Capilano University - Graduate Programs

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Capilano University (formerly Capilano College) has earned an international reputation for quality teaching, programs, and services. We strive to instil the knowledge, skills, motivation, and attitudes that will enable our students to become independent thinkers and learners, and to contribute effectively in a rapidly changing world. Capilano is well known for providing a solid academic foundation and is committed to developing new and innovative programs in response to market demand. We offer a complete range of preparatory courses, university transfer courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, certificates, and statements of completion.

Our main campus is in North Vancouver, nestled in a natural environment on the slopes of the North Shore and only a 20-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. The beauty of the campus and the quality of education attract students from around the world. Capilano also has regional campuses in Squamish and Sechelt that serve the communities of Howe Sound and the Sunshine Coast. The total number of students enrolled in credit programs totals approximately 6,700. An additional 7,000 students register in non-credit courses each year. At Capilano, students are safe, comfortable and challenged, and find the individual attention that can make a difference to their achievements. It is our goal to ensure that our students come first, not only at Capilano, but also in all of their pursuits.

Areas of Expertise

Arts and Science, Business and Professional Studies, Education, Health and Human Development, Fine and Applied Arts, Global and Community Studies

On Campus Housing

Capilano University does not have housing, dormitories, or residences.

Off Campus Housing

The Capilano Students' Union maintains an online list of available housing in the Metro Vancouver area. The list is accessible on the Students' Union web site ( Listings are automatically deleted two weeks after the date they are posted. For more information about the housing list or other CSU services please call the desk at 604-984-4969, or email

Incoming Students

At the beginning of each term, there are orientations, workshops, and information sessions.

Career Planning

Capilano University has a Careers Centre, which carries literature, brochures, and videos on different programs and careers. A computer based study skills program is available. The University also has a Student Advising Centre. More at:


Whether you are a student who is serious about athletics and wants to join a varsity team, or more into casual fitness, there’s something for you at Capilano University. Capilano University has an exceptional athletics program, with varsity teams in soccer, basketball and volleyball. Students can also fit in a workout between classes or participating in the many active programs or clubs.


The University has the following club activities, which are available to students either for free or at a nominal charge: Basketball, Capoeira Club, Hip Hop Dance Club, Indoor Soccer (Futsal), Indian Dance Club, Juggling Club, Karate Club, N.S. Men's Basketball League, Racquet Wednesday, and Swing Dance Club.

Information Technology

A library lab and several additional computer labs are available to all students. Further, Capilano University provides wireless and wired connections for students, however, all notebook computers that require Internet access on campus must be registered with IT Services at a one time cost of $20.00.


Cultural facilities include the art gallery and the theatre where local, national, and international artists perform both music and drama regularly.

Special Services

The Capilano University Childcare Centre provides both full-time and part-time care for children aged three to five. Full-time care is available for infants and toddlers. Applications may be submitted at any time and priority is given to Capilano University students. Disability Support Services provides a variety of services including transition and educational planning, registration assistance, taped texts, interpreting services, note takers and scribes, and exam invigilation. First Nations Student Services offers a First Nations Student Advisor who provides assistance with educational planning, course selection, and registration. The advisor also provides information concerning University resources and acts as a liaison to First Nations Band education officers and university instructors.

International Involvement

Capilano University actively promotes student and faculty exchanges with colleges, universities, and other agencies outside Canada. The faculties have taken part in exchanges or professional development activities in many countries including Japan, China, and Italy. The University has several formal faculty exchange relationships as well as several annual student exchanges with overseas colleges and universities.

Campus Tour

Campus tours are a feature of the orientations, which are scheduled at the beginning of each term. Some additional campus information is available on the Web site. The University offers a 'Student for a Day' program, which pairs you up with a Capilano University student ambassador enrolled in a related program of study. You'll attend classes with your student ambassador, get a personal campus tour, and gain firsthand experience of university life. The program runs from November to mid March. For information sessions, go to the website and click on the appropriate school that you are applying for. Pre-registration for these sessions is usually required by RSVP.


Services and facilities available at Capilano University include the Advising Centre, the Counselling Department, the Mathematics Learning Centre, the Student Employment Centre, the Students' Union, the Women’s' Centre, the Writing Centre, a bookstore, food services, health services, a student store, and public transit.

Modified on August 15, 2019