Types of programs and courses at UCFV

Certificate programs
• A certificate is usually earned by taking 10 to 12 specified credit courses.
• Certificates usually can be completed in one year or less of full-time study.
• Part-time study is usually permitted, in which case it takes more than one year
  to earn a certificate.
• Each UCFV certificate is described in this calendar, where the required courses
  are listed.
• Certificate programs are also offered through Access and Continuing Studies
 
Diploma programs
• A diploma is earned by taking 20 to 24 specified credit courses usually
  emphasizing a particular area of study and generally designed to either “ladder”
  into UCFV degrees or to provide a credential showing two years of post-secondary
  studies.
• Diplomas can be completed over a two-year period of full-time study.
• Part-time study is usually permitted, in which case it takes longer than two years
  to earn a diploma.
• Each UCFV diploma is described in this calendar, where the required courses are
  listed.
Associate degree programs
• An associate degree is earned by taking approximately 20 prescribed and elective
  credit courses which promote both breadth and depth of knowledge.
• Associate degrees can be completed over a two-year period of full-time study;
  part-time study is usually permitted, in which case it will take longer than two years
  to earn an associate degree.
• Designed to provide a credential after the equivalent of two years of full-time
  university study.
Bachelor’s degree programs
• A bachelor’s degree is earned by taking 35 or more prescribed and elective courses
  (minimum 120 credits).
• Degrees can be completed over a four- or five-year period of full-time study.
  Part-time study is usually permitted, in which case it takes longer than four years
  to earn a degree.
• Students can complete some bachelor’s degrees at UCFV, while others will require
  transfer to another university after one or two years.
• Degrees are described in the UCFV calendar, and in other college and university
  calendars.
• The BC Transfer guide at www.bccat.bc.ca shows which UCFV courses are equivalent
  to which university courses.
Master’s degree programs
• UCFV’s Master of Arts in Criminal Justice is a post-baccalaureate degree and is  
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earned after the completion of a two-year (five-semester) program.
Upgrading —
College and Career Prep
• Courses are scheduled 12 months a year in Abbotsford and Chilliwack.
• Can be taken to fulfill prerequisites for programs at UCFV and/or other institutions.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
• Courses are scheduled 12 months a year in Abbotsford
• Can be taken to fulfill prerequisites for programs at UCFV and/or other institutions.
Access and Continuing Studies courses and programs
• Advertised in the Continuing Studies brochure, delivered twice yearly to Fraser
  Valley homes, in late summer and the end of December.
• Generally scheduled on evenings and weekends, and occasionally during daytime
  hours.
• Courses range from professional development to business and career training to
   job skills upgrading.
• Most CS certificate programs require applications. Courses range from several
  hours to several hundred hours.
• Few prerequisites. Registration for most courses is in early September and early
  January (although note: some programs require advance application).
General Studies courses
(Including general arts and general science)
 
This category of courses is not a true program; it has no structured grouping of courses, but can allow you to:
• take courses to satisfy the admission requirements for a program
• do course work at UCFV for transfer to another institution
• take upgrading and some program course work at the same time
• take some of the courses from your preferred program if you have not yet been
  accepted to the program
• take a few courses to get started and explore if you are not ready to take a
  program full-time
• choose from College and Career Prep, English as a Second Language, and
  post-secondary courses.
• complete a diploma in General Studies upon completion of 60 UCFV credits and
  specific program requirements.
Preparation for professional programs
You can begin your studies toward a career in teaching, law, medicine, veterinary medicine, dental hygiene, etc., at UCFV.
If you require assistance planning your program, make an appointment with an educational advisor to discuss your program plan.

Contact Student Services in Abbotsford at 604-854-4528,

or in Chilliwack at 604-795-2808.

 

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