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Intake
  • Fall
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  • Location
    New Westminster and David Lam (Coquitlam) Campuses
  • Campuses
    Coquitlam

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  • Length
    Two Years (60 Credits)
  • Tuition Estimate
    $3926 per year
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1250 per year
  • Credential Granted
    • Diploma
    • University Course Transfer

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications are open
Fall semester: October 1st of the preceding year
Winter semester: February 1st of the preceding year
Summer semester: June 1st of the preceding year


Application Fee: $33

Academic (minimum grade needed in bracket)

1. BC secondary school graduation or equivalent

2. English

One of:
  • English 12 (C)
  • English 12 First Peoples (C)
  • English Literature 12 (C)
  • Communications 12 (B)
  • Technical and Professional Communications 12 (C)
  • approved substitute

Admission Advice

If you are requesting transfer credit from another institution or submitting secondary school transcripts from outside of BC you must submit appropriate documents at least three months before the start of the program.

English Language Requirements

Summary

One of the following (minimum scores):

  • a C grade in English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, or Technical and Professional Communications 12 (the mark is based on both the course and provincial exam)
  • a B grade in Communications 12 (the mark is based on both the course and provincial exam)
  • a grade of 3 or a "C" grade on Advanced Placement (AP) English Language or Literature
  • a grade of 3 or a "C" grade on International Baccalaureate (IB) English Language A (Standard Level)
  • an essay score of 4 on the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) exam
  • a GED Language Arts Writing and Reading score of 450
  • a TOEFL score of 220 (computer based) or 83 (internet based) or 560 (paper based)
  • an IELTS score of 6.5 (academic module only)
  • an overall and essay CAEL score of 60
  • an EIKEN Test of Practical English placement of Grade 1
  • completion of an ABE English course equivalent to DVST 0355 or higher
  • a college level writing or literature course that transfers as a college level English, Communications or Creative Writing course
  • an undergraduate degree from an English speaking post-secondary institution
  • completion of a Douglas college writing assessment with a
  • Mastery of DVST 0350 and 0360 or DVST 0355 or DVST 0356 or EASL 0360
  • a P grade in DVST 0455 or EASL 0460 or EASL 0820
  • a P grade in DVST 0450 and mastery of DVST 0460
  • Mastery of EASL 0375 or EASL 0376 or assessment of EASL 0475 and mastery of EASL 0365 or assessment of EASL 0465

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General Admission Requirements (All Students)

You are eligible for enrollment at Douglas College if you meet the General Admission Requirements along with the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for Douglas College programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

If you have BC secondary school graduation or lack one course for BC secondary school graduation you may qualify for admission to Douglas.

You must also meet the college's English Language Proficiency Requirement and the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for Douglas College programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

 

Out-of-Province

If you have BC secondary school graduation or lack one course for BC secondary school graduation you may qualify for admission to Douglas.

You must also meet the college's English Language Proficiency Requirement and the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for Douglas College programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

 

BC Transfer Student

You must meet the General Admission Requirements for Douglas College.

You may transfer from another institution with up to 75% of the credits required for a Douglas College citation, diploma, degree or university transfer program.

To receive transfer credit, you must submit an official transcript with your Application for Admission or Readmission along with a Transfer Credit Request form. A detailed course description may also be required before credit can be evaluated.

You are strongly recommended to request transfer credit at least four months in advance of your first semester of attendance. Requests for evaluation of credit received after this time may not be processed in time.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

You must meet the General Admission Requirements for Douglas College.

You may transfer from another institution with up to 75% of the credits required for a Douglas College citation, diploma, degree or university transfer program.

To receive transfer credit, you must submit an official transcript with your Application for Admission or Readmission along with a Transfer Credit Request form. A detailed course description may also be required before credit can be evaluated.

You are strongly recommended to request transfer credit at least four months in advance of your first semester of attendance. Requests for evaluation of credit received after this time may not be processed in time.

Mature Student

If you are at least 19 years old on the first day of class, or at least 17 years old and have not been enrolled in school for at least one year, you may qualify for admission to Douglas College.

You must also meet the college's English Language Proficiency Requirement and the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for Douglas College programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

International Student

For details on admission requirements for International Students check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

If you are a student with special needs and have completed a certificate or equivalent from a special program and have been in school for at least 12 years you may qualify for admission to Douglas College.

You must also meet the college's English Language Proficiency Requirement and the specific admission requirements of your intended program.

Special Note: The admission requirements for Douglas College programs are detailed separately in Education Planner.

How to Apply


Canadian Students - Applying to the College

International Students - Applying to the College

Inter-Institutional Block Arrangements

Graduates are able to advance to the following degrees programs:

  • BA Criminology Degree - Simon Fraser University
  • BA Criminal Justice Degree - University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)*
Footnote (*): Douglas also offers a collaborative program option for UFV's BA Criminal Justice Degree. This enables students to complete the third year of the degree at Douglas before transferring to UFV for the final year of the program.

Courses in the program also transfer on an individual basis to post-secondary institutions in the province.

Final Notes:

The amount of transfer available to students will depend on choosing the appropriate electives for their intended program. Students are strongly encouraged to consult an academic advisor for assistance with course planning.

Minimum grade point average and other requirements may apply. All transfer arrangements should be confirmed with advising personnel at the intended institution.

Students may also wish to refer to the BC Council on Admissions & Transfer BC Transfer Guide. This website offers details about transfer arrangements between post-secondary institutions in BC. This information includes course-to-course transfer opportunities.

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