Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Certificate in General Studies

Tailor your learning to suit your goals. The Certificate in General Studies, an open admisiion program,  allows you to select almost any combination of courses at the university level, and may be completed entirely online on a full- or part-time basis. After graduationfrom this program, if you wish to continue your education, you can transfer your credits from this certificate toward a diploma or a bachelor’s degree.


The Certificate in General Studies allows for a high degree of choice, allowing you to concentrate on courses that will get you closer to your career goals in almost any field.

 Program Requirements

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

Admission Requirements

Open admission

If you plan to complete this or another credential through Open Learning, please fill out a Program Admission Form and email, fax or mail it to OL Admissions.

Residency Requirements

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

Certificate Requirements

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

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

Student Responsibility

Please consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential.

Before you register in a course not listed on the website, you must apply for an LOP.

If you proceed otherwise, you may find that a course cannot be applied toward your credential or that you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.


Please see Tuition and Fees.


Email Student Services to speak with us about this or any other Open Learning program.