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What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Arts, Major in Policy Studies (“POST”) is an interdisciplinary applied degree that integrates concepts from economics, environmental protection, philosophy, political science and psychology. You will learn how policy can be used to achieve sustainability goals and apply your skills to community projects with partners such as the City of Surrey.

Students are encouraged to complete a complementary minor such as economics, geography or political science in addition to the major in Policy Studies. Please meet with an Arts Degree Advisor to talk about what courses fit your interests to complete your Bachelor’s degree.

Declaration Requirements

Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Arts Bachelor’s degree must declare the credential by the time they complete 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:

In good academic standing with the University

Completion of a minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate coursework, including the following with a minimum grade of “C”:

  • 3 credits of ENGL at the 1100 level or higher
  • 6 credits at the 1100 level or higher in the Major area

Policy Studies Major

The degree is designed around several core courses and two applied seminars.

Each of the required core courses presents key elements of policy analysis from the perspective of one of the main disciplines. You will develop strong analytical, writing and critical thinking skills while gaining a deep understanding of the complex sustainability issues facing society today.

In the applied seminars, taught by professional practitioners, you will apply your research and analysis skills to develop solutions for real issues faced by a community partner.

The Policy Studies Major requires completion of fifty-five (55) area-specific credits, including thirty-one (31) lower division credits and twenty-four (24) upper division credits.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$21,339.34 (US$ 16,567) per year
CAN $85,357.35 for the entire course

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected October 2022

Start date

6 September 2022, 4 January 2023, 8 May 2023

Venue

KPU Richmond Campus

8771 Lansdowne Road,

RICHMOND,

British Columbia (BC),

V6X 3X7, Canada

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$21,339.34 (US$ 16,567) per year
CAN $85,357.35 for the entire course

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected October 2022

Start date

6 September 2022, 4 January 2023, 8 May 2023

Venue

KPU Langley Campus

20901 Langley Bypass,

LANGLEY,

British Columbia (BC),

V3A 4H9, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A graduate of a BC secondary school or an equivalent school system. IELTS Academic Test: overall band of 6.5 or higher, with a minimum 6.0 in each band; TOEFL: iBT 88 or higher, with no sub score less than 20; Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Score of 70 or higher with no sub score less than 60; Pearson Test of English (PTE): Score of 61 or higher; Language Proficiency Index (LPI): Level 5 with an essay score of 30 or higher.

For international students

You have graduated high school (secondary school) OR completed 24+ credits of undergraduate-level credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

English Proficiency Requirements

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test: overall band of 6.5 or higher, with a minimum 6.0 in each band, taken within the last two years from the term of admission

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): IBT 88 or higher, with no sub score less than 20, taken within the last two years from the term of admission

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Score of 70 or higher with no sub score less than 60, taken within the last two years from the term of admission

Pearson Test of English (PTE): Score of 61 or higher, taken within the last two years from the term of admission

Language Proficiency Index (LPI): Level 5 with an essay score of 30 or higher, taken within the last two years from the term of admission.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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  • More than 140 programs with hands-on learning opportunities
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