General Arts and Science Certificate (College Transfer) - 230

Ontario College Certificate
One year or less
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This program is designed to offer transfer pathways to additional programs at the college level.

Program Highlights

  • Develop essential employability skills such as strong communication, critical thinking, and socio-cultural awareness.
  • Customize your schedule by choosing from a wide range of electives that are delivered in blended and online learning environments.
  • Get a fresh start by upgrading and achieving the entrance-level requirements and transfer credits needed for other competitive college programs.
  • Enjoying your first year of studies and want to learn more? Continue into the second year of this program – the General Arts and Science (University Transfer) Diploma, and unlock additional university pathway opportunities.

What you'll learn

  • A greater understanding of yourself and the world around you through an exploration of courses in the humanities and social sciences. 
  • An appreciation of the interdisciplinary connections between society, culture, environment, politics and history through a critical analysis of global and social issues.
  • Stronger communication skills (written, oral, and digital) to a level required by business and other professions. 
  • Essential employability skills that will be applicable to both your future career and post-secondary educational aspirations.

Who Should Apply

  • Unsure about your future? Discover your interests and passion by taking a wide variety of course options in the humanities and social science disciplines to broaden your understanding of the world around you.
  • Missing admission requirements for a college program? Need a fresh start? Obtain your admission requirements, upgrade your academic skills and earn credits toward your future program.
  • Looking for a pathway to university? Considering completing the General Arts & Science two-year Diploma (208)? Start off in the one-year Certificate to gain confidence and enhance your abilities before committing to the two-year diploma.

Program Length

1 academic year (period of 8 months)

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The admissions team is available to help, you can contact them via Admissions or by phone at 1-844-767-6871.


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Contact us or phone 905-575-2460.

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Program delivery

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Please note: in-person, virtual, and hybrid classes vary according to the program and some programs may be in-person only. Refer to the Program Overview for more information.



Domestic and International student admission requirements

Options are available for mature applicants.

Language Requirements for Applicants with English as a Second Language

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Tuition and Fees

2024 - 2025 Domestic Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees$881.96$785.16
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Compulsory Program Fees$0.00$0.00
Domestic Tuition$1,354.04$1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester$2,236.00$2,139.20
Total 1st Year Fees$4,375.20

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2024 - 2025 International Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fees$8,525.00$8,525.00
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Program Compulsory Fees$0.00$0.00
International Tax Recovery$450.00$375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester$8,975.00$8,900.00
Total 1st Year Fees$17,875.00

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Financial Assistance

When it comes to paying for your education, investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. A Mohawk education is one of the most cost-effective means of acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to have a prosperous and rewarding career. 

As you start on your chosen career path, it's important to have a realistic set of expectations regarding the expenses associated with attending college. In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to budget for books, supplies, housing, and other related living expenses. You may be able to supplement your income and savings with scholarships, bursaries, or loans. It pays to do some research into what types of financial assistance you may qualify for.

Available Financial Assistance Resources:

Apply for Awards:

By submitting a Scholarships and Bursaries Application every semester, students have access to over $3 million in Mohawk College scholarships, bursaries and Ministry-partnered funding to help meet their financial needs.

Financial Literacy and Money Coaching:

Whether saving for school, sticking to a budget, or planning for a major purchase, financial literacy affects us all. That's why Mo' Money is committed to helping our students improve their money skills and become more confident with their money.

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Experiential Learning

How you’ll gain skills

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Career Opportunities

Your future career options

  • Obtaining a postsecondary certificate in General Arts and Science equips you with essential employability skills and offers a postsecondary credential that can be used toward future studies at the college level. 
  • Graduates of the General Arts and Science certificate program are prepared to pursue careers in many industries with further education at the college and/or university level.

Where you could work includes:

  • Health Care
  • Hospitality
  • Sales
  • Business
  • Data Collection and Research

Educational Pathways


Pathways to Mohawk 

If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.

Pathways within Mohawk

If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program*

We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. * 

  • Child and Youth Care
    • If you are interested in the CYC pathway, take the following electives in our program: Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, and Developmental Psychology.
  • Recreation Therapy
    • If you are interested in the RT pathway, take the following elective in our program: Positive Psychology.
  • Social Service Worker
    • If you are interested in the SSW pathway, take the following electives in our program: Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Sociology.
  • Practical Nursing
    • If you are interested in the PN pathway, take the following electives in our program: Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Sociology.

Please note that Essential Communications AND our General Electives can be transferred to any diploma program within Mohawk College.


Indigenous Ways of Knowing Certificate

Students can receive an Indigenous Ways of Knowing Certificate in addition to their GAS certificate by completing at least four of our Indigenous Studies courses, achieving a weighted GPA of 60%.

Semester 1• First Nations, Metis, & Inuit Perspectives
• Indigenous Wholistic Practices
Semester 2• Impacts of the TRC
• Indigenous Peoples Evolving Media & Artistic Images
• Indigenous Connections to the Land
• First Nations Languages – Resilience & Reclamations


Pathways beyond Mohawk

Earn a degree:

Completion of the General Arts & Science 208 Diploma (2-year program) will maximize your credit transfers to university in a Social Sciences and Humanities discipline, earning up to two years of university credit in some cases. Students in Program 230 (1-year certificate) can transfer to Program 208 by contacting their Program Coordinator, if eligible. See the university pathways options on our General Arts & Science Program 208 (university-transfer) website.

See for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

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Domestic Canadian Students

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Contact Admissions
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Contact Admissions
Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students

Contact International Student Recruitment
Contact our International Student Recruitment team for information on programs, how to apply, and student life.
Contact International
Phone: 1-905-575-2254
Toll free phone numbers:
For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
North China: 10-800-714-2521
South China: 10-800-140-2541
Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

Contact International Admissions
Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
Contact International Admissions
Phone: 1-905-575-2254

*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

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Program Coordinator

Canadian Domestic Students

Fennell Campus (FF)
Sep 2024
Jan 2025

International Students

Program also available through Continuing Education. Complete your credential part-time in a flexible environment.

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David Thompson

Studying abroad is something that everyone should do. I feel that my experience at Mohawk College helps to shape my view on life, opens my mind to other people, culture and ways to live life. There is no smarter shortcut to a bright future than education when it is high quality and relevant. My role as the international recruiter at Mohawk was a result of the experience from Mohawk. - David Thompson, Class of 2016