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What is Applied Studies?

Customized Work-Integrated Learning courses that allow you to earn academic credit for combining work (paid or volunteer) and academic studies.  


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Applied Studies Appointment

Talk with an Applied Studies Instructor for more information about course options and course development.

Academic Advising

Chat with an Academic Advisor to discuss how an Applied Studies course fits into your program planning guide.

Find A Placement

Your work placement (paid or volunteer) must be relevant to your field of study. A minimum of 120 hours of work in a semester is required.  Students can self-initiate work placements, visit MyExperience.ca for posted Applied Studies opportunities on the Careers Job board, or speak with an Applied Studies Instructor for assistance.

Academic Deliverables

Create your academic deliverable(s). As part of your Applied Studies course, you will develop an Academic Plan with your Faculty Supervisor and your Applied Studies Instructor. 

Applied Studies Course Options

Disciplinary Credit 

Design a 3-credit course in an academic discipline. Disciplinary Credit courses are supported by an employer partner, an Applied Studies Instructor, and a subject matter expert (faculty member).

Work Experience 

Applied Studies 2000/2001 (Pass/Fail)

Design a course exploring a program-related work experience (paid/volunteer) and your professional development.

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Work Experience 

Applied Studies 2010/2011 (Graded)

Design a course with an Applied Studies instructor that combines program-related work experience, professional development, and an academic deliverable.


Applied Studies Cohorts

Join a group of students and an Applied Studies instructor in a course that combines program-related work experience, professional development, and an academic deliverable. 

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Amanda Maki

This (applied study) has enhanced my education in so any ways that I could not have imagined, nor learned in the classroom. It is enhancing my education by giving me hands on experience in my field of study … and has allowed me to gain so much real world experience, as well as develop important life skills.

Amanda Maki, BA - Psychology