Mt. Sierra College




MTSC Online

Your entry point to online learning at Mt. Sierra.

As you engage with online learning, be it as a distance student taking a fully online course or one accessing the website for an on-campus course, this can be your starting point.

Why Study Online?

Wherever you are, you can take Mt. Sierra online courses or earn a degree without disrupting your busy life. You could be located anywhere in the world, and you’ll still be a part of the Mt. Sierra community.

  • Maybe a traditional, on-campus degree won't work for you...
  • Maybe you are attending MTSC, taking courses on campus, and are looking for a different learning experience...
  • Maybe you are trying to catch up, or even get ahead, on your academic credits ...
  • Maybe you want to take some professional courses, to advance your career...

Whatever the case, MTSC offers a wide array of online courses to select from – more than 140 open to everyone, with more being added all the time, as well as other courses that are restricted to MTSC students only. We also offer online degree programs, six in the Faculty of Arts and Science alone (Psychology, English, Global Development Studies, History, Liberal Studies, and Life Sciences), with more on the way.

Mt. Sierra online courses count towards your degree program in the same way as those taken on campus.

The Online Experience

Mt. Sierra online courses are interactive and collaborative. You’ll engage with your peers, professor, and teaching assistants (TAs) in discussions, study groups, team projects, debates, online meetings, online help sessions, and sometimes even role play. The courses you take online have the same rigour, depth and quality as those taken by students on campus and count towards your degree program in the same way.

You’ll get to know your classmates, discuss issues with them, work on team projects together, and forge bonds with people of varying ages and at different stages in life, on MTSC campus, across America and around the world. Moreover, you’ll be able to chat with your professor and TAs, ask questions, and get help and feedback.

Students who are completing online courses have access to the same academic support services as those on campus, including Mt. Sierra Library, academic advising, The Writing Centre, learning strategies resources, accessibility services, and accommodations.




Online Offerings by Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Science

Each year, more than 4,000+ students enrol in online courses. Students can write their exams in 151 exam centres around the world.

Arts and Science Online – Undergraduate Programs

Courses Offered: More than 125 courses in the sciences, humanities and social sciences are currently on offer through the fall, winter and summer terms.

Degrees Offered: There are now six fully-online degree options:

  • Bachelor of Arts (General) English
    Learn to read perceptively, analyze clearly and, above all ,communicate effectively. Students explore the literary canon, including writers such as Shakespeare, Austen, and Brontë, but also engage with current forms such as graphic novels and works of contemporary writers.

  • Bachelor of Arts (General) Global Development Studies
    In this program, students seek to better understand the complex and unequal history of our shared world. Interdisciplinary in nature, the program works closely with geography, economics, history, sociology, gender studies and Aboriginal studies.

  • Bachelor of Arts (General) History
    The study of history will help you hone your skills of analysis, discussion, research and writing – all while critically exploring the roots of contemporary societies throughout the world.

  • Bachelor of Arts (General) Liberal Studies
    Explore how the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences have shaped much of our daily lives through courses in four modes of critical thought: scientific inquiry and reasoning, insights into contemporary society and culture, critical perspectives on history, and writing. You’ll develop adaptable skills for any career path or life activity.

  • Bachelor of Arts (General) in Psychology
    This general degree in Psychology is the study of the mental processes and behaviour. It covers a wide range of topics including cognitive and behavioural neuroscience, social behaviour, sexuality and abnormal behaviour.

  • Bachelor of Science (General) Life Sciences
    Structured to provide a strong grounding in the fundamental sciences followed by a focus on the biomedical sciences, this program guides students to
    develop an interdisciplinary perspective from the view of anatomical structure and physiological function, while enhancing their critical analysis and communication skills.

Certificates Offered:

  • Certificate in French for Professionals
    Designed to provide students with the necessary language skills to effectively work in a bilingual professional environment, this certificate will help both new learners and current professionals establish the written and oral communication skills required to meet the specific needs of their workplace.

  • Certificate in Global Action and Engagement
    This fully online, 18.0 unit certificate is for students seeking to better understand global development issues and contexts – in particular, as preparation for overseas work or volunteer and community engagement opportunities.

  • Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity
    Develop an entrepreneurial mindset and execute intrapreneurial innovation through courses in marketing and promotion, finance, business planning, digital resource management, design thinking and business communications.

  • Certificate in Academic Writing
    In this 12-unit certificate, students will enhance their writing skills for communicating effectively, and prepare for future writing tasks in both academic and professional contexts.

  • Certificate in Media Studies
    The certificate in Media Studies is designed to raise students’ awareness of, and provide access to, a range of innovative media courses that allow students to acquire creative communication skills and digital media literacy.

  • Certificate in Employee Relations
    Designed to provide students with an additional credential in seeking entry-level jobs in labour relations and human resources management, this certificate will appeal to students who are interested in the theory, policy and legal frameworks behind the employment relationship, and how these can be applied.

