Associate of Arts

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Possibility of requesting Post Graduation Work Permit (3 years)

  • Start dates: January, April, July, October

  • Duration: 2 years

  • Type: Full Time

  • Hours: Daytime

  • Tuition Fee: From 17,400 CAD / year

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The Associate of Arts (AA) degree will provide you with a broad base of knowledge. This 60 credit (20 course) program prepares you for additional postsecondary education or direct entry into the workforce. The AA degree is accepted for transfer to undergraduate programs at University Canada West (UCW) and all degree-granting institutions in British Columbia, provided other admission requirements are met.

Program results

Students seeking an Associate of Arts degree at UCW can gain a broader multidisciplinary approach in their chosen field. Students can focus on one of eight areas while completing the Associate of Arts degree requirements. You won’t earn a formal credential upon completing a focus area, but it can be a great way to shape your Associate of Arts degree and help you prepare for a career or further study.

Learning methods

All University Canada West degree programs are offered on campus and online. UCW is home to students from more than 52 countries around the world. Communicating with other students and sharing experiences can further enhance your learning experience.

Students in the AA degree program must demonstrate both oral and written communication skills. These skills will be developed and assessed through:

  • Lectures and class discussions.
  • Written assignments.
  • Presentations.
  • Team tasks.

Focus areas

  • The ins and outs of business strategies, financial organizations, tax and accounting software.
  • A basis for accounting principles.
  • Apply QuickBooks and Sage 50, the industry standard accounting software.
  • In-depth coverage of modules such as accounts receivable, inventory, accounts payable and payroll.
  • Canadian federal income tax legislation applicable to individuals and corporations.
  • Tax law, income and tax liabilities, income and deductions, taxable income, taxes payable, tax planning, international tax issues and sales tax – GST / HST.

Career options with additional post-secondary education:

  • Chartered Accountant
  • Money laundering officer
  • Accountant
  • Treasury Analyst
  • Auditor
  • Financial advisor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Beginner accountant
  • Focus on microeconomics and macroeconomics.
  • General overview of public policies, labor economics, health economics, finance and sports.
  • How the economy affects businesses, banking, financial markets and the environment.
  • How the economy contributes to the sustainability of our planet.
  • How the economy contributes to a world without poverty or homelessness.
  • How can the economy support the health and well-being of an aging population?
  • How do immigrants contribute to a growing economy and the knowledge economy?

Career options with additional post-secondary education:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Economist
  • Actuary
  • Stock broker
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Policy Analyst
  • Business reporter
  • Learn about business in the hotel and tourism industry.
  • Concepts and issues within this industry and growth trends and links between them.
  • Importance of building beneficial and long-term relationships with customers, through customer service principles and strategies.
  • Development of problem solving skills in preparation to meet customer expectations.
  • Development of excellent service skills, which will lead to the highest levels of customer satisfaction.
  • Principles of food and beverage management operations for high-quality service and increased productivity that meet consumer demands.
  • Business ethics and marketing strategies for problem solving in real time.

Career options with additional post-secondary education:

  • Hotel manager
  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Travel agent
  • Event organizer
  • Event manager
  • Customer Service Assistant
  • Ecotourism
  • Tour guide
  • Learn about the role of managers in organizations and their relationship with government, globalization, ecological issues, business systems and environments, and the importance of ethics and social responsibility.
  • Business organization, primary organizational structures, different operating divisions, business processes, how businesses are financed, business and risks, and corporate responsibilities to shareholders and employees.
  • Distinguishing characteristics of organizations based on culture, composition and history.
  • How the behavior of individuals and groups in work environments affects organizational performance and the dynamics of organizational relationships.
  • Role of managers in a 21st century socially responsible business environment.

Career options with additional post-secondary education:

  • Business Advisor
  • Risk manager
  • Project manager
  • Service Technician
  • Business Developer
  • Logistics Coordinator
  • A focus on marketing principles, the service sector, digital strategy, ethics, and how to conduct research.
  • Fundamentals of marketing and relationships between companies, their customers and their competition.
  • Market research from a marketing manager’s perspective.
  • The initiation, design and interpretation of research, how it helps to make marketing decisions.

