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

New Media Studies

University of Toronto - Scarborough

Undergraduate

Admission is by internal application, typically at the end of your first year, after you have completed 4.0 full credits. To be competitive, you should have a 2.5 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 or higher GPA in Media Studies courses.

You must submit a Supplementary Application Form directly to the program supervisor. The deadline is May 1, 2018.

You may be required to attend an interview before an admission decision is made. All applicants will be notified in early June. For more details on application procedures, see the "New Media Studies" section of the Joint Program website.

Nursing

University of Toronto - St. George Campus

Professional

U of T offers a 2-year program leading to a BScN degree. Two years of undergraduate study with 10 university full-course equivalents is required. Academic prerequisites include 1 credit each in human physiology; life or physical sciences; social sciences; humanities; and a half-course in statistics. At least a "B" average in final year of university study.

Nursing

York University

Undergraduate

This full-time second-entry BScN program was developed in response to an increasing demand for nursing programs which build on prior university learning. You must have completed a minimum of 60 credits toward any university degree and meet the program prerequisites. By studying in the concentrated and continuous six semester program, you can complete a BScN degree in two calendar years.

Nursing - Post RPN

Nipissing University

Professional

Nipissing University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) programs offer students a unique, flexible and collaborative education through its many partnerships, as well as 4 unique, educational pathways to obtain a professional nursing degree. As a BScN student, you will gain relevant nursing theory and professional knowledge provided by a university education, along with practical experience in diverse clinical settings.

Nipissing University offers Registered Practical Nurses a 3-year compressed BScN Program. The Post RPN to BScN compressed program will be offered through a full-time delivery model and will be 6 semesters in length.

Successful completion of a 2-year Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) diploma with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 from either 1 of the following colleges: Cambrian College, Canadore College, College Boreal, Confederation College, Northern College, Niagara College and Sault College, as well as successful completion of the Canadian Practical Nurses Registration Examination (CPNRE) or proof of eligibility to write and subsequently pass the CPNRE is required for admission consideration.

Nipissing University offers currently employed Registered Practical Nurses the opportunity to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree through a blended delivery option. Admission consideration will be given to applicants who have successfully completed a 2-year Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) diploma (not certificate) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 within the last 10 years. The applicant must also be a current registered member in good standing with the College of Nurses in Ontario (CNO) as an RPN and be an employee (with a letter of support) of one of Nipissing’s partner health care agencies. This is a limited enrollment program.

Occupational Health and Safety (for university graduates)

Ryerson University

Professional

Full-Time, Two-Year Option for University Graduates | Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) Workplaces in Canada are safer than ever before, thanks in large part to occupational health and safety professionals. Ryerson graduates working in this progressive field help prevent injury and illness by anticipating, evaluating and controlling physical, biological, chemical and other hazards in workplaces. Drawing on their specialized knowledge, these professionals help develop and implement initiatives that improve health, safety and well-being in work environments across every sector. This program selects students on the basis of academic achievements and grades only. Additional non-academic requirements are not required for admission consideration.

Optometry

University of Waterloo

Professional

Help preserve and enhance vision as an optometrist. After 3 years in a Bachelor of Science program, you can apply to Canada’s only Doctor of Optometry degree program taught in English. Learn about ocular health and disease, optics and vision, while applying your knowledge in clinical settings. Recommended Waterloo programs to meet requirements include Honours Science, Biomedical Sciences, and Biology. The professional Doctor of Optometry program is 4 years in length, not including the minimum 3 years of university studies needed prior to entry.

Pharmacy

University of Waterloo

Professional

Train to be a pharmacist, a drug therapy expert, through class work and clinical rotations. After 2 years in a Bachelor of Science program, you can apply to Canada’s newest and only co-op Doctor of Pharmacy degree program. Enhance your learning on paid work terms and acquire sought-after skills in pharmacy business management. Recommended Waterloo programs to meet requirements include Honours Science, Biomedical Sciences, and Biology. The professional Doctor of Pharmacy program is 4 years in length, not including the minimum 2 years of university students needed prior to entry.

