Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

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

Please include the Program Admission Form with your application.

A minimum of 9 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Diploma Requirements

60 credits total of post-secondary (college and university) courses, including a minimum of 21 credits numbered 2000 or above, 30 credits of which may be applied courses, such as fine and performing arts, studio and technology courses

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 a letter of permission. 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 for details.

 Contact Us

Please contact us to speak with us about applying for the Diploma in General Studies program.