Associate Degree Programs
Columbia College was the first private institution in British Columbia to be granted permission to award Associate Degrees. An Associate Degree is an academic qualification awarded to students who have completed two full years of study at the first and second year university levels, including completion of specific course requirements. The requirements give candidates a solid foundation in one particular area of study, while also allowing them to take a variety of elective courses, giving breadth to their education. An Associate Degree is:
- A credential widely recognized in British Columbia and other Canadian provinces.
- A solid foundation in one area of study that provides the basis for more advanced studies.
- A credential that can improve the prospects of employment.
An Associate Degree is equivalent to the first two years of a four-year university degree, and as such is accepted as the basis for admission to the third year of university Bachelor Degree programs.