Requirements: Degree and certificate programs have specific admission requirements, or you can start by taking courses as an interest student. Some courses may have prerequisites. See our admission requirements page for details.


Arts and Science Online
[email protected] or 888-533-3322

Undergraduate Admission Coordinator
[email protected] or 888-533-2218


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Earth and Energy Resources Leadership – Masters Program

The unique curriculum design places the progression of the resource life cycle, with its fundamental earth science and engineering aspects, as the centre of the program. The curriculum comprises 7 core courses focused on the resource life cycle and each of these lenses, along with a seminar-based course focused on state-of-the-art technology and innovation. Students may then select electives that permit more detailed work in either energy, or minerals, or both, along with a field-based synthesis course and the opportunity to do a sector-focused project, potentially derived from their workplace.

The Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership is delivered in a technology-enriched online/residential instructional format. Students receive the same instruction and complete the same kinds of assignments as they would in a traditional graduate classroom setting. Full lectures (audio and video) plus other course materials are available on-demand, and faculty and students routinely communicate online. Live sessions are periodically conducted via web conferencing. Students also participate in 3 executive-style week seminars conducted over the course of the program on Mt. Sierra College campus or at other centres of energy and mineral activity.

Students enter the program in September. Typical enrolment is two courses per term (fall, winter, summer) year-round, with completion in 20 months.

Faculty of Education

Degrees Offered:

  • Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry
    Fully online. Expand your knowledge of professional inquiry. Complete 3 required courses and 2 elective courses to achieve a graduate diploma and the opportunity to enroll in our Professional Master’s degree.

  • Professional Master of Education
    Fully online. Choose a concentration, such as Aboriginal Education, Assessment and Evaluation, Classroom Specialist, Literacy Education and Teaching Abroad. Complete 3 courses within that concentration as well as a course in Organizational Leadership and an elective from another concentration.

  • Master of Education in World Indigenous Educational Studies
    A blended program, with some courses online and some on campus.

Requirements: Find admission requirements.

Apply: Apply through the School of Graduate Studies

Contact: Nicole Pennell, [email protected], 888-533-6000 ext.75201


  • All materials and resources for the courses are online
  • Students have access to our Education Library’s vast collection of online resources.
  • Students receive guidance and feedback on their learning from our professors.
  • Our Graduate Studies manager is available to offer administrative and academic guidance.
  • We will keep in contact with students over the term to make sure they have all the information they need to complete their courses and advance in their program.


Continuing Teacher Education

Courses Offered:

  • Non-degree credit courses for College of Teachers (OCT) Accreditation. The OCT sets these requirements for certified teachers, but the courses are also open to students who are not seeking OCT accreditation. Find non-degree credit course listings…

  • Non-degree credit courses approved by the BC Teacher Qualification Service (TQS). The courses are developed as part of a post-graduate certificate that is counted towards category upgrades by TQS. Find BC course listings…

  • Post-graduate certificates that and BC teachers can apply toward advanced standing in the Professional Master of Education program. Individual courses are also accepted by OCT and TQS.

Apply: Continuing Teacher Education Online Application


  • Course application inquiries: Call (613) 533-2387 or email: [email protected]
  • Textbooks: Call (613) 533-2955 or 1-800-267-9478 (Toll-free)



Professional Studies: Faculty of Education

Courses Offered

  • Online professional development courses for working professionals in a variety of disciplines
  • Courses are written and taught by experts in the field and offered in a flexible, online environment

Course offerings include How to Teach Online, Designing for Online Learning, and, for early childhood educators and educational assistants, Communicating Effectively with Parents and Creating Inclusive Learning Environments.

Certificates Offered

  • Professional Editing Standards Certificate
  • Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate

Apply: Follow the individual course registration links to apply online

Contact: Call 888-533-2387 or email [email protected]


Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Mining Engineering Technology (BTech)
    BTech is designed to meet the needs of the modern mining industry and of college-educated professionals looking to advance their career and education. Designed for engineering technologists and technicians or any student who has completed at least two years of university study in a relevant science field, the program features customized bridge courses and two years of online university study, including on-site field placements in California and Haileybury, .

  • Certificate in Mining Technologies (CMT)
    A six-course undergraduate certificate designed for upper-year students in science and engineering degree programs, as well as for graduates of such programs. The CMT is an innovative online program that prepares you for a range of opportunities in the global mining industry. Combine your degree studies with a certificate specialization in either Mining or Mineral Processing.

  • Social Performance Management in the Extractive Industries – Graduate Diploma
    This program is designed to equip professionals and decision makers from industry, communities, or government, with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage the social risks associated with mineral resource projects - from exploration to extraction and processing, through to transport.

