General Arts and Science Diploma (University Transfer) - 208

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
This program is designed to offer transfer pathways to additional college and university programs.

Program Highlights

  • Develop essential employability skills such as strong communication, critical thinking, and socio-cultural awareness.
  • Customize your schedule with a wide range of electives chosen from your areas of interest delivered in blended and online learning environments.
  • Cost-effective and efficient pathway into university studies with up to two years of direct and non-specified university transfer credit into a humanities and social sciences field of study.
  • Get a fresh start by upgrading and achieving the entrance-level requirements needed for other competitive college and university programs.
  • Earn transfer credits at the university level.

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to a wide variety of course options in the humanities and social science disciplines to broaden your understanding of the world around you.
  • Critically evaluate global and social issues and topics by demonstrating an understanding of interdisciplinary connections between society, culture, environment, politics, history, etc.
  • Gain essential employability skills that will be applicable in both your future career and post-secondary educational aspirations.
  • Develop communications competence to a level required by business and a wide variety of other careers/employment.

Who Should Apply

  • Unsure about your future? Discover your interests and passion by taking a variety of courses while you work towards your degree.
  • Missing admission requirements for a college or university 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? This program prepares students for success at any level, and provides a concrete foundation to succeed at university.

Program Length

2 academic years (periods of 8 months)

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Tuition and Fees

2019 - 2020 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory Ancillary Fees

$704.63 $635.86

Optional Ancillary Fees

$104.43 $44.43
Co-op Fees N/A N/A

Compulsory Program Fees

$0.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,354.04 $1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,163.10 $2,034.33
Total 1st Year Fees $4,197.43

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

2019 - 2020 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2

Total Tuition & Ancillary Fees

$7,490.57 $7,550.57

Optional Ancillary Fees

$104.43 $44.43
Co-op Fees N/A N/A

Program Compulsory Fees

$0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester $8,045.00 $7,970.00
Total 1st Year Fees $16,015.00

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


Domestic and International student admission requirements

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
  • Grade 10 Mathematics, D or P level or equivalent is recommended for students taking Math and Science courses

Option are available for mature applicants.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Experiential Learning

How you’ll gain skills

  • Participating in experiential learning opportunities via partnerships within the Hamilton community.
  • Apply cumulative program knowledge through a capstone research project.

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



Where you can go next

  • Mohawk offers a diverse range of programs to further your studies**:
    • Students and graduates are encouraged to speak to faculty or staff about pathways opportunities.
  • Complete a two-year diploma in General Arts & Science - University Transfer (208) and earn transfer credits at the university level.
  • Earn a degree:
    • Athabasca University - Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Services
    • McMaster University - Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences or Humanities
    • University of Toronto - Mississauga - Honours Bachelor of Arts
  • Other universities within Ontario and Canada will consider your educational accomplishments on a course-by-course basis for credit transfer potential.

  • Visit Pathways and Credit Transfer for degree completion opportunities outside of Ontario.
  • See for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Your future career options

  • Obtaining a postsecondary certificate in General Arts and Science equips you with the essential employability skills that employers are seeking and offers a postsecondary credential that is often a requirement for various fields of employment.
  • Graduates of the General Arts and Science program are prepared to pursue careers in every industry. Our students have gone on to become healthcare workers, engineers, entrepreneurs, television broadcasters, researchers, lawyers, and even professors in our program.

Where you could work includes:

  • Humanities
  • SocialSciences
  • Business Administration
  • EnvironmentalStudies
  • HealthSciences
  • Computer Sciences

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

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 Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) 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.

Additional Information

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Contact us

Domestic Canadian Students

Contact Student Recruitment
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Contact Admissions
Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
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.

Accessible Learning Services

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Program Coordinator

Student Success Advisors

Student Success Advisors

  • Student Success Advisors assist current students to transition to college life, co-creating an academic success plan, advice on course selection, changing programs, or referrals to specialized support services. If you need help applying to Mohawk, contact Admissions (for International Students, please contact International Admissions).

    Hayley Hopkins

Canadian Domestic Students

Fennell Campus (FF)
Jan 2020
Sep 2020
Jan 2021

International Students

Holly Frank

In the General Arts & Science program, I learned so much of the world and history. By the time I completed the program the world made a lot more sense to me. Being an Indigenous student and learning about the history of western civilization helped me to understand the importance of where we are today. There was not one course I did not like, all courses tied into my world knowledge, and each subject was valuable to understanding life. 

Holly, 2018

Seong Kuk Kim

Based on my personal experience, this program allowed me to improve my English skills; in particular, my writing skills. The General Arts & Science (GAS) program helped me to enhance my writing while utilizing creative thinking. Taking the English as a Second Language (ESL) course alone cannot advance students who want to improve their English. As many know, studying at universities students are often expected to have high-level writing skills and create research papers containing perfect bibliographies or references. Mohawk’s GAS program covers all of these things, preparing students for their future studies.  

Seong Kuk, 2017