The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) is one of the most popular programs at Athabasca University, mainly because of its flexibility. There are few restrictions on the specific courses that make up the degree, and no residency requirement. This program provides an ideal pathway for individuals who have taken a variety of courses or completed partial programs of study, but have not completed a degree program. It is also beneficial for diploma-holders who need degree status to meet professional requirements, or those who possess a degree awarded outside of Canada and want to earn a Canadian degree.
Source: Government of Alberta, Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2015
Q: Why take the Bachelor of General Studies?
A:The Bachelor General Studies degree program offers an opportunity for you to design a unique curriculum and learning plan to suit your own needs and interests, whether it is to meet career, educational, professional, or personal goals.
Q: How long will it take to complete?
A:Students can complete this program in three years or less of full-time study, depending on the amount of transfer credit awarded, and how quickly the student completes each course. There is no time limit for completing the degree.
The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree is one of the most popular programs at Athabasca University. Unlike the other degrees offered by Athabasca University, the BGS does not have a residency requirement, and courses that make up the degree requirements may be completed at institutions other than Athabasca University.
The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) is a multidisciplinary degree program that provides a framework of individualized study within an Arts and Science or Applied Studies designation that offers you the freedom to choose courses to meet your specific goals. While 45 credits must be in your chosen focus area, you can select a wide variety of courses to design a curriculum and program outcomes that meets your specific needs.
Through your chosen program of studies, you will be supported to develop scholarly research and writing skills, learn how to integrate evidence and insights from several disciplinary areas, and achieve the learning outcomes that are meaningful for your desired education.
Because there are so many potential options, we provide help to make sure the BGS meets your career or personal needs. Our counsellors are available to assist you to define your educational, professional, and career goals. Our academic advisors are available to discuss your program plan.
Routes and options
There are two designations available: Arts and Science and Applied Studies. Your degree program must be comprised of at least 45 credits in your chosen designation.
Students in this route may receive transfer credit for courses in education, engineering, and physical education, as well as other coursework completed at recognized post-secondary institutions.
Students can complete this program in three years or less of full-time study, depending on the amount of transfer credit awarded, and how quickly the student completes each course. There is no time limit for completing the degree.
There are no formal admission requirements for this program. If you16 or older you are eligible to enroll in the BGS. You can enrol anytime and start right away, regardless of your previous education.
How to Apply
You can apply to AU online, anytime. Once you’ve completed the online application form and paid the one-time general application fee (and transfer credit evaluation fee, if applicable), you’re officially an AU student and can start registering in courses.
Submit your transcripts if you want us to consider your previous post-secondary education for transfer credit
Transfer and Advanced Credit
If you have previous post-secondary education you may be eligible for transfer credit. If you have learning drawn from life and work experience that relates to this program you may wish to consider Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). These process could result in your having fewer courses to complete enroute to your AU degree.