Programs and credentials offered by degree-granting institutions
Memorial University offers a full range of programs leading to degrees at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Memorial University's campus in Corner Brook, Grenfell Campus, offers bachelor's degree programs in arts, science, fine arts, business administration, education, and master's degrees in environmental studies. The campus also provides support services to the Western Regional School of Nursing.
Most bachelor's degrees require four years of full-time study. Other undergraduate degrees (in social work, education, or engineering, for example) require five years of full-time study. Honours degrees generally require a higher level of concentration in the honours subject, as well as a higher level of academic performance, and are often prerequisites for study at the master's level.
Memorial University also offers distance education programs to reach potential students nationally, internationally, and throughout the province, including those living in rural and remote communities. A variety of credit and non-credit courses are available on-line including more than 475 undergraduate and graduate courses and 37 fully or partially online programs.
As part of Memorial University, the Marine Institute provides training in areas of fisheries and oceans, and marine technology. Degree programs include a bachelor of maritime studies, bachelor of technology, a master of marine studies (fisheries resource management and marine spatial planning and management options), master of technology management and master of maritime management. These programs cater to students seeking careers in the marine transportation and aquaculture industries respectively.
The Marine Institute also offers one-year advanced diploma programs, three-year diploma of technology programs, two-year technical diploma programs and one-year or less technical and vocational certificate programs. It also offers shorter programs, such as industrial response and professional development training programs, on a regular basis.
College of the North Atlantic delivers educational services throughout the province and offers over 100 full-time diploma and certificate programs in six schools (Academics, Applied Arts and Tourism; Business and Information Technology; Engineering Technology; Health Sciences; and Natural Resources and Industrial Trades). . College of the North Atlantic also offers a full range of more than 300 part-time courses and apprenticeship training. Programs include:
- Two- and three-year programs leading to a diploma;
- One-year post-graduate programs leading to an advanced diploma;
- Full-time occupational courses leading to a certificate;
- Academic upgrading programs;
- Career enhancement and personal development programs;
- Courses conducted in formal institutional settings, and courses delivered in communities to meet local needs;
- Various skills training programs administered by the province with funding support from the Canada – Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Development Agreement
- Applied research and technology transfer;
- Courses conducted in partnership with other publicly funded institutions, community agencies, and the private sector.
Under College Act 1996, College of the North Atlantic has received the authority to offer academic programs leading to applied degrees. However, such academic programs are not currently offered.
College of the North Atlantic's Distributed Learning Services provide online access to more than 340 college credit courses as well as complete certificate and diploma programs. Distributed Learning continues to support student enrolment from within Newfoundland and Labrador, every Canadian province and territory, and international locations including Qatar.
Programs and credentials offered by non-degree granting institutions
There are 22 private training institutions (PTIs) offering postsecondary education in the province. Currently, PTIs offer a wide variety of programs, approved by the Department Education, in information technology, health sciences, business and apprenticeship training (including industrial trades). PTIs are governed by the Private Training Institutions Act and Regulations. PTIs may also have credit transfer agreements with other institutions (e.g., colleges and universities) outside the province.
Apprenticeship in Newfoundland and Labrador is comprised of a combination of interprovincial Red Seal and provincially designated trades. Most apprenticeship training programs require entry-level training, followed by on-the-job training with additional classroom training at specific intervals.
Apprenticeship training is offered through union schools, PTIs, and the College of the North Atlantic. Additional information on apprenticeship training in Newfoundland and Labrador can be accessed on-line.
Not all programs are offered at all College of the North Atlantic campuses or PTIs. Students are advised to contact College of the North Atlantic or individual PTIs for further information.