Program Information

School: St. Mary’s University
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Description: This is the first degree of its kind in Alberta and it will quickly become one of St. Mary’s most sought-after degrees. It offers real-world training and applications, broad interdisciplinary knowledge and the opportunity to focus on a specific concentration in one of eleven areas such as Drama, Family Studies, Business and Management Studies, Sociology or Science, to name just a few. It’s an exciting and dynamic addition to St. Mary’s suite of degrees. Students completing the Liberal Studies degree will be able to pursue many career paths including journalism, management, marketing, public relations, human resources, education, social services, research and analysis, government and industry. The degree also provides an excellent foundation for further studies at the graduate level in a number of fields and for professional programs including law.

This program allows students the maximum flexibility to discover and pursue their interests while completing a four-year (120 credit) degree. Students learn how to tackle contemporary issues through interdisciplinary inquiry across the Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. Students will finish their degree with an innovative and interdisciplinary project.

URL: Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Liberal Studies at St. Mary’s University
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*

This cost estimate is for Year 1 of the program and includes ancillary fees.

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)* 65

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Applied Mathematics  or  Grade12 Pure Mathematics  or  Grade12 International Languages 

As a high school graduate, you will need to present an average of 65% in five 30-level courses, including English Language Arts 30-1 or higher; Mathematics 30-1 or Pure Mathematics 30, a 30-level language other than English, or Mathematics 30-2 or Applied; and Mathematics 30. For more detailed information, please visit:

Test Scores:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 80] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 213] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]

Applicants whose country of origin is outside of Canada or the United States who intend to study in Canada on a study permit (student visa) must normally present one of the following tests of English (some countries are considered to be exempt from this policy – contact the Enrolment Services Office for an up-to-date list): TOEFL, Test of English as Foreign Language paper based – 550 (no component score less than 50); computer based – 213 (no component score less than 17); internet based – 80 (no component score less than 19); IELTS – Academic, International English Language Testing System – 6.5 (no individual score less than 6.0); MELAB, Michigan English Language Assessment Battery – 85; CAEL, Canadian Academic English Language Assessment – 60; PTE – Academic, Pearson Test of English – 59; or CLB – Canadian Language Benchmarks – Level 8. Please visit the website for complete details.