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Associate of Arts Degree

The Associate of Arts (AA) degree provides you with a broad foundation of knowledge. This 60-credit (20 course) program prepares you for additional post-secondary education or to enter directly into the workforce. The AA degree is accepted for transfer into bachelor degree programs at University Canada West (UCW) and all British Columbia degree-granting institutions provided other admission requirements are met.

Graduates of the AA program will develop these skills:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Effective written and oral communications
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Application of theoretical understanding to practice
  • Research and evaluative skills
  • Mathematical and scientific reasoning
  • Analysis, synthesis and integration of knowledge
  • Advanced reading comprehension

Class Profile

All University Canada West degree programs are offered on campus and online. UCW is home to students from more than 42 countries around the globe. Communicating with fellow students and sharing experiences can further enhance your learning experience.

Learning Methods

Students in the AA degree program are required to demonstrate both written and oral communication skills. These skills will be developed and evaluated through:

  • Lectures and class discussions
  • Written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Team tasks

Academic Standing

Students must remain in Good Academic Standing to continue their studies at UCW. For full details about Academic Standing, refer to the current Academic Calendar here.

Graduation Requirements

UCW students must fulfil the requirements listed in the Academic Calendar in order to be eligible to graduate. For full details about Graduation Eligibility, refer to the current Academic Calendar here.

Key Facts

Full-time Tuition Fees (Domestic):

$8,352 (Year 1)
$5,568 (Year 2)

Full-time Tuition Fees (International):

$20,880 (Year 1)
$13,920 (Year 2)

Program Tuition Fees:


$13,920* (Domestic)
$34,800 (International)

*30% discount applies for Canadian Forces members and veterans


Fall (October), Winter (January), Spring (April), Summer (July)


On Campus


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Program Structure

The Associate of Arts program is an interdisciplinary set of courses designed to provide core skills in writing, communication, research and team performance. UCW Academic Advisors can help with your course selection to meet your post-secondary education goals.


SOAR 098 - Student Orientation and Academic Readiness

Through this mandatory orientation students come to understand their academic expectations, requirements, and rights and responsibilities at University Canada West. Students learn how to access university services and systems that they need for success in their studies. Orientation includes practices of information literacy, academic integrity, critical thinking and academic writing. All students will be assessed for academic writing proficiency.

Tier 1 University Foundation I

Tier 1 courses establish the basic university skills of research and writing while introducing you to a variety of disciplines and topics. Our experienced instructors will prepare you for continued academic success.

Two (2) first-year English courses (6 credits)

One (1) Science course (3 credits)

One (1) Mathematics or Computing Science course (3 credits)

Two (2) Humanities courses (6 credits)

Two (2) Social Science courses (6 credits)

Two (2) Arts elective courses (6 credits)

Tier 2 University Foundation II

Tier 2 courses build a broader academic exposure and deeper exploration in a variety of subject areas. You have the opportunity to further demonstrate critical thinking, analytical, quantitative and communication skills.

One (1) Lab Science course (3 credits)

Six (6) second-year Arts courses (18 credits)

Three (3) general electives (9 credits)

For a comprehensive list of all available courses, please refer to the Academic Calendar here

Entry Requirements

  • Canadian High School (Grade 12) diploma or equivalent with an overall average of C or better (2.0 on a 4.33 scale)


  • Twenty-one (21) years of age or older and out of high school for at least two years, and
  • Documented success through academic, professional or volunteer activities


  • For students whose first language is not English, academic IELTS - 6.5 or better with a minimum of 6.0 in the writing band, or equivalent. More information is available in the English Proficiency section of this website.

For students who need to upgrade to meet our English proficiency requirements, UCW offers English pathway courses in our University Access Program.

For full requirements visit /admissions/undergraduate

Please note: Meeting the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

University Access Program Full Entry Requirements

Tuition Fees

Winter, Spring, Summer 2019

Number of courses 20 20
Cost per course $696 $1,740
Total Tuition Fees $13,920* $34,800
Typical Full-time Tuition Fees $8,352 (Year 1)
$5,568 (Year 2)
$20,880 (Year 1)
$13,920 (Year 2)

Tuition deposit for international students: $7,900

 First term tuition deposit for domestic students: : $500

* Canadian Forces members and veterans are eligible for a 30% tuition reduction.

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Transfer Information

Universities in British Columbia recognize the value of Associate Degrees and
accept transfer credits from Associate Degrees for admission to the third year of a bachelor degree program.

According to the BC Transfer Guide, universities will guarantee 60 transfer credits to holders of an associate degree, even if all the courses taken towards the degree do not transfer individually to that institution.

To gain admission to a university, students must fulfill the university admission requirements as well as fulfill the program requirements for admission to faculties, departments or schools.

For more information on the option of transferring to a university upon the
completion of the Associate of Arts degree at UCW, please consult with a UCW Academic Advisor or refer to the BC Transfer Guide.

UCW Academic Advisors will help students plan AA degree program options and understand university transfers as well as program admission  equirements in order to maintain a smooth transaction for students to other universities.

Click here for sample transfer plans to other BC universities.

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Key Facts

Full-time Tuition Fees (Domestic):

$8,352 (Year 1)
$5,568 (Year 2)

Full-time Tuition Fees (International):

$20,880 (Year 1)
$13,920 (Year 2)

Program Tuition Fees:


$13,920* (Domestic)
$34,800 (International)

*30% discount applies for Canadian Forces members and veterans


Fall (October), Winter (January), Spring (April), Summer (July)


On Campus