Two-year associate degree

Where: College Wide
Starts: September, January
  • Focus on your area of interest or explore anthropology, English, criminology, First Nations, history, modern languages (Chinese, French and Spanish), North American studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology and women's studies.
  • Save over $20,000 by taking your first two years of fully transferable, quality courses at NIC and then moving on to your university of choice.
  • Qualify for guaranteed admission to UVic, two full years (60 credits) of transfer credit at any BC university, general transfer to universities Canada-wide and the ability to transfer into year three of VIU's Bachelor of Education degree.

Career possibilities: Graduates learn strong critical thinking and research skills and are well-prepared for positions in business, journalism, law, federal and provincial government, education and academic careers.





  • Same degree, save $20,000. University transfer students receive a high quality education while spending approximately $20,000 less for the first two years of their studies (tuition, fees, books, transport, housing and food) compared to students attending an urban university.
  • Highly qualified faculty. NIC's expert faculty, including international doctorates, will provide you with deep learning experiences to inform academic choices and inspire your career through research and networking opportunities.
  • Flexible delivery options. A wide range of distance and online courses are available, making it easier for you to pursue your education where and when you like.
  • Keep your options open. Universities will guarantee 60 transfer credits to holders of an associate degree, even if all the courses taken toward the degree do not transfer individually to that institution.
  • Freedom to follow your interests. Associate degrees offer direction and flexibility, allowing you to concentrate your studies for a specific degree or explore your interests.
  • Be advised, every step of the way. Educational advisors are dedicated to helping you make the most of your course choices. With one-on-one personal advising, you can be assured that your NIC courses will help you achieve your goals.


Explore anthropology, criminology, English, First Nations, history, modern languages (Chinese, French and Spanish), North American studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology and women's studies, as well as electives in math and sciences.
Associate degrees are offered at many colleges and universities throughout BC. They recognize successful completion of 60 credits of study, which is approximately 20 courses. With full-time study, you can complete an associate degree within two academic years. Part-time study options are also available.
Associate degrees offer a great deal of flexibility. You can choose your preferred courses from a specific list of eligible courses (scheduled and distance), making it possible to focus your studies in one specific area or explore a variety of subjects.


Admission Requirements

There are no formal admission requirements for the Associate of Arts degree. However, courses will have specific entry requirements called prerequisites, which are listed under each course description. To meet prerequisite requirements, submit transcripts or complete English and/or Math assessments.

International Language Requirements

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To Be Successful

  • Your first and most important step as a university transfer or associate degree student is to call, email, or visit an educational advisor at your nearest NIC campus or centre. Educational advisors have extensive knowledge of programs, funding options, career paths and post-secondary transfer agreements and will help you get started on the right track.
  • You are responsible for selecting only courses that are eligible for the Associate of Arts degree. Always review your study plan with an educational advisor before registering in courses.
  • NIC also offers high school-level upgrading options if you need help meeting prerequisites for entry into individual courses.
  • If you intend to transfer your associate degree as credit toward a four-year degree, review the Steps to University Transfer on the NIC website.


The following overview describes the general requirements for an Associate of Arts degree. However, choosing the right combination of courses will depend on a number of factors. Our educational advisors will work with you to personalize these general requirements to meet your goals.

Associate of Arts Degree - General Requirements

Students are responsible for selecting only courses that are eligible for the Associate of Arts degree. See "eligible associate degree courses" below.

  • 6 credits in first year English
  • 9 credits in Science, including:
    • 3 credits in mathematics, computer science or statistics
    • 3 credits in a laboratory science
    • 3 additional credits in Science
  • 36 credits in Arts (which must include a minimum of 18 credits at the second-year level in two or more subject areas) including:
    • 6 credits in the Social Sciences
    • 6 credit in Humanities (excluding English)
    • 24 additional credits in Arts
  • 9 credits in Arts, Science or other areas

Completion Requirements

  • Students must achieve an overall average grade of C (cumulative GPA of 2.0) calculated on all courses counting toward the associate degree. No course may be used to meet more than one of the specific associate degree requirements.


Sample Study Plans

Students may complete a general Associate of Arts degree, or work with an educational advisor to develop a study plan focused in one of the following subject areas: 

Consider including: ENG-107, ENG-108, ENG-109, ENG-115, ENG-117 and ENG-160. Two of ENG-207, ENG-208, ENG-209, or ENG-214.

Consider including: ANT-150, ANT-151, and 9 credits of 200-level anthropology courses.

Consider including: CRM-101, CRM-131, CRM-135, CRM-230; HIS-260, MAT-115; one of PHI-100 or PHI-150; POL-151, PSY-130, PSY-131, PSY-260; SOC-110, SOC-111, SOC-220, SOC-230.

First Nations
Consider including: BIO-170, BIO-171, BIO-241; ENG-125, ENG-126; FNS-160, FNS-200; MAT-190, MAT-191; SOC-130, and WST-110.

Consider including: 6 credits of 100–level history courses, and 9 credits of 200-level history courses.

Modern Languages
Consider including: 6 credits 100-level French and/or Spanish courses and/or Chinese courses, and 9 credits 200-level French and/or Spanish courses.

North American Studies
Consider including: HIS-112, POL-109; 6 credits of French or Spanish; BUS-152 or BUS-162.

Consider including: 6 credits of 100-level Philosophy courses, and 9 credits of 200-level Philosophy courses.

Political Science
Consider including: 6 credits of 100-level political science courses, and 9 credits of 200-level political science courses.

Consider including: PSY-130, PSY-131, and 9 credits of 200-level psychology courses.

Consider including: SOC-110, SOC-111, and 9 credits of 200-level sociology courses.

