The Graduate Cooperative Education Program at Jacksonville State University

Cooperative Education is a unique partnership between the University, industry and business community.  Professional employment allows the student to apply the knowledge learned in the classroom to the workplace, in addition to the development of intellect and culture within their major fields of study.  The co-op program is designed to be an integral part of the graduate student’s academic program.

Cooperative Education allows graduate students to work full-time/40 hours per week or part-time/20 hours per week in a professional workplace, while pursuing at least 3 credit hours (alternate schedule) and 6 credit hours (parallel schedule) at Jacksonville State University.

There are no fees associated with the Graduate Co-Op Program, and if approved, students are provided full-time enrollment status, while on work assignments of hours 20 hours per week (parallel).

Eligibility Criteria for Graduate Cooperative Education

 Eligibility for the Graduate Co-op Program is based on academic achievement at Jacksonville State University.

  • Students must receive approval from their Department Head to work on a semester basis in full or part-time assignment.
  • Students must be in good academic standing, with a GPA of at least 3.0 (B).
  • Approval of 2 faculty within the department of the degree program pursued, one should be the students advisor, including the completion of a Faculty Recommendation form with-in the co-op application.
  • Research for master’s theses may be related to the work assignments, and is jointly supervised by Jacksonville State University’s faculty and company staff.

Requirements for the Graduate Cooperative Education Program

 Students must report an interview and a hire to the Co-Op Coordinator, when obtained via assistance from Career Services office or its JLink listing.

After a student is hired, the student must inform the co-op coordinator and the student will be added to the roster for the upcoming semester of the co-op program.  Co-op students must register for co-op every semester during the scheduled Pre-Registration or Open Registration for the upcoming semester while working in a co-op work assignment.

Every co-op student and supervisor must complete an online evaluation no later than the mid-tern grades due date.  Failure to receive 2 evaluations per co-op student will result in an incomplete grade (I) letter grade or pass/fail.

Procedures for Participation in a Graduate Co-op program

 Complete the Co-Op Application and attach the following documents to the form:

  1. Two (2) Faculty Recommendation Forms completed online, one completed by advisor
  2. An updated copy of the student’s resume
  3. An unofficial copy of the student’s transcript
  4. Copies of I-20 forms, if you are an international student
  • Register for three (3) credit hours in a course listed in your department
  • Register for co-op class on a semester basis, so that your transcript will reflect co-op participation.  (Co-op on your transcript will designate you as a full-time student while on your Co-op assignment.)

Note;  Cooperative Education is not to be considered a form of financial aid and will not provide adequate funding to support educational costs.

For further information, please contact Career Services at or 256-782-5482.