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What is the difference between a 3 year and a 4 year degree?

A three-year degree, as a general degree or with a concentration, is a well-respected credential in Canada and the United States. While it is a highly marketable credential, it is not aimed at providing students with direct access to graduate level studies. Often a “make-up” or additional year is required to achieve that academic goal.

The four-year degree provides students with a broad, flexible education that allows them to develop, understand, and disseminate knowledge, to think critically, and to build on these abilities. In addition, the four-year degree fully prepares students for most graduate programs.

Program plans for both three-year and four-year degrees are available through Advising Services.

For information about extending a three-year degree into a four-year degree, view our Degree Conversion Policy. Browse our Programs for more information about specific degrees.

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