Women’s Studies
Consider including: WST-100, WST-101, HIS-250, HIS-251, and 6 credits chosen from ENG-224, ENG-225, PSY-245, WST-260.

Eligible Associate Degree Courses

The following university transfer courses are eligible for credit toward completion of the Associate of Arts degree:

Arts (includes both Humanities and Social Sciences)


  • Chinese: CHN-101, CHN-102
  • Education: EDU-101, EDU-102
  • English: ENG-107, ENG-108, ENG-109, ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-125, ENG-126, ENG-160, ENG-202, ENG-203, ENG-207, ENG-208, ENG-209, ENG-212, ENG-213, ENG-214, ENG-215, ENG-216, ENG-224, ENG-225, ENG-230, ENG-260 
  • Fine Arts: FIN-100, FIN-101, FIN-110, FIN-111, FIN-115, FIN-120, FIN-121, FIN-130, FIN-131, FIN-135, FIN-140, FIN-145, FIN-205, FIN-206, FIN-210, FIN-211, FIN-215, FIN-220, FIN-221, FIN-235, FIN-236, FIN-245, FIN-246, FIN-250 
  • First Nations Studies: FNS-160, FNS-200
  • French: FRE-100, FRE-101, FRE-120, FRE-121, FRE-145, FRE-146, FRE-265, FRE-266, FRE-281 
  • History: HIS-111, HIS-112, HIS-120, HIS-121, HIS-122, HIS-130, HIS-135, HIS-205, HIS-210, HIS-215, HIS-216, HIS-220, HIS-225, HIS-231, HIS-232, HIS-250, HIS-251, HIS-260
  • Interactive Media: IMG-102, IMG-103, IMG-105, IMG-110, IMG-208, IMG-209, IMG-214, IMG-215, IMG-220
  • Liberal Studies: LIB-130, LIB-131, LIB-210, LIB-250
  • Media Communications: MCS-110, MCS-130, MCS-200, MCS-280
  • Philosophy: PHI-100, PHI-101, PHI-150, PHI-211, PHI-220, PHI-230, PHI-240, PHI-260
  • Spanish: SPN-100, SPN-101, SPN-200, SPN-201

Social Sciences

  • Anthropology: ANT-150, ANT-151, ANT-250, ANT-251, ANT-252, ANT-253, ANT-260, ANT-290, ANT-291, ANT-292
  • Criminology: CRM-101, CRM-131, CRM-135, CRM-220, CRM-230, CRM-241, CRM-251 
  • Economics: ECO-110, ECO-111, ECO-245, ECO-270
  • Equity and Social Justice: ESJ-100, ESJ-101
  • Geography: GEO-105 LAB, GEO-106 LAB, GEO-111, GEO-112, GEO-200, GEO-209, GEO-210, GEO-211, GEO-214, GEO-205, GEO-206 LAB, GEO-215, GEO-220
  • Human Services: HSW-160, HSW-192
  • Political Science: POL-109, POL-111, POL-119, POL-151, POL-200, POL-201, POL-203, POL-209
  • Psychology: PSY-130, PSY-131, PSY-202, PSY-204, PSY-215, PSY-235, PSY-245, PSY-250, PSY-251, PSY-260
  • Sociology: SOC-110, SOC-111, SOC-130, SOC-210, SOC-212, SOC-220, SOC-230, SOC-240
  • Social Service: SSW-120, SSW-122 
  • Women's Studies: WST-100, WST-101, WST-110, WST-260


  • Biology: BIO-102 LAB, BIO-103 LAB, BIO-110 LAB, BIO-111 LAB, BIO-160 LAB, BIO-161 LAB, BIO-170 LAB, BIO-171 LAB, BIO-200 LAB, BIO-201, BIO-202, BIO-211 LAB, BIO-215, BIO-230 LAB, BIO-240 LAB, BIO-241, BIO-260, BIO-261
  • Chemistry: CHE-103 LAB, CHE-104 LAB, CHE-110 LAB, CHE-111 LAB, CHE-200 LAB, CHE-201 LAB
  • Computer Science: CPS-100, CPS-101, CPS-109, CPS-146, CPS-151, CPS-160, CPS-165, CPS-208, CPS-215, CPS-221, CPS-235, CPS-236, CPS-246, CPS-251, CPS-262, CPS-268, CPS-270
  • Geography: GEO-105 LAB, GEO-106 LAB, GEO-206 LAB
  • Mathematics: MAT-102, MAT-115, MAT-133, MAT-151, MAT-162, MAT-163, MAT-181, MAT-182, MAT-190, MAT-191, MAT-200, MAT-210
  • Physics: PHY-100 LAB, PHY-101 LAB, PHY-120 LAB, PHY-121 LAB, PHY-141 
  • Space Science and Astronomy: SSA-100 LAB, SSA-101 LAB


  • BUS-100, BUS-132, BUS-150, BUS-152, BUS-162, BUS-170, BUS-200, BUS-211, BUS-217, BUS-221, BUS-222, BUS-244, BUS-255, BUS-260, BUS-261, BUS-262, BUS-264, BUS-268, BUS-280, BUS-290, BUS-292, BUS-293, BUS-312, BUS-335


Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2017, Winter, Spring & Summer 2018

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

per Year
Tuition $2,910
NISU Fees $120
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $155
Health and Dental $275
Total $4,990
Tuition may vary, depending on the courses chosen. Book costs and Lab fees are specific to each course. Not all courses have Lab fees.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

International Fees

per Year
Tuition $12,730
NISU Fees $120
Books $1,530
Health and Dental $275
Total $14,655
Additional Costs for International Students include the $100 Application fee (required) and the $250 Accommodation Application Fee (optional).
Book costs and Lab fees are specific to each course. Not all courses have lab fees. Tuition is based on 3 - 5 courses per term.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

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