VIU Students at Beach


Diplomas are offered in a number of program areas, and are indicated as such below.

Diplomas require students to complete at least 60 credits of course work and obtain a minimum overall average of 2.0 (“C”) in those courses specifically required.

General Diplomas

A general diploma can serve you in many ways. Some students like to create a customized pathway to explore their own personal interests and curiosities. A general diploma is a tangible goal to recognize this accomplishment after the equivalent of two years of full-time study.

In addition, some students in four-year degree programs like to celebrate the mid-point of that journey by receiving a general diploma while they continue on with their studies, either at VIU or before transferring to a different institution to pursue an opportunity not available here.

Students interested in a General Diploma are strongly encouraged to discuss their educational goals with an Educational Advisor.

Diploma in Arts and Science

Requires 60 credits in university academic courses, including the Degree English Requirement.

Diploma in Individually Selected Studies

Requires 60 semester credits in any university courses, 100-level or higher.