Introduction to an Associate of Arts Degree
An Associate of Arts program will help students to learn the art and skills of critical thinking, problem-solving, working in a team, researching for information, evaluation and preparing relevant reports, communication, theoretical knowledge and practical experience, scientific reasoning, and comprehension skills. It is equivalent to the first two years of a four-year degree program from a college or university.
  • This is a two-year program that can be pursued on-campus as well as online.

  • The intake for this program takes place in October (Fall), January (Winter), April (Spring) and July (Summer).
    • 10+2 with 70% average or 2.00 out of a scale of 4.33 on Canadian high school (Grade 12)
    • Must be 21 years old on or before the first day of the session.

    English Proficiency Test:

    IELTS (Academic)
    Overall 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in the writing band
    Overall 88 with minimum 20 in each component
    PTE Academic
    Overall 61 with minimum 60 in writing
    Overall 70 with a minimum of 60 in each subtest
    Overall 85 with minimum 3 in speaking test

    Document checklist:

    • Completed application form;
    • High school official transcripts;
    • Letter of Intent;
    • Detailed resume/CV;
    • English language proficiency test scores.
  • The assessment techniques include essays, assignments, written test, oral test, class discussions, laboratory examinations, open book examinations, seminar presentation and examinations. The course credits have an academic value of three credits. Each credit is equivalent to 45 hours, which includes class time, exams, online study and self-directed study.
  • The university adopts the following teaching methods:
    • Class discussions and lectures;
    • Case study analysis;
    • Academic literature;
    • Practical team tasks.
  • Preparatory:
    Student Orientation and Academic Readiness
    Tier 1 University Foundation I
    • Two English Courses;
    • One Science Course;
    • One Mathematics or Computing Science Course;
    • One Humanities Course;
    • One Social Science Course;
    • One Arts Elective Course.
    Tier 2 University Foundation II:
    • One Lab Science Course;
    • Six Arts Courses;
    • Three General Electives.
  • The full-time tuition fees for international students is:
    • $20,880 (Year 1)
    • $13,920 (Year 2)
    The total fees is $34,800 (Winter, spring and summer 2019 intake).
  • The university believes in relieving the financial stress of the students so that they can concentrate on their academics. For this purpose, it offers financial funding in the form of fee waivers, grants, scholarships, educational loans etc. Apart from these, there are also discounts in the form of referral discount, early consideration discount, alumni discount and so on.

    Students with excellent academic records can avail scholarships up to $20,000 for UG programs. International UG students can be awarded up to $12,000 for the economic development of their home country.

Reasons to Choose this Course 

The objective of studying an Associate of Arts degree in Canada is to provide students with knowledge and experience so that they get the right platform to either pursue further studies or enter the workforce and start earning. Students can also directly seek admission to the third year of a bachelors degree.

Is it Worth Doing an Associate of Arts Degree?

This program provides comprehensive and holistic learning to students with respect to multiple disciplines including arts, social sciences and humanities. On completion of this program, students can either join the workforce or pursue higher studies.

Who Should Pursue this Program?

This program is meant for those students who have completed their high school and want to enrol for a course that provides them with basic and fundamental technical skills and academic knowledge that will either help them get a suitable job or allow them to pursue further studies.

Scope and Future of Associate of Arts

After pursuing this program, students can further study courses like business administration, economics, general arts, and mass communication, political science or psychology. Students also have the option to work while they study, either on campus or off campus.

Job Options

Careers on completion of this program include payroll specialist, general manager of a retail unit or chain, police officer, preschool teacher, hotel manager, a municipal clerk, paralegal, medical record specialist, office manager, executive assistant, administrative assistant, operations manager and customer service representative.

Learning Outcomes

  • Development of vocation skills in students;

  • Development of research and assessment skills, communication skills, reading and comprehension skills, critical thinking skills and problem-solving skills;

  • Learn to work in a team in a collaborative manner;

  • Enhance reasoning powers of the student;

  • Applying theoretical knowledge and information to practical aspects;

  • Increase social awareness and consciousness.