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Associate Degrees

What's an Associate Degree?

An Associate Degree is a credential you earn upon successful completion of 60 university-transferable credits. In most cases, an Associate Degree will allow you to transfer to a university and enter the third year of a four-year bachelor's degree program. Douglas offers Associate Degrees in both Arts and Science disciplines.

What are the benefits of an Associate Degree?

  • Completing your Douglas College Associate Degree makes you a preferred candidate at some BC universities
  • Many universities (eg. SFU) will accept students with an Associate of Arts Degree at a lower grade point average than students without such a degree
  • Admission into certain Associate of Arts Degree programs (eg. Limited Enrolment Program, Future Teachers) provide you with priority registration at Douglas College
  • Completing an Associate Degree may enhance your employability - it looks great on a resume!
  • College class sizes are much smaller than university, allowing for more interaction

How do I earn an Associate Degree?

Associate Degrees require completion of a minimum of 60 university transfer credits. These must include credits from designated courses in each specialty (Arts, Science, Creative Writing, etc). You must also maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0. For detailed admission requirements, please see the Program and Course Catalogue.

Open vs Closed Enrolment

Open Enrolment

If you want to work at your own pace and, ultimately, transfer to university to complete a bachelor's degree in a particular discipline within Arts (eg, Anthropology, English, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, etc), Open Enrolment is the best choice for you.

Closed Enrolment

If you are planning on starting your studies immediately in the Fall semester following high school graduation, Closed Enrolment is the best choice for you. If you are admitted into an Associate of Arts Degree program with Closed Enrolment, you will get priority registration for your courses - which means you'll have a greater chance of getting the courses you want.

What Associate Degrees are offered at Douglas?

Associate of Arts Degree - Future Teachers

The Associate of Arts for Future Teachers Degree is intended for students (a) entering from Grade 12 or (b) entering from college after completing a minimum of 12 credits of university transfer courses. In this program, you will be able to complete two years of university transfer courses at Douglas College, including first and second year courses that are required by SFU's Professional Development Program for Teachers. For specific SFU PDP admission requirements visit the SFU website. The deadline for applications is May 1 for the Fall semester. A part time option is also available with admission in the Fall, Winter and Summer semesters. For more information on the Associate of Arts Degree - Future Teachers, see the Program and Course Catalogue.

Associate of Arts Degrees - Specialties

These degrees offer you the opportunity to "specialize" in a theme of interest to them; some are career related. Specialized Associate of Arts degree can lead into a Major or Minor Bachelor of Arts Degree program at a university. Specialty Associate of Arts Degree options include:

For more information on Specialty Associate of Arts Degrees, see the Program and Course Catalogue.

Associate of Arts Degrees - Thematic

You can also choose an Associate of Arts Degree with a thematic focus. You'll complete the same set of 60 credits required for an Associate of Arts Degree, but select from an array of courses that share a similar theme. Thematic Associate of Arts Degree options:

Associate of Science Degrees

If you're planning to complete a Bachelor of Science degree at a BC university, Douglas College's Associate of Science Degree is an excellent way to get started. It allows you to complete two years (60 credits) of first and second-year university-level courses, including the credits in Math, Sciences and electives you'll need. Associate of Science options include:

For more information on Associate of Science Degrees, see the Program and Course Catalogue.

Associate of Environmental Science

If you're planning to earn a Bachelor of Science degree but also have an interest in the environment (including professions connected to this sector), the Associate in Environmental Science Degree provides a great start. You can complete two years (60 credits) of first and second-year university-level courses, and take courses offering a greater focus on the Earth's biology and environmental issues. Find out more about the Associate of Environmental Science.

How do I find out more?

Global career goals

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