Mount Royal programs include a variety of courses to ensure, that when you graduate, you enter your career or graduate studies with well-rounded abilities and a broad knowledge base.


Majors/CoreYour major is the academic discipline that is the focus of your degree. A major is a prescribed set of courses ranging from 16 to 31 courses. The designation for your Major will appear on your transcript and degree parchment.

Tip Icon - Welcome Guide Tip: As a new student, you may have applied directly for a major such as Nursing, Public Relations, chemistry or English, or you may be going into general studies and will need to declare your major in future years of study. Find out more about major declarations by consulting with your advisor or view the Student Forms page.
General Education (GNED)Mount Royal uses a similar General Education system to Harvard's which is designed to provide graduates with a breadth of knowledge outside of their discipline. For the most part, you will take between eight to twelve General Education (GNED) courses that will expose you to ideas and concepts that help you develop your interests, skills and understanding of the world around us. You have an opportunity to enhance your educational experience through careful planning and exploration of courses that can meet your General Education requirements. The General Education program has four areas or "clusters" to choose from:

  1. Numeric and Scientific Literacy
  2. Values, Beliefs and Identity
  3. Community and Society
  4. Communication

In the first year of your program, you should take four foundation courses (one from each cluster).

Tip Icon - Welcome Guide Tip: Start to take a look at senior level courses you might be interested in, in order to determine what prerequisites you will need. You can also explore field schools, as they can make up some of your course requirements and provide you with an opportunity to travel at the same time! Electives Electives are courses that you select based on your personal interests and are required to complete your degree. They can range from greek history to script writing to eastern religion studies.

Tip Icon - Welcome Guide Tip: There is no such thing as an "easy" elective. The courses are meant to be an opportunity for you to step out of your comfort zone or learn a new skill that your program may not necessarily offer.
Number of coursesDegree - 4 years
Major: 16 to 31 courses
Gen Ed: 4 to 12 courses
Electives: 0 - 12 courses

Diploma - 2 years
Core: 14 to 16 courses
Gen Ed: 5 courses

enhance your education

Workplace opportunties

At Mount Royal, we want to prepare you to hit the ground running in your career, and there's no better way than giving you the chance to experience the real world while you complete your studies.

Many of our programs include required or optional work placements. Put new knowledge to work in your field of study and potentially gain credit towards your program.


Minors are secondary areas of focus that can be completed alongside your major. They are optional and can complement your major depending on your interests. Most minors can be taken with any major. A minor is made up of usually 6 -10 courses and will appear on your transcript but not on your degree parchment. You may pursue up to two Minors within a degree program. Students must declare their intention to minor at the Office of the Registrar or online.


Certain degrees offer an honours stream to prepare you for academic challenges associated with graduate and professional schools.


For some degrees, concentrations are a way of adding specialization without changing a major. Only students in General Management and General Science, can choose concentrations to add focused areas of study to their program. Concentrations will appear on your transcript, but not on your degree parchment.

class structure


Lectures are classes taught by faculty members that help you to comprehend your course material. Lectures are generally offered one to three times a week and can be accompanied by labs or tutorials. With an average lecture size of 30 students, these classes facilitate hands-on learning that allow you to develop relationships between yourself and the professor on a first name basis.


Labs are learning components that are directly linked to lectures and are designed to compliment them.They are often graded components that are a part of your course curriculum.


Like labs, tutorials are complementary components that may or may not be graded. They allow you to apply the material you learn in a practical manner.

Tip Icon - Welcome Guide Tip: Labs and tutorials are incredibly helpful for practicing key concepts and retaining important information from your lectures.

course components

Course outline (syllabus)

Course outlines are documents for any credit course that detail important course information for the semester, including important dates, mark allocation, technology used in the classroom and academic misconduct information. This is a very important document that you should review carefully.

Midterm exams

This is the first test of what you have learned so far in the semester taking place in mid-October.

Tip Icon - Welcome Guide Tip: Start preparing for your midterms in early October and book a session with Student Learning Services to review your papers.

Final exams

Final exams take place in December and may be cumulative or non-cumulative. These exam times are booked through the Registrar's Office and absences such as holiday planning are not accepted. Your personalized exam schedule will be posted on MyMRU approximately six weeks but no later than five weeks before the last day of classes in the Fall and Winter semesters.You must be available during the entire final exam period, including Saturdays. Stay up-to-date with Mount Royal's Critical Dates calendar.


