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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 transfer credits between various post-secondary institutions.

The program allows you to select almost any combination of lower- and upper-level courses, as long as you meet the program requirements.


The Diploma 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 nine TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Diploma requirements

60 credits of post-secondary courses, including a minimum of 21 credits from courses numbered 2000 or above

30 of these credits may be applied studies courses, such as fine and performing arts courses, 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 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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