Kwantlen Polytechnic University – KPU

About KPU

The University was established by the government of British Columbia in 1981, Kwantlen, now Kwantlen Polytechnic University has four campuses located in the Metro Vancouver region of BC. KPU offers bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations in more than 120 programs. They have about 20,000 students annually attending courses at KPU campuses in Surrey, Richmond, Langley and Cloverdale.

KPU currently offers a range of credentials, many of which are completely unique, to successfully meet the evolving needs of regional and global employment markets. Students have the opportunity to bridge certificate and diploma credentials into bachelor’s degrees, creating the option of academic and professional enhancement of applied and technical programs.

The skills you need for the career you want

  • Earn while you learn and build professional networks with co-op education options in several arts, business, and science and horticulture programs
  • Hands-on practicums are built-in to many programs to provide professional work experience alongside your in-class education
  • Study abroad and field school opportunities prepare you for a global marketplace
  • Career Services offers coaching and job-finding resources for graduates, and can also help you to find part-time work and summer employment

A few important reasons why you should apply through us!

  • You will have your own personal student advisor
  • We will provide information and guide you through the whole process
  • We will help you prepare and structure your application
  • We have direct access to university staff and can assist you more effectively
  • Everything is FREE

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum Level of Education Required: Grade 12 / High School
  • Min GPA: 60.0%
  • English Proficiency Requirements:

    For direct admission, the applicant must be from an English speaking country or meet either of the following English test scores:

    • Min TOEFL ibt: 88.0 (Min Reading: 20.0, Min Writing: 20.0, Min Listening: 20.0, Min Speaking: 20.0)
    • Min IELTS average: 6.5 (Min Reading: 6.0, Min Writing: 6.0, Min Listening: 6.0, Min Speaking: 6.0)

How to apply


Trades and Technology Programs


Learn to diagnose and repair household appliance faults through customer consultation, control checks, and schematic diagrams while working with hand tools. Additional theory and applications prepare students to write the BC Provincial “C” Gas Certificate. The appliance servicing certificate program is nine months long and includes Foundation, Level 2, and Level 3. This is a Red Seal program.

Develop practical skills by repairing vehicles in the auto repair shop at KPU Tech. This training will enhance students’ knowledge and skills in shop safety, inspection, diagnostics, repair and servicing of mechanical, electrical and electronic systems for automobiles and light trucks. The foundation program is 30 weeks long.

Develop practical skills through an organized approach in safety, building codes, and the use of hand and power tools. Practical projects are performed in

an indoor and outdoor environment, providing the opportunity to erect, install, maintain, and repair structures made of wood, wood substitutes, and other materials. The foundation program is 24 weeks long.


Acquire a breadth of knowledge and develop the necessary habits concerning safety, time and materials management, and the use of hand tools and power tools. Practical projects are performed in a shop environment to enhance students’ skills in layout, assembly, installation, testing, troubleshooting, and repairing electrical wiring, fixtures, control devices, and related equipment in buildings and other structures. The foundation program is 24 weeks long.


Men and women of all ages come to this program from
all over BC and North America. Build upon your previous experience working with horses while training to become a self-employed farrier. The farrier training program is nine months long. Limited Intake Requirements: English 12 (C) or Comm 12 (C) or Trades English Test, 2 references verifying handling horses.

Certificate, Diploma
The Mechatronics and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Diploma blends engineering, technology, and electronics fields together to prepare students for a career in the evolving manufacturing industry. With courses such as process control technologies, integrated automation and automation systems, manufacturing design and software, as well as welding and metal fabrication essentials, students will learn the theoretical and technical knowledge they need, with the hands-on experience to prepare them for an exciting career.

Limited intake requirements: Level E1 of the Mathematics Alternatives Table, successful completion of Physics 11 (or equivalent).


Learn to read blueprints, building codes, industry safety requirements and guidelines for handling hazardous materials. Practical skills are enhanced as students perform outdoor projects utilizing power and hand tools. Students learn to construct simple and ornate walls utilizing a variety of materials such as brick, concrete, glass block, terra cotta, and stone. The foundation program is 21 weeks long.

