Programs Requiring Prior University Study

The following programs lead to a degree, and require you to complete some university study before you apply.

To find programs that require you to complete some college study before you apply, view Collaborative University and College Programs.

107 Prior Study Programs

Dentistry

University of Toronto - St. George Campus

Professional

U of T offers a 4-year program leading to a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Two years of undergraduate Life Science and 1 year of Humanities or Social Science study are required. Academic prerequisites include a general biochemistry course, a basic mammalian physiology course, 2 full courses in life sciences and 1 humanities or social sciences course. Candidates also must submit Canadian Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) scores.

Diploma in Dietetic Education and Practical Training

Western University - Brescia University College

Certificate and Diploma Programs

The Diploma in Dietetic Education and Practical Training is a 1-year professional, post-degree program for graduates with an honors degree in Foods and Nutrition within the last 3 years. This innovative Diploma is a comprehensive internship program that combines the rich learning experiences of academic courses with extensive practical training to prepare you for a career as a registered dietitian.

Diploma in Digital Communication: Social Media & Virtual Worlds

Western University

Certificate and Diploma Programs

Students already possessing an undergraduate degree may apply for admission to the Diploma program. The Diploma in Digital Communication (CDC) helps students understand the best practices of social media, virtual worlds and emerging forms of online communication. Based on practical explorations of media theory, this program is ideal for students who want to pursue a career in digital communications. It's also geared towards students who want to augment their professional or academic pursuits with a powerful set of tools and competencies that include:
  • principles and production of social media, digital media and virtual worlds
  • online information and organization
  • creating and overseeing digital content
  • theoretical and practical application of virtual worlds and simulated spaces
  • producing and managing online communities
  • gaming, social networking, social movements, search engines, graphic design, digital imaging and website design

Diploma in Ethics

Western University

Certificate and Diploma Programs

The Diploma in Ethics is a post-undergraduate program of study that may be completed full-time in 1 year or part-time over a number of years.

The Diploma in Ethics, offered through the University of Western Ontario, Department of Philosophy, is being offered as a response to a wide and growing interest in the ethical dimensions of professional and public life. The purpose of this program is to enable participants to strengthen and develop their understanding of ethics so as to enhance their ability to recognize and respond to ethical issues in a wide variety of social settings.

The Diploma in Ethics will educate students in the essential concepts, central issues, history, and methodologies of ethical reasoning. The program also emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills, writing skills and verbal skills.

Diploma in Game Development

Western University

Certificate and Diploma Programs

The field of video game development offers many interesting and exciting career opportunities, both in entertainment and serious game industries. Designers, programmers, and testers are needed by game development studios and by the makers of engines, tools, and middleware to support video game software.

The Diploma in Game Development provides students with the opportunity to investigate computing problems in an entertaining and engaging fashion. Students will express their creativity and ingenuity, investigate multidisciplinary issues, work in realistic team settings, and ultimately prepare for entry into this stimulating and dynamic field.

Diploma in Management Studies

Western University - Brescia University College

Certificate and Diploma Programs

The Diploma in Management Studies is an 8-month professional, post-degree program in management. Students who successfully complete the Diploma in Management Studies course work are eligible to apply to a 4-month paid work placement and receive a Diploma in Management Studies with Work Placement. Brescia’s innovative Diplomas in Management Studies are ideal for students who have minimal or limited background in business studies, providing students with the opportunity to learn and apply the foundations of management.

Diploma in Professional Communication

Western University

Certificate and Diploma Programs

Open to all students in the University, the Diploma in Professional Communication aims to develop students' writing abilities in workplace writing genres. All program courses may be credited toward other undergrad programs. A student who does not yet possess a university degree may apply for admission to the Certificate Program in Professional Communication, which can be taken concurrently with an undergrad degree.

Diploma in Writing

Western University

Certificate and Diploma Programs

Open to all students with a university degree, the Diploma in Writing aims to develop the general writing ability of students. All program courses may be credited toward other undergraduate programs. Anyone with a university degree may apply for admission, subject to prerequisites and general university entrance requirements. If you do not already possess a university degree, you may apply for admission to the Certificate in Writing, which can be taken concurrently with an undergraduate degree.

Diplôme de français des affaires (Diploma in Business French)

Western University

Certificate and Diploma Programs

If you have already been awarded an undergraduate degree, you can obtain a Diploma in Business French. The Diploma in Business French is a 5.0 credit unique program in Canada which certifies that a student has reached a certain level of proficiency in French communication skills with an emphasis on French in the workplace and in business environments. .

Diplôme de français pratique (Diploma in Practical French)

Western University

Certificate and Diploma Programs

If you have already been awarded an undergraduate degree, you are eligible to pursue the Diploma in Practical French, which is a 4.0 credit program which certifies that a student has reached a certain level of proficiency in practical French communication skills.

Diplôme de français pratique (Diploma in Practical French)

Western University

Certificate and Diploma Programs

Any student who has graduated with a 3- or 4-year undergraduate degree may apply to be admitted to the Diploma program, subject to prerequisites and general university admission requirements. Contact the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Academic Counselling Office to apply.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

University of Guelph

Professional

The Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph is a leader in veterinary health care, learning and research. This 4-year professional degree is accredited by the Canadian and American Veterinary Medical Associations.  

Entrance Information and Requirements:

  • - Completion of a minimum of 2 years of a university undergraduate degree program. Applications to DVM may be submitted during a student's third year.
  • - Completion of 8 university-level required courses: cell biology; biochemistry; genetics; statistics; 2 biological sciences; and 2 humanities and/or social sciences.
  • - Experience with veterinarians.
  • - Submission of a Background Information Form.
  • - 3 letters of reference (2 must be from veterinarians).
  • - An interview.
  • - Canadian applicants, including dual citizens, must be residents of Ontario. A "resident" is someone who has resided in Ontario for 12 months, exclusive of time spent in a postsecondary institution.