Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Diploma in General Studies

The Diploma in General Studies is an open admission program that allows you to select almost any combination of courses at the university level. You can usually transfer credits between various post-secondary institutions.


Credits you receive in the Diploma in General Studies may be applied toward another TRU-OL program, as long as you meet that requirements for that program. Also, your credits can be transferred to programs offered by other post-secondary institutions.

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

While working full-time and authoring his nationally published book Landlording in Canada, Michael Drouillard received his Diploma in General Studies, which helped him gain acceptance into law school.

 Calendar Description

The Diploma in General Studies allows you to select almost any combination of lower- and upper-level courses, although you must meet some specific requirements.

 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 9 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Diploma Requirements

60 credits total of post-secondary (college and university) courses, including a minimum of 21 credits at the 2000 or above level
30 credits 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.