- Degree Authorization
The following list of institutions that do not have authority is maintained by the Ministry of Advanced Education for the protection of the citizens of British Columbia and current and prospective students. The list contains institutions which have claimed to grant degrees and operate in or from British Columbia or that have been linked to British Columbia in some way. This is not a comprehensive list and new institutions can emerge at any time, many of which remain unknown to the Ministry.
Anyone with information, questions or concerns about the authority of any institution claiming to offer degree programs and operate in or from British Columbia may contact the Ministry at (250) 356-5406 or DQABsecretariat@gov.bc.ca
A list of institutions and degree programs that are authorized under the Degree Authorization Act (DAA) in British Columbia is available here. This list is continually updated as new institutions and degree programs receive authority from the Minister.
Post-secondary institutions are authorized to operate according to the legislation established in each province in Canada. In British Columbia, the Degree Authorization Act (DAA) requires private and out-of-province public post-secondary institutions to receive consent from the Minister of Advanced Education before they provide, advertise or grant degrees, or use the word "university" for educational purposes in British Columbia.
Institutions wishing to apply for consent to offer degrees and operate in or from British Columbia must undergo a quality assessment process and meet established criteria prior to the Minister granting consent. Further information about the application process for obtaining consent from the Minister is available here for B.C. Public institutions and here for private and out-of-province Public institutions.
The Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation is British Columbia's brand for quality post-secondary education. EQA is a voluntary mechanism available to all eligible post-secondary institutions in B.C. The Ministry of Advanced Education is responsible for establishing the EQA designation policy, which includes setting acceptable quality assurance standards. The Ministry is also responsible for determining whether an institution will be granted or maintain the EQA designation, including permission to use the EQA certification mark. Further information and a list of institutions that have received EQA is available here.