Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Certificate in General Studies

The Certificate in General Studies allows you to select almost any combination of courses at the university level, although some specific requirements must be met. You can select all your courses from TRU-OL offerings or from college and university transfer courses from recognized post-secondary institutions. Study part-time and online, then use your certificate toward a diploma or a bachelor’s degree.


If your experience includes non-academic education, for example an industry-based qualification, you may be eligible for PLAR (prior learning assessment and recognition).

 Calendar Description

The Certificate in General Studies allows you to select almost any combination of lower- and upper-level courses.
You may apply your credits from this program toward another TRU-OL program, provided that you meet the requirements for that program.

 Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Open admission

If you plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL, please fill out a Program Admission form and submit it with your program application.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 6 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Certificate Requirements

30 credits total of post-secondary courses numbered 1000 or above, 15 of which may be applied studies, such as fine and performing arts studio courses and technology courses

Education, business and administrative studies courses are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Student Responsibility

Consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select are available and appropriate for your program of study and educational goals. Otherwise, you may find that a course does not meet the program's requirements and cannot be applied toward that program's credential.

 Tuition and Fees

Please see Tuition and Fees for details.


Email Student Services to contact a Program Advisor about applying to the Certificate in General Studies program and to discover more about Open Learning and its programs and courses.