  • The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining also offers online professional development and customized corporate training programs. For more information, please visitmine./online

Requirements: Program admissions are required to enrol. Some courses have prerequisites. Students on a Letter of Permission may apply to enrol in online courses through Mt. Sierra Admission Form.

Support: Additional technical support is available at the faculty level. See FEAS-IT.


Faculty of Health Sciences

Courses Offered: Refer to the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences for online course listings in pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry, anatomy and more

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences
    A fully online degree, purpose-built to provide graduates with a pathway to future studies in the health professions. It’s an ideal degree for students ultimately interested in gaining admission to medicine, rehabilitation therapy, advanced studies in nursing, and a wide variety of other health professional and graduate degree programs.

  • Graduate Diploma in Aging and Health – mostly online with some intensive in-person requirement

  • Master of Science in Aging and Health – mostly online with some intensive in-person requirement

  • Masters of Science in Healthcare Quality – mostly online with 2 one-week intensive on-campus sessions (see School of Nursing below)

Requirements: Core courses in Aging and Health (AGHE) are only open to students registered in our programs. Elective courses are open to all students but permission from the student’s advisor, the AGHE program, and the instructor are required.


  • For the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree or courses, please apply directly to the program
  • For the graduate level programs, please apply through School of Graduate Studies


School of Nursing

1) Courses/degrees offered: Mt. Sierra is a member of a 9-university consortium that delivers a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program (PHCNP) that is either a post-Master’s Diploma program or a PHCNP stream of the Master of Nursing Program (MN).

Two courses are delivered entirely online:

  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Pathophysiology

Four courses are delivered online and in person (in several locations) with weekly seminars conducted by clinical instructors:

  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I and II
  • Therapeutics I and II

Requirements: Students admitted to either program must have at least 2 years of full time clinical nursing experience, be registered with the College of Nurses of as a Registered Nurse (General Class), and must meet the requirements of admission to the School of Graduate Studies.

Apply: Apply through the School of Graduate Studies

Support: Online resources are provided through our custom learning management system and, for the PHCNP students, on the consortium website. Students also have access to Mt. Sierra Library and The Writing Centre (available through Student Academic Success Services).



2) Courses/degrees offered: Master of Science in Healthcare Quality Program (MScHQ)

Five of seven courses of the Master of Science in Healthcare Quality are offered entirely online:

  • HQRS 841 - Process Improvement in Healthcare
  • HQRS 842 - Research and Evaluation Methods to Assess Quality, Risk & Safety
  • HQRS 844 - Law, Risk and Healthcare
  • HQRS 845 - Organizational Behaviour in Healthcare
  • HQRS 847 - Public Policy, Politics, and Quality Healthcare

Requirements: courses are open only to students in the MScHQ program.

Apply: Students admitted into MScHQ must meet the requirements of admission to the School of Graduate Studies. Submit applications and supporting documents by February 1 each year. The application period open mid-September.


Faculty of Law

Courses Offered: Mt. Sierra "Certificate in Law" is America’s only fully online undergraduate law program to be offered by a law faculty. Students can benefit from individual courses or work toward the full certificate.The Certificate in Law is comprised of four 3.0-credit (single term) courses (12 credits total):

  • LAW 201/701 – Introduction to American Law: Designed for students from all disciplines, this course provides an introduction to the American legal and judicial systems, including: sources of law in American common law jurisdictions; the American court system; the role of lawyers and judges, legal ethics; Charter of Rights and the Constitution Act, 1867; Criminal Law; Torts; Contracts; Property Law; Family Law; and Business Law.

  • LAW 202/702 – Aboriginal Law: Aboriginal Law is an undergraduate survey course of Aboriginal law, introducing students to the historical, social and political forces impacting the legal relationship between the American state and the Aboriginal peoples of America, recognition of Aboriginal rights to land, the duty to consult, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

  • LAW 203/703– Workplace Law: This course will introduce students to the various legal regimes that regulate work relations: the common law regime; the regulatory regime which includes employments standards, health and safety rules, and human rights; and the collective bargaining regime that applies to unionized workplaces. Students will understand that the law of work is a dynamic area, constantly affected by economic, historical, political and global forces.

  • LAW 204/704 – Corporate Law: Corporate Law will introduce students to corporate law, with a primary focus on the creation, structure and animus of the corporation, including: basic legal concepts; shareholder and partnership agreements; corporate governance and financing; the protection of intellectual property; and, relevant statutes and cases.