Students are provided ongoing opportunities to apply the practical skills taught throughout the program in hand, power and machine tool use. Students perform various shop projects involving stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment maintenance, troubleshooting, overhauling, and installation. The foundation program is 24 weeks long.

Utilizing various computerized software applications, students become knowledgeable in various techniques in inventory management and logistics, ordering, billing, identification processes, and customer service skills. Students will be provided opportunities to apply the practical skills taught throughout the program.

The foundation program is 20 weeks long.

Citation, Foundation

Gain the skills to install, repair, and maintain pipe fixtures used for water, steam, chemicals, and fuel. Program content includes safe work practices, tools and equipment, and preparation and assembly of piping components. The foundation program is 25 weeks long.


Develop necessary habits concerning safety, time and materials management, hand tools, and power tools. Practical projects are performed in a shop environment to enhance students’ skills in installation, pipe repair and maintenance, fixtures, and other plumbing equipment used for water distribution and waste water disposal in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.

The foundation program is 21 weeks long.

Foundation Certificate, Level B Citation, Level A Citation

Develop the necessary skills and knowledge to work safely and effectively in entry-level welding positions. Learn material handling, basic shielded metal arc welding, basic metallurgy, and how to read technical drawings. The foundation program is 28 weeks long. After completing foundation training and 1,000 work-based training hours, students who do not have an employer are currently able to advance to welding Level B, and welding Level A.

Science and Horticulture Programs

Bachelor of Science, Major and Minor

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) Major in Biology program focuses on lab intensive experience where students learn first-hand the appropriate use of equipment and techniques to investigate living organisms and how they function. Upper level courses build upon the core knowledge and skills developed in 1st and 2nd Year, allowing the exploration of more advanced biological concepts and practical techniques.


Learn the science, production, and business of brewing in a state-of-the-art lab. Study the history of brewing, become familiar with brewing equipment and technologies, and learn how to calculate and formulate recipes.

Limited Intake Requirements: KPU’s undergraduate English Proficiency requirement, must be over 19 by first day of class, Chem 11 (C+), Pre-Calc 11 or Found 11 (C+), résumé and cover letter, reference letters.

This program offers the following options: architectural, mechanical, or structural. Using leading-edge CADD

software, you will learn to design, plan, build, and/or manufacture a variety of products and structures. Graduates can secure employment as an entry-level CADD operator and continue to work while earning the certificate or diploma part-time. The CADD program is four semesters long, with the option to exit the program after 1, 2, or 3 semesters depending on the desired credential.

Limited Intake Requirements: KPU’s undergraduate English Proficiency requirement, Pre-Calc 11 or Found 11 (C) or CADD Math Test.


Complete your first year of engineering at KPU. KPU offers a limited intake program tailored to students who seek to transfer to UBC via the engineering transfer program. Students in engineering first year will be considered for seats to complete the program in eight months. Students not accepted into the first year program can still take first year sciences for engineering transfers to UBC, SFU, or UVic, however seats are not guaranteed.

Limited Intake Requirements: English 12 (B), Pre-Calc 12 (B), Chem 12 (C+), Phys 12 (C).

Develop an expertise in environmental protection and pollution strategies that will benefit our essential ecosystems.

Assess critical environmental situations and advise advocacy groups, corporations, and governments on how to limit, control, and clear damage already caused.

Limited Intake Requirements: KPU’s undergraduate English Proficiency requirement, Pre-Calc 11 or Found 12 (C), Chem 11 (C+), Phys 11 (C).

Bachelor of Science Degree, Diploma

Take a variety of science courses as you decide which field to pursue. Students may complete science courses within the associate degree framework, or choose to complete a diploma. The diploma program may be transferred to other universities on a course-by-course basis. While the diploma represents significant completion, it may not exactly equal the first two years of a science degree.

Bachelor of Science Major

Prepare for public and private sector careers in health research, health practice, health product creation and distribution, and health management. This program also prepares students for entry into schools of health or graduate studies.


Prepare for a career in horticulture utilizing the field lab greenhouses, nursery, gardens, and the golf turf lab. All citation courses transfer to at least one KPU horticulture diploma.

