McMaster University

McMaster University

HRM Graduate Program Co-op option

Available Opportunities


A co-operative (co-op) educational option in the HRM program provides opportunities for greater exchange between non-profit organizations and for-profit companies engaged in health product development, health services delivery and health policy-making and the university. It provides students with an excellent opportunity to apply the new knowledge and capabilities gained from the program and gain practical research experience.

The goals of the co-op experience are to:

  • gain a better understanding of problems faced in the health care system and the roles of research in their solution and to provide students with experience in settings where students can apply knowledge they have been gaining and continue to gain
  • address real research problems encountered in the field
  • understand innovative research, decision-making and policy-making environments related to health and health care and help develop health-care agendas that better match societal and industry research needs

Eligibility Requirements for the co-op option

  • HRM MSc student (usually Stream II)
  • Full-time graduate student
  • Completed at least four half courses

The co-op involves working as a company employee for two terms (8 months, usually 15-16 weeks each), usually beginning in either May, September or January. Although students are advised to apply well before the start date (new co-op placements will be posted on the website). The nature of work is agreed upon in advance by both parties.

::Coming soon:: Download the HRM Co-op booklet

Requirements for the Co-op Option MSc Degree

Full‑time HRM thesis or course-based Master’s students who have successfully completed at least four half-courses may be considered for the co‑op option associated with this degree program. The number of students selected will be subject to available placements.

To complete the MSc co‑op option successfully, the student must work a total of eight months in either one or two work‑study placements. Each placement must be approved by the Assistant Dean, HRM. For MSc by thesis students, a project undertaken during a work term may evolve into a thesis topic during the second work placement, subject to the appropriate approvals.

At the completion of each work‑term placement, the student must write a report and append a letter of evaluation by the employer.

Co-op placements may be made with governments, consulting firms, or non-profit organizations. During the co‑op placement, the employer pays the student.  A separate co‑op fee must be paid prior to placement. A student completing the co‑op option will be exempted from the research internship requirement. This option would normally require longer than 2 years to complete.

      • The HRM MSc Co-op program is currently being reviewed and there are no opportunities available at this time. In the past, HRM MSc students have completed co-op placements at GlaxoSmithKline, Innovus or public health.

      Check back later for more opportunities.

      **If you are interested in a co-op opportunity, or have found a potential co-op placement, please contact Kristina Vukelic (kvukel@mcmaster.ca)**

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