Curriculum & Courses

Open Studies


For full course descriptions, use the online Academic Calendar.

In Open Studies you have the opportunity to combine credit courses with academic upgrading courses if needed. There is no set curriculum for Open Studies, so you can take courses which may be transferable to a Mount Royal degree or diploma while helping you determine your program of interest. Or you can take missing high school courses to meet the admission requirements or to improve your competitive average for admission to your intended program.

Although some courses will be restricted to students studying in a specific program, other courses will be available for Open Studies students. If you are balancing work obligations, family, and/ or other commitments, you may want to take advantage of courses offered in the evening, on weekends or daytime. You may also wish to take a full-time course load or a part-time load depending on your circumstances.

30-Credit limit

Open Studies students:

  • may take upgrading courses alone or in combination with university-level courses, to a maximum of five courses per semester
  • are allowed to earn a maximum of 30 credits (typically 10-three credit courses) in Open Studies and/or the University Entrance Option (Any awarded grade (including F) will count towards the limitation but withdrawals do not.),
  • are not eligible to receive a Letter of Permission to take a course or courses from other institutions,
  • do not have access to restricted courses (i.e., those reserved for program students).

There is no limit to the number of non-credit academic upgrading courses you may complete.

Students who wish to upgrade their high school courses may enroll in various credit-free high school equivalency courses offered at Mount Royal. While these courses are not eligible for Alberta Education graduation credits or transcript purposes, they are accepted as alternative entrance requirements for undergraduate programs offered by Mount Royal and other Alberta universities.

To assist with your academic plan and your course selection, we recommend reviewing our advising guides.