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Bachelor of General Studies

The Bachelor of General Studies is the most flexible program we offer. It accepts a high degree of PLAR (prior learning assessment and recognition) and transfer credit, making it ideal for those who have taken a non-linear path to education or have extensive work experience. You actually create your own program, as long as you meet the program requirements.

The BGS can be your stepping-stone to a great job, more education or a way to further your own knowledge and interests. You may ladder a two-year diploma program from a Canadian post-secondary institution or a BC associate degree into this program.


The Bachelor of General Studies is a great option for people who have prior education or work experience and are looking for a formal credential to help them advance in their career. The program allows for a high degree of choice, so you can concentrate on courses that will get you closer to your goals.

Program requirements

Some program requirements may be met with credits earned by Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

Admission requirements

Open admission

Residency requirements

A minimum of 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus).

Degree requirements

120 credits, with a GPA of 2.00 or higher in all courses required for completion of this credential, as follows:

Core requirements (6 credits)

Six credits in English (university-level composition and literature) other than technical- and business-writing courses

Upper-level requirements (45 credits)

15 of these credits may be applied studies courses, such as fine and performing arts courses, studio courses and technology courses

Elective requirements (69 credits)

May be either lower- or upper-level courses; 60 credits of which may be applied studies 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 can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential.

Also, before you register in a course not listed on the OL website, you must apply for a letter of permission. Otherwise, you may find that either course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.

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