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Associate Degree Program

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An Associate Degree is a credential that may be awarded to students who have completed two full years of study at the first and second year university levels including completion of certain specific requirements. The requirements are standardised throughout the province, creating a recognized credential that stands in its own right. The requirements provide a solid foundation in one particular area of study while encouraging students to take a wide range of courses, guaranteeing breadth in their educational experience. 

Universities in British Columbia recognize the value of Associate Degrees and accept them as a basis for admission to third year of baccalaureate programs. British Columbia’s public research universities all guarantee the full 60 credits to students admitted on the strength of an Associate Degree, even if not all courses counting towards the Associate Degree transfer to the university in question individually. Some universities give priority in admission to Associate Degree holders.

Notes: Two full years of study at Associate Degree program is usually viewed as completion of 20 university-level courses; these courses may be 3 or 4 credits each, so while the general Associate of Arts Degree requirements may be completed in as few as 61 credits, other Associate Degrees, particularly Associate of Science Degrees, may require 64 credits or more. Students who have obtained an Associate Degree are eligible to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for a Post-Graduation Work Permit, an open work permit allowing holders to work in Canada for up to 3 years.



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