Confederation College

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General Arts and Science

Confederation College

Faculty:Preparatory Studies
Field of Study:General Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $5,376
International: $27,300

This cost represents the full tuition for full-time students attending the main Thunder Bay campus. Please note that fees are estimated and are subject to change.


You know that a college education will help you reach your career goals. But what you’re not quite sure of yet is what that career might be…

Confederation College’s General Arts and Science two-year diploma program provides you with a good understanding of a variety of topics. Similar to the one-year General Arts and Science certificate program, this program is a great way to earn credits and decide on a career path later. Learn the basics in humanities, social sciences, the arts, civics, and technology and business. You’ll gain skills – and credits – that are transferable within the college and university systems. However, this program is different from the one-year program. It gives you more opportunity to pursue electives and specialize in a variety of areas right from the first semester. You’ll also take more advanced courses and be more prepared for the workplace and/or future college and university programs.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 
In order to meet the admission requirements to the General Arts and Science program, applicants are required to be 19 years of age or older by the program start date OR have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (U/C) OR Open (O) preparation levels with Grade 12 English (C/U) Level OR have successful completion of the Mature Student Assessment OR have successful completion of the General Education Development Test (GED) OR have the appropriate credits from the Academic and Career Entrance program (ACE) - LBS level 5 Communications and LBS level 4 Mathematics.

Program Requirements (for international students):
  • A high school/senior secondary diploma
  • Original transcripts as well as a notarized, translated copy must be provided where applicable
  • English Proficiency
  • Academic IELTS: 6.0, no band lower than 5.5, except for students from India who must have no band lower than 6.0 to meet SDS requirements.

    Transfer Credits:If you already have postsecondary-level courses from a recognized college or university, you may already have a substantial amount of credit toward a General Arts and Science Certificate. You may only need to complete the required courses to qualify (refer to the policy on Transfer Credits and obtaining a second certificate).
  • * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on July 18, 2022