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Helping Students Succeed – in the Classroom and in their Careers

Yorkville University is a different kind of university; students choose Yorkville because they’re looking for a more flexible, accelerated, and accessible take on the traditional university experience.

Since its establishment in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 2004, Yorkville University (YU) – Canada’s largest private university – has helped learners of all ages and backgrounds make the progress they want in their lives with rigorous, innovative, and flexible programs designed around their needs first.

“We believe you should be able to pursue your personal and professional goals without putting your life on hold, even if you’re a newcomer to Canada, a parent, a full-time professional, or a mature student,” said Dr. Allyson Lowe, Provost and Executive Vice President of YU.

Now operating out of two additional campuses – one in Toronto, Ontario and the other in Vancouver, B.C. – YU offers online and on-campus degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctorate levels, as well as a pair of graduate certificates, and an ESL Pathway program.

Industry-Informed Undergraduate Studies

At the undergraduate level, YU currently offers three different programs – including a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree, which can be taken on-campus or online, with specializations in Accounting, Energy Management, Project Management, Supply Chain Management and a General BBA (Online). The university also offers Bachelor of Interior Design and Bachelor of Creative Arts programs (both of which are offered on-campus or online).

Leaders in Graduate Education

As leaders in graduate education in Canada, YU provides degrees in purpose-driven areas: counselling psychology, educational leadership and adult education (all of which are offered online only).

For those passionate about making a contribution to the country’s growing mental health and wellness industry, YU offers a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP), as well as a Doctor of Counselling and Psychotherapy (DCP).

YU also provides two Master of Education (MEd) degrees. The Educational Leadership program is for those seeking leadership roles in the K-12 school system, or within public, private, and not-for profit organizations. The MEd in Adult Education is for those aiming to develop mastery of teaching adult learners in a variety of contexts, including the public service, colleges, health sciences, and corporations.

All YU programs, including their Graduate Certificates in Education in Leadership in Social Justice and Education in Teaching and Learning, bridge theory and practice, support professional career progression and make a positive impact on society.

Accelerated, Flexible Options Help Students Achieve Their Goals Faster

YU knows its students lead full and busy lives, and that they’re eager to pursue their passions. That’s why the university’s programs offer year-round study options, multiple start dates throughout the year and optimum credit transfers based on students’ previous learning.

For example, YU’s on-campus Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program, offered out of YU’s Toronto, Ontario and Vancouver, B.C. campuses, starts in January, April, July and October. While the Toronto Campus offers a BBA in Project Management, the Vancouver Campus’s BBA offerings span specializations in Project Management, Accounting, Energy Management, and Supply Chain Management. These industry-recognized and accelerated business programs can be completed in as few as two-and-a-half years, versus the typical four years of study.

Meanwhile, YU’s fully online, asynchronous graduate and certificate programs empower learners to transcend geographical limits. In fact, last year YU graduated students from every province and territory in Canada. Students living in both urban and remote settings benefit from accessible programming that defies geographical limits. Students connect with course material and peers, without leaving their home and community, and at times that best suit their schedule.

Rigorous, Industry-Informed Curriculum

The value of a Yorkville education begins on the first day of class. Students learn concepts and skills they can apply right away, in small classes, with professors who have real experience with what they’re teaching. For example, the BBA arms students with an actionable business plan, career-ready skills and certification prerequisites required to launch their careers and succeed in the global market.

YU’s on-campus Bachelor of Interior Design program is offered out of the Toronto, Ontario Campus and can be completed in as few as three years. Through a mix of in-class theory, immersive studio experience and industry internships, the Interior Design degree equips students with the broad technical skills, well-developed visual literacy, and creative problem-solving skills required to become a registered and successful interior designer.

The university’s on-campus Bachelor of Creative Arts (BCA) program is also offered out of the Toronto, Ontario Campus and can be completed in two years. Students in this program are mentored by award-winning and active industry professionals as they unite their creative talents with the practical industry skills required to successfully take up entrepreneurial opportunities in the creative arts.

Crossing the Borders of Education

YU helps international students prepare for professional opportunities that match their ambitions. Since 2017, the university has welcomed students from over 140 countries to the campus. With accelerated industry-based degrees, flexible learning schedules, dedicated career services teams and campuses in Toronto and Vancouver, YU breaks the conventional mold of post-secondary education in Canada by providing students with the flexibility that does not always typically exist with traditional public universities.

In 2022 alone, YU welcomed students from 78 different countries to its campus. “Whether you study on campus in Vancouver or Toronto, our small class sizes, vibrant international student community and friendly student services team help you feel comfortable in your new environment. Our campuses are located in two highly multicultural and vibrant cities, with diverse opportunities for international students to experience Canada,” said Dr. Lowe.

When considering costs, Yorkville provides one of the more affordable international tuition fees in Canada. For citizens from the United States or Mexico, YU honours the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), meaning these international students can pay the domestic tuition rate for YU programs. Yorkville also offers annual bursaries specific to certain programs or regions where a student is applying.

Additionally, international students who continuously study full-time on campus for most of their studies may be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), valid for up to three years.

Engaging and Preparing Students

YU has dedicated Student Life teams at both the Ontario and B.C. campuses, encouraging students to connect with one another, engage in fun activities, and experience all Canada has to offer. Student activities including sports, clubs, talent shows, and field trips keep learners engaged in their peer community. For online students, there are also many supports available to them in digital formats.

Meanwhile, YU’s Career Services team offers curated resources and webinars for students. This team works to help students explore career options, prepare to find a fulfilling job, and develop the necessary skills to manage career progression.

Live and Learn

YU welcomes students from all different life stages, backgrounds and parts of the world. They help each learner pursue their individual goals, whatever they may be. YU recognizes and celebrates the potential in all people, with a firm commitment to equity in education. This university helps students make education a part of life, not a way of life, with programs designed to work with their lifestyles so they don’t need to put their careers, their families, or their dreams on hold to make progress.

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About Dr. Allyson Lowe, Provost and Executive Vice President

Yorkville University Provost and Executive Vice President Allyson Lowe, Ph.D.  is a seasoned professor who has spent more than 20 years in higher education, during which time she has served in a number of different academic leadership roles. As Yorkville University’s Chief Academic Officer, her work is focused on improving learner outcomes, new program development, grants and external funding, and community/employer partnerships.

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