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Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

TRU programs generally require BC high school graduation or equivalent. Exceptions to this requirement will be indicated below. You may be considered to have the equivalent of BC high school graduation for admission purposes if you have completed:

  • the BC Adult Graduation (Adult Dogwood) diploma, or previously the ABE Provincial diploma
  • the General Education Diploma (GED)

In some circumstances, certain programs may accept students without high school graduation under mature student status.

English Language Requirements

English is the language of instruction at TRU. Applicants are expected to be able to demonstrate language proficiency. TRU will verify that applicants meet language proficiency requirements prior to admission.

If you don't meet your program's English Language requirement, you may meet and/or obtain the equivalency through additional coursework and/or approved English placement assessment:

  • Additional Coursework: University Preparation courses (campus or distance)
  • Assessment: TRU Accuplacer, Language Proficiency Index (LPI)

Program Admission Requirements

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 Adventure, Culinary Arts & Tourism
Program Name Minimum Admission Requirements Admission Type
Adventure Guide Certificate English 12 and any Math 11; Adventure Studies application and attendance of information session; 19 years of age by start of program Limited
Adventure Guide Diploma Completion of the Adventure Guide Certificate; Detailed resume; Adventure Studies application and Outdoor Experience Log; Attendance of information session; 19 years of age by start of program Limited
Events & Conventions Management Diploma 73% in English 12; 60% in Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-calculus 11; Detailed resume Limited
Professional Cook Level 1 & 2 Culinary Arts Certificate Grade 10 (grade 12 preferred); Food Safe Level 1; Successful Entry Assessment Limited
Resort & Hotel Management Diploma 73% in English 12; 60% in Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-calculus 11; Detailed resume Limited
Retail Meat Processing Foundation Certificate Grade 10 (grade 12 preferred); Food Safe Level 1; Successful Entry Assessment; Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status Limited
Sport Event Management Diploma 73% in English 12; 60% in Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-calculus 11; Detailed resume Limited
Bachelor of Tourism Management
Exit credential after two years: Tourism Management Diploma
73% in English 12; 60% in Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-calculus 11; Detailed resume Limited
 Arts, Humanities & Social Science
Program Name Minimum Admission Requirements Admission Type
Bachelor of Arts
Exit Credential after two years: Associate of Arts
73% in English 12; Math 11 or higher strongly recommended for students pursuing education or major in geography, sociology or psychology; Recommended to take any second language to grade 12 Non-competitive; Upgrading available in program
Cultural and Social Explorations Certificate 73% in English 12 Non-competitive
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) 73% in English 12; Math 11 or higher strongly recommended for students pursuing education; Recommended to take any second language to grade 12 Non-competitive; Upgrading available in program
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Third year entry; 73% in English 12; Successful completion of 60 post-secondary credits with a minimum 2.5 GPA or Completion of an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree with a minimum 2.5 GPA Competitive
Bachelor of Journalism 73% in English 12; Writing sample Competitive
Literary and Art History Certificate 73% in English 12 Non-competitive
Modern Languages Certificate 73% in English 12 Non-competitive
Painting and Drawing Certificate 73% in English 12 Non-competitive
Visual Arts Studio Certificate 73% in English 12 Non-competitive
Visual Arts Diploma 73% in English 12 Non-competitive
World Languages and Cultures Certificate 73% in English 12 Non-competitive
 Business, Economics & Management
Program Name Minimum Admission Requirements Admission Type
Accounting Technician Diploma
Exit Credential after first year: Business Foundations Certificate
73% in English 12; 67% in Foundations of Math 12 Non-competitive; Upgrading available in program
Administrative Assistant Certificate
Exit Credential after first semester: Business Fundamentals Certificate
67% in English 12; Min. keyboarding speed of 25 net words per minute Limited
Bachelor of Business Administration
Exit Credential after two years: Associate of Commerce and Business Administration Diploma