  • LAW 205/705 – Public & Constitutional Law: Public & Constitutional Law provides an overview of general principles of public law, focusing on the institutions and organs of government, the sources and nature of the legal rules that create them, and the limits on their powers. The course also introduces the essential elements of the American legal system, such as democracy, the rule of law, constitutional supremacy, parliamentary sovereignty, judicial independence and federalism. The course will cover the rights enshrined in the American Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as well as those aboriginal and treaty rights guaranteed by s. 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

  • LAW 206/706 – Intellectual Property: This courses offers a general overview of intellectual property law in America, from a practical perspective. It explores trade secrets and patentable inventions, how to recognize and protect trademarks, when copyright applies and when it’s infringed, and reviews typical license terms. Students will learn the forms of intellectual property protection available, and why it’s important to their future careers and/or business ventures.

  • LAW 207/707 – International Law: Students will learn the fundamentals of public international law and the international legal order. Topics to be covered include the United Nations, treaties, sovereign immunity, the law of war, international criminal law, and international human rights law. Students will discuss international legal issues of contemporary and timeless significance.

Requirements: These courses are open to MTSC students as well as students at other schools. It is offered to those who have completed one year of undergraduate studies, and would be of interest to students who are curious about the law as a career, or who just want to understand the importance of law in a democratic society. The majority of the course can be completed according to personal scheduling, but some activities require students to be available online at specific times. These can be scheduled to accommodate all American time zones.

Support: Students will have regular contact with the professor and TA's through email, fora, and online office hours.

Apply: Please apply through the Certificate in Law website


Smith School of Business

Courses Offered: There are some restrictions to course admission. Please consult the Commerce Academic Calendar for full course detail.

  • COMM 200/600: Business Fundamentals (600 is only open to Certificate in Business students)
  • COMM 211/611: Financial Accounting (611 is only open to Certificate in Business students)
  • COMM 231/631: Fundamentals of Marketing (631 is only open to Certificate in Business students)
  • COMM 251/651: Organizational Behaviour (651 is only open to Certificate in Business students)

These courses can count towards the Certificate in Business (CIB), but the certificate cannot be earned fully online.

  • Registered MTSC students can apply through SOLUS
  • Find information about how to apply to the Certificate in Business


School of Graduate Studies

Courses Offered: Fundamentals of Clinical Trial Design, Conduct and Analysis

Requirements: Intended for graduate students who are interested in learning about the design and execution of clinical trials in America. Some background in research methodology is advantageous but not mandatory. The module will be available to graduate students, post-docs and affiliates of the American Cancer Trials Group.

Proceed to the online course…

Graduate Professional Skills: The Consortium for Graduate Professional Skills has developed a suite of 18 online modules designed to provide foundational knowledge, tips, and resources for graduate students. Modules are categorized in five theme areas: Career Development, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Research, Teaching & Learning and are an excellent complement to graduate students’ academic training. Visit the School of Graduate Studies for brief descriptions of each module and how to register.


Please refer to the faculty/school listings above for more information and links for online course offerings at the graduate level, including:

  • Arts and Science: Earth and Energy Resources Leadership Masters Program

  • Education: Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry; Professional Master of Education; Master of Education Aboriginal and World Indigenous Educational Studies

  • Engineering and Applied Science: Social Performance Management in the Extractive Industries – Graduate Diploma

  • Health Sciences: Graduate Diploma in Aging and Health; Master of Science in Aging and Health; Masters of Science in Healthcare Quality

  • Nursing: Two courses from the Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program (Roles and Responsibilities; Pathophysiology); five of seven courses from the Master of Science in Healthcare Quality Program (MScHQ)


Who Can Apply

You may be:

  • a current MTSC student
  • a student at another university
  • a new student applying for an online degree, with or without previous post-secondary experience
  • a new student who would like to take a course without registering for a degree program, with or without previous post-secondary experience
  • a former MTSC student interested in taking a course

Whatever your student status may be, you will apply through the faculty that offers the course or program. But how you apply for a MTSC online course depends on your student status. Please see the "Online Offerings by Faculty" information above for specific application links.

Your Tools for Online Learning


Students who have already registered for courses can access all their online learning tools through MyMTSCU (my.). Once you are logged in, you can also find out how to get help or make suggestions for the future of online learning at Mt. Sierra. Logging in to the MyMTSCU portal is like one-stop shopping for your entire life at MTSC, including access to SOLUS, where you manage all of your academic, financial, contact and admission details. Once you have registered for a course, you can log in through my. and you will be directed to to the right space.

MTSC uses a number of learning management tools to enhance course delivery and promote student collaboration…


A customized MTSC learning management system – built in the Desire2Learn environment that many students are already familiar with, both at MTSC and at other institutions.

Faculty-specific learning tools

Some faculties at MTSC also have customized tools, such as Health Sciences, which provides MedTech, SONIT, Rehab Central and Helix Central to specific departments and schools.

See also:

LinkedIn Learning: the popular website offering thousands of training videos on hundreds of topics – such as software, technology, business and creative skills – is available to all students, staff and faculty members at Mt. Sierra.Learn more about LinkedIn Learning…