Transfer with an Associate Degree
In BC, many institutions offer Associate of Arts and Science degrees. The associate degree consists of two years of prescribed study in arts or science.
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.
The specific policies at each institution are listed below.
Students are advised that they must still complete all outstanding requirements of their baccalaureate degree program not already completed within the courses taken for the associate degree.
BC Institute of Technology
Students transferring into BCIT with an Associate Degree will be considered for entry into bachelor degrees or other undergraduate credentials. Transfer credit will be assessed on a program-specific basis. Students will have to meet all entrance requirements for their program
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Kwantlen Polytechnic University guarantees a minimum of sixty (60) credits to be awarded on transfer to holders of Associate Degrees awarded by a BC College or University. Students must still meet all specific degree requirements. As Kwantlen Polytechnic University offers primarily applied degrees, most students will be required to complete bridging courses that will raise the number of credits needed to earn their degrees beyond the traditional 120 credits.
Royal Roads University
Royal Roads University will consider Associate Degree holders for entry into the third year of its baccalaureate degree programs as follows:
Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Entrepreneurial Management:
Graduates with an Associate of Arts degree from a public BC or Yukon community college or university college will be considered for entry at the third year level to the Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management program, provided they have successfully completed courses in accounting, marketing, communications, and organizational behaviour.
Admission to this program is on a competitive basis, so not all qualified applicants will be admitted.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science:
Graduates with an Associate of Science degree from a public BC or Yukon community college or university college will be considered for entry at the third year level to the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science program, provided they have successfully completed a minimum of a full year of Biology, Chemistry, English and Mathematics, and one course in Statistics. Two years of Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics would be preferred. Admission to this program is on a competitive basis, so not all qualified applicants will be admitted.
Simon Fraser University
BC Associate of Arts or Science degree holders will receive preference in admission, with a GPA 0.25 points less than the GPA required for regular transfer, but not less than 2.00 overall. If individually assigned transfer credit totals less than 60, the remainder will be general elective credit.
Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University guarantees sixty (60) credits will be awarded to holders of an Associate of Arts Degree or Associate of Science Degree awarded by a BC College or University. Students must still fulfill all first and second year requirements of their Bachelor's degree not already completed as part of their Associate Degree.
Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning
Associate of Science and Associate of Arts degrees completed at any accredited BC community college or university will receive a block transfer of sixty (60) lower-level credits. This transfer credit may be applied towards the degree requirements of the Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning Bachelor of Arts, General Program; Bachelor of Arts, General Studies; Bachelor of Arts, Major Program; and Bachelor of General Studies. Specific degree requirements must still be met, and for this reason students may in some cases be able to use only a portion of the Associate Degree transfer credit to meet the specific requirements of the TRU-OL bachelor degree in question.
University of the Fraser Valley
Students transferring into UFV with an Associate Degree will receive credit for all courses in their associate degree. Courses for which no equivalent UFV course exists will be given unassigned credit at the lower level. Students will have to meet all requirements for their degree program.
University of British Columbia
Students with Associate Degrees of Arts or Science from a recognized College or University in BC or the Yukon, if admitted to the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science, are guaranteed full transfer credit (60 credits) for the work done for their Associate Degree. Students must still meet all 100 and 200 level course requirements for specific degree programs (e.g., majors, honours, faculty-level course requirements) and this may require students to take more than 120 total credits to earn their degree. Students admitted with Associate Degrees must meet the competitive admission average for the program to which they apply if this average is above the published minimum.
University of Northern British Columbia
UNBC guarantees priority admission and full transfer credit (minimum of 60 credit hours) to students transferring with an Associate in Arts or Science degree.
University of Victoria
Applicants who have been granted an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a recognized BC post-secondary institution will be granted 30 units of transfer credit* if admitted to a degree program. Note that students receiving 30 units of transfer credit for completion of the associate degree are still obliged to fulfil all prerequisites in the degree program to which they are admitted.
* UVic 30 units = 60 credits at other BC institutions.
Vancouver Island University
Vancouver Island University guarantees a minimum of sixty (60) credits to be awarded on transfer to holders of an Associate of Arts degree or an Associate of Science degree awarded by a BC College or University. Students must still fulfill all first and second year requirements of their Bachelor's degree not already completed as part of their Associate degree.