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General Studies

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IMPORTANT GRADUATION NOTICE Effective January 2019, students can no longer use upgrading courses (ENGU, MATU, ELLA) towards the graduation requirements for a Diploma in General Studies. Please contact an Academic Advisor if you have questions.
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam, New Westminster
Credential: Diploma
Admission Type: Open enrolment
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
program overview
The Diploma in General Studies recognizes individualized achievement in education. The program enables students to design a framework for studies independent of the requirements for university transfer programs or for specific career or technical programs.
curriculum framework

Completion of 60 credits using the following criteria:

  • must include one university-transfer English or Communications course
  • a minimum of two courses from at least three different faculties
  • a maximum of 15 credits from academic upgrading or preparatory courses (ENGU, ELLA, EASL or MATU)
  • a maximum of 15 credits in one subject as defined by the four-letter course abbreviation (ex. BIOL, CRIM, ECON, etc.)
career transfer pathways
The Diploma in General Studies enables students to select a set of courses based on individual goals and interests. 
admission requirements

General College Admission Requirements

program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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