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School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Not sure which step to take toward a fulfilling future?

You’re not alone if you’re undecided about which college courses to study or if you feel that your academic footing is shaky. Maybe you haven’t completed a Grade 12 diploma or need a refresher. Maybe you need to upgrade your English, math, science, or computer skills to improve your job opportunities or gain admission to a college program. If you could use some guidance, Cambrian’s Academic Upgrading Program is here to forge solid ground beneath your feet. And if you’re a qualified resident of Ontario, you may be able to get started for free!

Earn your Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) high school equivalency certificate with our flexible program that works around your schedule. In our Academic Upgrading program, you can start in-person, online classes or a mix of the two, any week of the year. ACE is recognized for admission by all colleges in Ontario and by many employers and apprenticeship programs. And there is no cost for residents of Ontario who qualify.

With Cambrian’s General Arts and Science Certificate program, you can work with an Educational Planner to customize your education with various courses while enjoying flexible study options and delivery modes. You’ll learn from a variety of professors and explore potential career paths in public safety, community services, humanities, the arts, business, technology, skilled trades, engineering, and much more. And with an Indigenous specialization, you’ll learn from the land, the Ancestors, yourself, and your fellow students, supported by Indigenous faculty and staff.

English for Academic Purposes is a Languages Canada accredited program focusing on listening, speaking, reading and writing development for students who require English admission requirements where English is not their first language. Our Teaching English as a Second Language trained faculty are experts in their field and will ensure you have the skills needed to succeed in Post-Secondary!

If you’re interested in studying various liberal arts subjects like psychology, sociology, anthropology, critical thinking, Indigenous Studies and more, the General Arts and Science Diploma program is for you! Throughout the program there are multiple opportunities to take additional electives in areas of interest while learning about a variety of fields.

Programs in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies


Bradie Granger

Chair, School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Public Safety