About Douglas

Founded in 1970, Douglas is a post-secondary institution near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. We have major campuses in New Westminster and Coquitlam. We also have a Training Centre in Surrey.

Douglas offers Bachelor's degrees and general university arts and science courses, as well as career programs in health care, human services (Child, Family and Community Studies), business, and creative arts.


Every year, about 14,000 students take for-credit courses at Douglas, while a further 12,000 take short-term, non-credit courses for career or personnel development.

Douglas is also a popular choice for international students- every year, Douglas welcomes more than 1,000 students from China, South Korea, Japan and many other countries.

Accessibility is a source of pride. This means students with disabilities get the support they need to pursue their educational goals. It also means that Douglas welcomes students who need to upgrade their skills. The College offers upgrading in English and Mathematics, plus learning and study skills.

Faculty and staff

Douglas has 486 faculty members (plus 136 part-time, contract faculty members) who bring academic rigor and real-world experience to the classroom. They are focused on teaching and on helping students reach their academic and career goals.

Outside the classroom, over 406 staff and administrators help create a friendly, supportive environment.

Programs - Bachelor's degrees

Douglas awards four-year, Bachelor-level degrees in:

And through partnerships with other Canadian universities, Douglas also offers Bachelor's degrees in:

Douglas degrees meet the highest standards for quality and rigor. Every Douglas degree is approved by the government-appointed Degree Quality Assessment Board, which approves degrees at every university and college in British Columbia.

More about Bachelor's degrees.

Programs - diplomas

Douglas awards two-year diplomas and other shorter-term credentials in numerous disciplines. Many are career-oriented, emphasizing relevant, practical knowledge along with creative and critical thinking skills. Popular areas include:

Explore complete list of programs.

Programs - university transfer

Douglas offers hundreds of university courses in arts, humanities, sciences and business.

Over 2 years, Douglas students can complete half the courses required for a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Commerce, before transferring to a major university to complete the degree.

Associate degrees are awarded to Douglas students who complete two years' worth of university studies.

More about University transfer.

Programs - continuing education

Douglas offers hundreds of short-term, high-quality courses, programs and workshops. Subjects include:

More about Continuing Education.

Sports and recreation

Extensive recreation and wellness opportunities allow every student to keep their body and mind fit. There are well-equipped fitness centres, intramural teams, and drop-in classes in dance, yoga, aerobics and much more.

For serious athletes, Douglas has strong varsity teams in:

  • basketball
  • badminton
  • soccer
  • baseball
  • volleyball
  • rugby
  • golf
  • cross-country
  • track

British Columbia Education Quality Assurance program

Douglas College is recognized by the British Columbia Education Quality Assurance program. BC's EQA Designation is a provincial seal that is recognized globally as a symbol of quality education and consumer protection.