Co-Op Masters


The co-operative version of the AIMS Structured Master’s program, offered only at AIMS Senegal, AIMS Cameroon and AIMS Rwanda builds on the core AIMS Master’s program and leads to the same AIMS Structured Master’s degree in mathematical sciences.


The 18-month program takes a work-integrated learning approach by combining course work with practical industry experience. This allows students to apply their scientific knowledge to real world problems while gaining work experience in an industrial environment.


The program enables students to develop the necessary professional skills to transition from academic studies to progressive careers in industry (defined as private or public businesses, government, non-governmental organizations, and civil society).


The Co-operative Master’s program includes two work placements of three and four months throughout the regular coursework. Successful completion of all coursework and both work placements is required for graduation.

The Co-operative Master’s program is designed specifically to prepare students for work in the areas of big data and IT security. Applicants are requested to choose their preferred area of focus


Prospective Applicants

Applicants should hold, or anticipate completing by the start date of the AIMS course, a 4-year university degree in mathematics, or any science or engineering subject with a significant mathematics component.

An applicant’s record should demonstrate strong aptitude in mathematics, leadership and community service

Women applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.


Structure of the Training

The Co-op students will go through the same academic program as students enrolled in the regular, one-year Master’s Degree program, with these differences or exceptions:

(a)       In the Review Phase, the co-op students will still undergo same courses with the regular Master’s students but at the beginning of the research phase they will have industry oriented courses for 2 to 3 months. During the review block they will have the opportunity to select four (4) applied courses in the areas of their interest as electives.

(b)     Still in the Review Phase, they will take a special workshop/seminar on oral and written communication skills and preparing learning objectives for the work term

(c)        Instead of completing the Research Phase from June to December 2018, the co-op students will do their work term.