73% in English 12; 67% in Foundations of Math 12 Non-competitive; Upgrading available in program
First Nations Applied Economics Certificate 73% in English 12; 67% in Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Mathematics Non-competitive; Upgrading available in program
Executive Assistant Diploma 73% in English 12; 67% in Foundations of Math 12; Completion of Administrative Assistant Certificate Limited
Management Diploma
Exit Credential after first year: Business Foundations Certificate
73% in English 12; 67% in Foundations of Math 12 Non-competitive; Upgrading available in program
 Education
Program Name Minimum Admission Requirements Admission Type
Early Childhood Education Diploma 73% in English 12; 25 hours of volunteer and/or work experience in a licensed child care facility Limited
Education Assistant and Community Support Certificate 73% in English 12; Two reference letters; 18 years of age on or before December 31 of the fall semester Limited
Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate Completion of a bachelor's degree from an English speaking university or completion of a bachelor’s degree from a non-English speaking university will require the TOEFL score of 88 (iBT) with no section below 20 (or TRU accepted equivalent); Submission of official transcripts; Admission interview Limited
Bachelor of Education - Elementary Minimum of 90 credits of post-secondary studies acceptable to the School of Education, typically arts, fine arts, math, science, music or physical education; Minimum GPA 2.67; 100 volunteer hours; Reference letters Competitive
Bachelor of Education - Secondary STEM Bachelor of Science degree (120 credit hours) or equivalent in Mathematics, or science (e.g. Physics, Biology, Chemistry or General Science) with a minimum grade point average of 2.33 on the most recent 60 credit hours completed; Within the degree all applicants must have one teachable major or two teachable minors (courses taught in secondary schools). A teachable minor consists of eighteen (18) credit hours of upper division courses (numbered 3000 or 4000), in addition to required lower division courses. A teachable major consists of thirty (30) credit hours of upper division courses (numbered 3000 or 4000) in addition to required lower division courses; Successful completion of six (6) credit hours of acceptable English Literature and Composition at any level. Courses in linguistics, language study, grammar, technical or business writing, communication, or English as a second language are not acceptable to meet the English requirement; One hundred (100) hours minimum of relevant volunteer or paid experience working with groups of middle or secondary school-aged students must be completed prior to admission into the program. A minimum of 25 of these hours is recommended to be in a middle or secondary school setting; Letter of Intent; Spontaneous Write and Personal Interview; Two confidential statements from referees; Criminal Record Check Competitive
 Health Sciences
Program Name Minimum Admission Requirements Admission Type
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 73% in English 12; 67% in Foundations of Math 12, Biology 12, and Chemistry 11, and one additional science 11 or 12; Letter of Introduction Competitive
Bachelor of Health Science (Respiratory Therapy Dual Credential) 73% in English 12; 67% in Foundations of Math 12, Biology 12, Chemistry 12, and Physics 11; CPRC-Certificate with AED; Program Information Session and/or hospital RT department tour; Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status Competitive
Health Care Assistant Certificate Completion of grade 11 minimum; 73% in English 11; Standard First Aid with CPRC Level C; Food Safe Level 1 Limited
Practical Nursing (Williams Lake Campus) 67% in English 12; 60% in Foundations of Math 11; 67% in Human Anatomy and Physiology for Practical Nurses Competitive
Respiratory Therapy Diploma 73% in English 12; 67% in Foundations of Math 12, Biology 12, Chemistry 12, and Physics 11; CPRC-Certificate with AED; Program Information Session and/or hospital RT department tour; Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status Competitive
 Law & Justice
Program Name Minimum Admission Requirements Admission Type
Law—Juris Doctor * Obtained an undergraduate degree or successfully completed the first three years (min. 90 credits) or more of an undergraduate degree; Official transcripts; LSAT score; Personal Statement; 3 references; Any other supplemental documents required by your selected category of admissions Competitive
*Study Abroad is available for our Juris Doctor students, but it is coordinated through the Law Faculty not Study Abroad
Police & Justice Studies Diploma 73% in English 12; Statement of Career Objectives; Resume Limited
 Science & Technology
Program Name Minimum Admission Requirements Admission Type
