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Who can apply to Dev Degree?

Anyone who is applying to a computer science honours program offered by one of our partner universities, Carleton University and York University, can apply to Dev Degree. You do not need your university acceptance before applying to Dev Degree, but you will need it for admittance into the program. For Carleton University, check out their Bachelor of Computer Science Internship, which is integrated with Dev Degree. For York University, see their Industry Partnership Stream for their BSc Computer Science program, which is integrated with Dev Degree.

How do I apply to Dev Degree?

Applications open in early January and you can apply directly from this website. You'll fill in your contact information, upload your resume, tell us a bit about your life experiences, and answer a few problem-solving questions. For details about our application and interview process, see Dev Degree: The Model.

Do I need computer programming experience to apply?

While computer programming experience is an asset, it is not required. If you demonstrate a growth mindset, resiliency, and excellent time management skills, you are definitely encouraged to apply!

I have not received my university acceptance. Can I still apply to Dev Degree?

Yes, you can apply for Dev Degree, as long as we receive your university acceptance confirmation by June 1st.

Can I still earn an entrance scholarship?

Yes. If you earn a scholarship, it’s yours to keep. You’ll still earn your full Dev Degree salary, and your tuition will be paid in full by Shopify.

What if I am already enrolled in a qualifying Computer Science program and am interested in transferring to Dev Degree?

You are always welcome to apply! However, the successful completion of Dev Degree requires four years of work experience with Shopify, regardless of how many university credits you already have. In your application, mention that you are already enrolled in one of our partner universities' computer science programs.

I live outside of Canada. Can I still apply to Dev Degree?

Yes, definitely! We accept applications from all over the world.

Who do I address my application cover letter to?

You can address it to the Dev Degree Team.

Do I need to include references in my application?

No, you do not need to include references in your application.

I forgot to include something in my application. Can I re-submit?

Send us a message at info@devdegree.ca to provide any information you forgot to include in your application.

I live really far away from any Shopify office. Can my interview be done remotely?

Absolutely! If you are selected for an interview, it can be done via video conferencing.

How will my experience in Dev Degree compare to a traditional co-op program?

With Dev Degree, you’ll work on development teams at Shopify in parallel with your university studies, instead of alternating terms in the classroom and the workplace. You’ll be granted academic credits for your work at Shopify, so you’ll complete your honours degree in computer science in 4 years with 4500+ hours of work experience. Shopify pays your tuition, a competitive salary, and vacation, for a total financial support of more than $160,000.

What kinds of programming languages and technologies will I learn at Shopify?

Ruby, Rails, Javascript, TypeScript, React, GraphQL, Kotlin, and Swift, to name a few! You’ll also learn about technology areas such as cloud, mobile, data, security, scalability, and operations. In addition, you will receive extensive mentorship from industry experts to further develop both your technical skills and personal growth.

What kinds of teams will I work on at Shopify?

Throughout your 4 years in Dev Degree, you’ll be placed on 4 different development teams. Each team you join will focus on different areas of computer science, such as data, security, mobile, cloud, front-end development (UI look and feel), and back-end development (infrastructure and services).

Will I work on customer-impacting projects?

Absolutely! You’ll be on Shopify development teams, working on production code, solving complex problems, and delivering new features and fixes to customers.

What will my university course schedule be like in Dev Degree?

You’ll have the same core degree requirements as other computer science students, but you’ll take your courses three per term in the fall, winter, and summer. At the same time, you’ll be working 25 hours per week at Shopify. You’ll also get academic credits for the work you do at Shopify, allowing you to graduate in 4 years.

What will a typical day be like for me in Dev Degree?

Your typical day in Dev Degree is usually split between work at Shopify and university lectures, tutorials, and labs. For example, you may come into work to eat breakfast, work for 4 hours, eat lunch, and then commute to university for classes.

How many students are accepted into Dev Degree each year?

Usually 10 to 15 students per university.

Which Shopify offices will I be in?

You’ll work out of either the Ottawa or Toronto Shopify offices, depending on whether you are attending Carleton University or York University.

Will Shopify cover my accommodation costs?

No. Shopify does not pay for your accommodations. However, we do pay your tuition and a competitive salary, which could help cover some of these costs.

What happens if I stop working at Shopify?

If you are no longer working at Shopify, you will be able to continue your degree program with the university as long you meet the academic requirements. Shopify will no longer pay your tuition or salary, but you will not be asked to pay back any tuition already paid out. All credits you have received will remain on your transcript and will count towards your degree.

Can I live in residence at university and use their facilities?

Absolutely! You can live in residence at our partner universities, participate in the meal plan, use the gym, library, and other facilities. You have the same rights to university services as any other other student.

What salary will I make at Shopify?

Your salary will be competitive compared with industry standards. In addition, Shopify will pay your university tuition, and provide generous perks like free breakfast and lunch each workday.

What perks am I entitled to at the Shopify office?

You’ll be provided with breakfast, lunch, snacks, and beverages from Monday to Friday. You can also take part in the many wellness classes offered in Shopify offices, such as yoga, mindfulness, and exercise programs.

Where can I send further questions?