Citation specializations include: Foundation in Landscape Design, Residential Lawn Care, Horticultural Science, Introduction to Sustainable Horticulture, Arboriculture, Production Facilities, Garden Centre Operations, Production Horticulture in BC, Production Plant Health, Landscape Plant Health, Turfgrass Pest Management. Diploma specializations include: Landscape Horticulture Systems, Sustainable Crop Production, Turf Management. All students pursuing a diploma complete a 14-week practicum.

Bachelor of Science Major, Minor/Bachelor of Arts Major, Associate of Science Degree
Expand your understanding of mathematics with studies in vector calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and statistics and probability.

Focus your studies in applications of mathematics by concentrating on biomathematics, computational mathematics, or mathematics education. Prepare for further studies or entrance into other programs.

Minor in Medicinal Chemistry

Expand your chemistry knowledge with studies including the structure of matter, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and physical chemistry.

Bachelor of Horticulture Science Major, Minor

Combine horticulture technology with the science of horticulture. Resolve plant health and pest management issues using sustainable tactics. Students develop creative thinking skills through research and enterprise projects in addition to addressing the impacts of plant dysfunction in local, regional, and international practices of horticulture.

Bachelor of Science Major

Study physics and get the technical skills needed for an exciting career working with and developing new technologies. Topics covered include quantum physics, optics and optoelectronics, electricity and magnetism, computer programming, process control, and business. Physics for Modern Technology includes a work placement option.

Bachelor of Applied Science, Major

Unique to North America, the bachelor of applied science in sustainable agriculture provides a broad scope of study related to how sustainable food production is an integral and critical element of sustainable human existence. A combination of

classroom and farm-based learning offers a comprehensive perspective on crop production methods, sustainable farm business management, and the challenges facing our food system.

Bachelor of Horticulture Science Major

Combine horticulture technology with the science of horticulture. Explore the impact of horticultural activities on the urban environment and learn to assess characteristics of urban ecosystems as they relate to landscape function and health. Develop creative thinking skills through research and projects, in addition to developing the ability to monitor and analyze the impact of horticultural activities on the local environment, and remediate inefficient or ineffective landscape components.

Business Programs

The certificate, diploma, and degree in accounting include introductory and intermediate courses in financial and management accounting. All programs are carefully aligned with the requirements of the Chartered Professional Accountant designation.

Learn foundation-level business skills, acquire a solid grounding in economics, and build a foundation in calculus that is appropriate for advanced studies in economics, finance, and operations.

Gain the expertise needed for entry-level management positions in business and industry. The program emphasizes real-world business applications of key management concepts. The diploma program can be used to ladder into a Bachelor of Business Administration

Gain valuable computing and business knowledge to assist organizations with their system needs. The diploma program can be used to ladder into the Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology degree

Get an education in economics that can be applied to work in finance, banking, trade and diplomacy, or real estate. Explore a variety of topics that stem from studies in macro-and microeconomics, including economics and sustainability, probability and statistics, economic history of Canada, law and economics, and money and banking.

Earn a degree that combines advanced business and leadership training with a practical, hands-on focus. With an emphasis on building entrepreneurial skills, gain the knowledge needed to start your own business or succeed in the business world.

The General Business Studies programs are flexible diploma or certificate options, allowing individuals to select a variety of areas of study in the School of Business once they have fulfilled the core requirements of the program. Classes include a combination of lectures, exercises, case studies, in-class assignments, projects, student presentations, group work, role-play, structured simulations, field trips and guest speakers

Through this program, students will be trained for cross-border transactions of goods and services, as well as the overall design of strategies for local, regional and global markets. Global Business Management is considered a specialty within business because international managers pay close attention and make strategic decisions based on different legal systems, languages, cultures, economic and geographical environments, corporate cultures, complex and inter-related financial systems and more.

Limited intake requirements: Completion of a recognized undergraduate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67, statement of intent, professional references.

