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.

6 Prior Study Programs

Certificate in American Sign Language (CASL)

Carleton University

Certificate and Diploma Programs

The Certificate in America Sign Language (CASL) program, offered by Carleton’s School of Linguistics and Language Studies, is designed for anyone wishing to benefit from an officially recognized capacity for communicating with members of the deaf community who use American Sign Language. Students in the ASL Minor are able to obtain a Certificate if they fulfill the additional requirements.

The CASL program may be taken simultaneously with a BA program in Linguistics or Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, or with other majors, allowing you to graduate with both a degree and a certificate at the same time. You can also pursue this program as a post-degree certificate.

Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language

Carleton University

Certificate and Diploma Programs

The CTESL program, offered by Carleton’s School of Linguistics and Language Studies, is one of Canada’s oldest and best-known TESL programs. The CTESL program includes courses in theory and methodology, as well as a practicum that includes opportunities for classroom observation and supervised teaching in a variety of settings. With the proper course selection, the program may be taken simultaneously with the 4-year Honours program in Linguistics or Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, or with other majors, allowing you to graduate with both a degree and a certificate at the same time. You can also pursue this program as a post-degree certificate.

The CTESL program concentrates on teaching English to adults, either in Canada or abroad. It is widely recognized in Canada as a qualification to teach ESL at the postsecondary level in private language schools, colleges and universities. Overseas, it can lead to teaching positions at the elementary and secondary school levels, as well as at the adult level.

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 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.