If you could design your own certificate, what would it look like?

This is a University of Victoria credential designed by you. This new flexible certificate allows you to create your own program by choosing courses from the wide range of diploma and certificate programs offered in the Division of Continuing Studies. You can customize a course of study to meet your specific learning needs and objectives.

Who should consider the Certificate in General Studies?

If you’re a career-focused learner seeking career advancement or an enhancement to existing job skills, this program can help you to achieve your unique goals.

If you’re self-employed or a small business owner, the broad range of offerings can help you acquire skills and knowledge from multiple areas, which you can apply to your unique situation.

If your focus is personal enrichment and love of learning, this program allows you to package your studies based on your interests.

If you’ve already started in another Division of Continuing Studies program but your needs and goals have changed, this program allows you to repurpose your learning and count your completed courses toward this credential. Please discuss this option with the Program Coordinator, as there are some restrictions.

How does it work?

You’ll work with a Program Coordinator to identify your goals and find courses to help you achieve your goals. The program is unique for each student and in consultation with the Program Coordinator you’ll develop a Learning Contract outlining your customized program.

Program outcomes

Given the interdisciplinary nature of this certificate, the program outcomes will vary for each student. Each course offered as part of this program has specific learning objectives.

As a student in this program you will pursue interdisciplinary studies in the Division of Continuing Studies to meet the specific objectives in your Learning Contract.

Admission and completion requirements

Admission requirements

This is a non-credit program requiring admission only to the Division of Continuing Studies.

Graduation from secondary school is normally required for entrance in to the program. If you are a mature applicant who does not meet this requirement, you may be considered on the basis of previous academic or work experience.

Completion requirements

You may take up to six years to complete the courses in your Learning Contract. Upon successful completion of a minimum of 270 hours of coursework (typically seven to eight courses) you will be awarded a Certificate in General Studies from the University of Victoria.

Please note: you will also be required to meet the pre-requisites for any course you include in your program of study.

Estimated fees

Description Fee
Program application fee $125.00
Seven to eight courses (most courses are between $495 and $695) $3,683.40
Estimated Total $3,808.40*
*IMPORTANT NOTE:
Fees listed in this section are only an estimate. Total program fees will vary depending on course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

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How to apply

  • Contact the Program Office to set up an appointment. Face-to-face or telephone appointments can be arranged.
  • Complete the online application form, pay the application fee ($125). 
  • Work on your Learning Contract in consultation with the Program Coordinator. 
  • Begin your studies!