Green Business looks to reduce or avoid by design, negative impacts on the local or global environment. Through this program, students will be provided with the knowledge, skills, and tools to direct companies and organizations toward environmental and economic sustainability, as well as covering many elements of a traditional business management program. Within the program, six general courses allow students to develop business-related critical thinking, analytical communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills. They also allow students to develop skills in management of innovation and digital transformation.

Limited intake requirements: Completion of a recognized undergraduate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67, statement of intent, professional references.

Based on consultations with business leaders, and explicit reference to the required professional capabilities of the Certified Human Resources Practitioner (CHRP) designations, this degree is designed to prepare students to achieve the CHRP designation and succeed in a range of professional human resources roles.

Earn a degree that provides you with an advanced education in system administration, web development, mobile application development, IT project management, and software development.

Learn how to develop effective marketing strategies based on consumer needs. The diploma program can be used to ladder into the Bachelor of Business Administration programs where students gain relevant experience through applied training, with an emphasis on marketing management and new media/web/social media analytics

Attain a solid understanding of how to interpret and synthesize core business, financial and performance data to make informed decisions. Develop skills in transportation planning, inventory control, warehouse management, customer service standard design and implementation, product and process design and re-engineering, and development and execution of procurement strategies.

Learn the strategic thinking and communications management necessary for a career in public relations. Program courses include writing fundamentals, media relations, marketing, event planning, and organizational communications.

Limited Intake Requirements: English 12 (B).

Attain a solid understanding of how to interpret and synthesize core business, financial and performance data to make informed decisions in a technical business environment. Graduates will have a strong applied management knowledge base with the ability to apply business and management processes, tools and strategies.

Health Programs

Gain the knowledge, skills, and education needed to work as a front line caregiver. Graduates of this program are eligible for advanced entry into KPU’s Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing program.

Limited Intake Requirements: KPU’s English Proficiency Requirements, applicant declaration in conjunction with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry. Other requirements upon conditional offer of admission.

Provides foundational health courses which will prepare students with knowledge and skills necessary to enter the second year of a KPU nursing degree program. The primary objective of this certificate is to promote options for students and success for those that choose nursing programs and provide a solid foundation of preparatory knowledge and skills, and exposure to healthcare roles and the health care system.

Gain the knowledge, skills, and education needed to work as a unit clerk in a variety of health-care settings including acute and extended care.

Limited Intake Requirements: KPU’s undergraduate English Proficiency requirement, information session, typing speed of 40 wpm, criminal record check

Develop a critical understanding and development of complex Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts through courses in English and Mandarin language, communication, Ancient Chinese philosophy, and Western biomedical . The curriculum offers an education within the contexts of TCM/Acupuncture fundamental theory, diagnosis, treatment, and clinical practice.

Design Programs

Translate fashion, communications, and business knowledge into a dynamic career. Explore market research, trend forecasting, styling, visual merchandising, fashion writing, promotion, buying and sales, and management at the wholesale and retail levels.

Limited Intake Requirements: English 12 (C+), letter of interest, résumé, reference letters.

Noted for its industry focus and innovative design solutions, the Bachelor of Design, Fashion and Technology is the only program of its kind in Western Canada. The program features industry-based education and leading-edge technology. Students also complete work practicums that often lead to employment.

Limited Intake Requirements: English 12 (C+), portfolio review, and orientation session.

The Foundations in Design (FIND) program is the ideal starting point for anyone interested in a future in design. The one-year certificate provides opportunities to enhance your portfolio with a variety of projects while exploring different aspects of design including drawing, colour, methods, and materials. Build your own portfolio to prepare for entrance into one of our selective design programs.

Limited Intake Requirements: KPU’s undergraduate English Proficiency requirement, portfolio review. Reflective written statement

Prepare for a career in visual communications design with an emphasis on marketing, business, and corporate communications. Learn the connection between design and marketing, and gain an understanding of the graphic design process; marketing and business; media, technology and production; and conceptual and image development.

Limited Intake Requirements: English 12 (C+), portfolio review, interview session.

Get a distinct advantage in the industry after delving into our process-driven curriculum and simulated professional studio environment. Explore all aspects of interior design and learn important skills that set you apart including problem solving, creative thinking, and professional readiness. KPU’s interior design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and students in the program are often employed prior to graduation.

