Study an Associate of Arts Degree in BC and Become a Permanent Resident of Canada

The first thing you might wonder is what an Associate of Arts degree is? A two-year Associate of Arts (AA) degree program offers an education in subjects such as Maths, English, Psychology, and Science. Associates of arts degrees are typically considered stepping stones to undergraduate studies.

How to advance into the third year of a bachelor’s degree?

Every institution has its own transfer requirements. For instance, Students who wish to attain a Coquitlam College Associate in Arts Degree must complete a minimum of 60 credits of University Transferable Courses which is worth almost two years of education. Many public universities in British Columbia even guarantee full 60 credits to students with an Associate Degree.

How much can you earn with an Associate of Arts?

Payscale estimates that the median salary for an associate of arts degree graduate is 50k per year.

What are the requirements for getting the PGWP Permit and Permanent Residency?

Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)

Students enrolled in a full-time Associate of Arts Degree program can work up to 20 hours per week. After you earned the degree, full-time students are eligible to apply for a Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). 

Learn more about Coquitlam College and PGWP permit

Permanent Residency

Graduates are eligible to apply for permanent residency after completing the first year of full-time work.

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Where to study Associate of Arts Degree?

You can begin specializing your academic areas of interest with their two-year diploma programs in the arts and business. The arts program has a different set of courses in contrast to the business diploma.


Choose from a general studies diploma or a specialization in economics or mathematics.

  • Economics
  • Humanities
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Social Sciences


Students who successfully complete a two-year business diploma (60 credits) are prepared for university business-related degree programs.

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Economics
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

Learn more about the Associate of Arts Degree at Coquitlam College

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