Applied Sustainable Ranching Diploma
(Williams Lake Campus)
60% in Foundations of Math 11 Limited
Animal Health Technology Diploma 67% in English 12, Foundations of Math 11, Biology 11, Chemistry 11 and one additional grade 12 science (Biology recommended); 80 hours orientation at a veterinary facility (working, volunteering or observing); Three references; Questionnaire; Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status Competitive
Animal Welfare Certificate Completion of grade 12 or Mature Student Status recommended Limited
Architectural & Engineering Technology Diploma 73% in English 12; 67% in Foundations of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 11; Physics 11 Limited
Computing Science Diploma   73% in English 12; 67% in Pre-Calculus 12 or Foundations of Math 12 (completed within the last two years) Limited
Bachelor of Computing Science 73% in English 12; 67% in Pre-Calculus 12 or Foundations of Math 12 (completed within the last two years) Non-competitive; Upgrading available in program
Engineering Transfer (Year 1) 73% in English 12, Pre-Calculus 12, Chemistry 11 and Physics 12; Students lacking Chemistry 12 may still be admitted, but will be unable to complete the first year courses in two semesters Competitive
Engineering Transfer (Year 2, Electrical or Computer) Completion of first year of the Engineering Transfer Program at TRU (38 credits) or another recognized engineering transfer program, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.50; A minimum grade of C- or better in all courses that are part of the first-year transfer program Competitive
Forestry Transfer 73% in English 12; 67% in Pre-Calculus 12; Two of Biology 11, Chemistry 11 or Physics 11 - All three strongly recommended; One of Biology 12, Chemistry 12 or Physics 12 Competitive
Bachelor of Natural Resource Science 73% in English 12; 67% in Pre-Calculus 12, Biology 11 and Chemistry 11; Competitive GPA of at least 2.00 overall high school/post-secondary courses; Note: students with Biology 12, Chemistry 12, and Physics 12 will be given preference Competitive
Bachelor of Science
Exit Credential after two years: Associate of Science
73% in English 12;
For all Biology, General Science, Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and Environmental Chemistry Majors: 67% in Biology 11 or 12, Chemistry 11, Pre-Calculus 12, Physics 11
For Computing Science, Mathematics, Mathematical Sciences, and Physics Majors: 67% in Pre-Calculus 12; Chemistry 11; Physics 11
Competitive
 Social Work & Human Services
Program Name Minimum Admission Requirements Admission Type
Human Service Diploma 73% in English 12; Two references; 19 years of age prior to start of program; Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status Limited
Bachelor of Social Work General university studies with a minimum GPA of 2.33 (C+): Minimum 54 credits (60 credits recommended) of transferable coursework. This must include 3 credits of academic English composition (ENGL 1100 at TRU) or 6 credits of English literature, and SOCW2060 (formerly SOCW200A) and SOCW2120 (formerly SOCW200B) or equivalents; Combined Human Service Program and general university courses: At least 54 credits. This must include 3 credits of English Composition (ENGL 1100 at TRU) or 6 credits of English literature, and SOCW2060 and 2120 or equivalents, and a completed Human Service Worker Certificate or Diploma with a GPA of at least 2.67 (B‐). Students with a certificate or diploma may receive up to 12 discretionary credits; As part of the admission process, you will be expected to supply an admission statement in which you express your ideas, experience and expectations about social work. Details concerning the admission statement will be supplied after application. Competitive
 Trades
Program Name Minimum Admission Requirements Admission Type
Apprenticeships in Construction and Mechanical Trades Valid Industry Training Authority (ITA) number (indentured/sponsored by an employer); Working in your trade Limited
Foundation Certificates in Construction and Mechanical Trades Successful Entry Assessment Limited
Horticulture Management Diploma Completion of a recognized one-year horticulture certificate which includes nine credits of approved English courses; Some diploma courses may require specific pre-requisites Limited
Horticulture Certificate Attend a program orientation session; Recommended: be in good physical condition and have a strong interest in plants and hands-on work Limited
Bachelor of Technology Completion of a two-year diploma in technology, a recognized trades qualification Limited
Water & Wastewater Technology Diploma Recommended: Foundations of Math 11, Chemistry 11, and Biology 11 Limited
Water & Wastewater Utilities Certificate Recommended: Foundations of Math 11, Chemistry 11, and Biology 11 Limited