Limited Intake Requirements: English 12 (C+), portfolio review, interview session.

Link creativity and innovation through the transformation of ideas into marketable products. This degree focuses on the growing demand for the design and manufacturing of recreational gear and related consumer products.

Limited Intake Requirements: English 12 (C+), portfolio review, interview session.

Drive change and create progress in the technical apparel industry. Become a part of the next generation of design innovators. This program combines advanced studies in technical textiles and production, human factors in design contexts, and global business strategies.

Limited Intake Requirements: English 12 (C+), design-related baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from a recognized post-secondary institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 in the final 60 credits of study, letter of interest package, interview session.

Arts Programs

Students will cultivate and demonstrate skills in inter- and intra-cultural communication, analysis, and scientific and humanistic methodology. Studies in anthropology include archaeology, social and cultural anthropology, anthropology methods, and biological and forensic anthropology.

Get a general arts education by taking a mix of courses including English, creative writing, history, philosophy, music, political science, sociology, and many other disciplines.

Students develop intellectual and cultural skills required to operate successfully in a world where East and South Asia are increasingly influential.

Cover topics like religions of East Asia and India, Asian history, philosophy and folklore, regional geography, martial arts, tea ceremonies, and comparative politics.

Study the essential theoretical and practical concepts of counselling. While this degree will be of particular interest to those who wish to pursue a career in counselling, the minor will also be of interest to students pursuing careers in social work, probation, policing, teaching, business, and health care.

Develop your skills in a creative, collaborative, innovative, and respectful environment. Build a foundation in creative writing and study poetry, fiction, screenwriting, creative non-fiction, and new media.

Students acquire a thorough understanding of criminology, criminal justice, the Canadian legal system, policing, corrections, youth justice, advocacy, conflict resolution, social justice, and research methodology supported by studies in psychology, philosophy, and sociology.

Discover the purpose of higher education and how people learn through courses in educational studies. Get an introduction to higher education and take courses focusing on educational psychology, curriculum theory and design, social justice and diversity in education, and philosophical foundations of education.

English programs focus on the diverse literatures of the English-speaking world, including the full range of British, American, and Canadian literary traditions, literature in translation, oral and written Aboriginal narratives, and classic and contemporary film.

Develop your artistic and technical skills through studio courses focusing on drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, print and/or digital media, and increase your knowledge in various aspects of art history.

Try something new, or focus on your passions. Students pursuing general studies are able to take a breadth of courses in liberal arts as they work towards their desired credential. Students choosing general studies are strongly encouraged to meet with an arts degree adviser to plan their studies.

Study geography and learn about the environment around you through an approach that combines the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Take thematic courses to learn about topics such as earth science, natural hazards, urban geography, and methods courses to help you manage qualitative, quantitative, and cartographic information.

Deepen your knowledge of European, Canadian, American, and Asian history. Study Europe in the Middle Ages, American history, the twentieth century world, and traditional East Asia with the opportunity to focus on streams such as Asian or military history.

Focus on your personal and professional development in a creative, collaborative, and multicultural environment. The IDEA courses strive to integrate core values including self-awareness, empathy, and character.

Course content includes interdisciplinary foundations, leadership in groups, and creativity, ecology, and nature experience.

Focus on both journalism and communications, and cover topics such as Canadian journalism, storytelling, and unique types news media. In addition, there is the opportunity to include work experience as part of this degree.

Develop strong communicative and cultural competence through a wide variety of language courses (French, Japanese, Mandarin, Punjabi, and Spanish) as well as courses in linguistics and cultural studies. Study abroad opportunities are also encouraged.

Take courses in the language of music, aural musicianship, and music history. Studies in this program focus primarily on western classical music while providing students opportunities to explore jazz, pop, and world music. The program also explores the music business and approaches to music education.

Prepare for meaningful employment in the non-profit and non-governmental sector. Learn practical skills such as marketing, blogging, reporting and researching, while completing courses in business, journalism, and professional communications.