Your assignments will consist of various components that contribute to your final grade and can include papers, online assignments or other projects. They vary significantly by course and have set deadlines.

Presentations and team projects

Public speaking and teamwork are important skills to develop regardless of your discipline. Some courses will require you to complete collaborative research papers with your classmates and then present your findings to the class.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Your grades are determined by a 4.00 GPA scale. Your GPA can be calculated at the end of your semester or at the end of your cumulative academic career. You require a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to be in Good Standing. You can find your GPA on your transcript and online in MyMRU > My Program > Academic Profile > Transcript.

academic support

Early Support

If at any point the semester you feel like you are falling behind, refer yourself to Early Support. Early Support helps ensure that small issues don't turn into big problems and can direct you to the many resources available to you. You can also be referred by a staff or faculty member.

Library Services 

The Library offers a variety of computer workstations, services and spaces to support your academic goals. Subject librarians are experts in their field and can provide research support for assignments. The Service Desk is your go-to location for questions about reserving textbooks, borrowing technology and equipment, locating the materials you need, and citing sources.

The Library is home to a number of engaging spaces so you can get creative coursework and gain new skills. Explore the Maker Studio; dive into VR/AR/XR experiences in the Experience Lab; or learn to record video in our intuitive Audio Rooms. In addition to over 2 million journals, books, newspapers and films, there are many cozy study spaces including group study rooms and 24-hour access to the library’s first floor. Group and Presentation Practice Rooms can be booked through the library website to encourage collaboration with peers.

Access and Inclusion Services

Are you a student who had an IPP/LSP in High School? Do you require academic accommodations due to a disability/medical condition or other protected ground? If so, it is important to register with Access and Inclusion Services now by completing the Public Request Form
Waiting until you've been accepted by your academic program or until the fall to register with Access and Inclusion Services will result in a delay to accessing academic accommodations.
You will be required to provide documentation of disability or medical condition from a Doctor or Specialist. Documentation must be signed, dated, and on letterhead, and indicate the diagnosis and/or specific functional limitation(s). 

Student Learning Services (SLS)

Student Learning Services provides tools to help you have a successful academic experience and develop your skills through workshops, a peer learning program and many other resources. The peer tutor program fills up fast starting September so continue to check the website for updates. To get a head start, you can request to be sent a reminder and explore any academic bootcamp programs which are usually offered in the Fall.

Academic Advising

All students have access to an Academic Advisor who can help you navigate the courses and decision making during your time at Mount Royal. Find out who your advisor is and determine if you need a meeting or if you can just connect via email. Are you in the right courses to be competitive? Are you interested in a minor? Do you realize that you may need to drop a course and wonder what type of impact that will have? Your advisor wants you to succeed, so connect with them early to develop one of the many important relationships you will need at Mount Royal.


MyMRU is Mount Royal's online registration system and one-stop information site for students. On MyMRU, you will be able to access your email, D2L and Google Drive, as well as check your course schedule, find your custom textbook list, rent a locker and keep up-to-date with Mount Royal's Academic Schedule.

Register & Pay tabThis is where you will register for your courses and pay your fees. You can also rent a locker for the year, see your custom textbook list and purchase a parking permitMy Program tabHere you will be able to update your personal information such as your address and emergency contact. You can quickly access to your course schedule and find your final exam schedule, once dates are finalized. Under Financing your Education, you will find information about applying for scholarships and general information about student loans.

An important link under the My Program tab is mruGradU8, which is a tool to track your program progress, see which course requirements you have completed and identify those that are still needed for graduation.Academic Success tabThis is where you can find resources to help you succeed throughout the semester. Book an appointment with a Writing and Learning Strategist, search for a book at the Library or discover the many of support services on campus.

Campus ConnectionsA hand picked list of social, community engagement and personal development opportunities all gathered in one place. The mobile responsive Campus Connections is updated with all the best opportunities at just the right time. Explore this tab to learn about what is happening around Mount Royal and how to get connected. 

D2L is the place where students find announcements, submit assignments, review grades and participate in discussions with the instructor and classmates. D2L also is where instructors post lecture notes, upload assignments and record grades. The icon to access D2L is located on the top right-hand corner on MyMRU.