General Arts and Science Diploma (University Transfer) - 208

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
OSAP Checkmark OSAP Eligible
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 colleges, universities, and/or the workplace.

Who Should Apply

  • Unsure about your future? Discover your interests and passion by taking a variety of courses while you work towards your diploma.
  • 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)

Fast Track - allows students to complete a two-year Diploma program (non co-op) in 16 months. Students will start in January and be in school for four continuous semesters: Winter, Spring/Summer, Fall and Winter. Students will not be off during the summer.

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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

2023 - 2024 Domestic Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees$864.60$758.46
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$2,218.64$2,112.50
Total 1st Year Fees$4,331.14

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

2023 - 2024 International Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fees$8,355.00$8,355.00
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Program Compulsory Fees$0.00$0.00
International Tax Recovery$450.00$375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester$8,805.00$8,730.00
Total 1st Year Fees$17,535.00

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:

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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 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. Many graduates have become healthcare workers, engineers, entrepreneurs, television broadcasters, researchers, lawyers and even professors in our program, upon further education at the college and/or university level.

Where you could work includes:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Environmental Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Computer Sciences

Educational Pathways

View our internal and external pathways (PDF)

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 will be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *

  • General Arts and Science Certificate (College Transfer)

    If you are interested in studying Child and Youth Care (612), Recreation Therapy (283), Social Service Worker (215), or Practical Nursing (715), visit the Educational Pathways Tab for the General Arts & Science - college transfer (230) for more information.

Indigenous Ways of Knowing Certificate

Students can receive an Indigenous Ways of Knowing Certificate (Program 338) in addition to their GAS diploma.

Complete at least four of our Indigenous Studies courses, achieving a weighted GPA of 60%. 

Semester 1 (2 choices)

  • First Nations, Metis, & Inuit Perspectives
  • Indigenous Wholistic Practices

Semester 2 (4 choices)

  • Impacts of the TRC
  • Indigenous Peoples Evolving Media & Artistic Images
  • Indigenous Connections to the Land
  • First Nations Languages – Resilience & Reclamations

Semester 3

  • Indigenous Family Structures & Child Welfare

Semester 4

  • Global Citizenship – FNMI Perspectives.

Pathways beyond Mohawk

Interested in studying the Humanities & Social Sciences at university?

Interested in pursuing one of our exciting 2+2 pathways? 

  • 2+2 Indigenous Studies Pathway: Study 2 years at Mohawk + 2 years at McMaster or Laurier (in Indigenous Studies*) and earn 3 credentials: GAS diploma (Program 208) + Indigenous Ways of Knowing Certificate (Program 338) + Honours BA in Indigenous Studies (from McMaster or Laurier). To be eligible, you must take all eight of our Indigenous Studies courses and earn a 75%+ GPA. For more information about these exciting 2+2 Pathways, visit Indigenous Studies Pathways.
  • 2+2 Human Rights & Human Diversity (HRHD) Pathway at Laurier University: Study 2 years at Mohawk + 2 years at Laurier and earn 2 credentials: GAS diploma (Program 208) + Honours BA in HRHD. To be eligible, you must take Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Government, Introduction to Applied Research + 8 key courses (options) and earn a 75%+ GPA

For more information about these exciting 2+2 Pathways, visit Indigenous Studies Pathways.

Discover more degree completion pathways with Multi-College Pathways (within Ontario)

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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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