Ministry of Advanced Education

Degree Authorization

Government is committed to providing British Columbians with access and choice to a broad range of post-secondary education programs and ensuring British Columbia’s post-secondary education system remains among the most respected in the world.

The Degree Quality Assessment Board oversees the quality assurance process for degree level education in British Columbia and is an independent advisory board appointed by the Minister of Advanced Education.

To complement institutional quality assurance processes, all British Columbia public post-secondary institutions and provincially authorized private degree-granting institutions are required by legislation to undergo a quality assurance process for new degree level programs. British Columbia's degree program review is consistent with the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) Ministerial Statement on Quality Assurance of Degree Education in Canada, including the pan-Canadian degree level standards that outline expected learning outcomes across degree levels, regardless of the type of post-secondary institution delivering the program, to ensure equivalency in quality and rigour. Therefore, degree programs offered at a college or institute must undergo the same quality review process and meet the same criteria as a degree program offered at a university. They are therefore considered equivalent to a comparable university degree with the lower level curriculum being generally transferable through the BC transfer system. Adherence to the pan-Canadian degree level standards facilitate recognition and transfer of British Columbia's degree level credentials across Canada and internationally.

Institutions Authorized to Grant Degrees:

  Degree Level DQAB Review

Public Colleges

  • Camosun College
  • College of New Caledonia
  • College of the Rockies
  • Douglas College
  • Language College
  • North Island College
  • Northern Lights College
  • Northwest Community College
  • Okanagan College
  • Selkirk College
  • Vancouver Community College
  • Associate Degree
  • Applied Bachelor's Degree

Public Institutes

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Justice Institute of British Columbia
  • Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Applied Master's Degree

Public Universities

  • Capilano University
  • Emily Carr University of Art and Design
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Royal Roads University*
  • Simon Fraser University*
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University of British Columbia*
  • University of the Fraser Valley
  • University of Northern British Columbia*
  • University of Victoria*
  • Vancouver Island University
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master's Degree
  • Doctoral Degree
    (*Only the institutions noted offer doctoral degrees)
Provincially Authorized Private Degree-Granting Institutions
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master's Degree
  • Doctoral Degree

This website has two purposes:

  • To provide post-secondary institutions with information they need about the application, quality assessment and approval processes.
  • To ensure the interests of the public are served by openness and accountability.

The current quality assessment process was established on November 7, 2003. For degrees approved since November 2003, please see Degree Authorization Approvals and Consents. For degree programs approved prior to 2003, please visit the institution's website or refer to Education Planner for a full inventory of undergraduate degree programs.