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General Arts & Science Diploma

Available at: Brockville | Cornwall | Kingston


4 semesters (1080 hours)

The General Arts & Science Diploma provides a broad liberal arts curriculum that prepares students for the workforce, college programs, or transfer to university. Core courses provide a solid foundation in communications and interpersonal skills, computers, mathematics, analytical skills, science, and general education. Complementing these are varied electives such as Film, Addictions, Fitness, and Psychology. All courses are chosen in consultation with the program coordinator, ensuring the right mix to meet each student’s interests and vocational goals.


You will take a number of core courses that provide a solid foundation in communications and interpersonal skills, computers, mathematics, analytical skills, science, and general education. The remaining courses are electives, chosen in consultation with your program advisor. Diploma graduates are prepared to enter the workforce directly, or they may continue their studies at university.

University-bound students are encouraged to complete a pre-university diploma track. Students who self-identify as Pre-University work with the Program Coordinator to further customize their diploma course selection in preparation for university study. Key academic areas (Communications, Applied Science, Social Science, Math) are emphasized in accordance with the student's goals. Potential transfer opportunities exist at a number of Canadian universities; exploring these possibilities is at the discretion of the student. Please contact the program coordinator for more information.


Choose from varied electives such as Film, Addictions, Fitness, and Psychology or strengthen your ability in core courses in languages, sciences, and math; the General Arts and Science program will allow you to do both. Diploma students complete two years in the college environment, rather than four at a university, and still have the option of transferring and completing a university degree and/or transferring into another program offered at St. Lawrence.

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Program Name

General Arts & Science Diploma

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2017-18 full year tuition fees are $2,935.68. Compulsory fees are $733.35. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

International Fees

2017-18 International tuition fees are $13,800.00. Compulsory fees are $1,420.35. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2018-19

Diploma - Semester 1
Personal Development
General Education
Elective 1
Elective 2

Diploma - Semester 2
Social Science
Elective 1
Elective 2

Diploma - Semester 3
Applied Science
General Education
Elective 1
Elective 2
Elective 3

Diploma - Semester 4
Personal Development
Elective 1
Elective 2
Elective 3
Elective 4

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements

Bonus Points

Full-time General Arts and Science students who achieve a GPA of 3.00 or better for at least one semester will receive an additional 10 percent in their admission assessment when applying to any post-secondary diploma program at St. Lawrence College. This will be particularly beneficial for programs that are highly competitive and therefore ranked.


Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities


What I really enjoyed about the collaborative nursing program at the college was the learning environment. Classroom sizes were kept small, which allowed for students to develop confidence amongst their peers, whether it be through open discussion in providing insight into difficult ethical topics or learning clinical skills in the lab with an almost one-to-one approach.

Andrew Bissonnette, Registered Nurse, Intensive Care, Cornwall Community Hospital

Program Contact

Julie Smith

Admissions Information

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Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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