Things You Need to Know About Associate Degrees in Canada


Meridean Overseas

Updated On 07 September 2022 & Read Time 6 minutes



After finishing secondary education, there are many options for students to study in Canada. After studying in Canada, many students aspire to work in Canada. But, not all are able to do it during the term of a degree or diploma. In these cases, students can opt for Associate Degree. Associate Degree gives a student the liberty to work in various professions after its completion. The best thing about Associate Degrees is that they can be completed in a span of two years. Let's know about Associate Degrees in Canada.

What are Associate Degrees?

Associate degrees are two-year degrees similar to undergraduate programs. It is specifically designed for those students who wish to complete their degree in 2 years and want to work in Canada. After the completion of Associate Degrees, the students can directly enrol in the 3rd year (or 5th semester) of the related bachelor's program and work part-time simultaneously.

The Associate Degree includes a total of 6 semesters in 2 years that is, three semesters in a year. To complete the Associate Degree, you need 60 credits which can be used later in the future for your bachelor's degree. It is a must to pick an English course. To enrol for the Associate Degrees, the students need to complete at least high school (12th class) and should be 18 years or above. Moreover, they'll also have to appear for any of the English proficiency exams (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.).

Why an Associate Degree in Canada

The Associate Degrees in Canada aim to provide students with the basic technical and disciplinary knowledge they need. If the student is just starting their higher education journey, an Associate Degree provides a base for a 4-year degree. After completing an Associate Degree, the student gets a 3-year post-graduate study permit in Canada. This is the main reason why a lot of students prefer an Associate Degree.

In those three-year work experiences, the students may become eligible for the PR of Canada. Moreover, the students also have permission for 20 hrs of part-time work a week along with an Associate Degree. Pursuing Associate Degrees in Canada is quite affordable as compared to other degree programs. Apart from all these, there are ample job opportunities in Canada for Associate Degree graduates.

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Types of Associate Degrees Available in Canadian Institutes


Associate of Arts (A.A.)

Associate of arts provides students with a liberal arts education. It includes various subjects like maths, history, psychology, literature, life sciences, etc. While studying the association of arts, students will be able to acquire skills like oral and written communication, teamwork, mathematics, the application of theoretical knowledge in real scenarios, etc. After the completion of the course, the students can switch to the bachelor of commerce or Bachelor of Arts. There are various other specialisations in the association of arts, including business, psychology, economics, sociology, etc.


Associate of Science (A.S.)

In association with the science program, the students will be exposed to scientific applications and principles. In this program, students will gain multi-disciplinary knowledge of natural and applied sciences. Also, the students will be equipped with various skills like critical thinking, research skills, practical application, etc. It includes various courses such as biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering physics, etc.

Job Opportunities After Associate Degree


With Associate of Arts:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Retail manager
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Bank teller
  • Pre-school teacher
  • Legal Assistant


With Associate of Science:

  • Dental hygienist
  • Air traffic controller
  • Information developer
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Web developer

Police officers

List of Top Universities for Associate Degrees in Canada


University Canada West

University Canada West is a private university in British Columbia, Canada. This university is best known for its Associate of Arts (AA). While pursuing the Associate of Arts degree in UCW, students learn skills like workplace problem-solving, the ability to work in teams, leadership in the workplace, communications and soft skills for employability. The Fee for an Associate of Arts Degree in UCW for 2023 is $38400.


Alexander College

Alexander College is a private post-secondary institution in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. This college provides Associate of Art degrees in various specialised courses like business, psychology, mathematics, sociology, economics and general arts. In Associate of Arts, the students can learn skills like understanding global context, appreciation of intellectual thought, social consciousness & responsibility, etc. Also, they provide various specialisations in Associate of Science Degree like Mathematics, Computer Science and general science. While studying Associate of Science at Alexander, the students will be able to develop skills like knowledge of natural and applied sciences, ability to use scientific methods of inquiry, understanding of real-world applications, etc. The tuition fee of the associate course is approx. $ 580 per credit.


Capilano University

Capilano University is a teaching-focused public university based in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The university provides both an Associate of Arts and Associate Science Degree, and both courses have 60-credits. In addition to required coursework in English, Science and Arts, you'll be free to select from first- and second-year courses across every faculty at CapU. Your choices can include everything from mathematics and computing science to business, creative and performing arts, the social sciences or humanities. The tuition fee for the Associate of Arts is approx. 41500 CAD. Whereas the approximate tuition fee for the Associate of Science is 44000 CAD.


Northern Lights College

Northern Lights College is an institution, having campuses and access centres in eight communities across Northern British Columbia, with Regional Administration located on the Dawson Creek campus. Here, the students can study for the Associate of Arts. The AAA prepares students for entry into the Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education (AHCOTE), the teacher-training program offered at NLC. Credits may also be applied toward a degree. The fee structure for an Associate degree in Northern Lights is between 11000 to 13000 CAD.

Associate Degree VS Bachelor's Degree

Every degree has its own value; one needs to have their aim clear in mind before choosing between an Associate's Degree and Bachelor's Degree in Canada. Here are the core differences between both degrees that can help you decide what to choose


Associate Degree

Bachelor's Degree

Usually 2 years long

Minimum 3 years long

Average cost is between CAD 30,000-CAD35,000

Average cost is between CAD 64,000-CAD 68,940

Knowledge sufficient for working in the chosen sector

More in-depth knowledge can get better jobs after having bachelor's degree

One of the best things about pursuing an associate degree is; one can get admission into the third year of bachelor's degree. This can make students apply for post-study visas and study simultaneously.

For more information regarding the admission process to study in Canada and the visa process, you can take a counselling session at any branch of Meridean overseas Education Consultant (MOEC), as we provide the best consultancy and support to students who wish to study in top Canadian universities. For further queries, you can mail at or call toll-free no. 1800-1230-00011


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