Thompson Rivers University

Thompson Rivers University

At Thompson Rivers University, student success is our priority. We empower our students to reach their goals with flexible learning options, individualized student services, hands-on learning opportunities, and a diverse, inclusive environment.

Since 1970, TRU has taken pride in providing an excellent education to every student who comes to us — from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, at various stages of the learning journey. We serve more than 25,000 students — on our campuses in Kamloops and Williams Lake, and via distance or online courses and programs through Open Learning.

From traditional academics to trades, from certificates to graduate degrees, TRU offers over 140 on-campus programs and 50-plus Open Learning programs. Our students apply what they learn in co-op work terms, study abroad, undergraduate research, field schools and practicums, service learning and other opportunities — with guidance and mentorship by our accessible faculty. Research, creation and innovation thrive in our open, flexible learning environment. And so do our students.

  • Master of Business Administration 1-2 years
  • Master of Data Science 2 years
  • Master of Education 5 to 2 years
  • Master of Environmental Economics and Management 1-2 years
  • Master of Science in Environmental Science 1-2 years
  • Master of Science in Environmental Economics and Management (thesis-based) 1-2 years
  • Master of Nursing 2 years
  • Graduate Certificate in Education Studies 4 months + ESL
  • Graduate Diploma in Business Administration 8 months
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Certificate
  • Accounting,
  • Business Administration,
  • Economics,
  • Entrepreneurship,
  • Finance,
  • Human Resource Management,
  • International Business,
  • Marketing,
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Adventure Studies
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Tourism,
  • Managing Festivals and Events, Resort Experience Management,
  • Tourism Destination Development,
  • Tourism Experience Management
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Tourism

Law - Juris Doctor           3 years

*All students must complete 6 credits of English as part of the admission requirement.

  • Bachelor of Arts Majors:

Communications & New Media Studies, Criminology, Economics, Economics & Math, Economics & Political Studies, English, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Theatre - 4 years

  • Bachelor of Business Administration Majors:

Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Marketing, Supply Chain Management - 4 years

  • Double Degrees:

Bachelor of Business Administration & Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Computing Science - 5 years

  • Bachelor of Computing Science: 4 years
  • Bachelor of Education (Elementary)

Duration: 5 years or 2 years if proper degree was obtained          5 years or 2 years

  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM). Duration: 5 years or 2 years if proper degree was obtained 5 years or 2 years
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering 5 years
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) 4 years
  • Bachelor of Health Science (3rd year entry) 2 years
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (3rd year entry) 2 years
  • Bachelor of Journalism (Journalism, Communications) 4 years
  • Bachelor of Natural Resource Science 4 years

Bachelor of Science Majors:

Animal Biology, Biology, Cellular, Molecular, Chemical Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science, Computing Science & Mathematics, Ecology & Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, General Science, Mathematics, Mathematics & Economics, Mathematical Sciences, Molecular & Microbial Biology, Physics, Pre-Professional Health Science - 4 years

Bachelor of Science in Nursing 4 years

  • Bachelor of Social Work (3rd year admission) 4 years
  • Bachelor of Tourism Management Concentrations:

Adventure Studies, Festivals & Events, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Resort Experience - 4 years

  • Engineering

First and second year transfer to UBC and UVic 1-2 years

  • Forestry

First and second year transfer to UBC 1-2 years

  • Accounting Technician - 2 years
  • Adventure Guide - 2 years
  • Architectural and Engineering Technology (ARET) 3 years
  • Applied Sustainable Ranching (Williams Lake Campus only) - 2 years
  • Associate of Commerce & Business Administration - 2 years
  • Associate of Science, Computing Science - 2 years
  • Early Childhood Education - 2 years
  • Events and Conventions Management - 2 years
  • Horticulture Management - 2 years
  • Instrumentation Engineering Technology - 2 years
  • Management - 2 years
  • Police & Justice Studies - 2 years
  • Practical Nursing (Williams Lake campus only) - 2 years
  • Resort and Hotel Management - 2 years
  • Respiratory Therapy - 3 years
  • Sport Event Management - 2 years
  • Tourism Management - 2 years
  • Visual Arts - 2 years
  • Water and Wastewater Technology - 2 years
  • Adventure Guide - 1 year
  • Business Foundations - 1 year
  • Culinary Arts - 2 years
  • Horticulture - 1 year
  • Water & Wastewater Utilities - 1 year
  • Automotive Service Technician, Carpenter, Diesel Engine Mechanic, Electrician, Electrical/Industrial Mechanic, Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Instrumentation & Control Technician, Industrial Mechanic (Millwright), Machinist, Metal Fabricator, Plumber, Welder
  • Power Engineering Fouth Class - 40 weeks

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic - 25 weeks

  • Adult Basic Education & BC Adult Graduation Diploma
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) 4–18 months dependent on student placement
  • University Preparation Courses


Living with a Canadian Family

Our Homestay Program allows students to live with Canadian families, be exposed to, and participate in Canadian culture and customs. We consider the best way to enhance English language study is through after school practice with the host family. A host family typically plays an important role in helping the student adjust to Canadian life. As much as possible, the student is included in the family unit.

TRU has a well-established network of experienced host families. TRU staff have personally inspected each home and have interviewed the family to ensure quality homestays. TRU has offered this program for over twelve years.

Sometimes we place multiple international student(s) with each homestay family. If we do place multiple students per family they usually come from two different countries. The family provides a private, furnished bedroom and three meals each day, plus snacks to each student. Students can usually expect to travel about 20-45 minutes between their homestay and the TRU campus.

Each semester/intake has a deadline to apply for the Homestay Program on time. Please check with your International Student Advisor (ISA) if you need more information or need to know the deadline to apply for Homestay.

The majority of our international students come from the Pacific Rim and Southeast Asia. We are also seeing an increasing number of students from Mexico, South America, and Europe. They study speaking and writing English and post-secondary education in many different program choices such as business, science, and tourism. Homestay offers the students an excellent opportunity to develop and practice their conversational skills, as well as to experience Canadian culture in a friendly family setting.

On and off campus housing

Our beautiful Kamloops campus offers a one-of-a-kind university community in the heart of the city, a place to live, work, learn, and play.