Ministry of Advanced Education

Degree Authorization

Recommendations and Decisions

The Degree Quality Assessment Board and Minister of Advanced Education are committed to an open and accountable process for the review and approval of new degree programs, applications for use of the word "university"*, applications for exempt status and applications for renewal of consent for private and out-of-province public institutions.

A list of board recommendations and ministerial decisions since Nov. 7, 2003, when the minister established the new degree quality assessment process, is provided at:

In addition to the public posting of the minister’s decision, for submissions made after Dec. 11, 2006, a synopsis of the board’s recommendation to the minister will also be posted. This is to reflect the board and the ministry’s commitment to ensuring the interests of the public are served by having an open and accountable process.

Approvals prior to Nov. 7, 2003

In May, 2003, four degree programs* at Capilano University were approved by the Minister:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
  • Bachelor of Music Therapy
  • Bachelor of Tourism Management

*Prior to 2003, these programs had previously been offered in partnership with the Open University where Open University granted the degree.

In July 2005, the Minister approved two degree programs at Okanagan College when it was established:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Computer Information Systems

For information on these and other B.C. public post-secondary institutions degree programs approved prior to the establishment of the new quality assessment process on November 7, 2003, please visit the institution's website for information or refer to the Education Planner.

Trinity Western University and Seminary of Christ the King have had legislative authority to grant academic degrees in British Columbia since 1988 and 1966 respectively. Degree programs offered by Trinity Western University and Seminary of Christ the King are listed on each institution's website. New degree programs established after April 11, 2002 require authority under the Degree Authorization Act.

* Private and out-of-province public institutions governed by the Degree Authorization Act must apply for ministerial consent to use the word “university” and for renewal of that consent.