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Certificate in General Studies

Tailor your learning to suit your goals. The Certificate in General Studies 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. If you wish to continue your education, you can transfer your credits from this certificate toward a diploma or bachelor’s degree.

The program allows you to select almost any combination of lower- and upper-level courses. You may apply your credits from this certificate toward other OL programs, as long as you meet the program requirements.


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

Residency requirements

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

Certificate requirements

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

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

Open textbook pathway to Certificate of General Studies

Obtain 30 credits from the following Open Learning distance courses with zero textbook cost.

  • GEOL 1011/1111 Introduction to Geoscience 3 credits
  • ENGL 1101 Introduction to University Writing 3 credits
  • PSYC 2111 Introduction to Research Methods 3 credits
  • SOCI 1111 Introduction to Sociology 1 3 credits
  • SOCI 1211 Introduction to Sociology 2 3 credits
  • BIOL 1593 Anatomy and Physiology 1 3 credits
  • BIOL 1693 Anatomy and Physiology 2 3 credits
  • HIST 1211 Canadian History to 1867 3 credits
  • HIST 1221 Post-Confederation Canadian History 3 credits (pre-requisite: HIST 1211)
  • PHIL 1011 Introduction to Epistemology and Metaphysics 3 credits

More information: or Open Education Resources

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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