University Studies Diploma (USD) (PDF)

Program Description

The University Studies Diploma Program (USD) offers students the opportunity to access university-transferable courses from Yellowhead Tribal College and Athabasca University. The University Studies Diploma is the credential offered to all students entering the program. For students seeking university transfer, the diploma offers students the first two years of a general program for transfer to a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Education (BEd), Bachelor of General Studies (BGS), or Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies (BA NS) at a degree-granting institution. NB: Students seeking admission to the University of Alberta or other degree- granting institutions should contact the University Studies Program Coordinator to examine how the University Studies Diploma fits into their desired program of study.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must comply with the entrance requirements and admission policies of the institutions from which courses are brokered:
English 30 or 90 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of 65%,
or English 33 with a minimum grade of 75%*,
and One other 30-level or 90-level course (or equivalent)*
OR Previous successful completion of university-level courses.
*Students who do not meet the admission requirements may write the CAT (College Achievement Test).
A minimum grade of 60% on the CAT is required for admission to the program.*

Core Course Requirements (36 credits)

  • English 124 & 125 (6 credits)
  • Humanities (6 credits) = English, History, and Philosophy
  • Social Sciences (6 credits) = Anthropology, Communications,Geography, Native Studies, Psychology, Sociology and Women’s Studies
  • Fine Arts (3 credits) = Art, Creative Writing, and Drama
  • Language other than English (6 credits)Natural Science & Formal Studies (6 credits) = Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Mathematics, Psychology, and Statistics
  • Elective (3 credits)

University Studies Diploma Program Requirements

Minimum program credits 60 –

Core Course credits 36 –

Minimum Senior credits 24

Residency Requirement 48 (credits taken at YTC.)


Senior Level Courses (24 credits)

Minimum of 24 credits in Senior (200-level or higher) Courses – Chosen from any discipline.

Please note that our Post-Secondary courses are transferable to Alberta Universities and Colleges. Please refer pages 60 - 64 in the calendar (pdf).

Online Delivery

Select courses will soon be available completely online!

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