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Open studies

30-credit limit

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Your choice, your way — take university-level courses or combine with upgrading courses

Find your passion — sample different courses of interest to decide which program path is for you

Test the academic waters — dip your toe into academia to get comfortable before starting a program


Announcement for Fall 2021 semester

All upgrading courses will be delivered online only during the Fall 2021 semester. A combination of in-person and online courses will be considered for the Winter 2022 semester.

Want to start post-secondary studies but don’t know where to begin? Maybe you're missing high school course requirements for admission to your intended program or need to upgrade your marks. Open Studies may be the answer. Open Studies gives you the freedom to find the program that’s right for you while earning Mount Royal University credits. Sampling a few credit courses can help you decide on the program that’s right for you. Best of all, while you’re checking things out, you earn credits toward your future Mount Royal University credential.

Plan your studies

See what programs and degrees Mount Royal has to offer and complete any upgrading courses needed for program admission as well as university-level courses that may be transferable to a Mount Royal baccalaureate degree or diploma program.

Admission requirements and costs

Curriculum and courses


Information about courses, admission requirements and the application process can be answered by the Academic Upgrading and Open Studies team.

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Academic Upgrading

Improve your high school grades or pick up courses you need for admission requirements.

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