Career options with additional post-secondary education:

  • Advertising Executive
  • Social Media Manager Customer Service
  • Digital Marketing Market Researcher
  • Sales and Service Representative
  • Media Buyer
  • Media
  • Introduction to the media, contemporary communication practices, communication theory, writing for the media and visual applications.
  • Fundamental concepts influencing communication and messaging, including social science, political science, and psychology.
  • The vital role of mass communication in society, specifically through media institutions, theories, practices, professional fields, and effects on society, groups, and individuals.
  • Helps students improve interpersonal, critical thinking, problem solving, and oral and written communication skills critical to employment in this field.

Career options with additional post-secondary education:

  • Media planner
  • Multimedia specialist
  • Editor
  • Blogger
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Freelance Writer
  • Editor
  • Online content creator
  • Learn about human behavior, including cognition, the brain, abnormal behaviors, data analysis, research methodology, including the scientific basis for behavior.
  • The brain, nervous system, genes, sensory processes, perception, consciousness, learning and memory.
  • Life expectancy and development, personality theory, social psychology, motivation and work, psychopathology and therapy and stress and health.
  • History in psychology, research methods and data analysis.

Career options with additional post-secondary education:

  • Psychologist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Social worker
  • Counselor
  • Prison Officer
  • Probation and Parole Officers
  • Youth Outreach Worker
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • The dynamics of social inclusion and exclusion, as well as the distribution of rights, resources and equity between and by the members of society.
  • How social, political, legal, economic and educational institutions can be privileged and oppressive forces that impact our inequality, livelihoods, rights, health, well-being and access to justice.
  • How institutional policies and social practices have a disproportionately negative impact on marginalized groups and how institutions engage in social injustice through systemic discrimination (eg, racism, xenophobia, classism, sexism). < / li>
  • Real-world examples of injustices are reviewed with the goal of exploring empowering responses and solutions, thoughtful resistance, and informed activism.
  • How social justice is relevant to the criminal justice system.

Career options with additional post-secondary education:

  • Homeless Program Worker
  • Youth worker
  • Victim Advocate
  • Social Services Worker
  • Rehabilitation Officer
  • International Humanitarian Careers
  • Activist for social justice
  • Court worker

Program structure

The Associate of Arts program is an interdisciplinary set of courses designed to provide you with basic skills in writing, communication, research, and team performance. UCW academic advisors can assist you with course selection to meet your postsecondary education goals.

NSO 098 – Orientation for students

Through this required orientation, students come to understand their academic expectations, requirements, rights, and responsibilities at University Canada West. Students learn how to access the university systems and services they need to be successful in their studies. Orientation includes practices in information literacy, academic integrity, critical thinking, and academic writing.

Level 1 courses establish basic college research and writing skills, while introducing you to a variety of disciplines and topics. Our experienced instructors will prepare you for continued academic success.

Two (2) first-year English courses (6 credits)

One (1) Science course (3 credits)

One (1) course in Mathematics or Computer Science (3 credits)

Two (2) Humanities courses (6 credits)

Two (2) Social Sciences courses (6 credits)

Two (2) elective arts courses (6 credits)

Level 2 courses create broader academic exposure and deeper exploration in a variety of subject areas. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate more critical thinking, analytical, quantitative and communication skills.

One (1) laboratory science course (3 credits)

Six (6) second-year arts courses (18 credits)

Three (3) general electives (9 credits)

Admission requirements

Canadian High School Diploma (Grade 12) or equivalent with a GPA of C or better (2.0 on a 4.33 scale) or a Bachelor’s degree completed in the home country (for international students). The degree and grades must be officially translated into English.


• Twenty-one (21) years of age or older and out of high school for at least two years, and

• Documented success through academic, professional, or volunteer activities.


• For students whose first language is not English, Academic IELTS – 6.5 or better with a minimum of 6.0 in the writing band, or equivalent.

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