Ponder big questions and discuss ideas including moral issues, ethics, logic, epistemology, metaphysics, and the history of philosophy. Courses in philosophy form a strong foundation for those who want to enter law school, grad school, or business programs

Learn about policy from the perspective of economics, philosophy, political science, environmental studies, and
psychology. At the same time, you will work with sustainability policy practitioners in developing real policies on current community projects.

Examine politics on a local, regional, national, and international scale. Studies include international relations, comparative politics, and public debates. Political Science graduates are prepared for work in government, diplomacy, business, or further studies and/or law school.

Learn about the brain and behaviour. KPU offers several different approaches to studying psychology. Studying psychology in a traditional bachelor’s degree framework puts an emphasis on core areas including biopsychology, cognition, development, personality, and social psychology. The applied arts degree in psychology includes real-world applications of the discipline and topics such as human factors, interpersonal relations, and rehabilitation. The applied arts degree also includes a work practicum. Or, complete your psychology education as a bachelor of science with an emphasis on chemistry and biology, and courses focusing on research, statistics, biological psychology, and clinical psychology.

Study society, conflict, consensus, and sociological thought. Learn how to research, make presentations, work in teams, and increase your understanding of the relationships between local, regional, and global communities.

Prepare for work as an education assistant in elementary, middle, and secondary school settings, supporting students with diverse learning, behavioural, and physical needs. Limited Intake Requirements: KPU’s undergraduate English Proficiency requirement, high school graduation, 100 hours of experience working with children or youth, information session, criminal record check.


High School Courses

  • Completion of BC English 12 or English Literature 12 or English First Peoples 12 with a minimum grade of C+ or Communications 12 with a minimum grade of A (or equivalents)
  • Completion of English 12 with a C+ completed as part of the Adult Dogwood Diploma
  • Completion of IB (International Baccalaureate) English A1/A2 (HL or SL) with a minimum score of 3*

Completion of AP (Advanced Placement) English Language and Composition or AP English Literature and Composition with a minimum score of 3*

For students from countries where English is
the official language, the English Proficiency Requirement may be met by assessment of high school transcripts/exam results.

Undergraduate Courses

  • Completion of 3 credits of undergraduate English (ENGL) with a minimum grade of C- from a recognized post-secondary institution where English is the primary language of instruction
  • Graduation from a baccalaureate degree
    or two-year diploma program or successful completion of two years of study (60 credits)
    at the undergraduate level with a minimum
    2.0 CGPA, from a recognized post-secondary institution where English is the primary language of instruction

    *AP and IB courses may qualify for undergraduate credit.

KPU Courses

• Completion of ELST 0381 and ELST 0383
(or equivalents) with a minimum grade of B in both or ELST 0381 with a minimum grade of
B and a KPU placement score higher than ELST 0383 level**

• Completion of ENGQ 1091, ENGQ 1092 or ENGQ 1099 (or equivalents) with a minimum grade of C

Testing Options

• KPU English Placement Test (EPT) with placement into ENGL 1100. Offered regularly on campus

• IELTS Academic: overall band of 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in each band, taken within the last two years

• TOEFL: iBT 88 with no sub score less than 20, taken within the last two years

• CAEL: score of 70 or higher with no sub score less than 60, taken within the last two years

• PTE: a score of 61 or higher, taken within the last two years

• LPI: level 5 with an essay score of 30 or higher, taken within the last two years

KPU Pathway to Undergraduate Studies

Applicants who are unable to satisfy undergraduate admission requirements may be eligible for admission to a Faculty pathway program.
To learn more, visit

**Transfer of these courses can be achieved through KPU’s partnership with ILAC. Completion of ILAC Pathway 3.3 will transfer to meet this requirement. For further information please see


Financials (average)

Avg Cost of Tuition/Year
CAD$ 22,195.00
Cost of Living/Year
CAD$ 12,000.00
Application Fee to the university (*Charged once for each program)

CAD$ 120.00

Estimated Total/Year
CAD$ 34,195.00

Application Deadlines

  • Application fee CA$ 120.00

  • 45 days Processing Time

    45 days Processing Time

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  • 0 - 120 days Visa Processing

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