placement jobs posted to MMASc class* Starting November 1, 2017
Applications for posted positions typically due January 8, 2018 - March 30, 2018
Interviews for posted positions held January 15, 2018 - April 13. 2018
Students begin their placements From April 30, 2018, onward
Identification of learning outcomes and professional development for students Within the first two weeks of the internship
Mid-term evaluation of learning outcomes At the end of eight weeks
End-of-term evaluation of learning outcomes End of internship
Review of student final report August 2018

*Please note: Employers are encouraged to submit summer work term postings by January 31, 2018, at the latest in order to gain access to the greatest number of applicants.