The Associate of Arts (AA) degree prepares students for life as an educated person and lays a solid foundation for further study.
This two-year, 60-credit (20 courses) undergraduate program is equivalent to the first two years of a four-year degree in the Arts. It prepares students to transfer to research or teaching universities to complete a bachelor’s degree or serves as a credential to enter the labour market. 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 be able to:
- Acquire knowledge and skills to help you find a career.
- Become an effective oral and written communicator for the workplace.
- Develop the ability to work collaboratively.
- Prepare for entry into four-year bachelor’s degree programs.
- Prepare for entry-level positions in the industry of your choice.
Courses are provided in face-to-face learning environments.
With the completion of 30 credits in the Associate of Arts degree, a student may transfer to the Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication or Bachelor of Commerce degree seamlessly. Alternatively, the student may continue in the Associate of Arts degree and complete the program with an additional 30 credit hours of study as per provincial Associate of Arts degree guidelines. Please refer to the Course Descriptions section for detailed information on the actual courses.
UCW is home to students from more than 100 countries around the globe. Communicating with fellow students and sharing experiences can further enhance your learning experience.
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.
Course availability is subject to change without notice. Some courses have pre-requisites or co-requisites. For a comprehensive list of courses and course details please refer to the Academic Calendar.
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
- Team tasks
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.
- 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 our admissions page.
Please note: Meeting the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance.
AA Tuition Fees
|Number of courses||20||20|
|Cost per course||$921**||$1,920**|
|Total Tuition Fees||$18,420||$38,400|
|Number of courses||20||20|
|Cost per course||$1,014**||$2,018**|
|Total Tuition Fees||$20,280||$40,360|
Tuition deposit for international students: $7,900
First term tuition deposit for domestic students: $500
*30% discount applies for Canadian Forces members and veterans on all programs.
**Additional costs related to textbooks and materials for each course are not included in tuition.
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.