Pharmacy

University of Toronto - St. George Campus

Professional

U of T offers a 4-year program leading to a PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) degree. Normally, 2 years of undergraduate study is required to complete all prerequisite university-level subjects. University-level subject requirements include: Introductory Biology, Introductory Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Calculus, Statistics, Biochemistry, Human Physiology, English, and Humanities/Social Science. In addition, Physics is required minimally at the grade 12 level (SPH4U or equivalent). Other requirements include the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and an admission interview.

Physician Assistant

University of Toronto - St. George Campus

Professional

U of T offers a 2-year (24 consecutive months) program leading to a BScPA. Two years of undergraduate study with 10 university full-course equivalents are required. Academic prerequisites include a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 on the OMSAS 4.0 scale. A full-year postsecondary course in each of Chemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology is preferred. Additional academic and non-academic requirements are available on the program website.

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting

Carleton University

Certificate and Diploma Programs

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (PBD) in Accounting provides students who have an undergraduate degree in any discipline with the prerequisite core courses to be eligible to apply to the Sprott Master of Accounting (MAcc) program or enter the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP), pathways leading to the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation and a career in professional accounting.

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting is delivered online.

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Cognitive Science

Carleton University

Certificate and Diploma Programs

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (PBD) in Cognitive Science is designed for students who already have an undergraduate degree but want to learn about cognitive science and gain research experience in the field. The program consists of the equivalent of 4.0 credits (8 one-term courses). Students take advanced courses (third- and fourth-year courses) that are required in the Bachelor of Cognitive Science degree.

The PBD in Cognitive Science is also an option for students who are interested in pursuing graduate work in Cognitive Science at the Master’s level, but whose undergraduate degree did not include any research experience or who may not have a high enough GPA to enter the Masters of Cognitive Science program directly.

The PBD in Cognitive Science can be completed in one academic year (fall-winter), or students may opt to spread the coursework over 2 or more years.

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Economics

Carleton University

Certificate and Diploma Programs

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (PBD or “post-bac”) program in Economics is designed for people who already have an undergraduate degree - whether in a math-intensive field like engineering or a writing-intensive field like journalism - and would like a rigorous and structured introduction to economics; new Canadians, international students, and others with a degree from outside Canada, whether in economics or another discipline, who are looking for a one-year, recognized, Canadian qualification in economics; and anyone who would like additional preparation for graduate education in economics beyond that provided by the degree(s) they hold already.

The PBD in Economics provides 8 months of intensive training in economic theory, econometric methods, and applied economics; an opportunity for English-language training in academic writing skills for students whose first language is not English; and a structured and clearly defined course of study.

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Film Studies

Carleton University

Certificate and Diploma Programs

The new Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Film Studies is intended for students applying for admission into the MA in Film Studies who have at least an 8.0 GPA, but minimal background in Film Studies.

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Professional Writing

Carleton University

Certificate and Diploma Programs

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (PBD) in Professional Writing is intended as a program option designed to provide students with a comprehensive education in the nature, contexts and practice of the specialized types of writing that occur in professional contexts. Students applying for admission must have an honours undergraduate degree with a GPA of 8.0 or higher. To be eligible for admissions, applicants must present a statement of purpose and a sample of their academic or professional writing and have permission of the Professional Writing Program.

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Women’s and Gender Studies

Carleton University

Certificate and Diploma Programs

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (PBD or “post-bac”) program in Women’s and Gender Studies is designed for students wishing to enter a master’s program in Women’s and Gender Studies but who do not yet have adequate background preparation; and those seeking knowledge and a credential in Women’s and Gender Studies to enhance their skills and employability.

Public Health and Safety (for university graduates)

Queen's University

Graduate

Students in the Masters of Public Health Program will develop the applied skills needed to organize, analyze, interpret and communicate public health knowledge and apply this knowledge to the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health policies and programs. Admission Requirements: Successful completion of an Honours undergraduate degree program and minimum GPA.

Public Health and Safety (for university graduates)

Ryerson University

Professional

Full-Time, Two-Year Option for University Graduates | Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) Canada is safer and healthier than ever before, thanks in large part to public health and safety professionals. Ryerson graduates working in this progressive field help prevent injury and illness by anticipating, evaluating and controlling physical, biological, chemical and other hazards in the community. Drawing on their specialized knowledge, they help develop and implement initiatives that improve health, safety, and well-being in a range of settings that are accessed by the public. This program selects students on the basis of academic achievements and grades only. Additional non-academic requirements are not required for admission consideration.