New degree options, thanks to partnership between KPU and CityU

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

KPU diploma graduates can now leverage their credentials into a management degree at CityU, thanks to a partnership between the two academic institutions.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and City University of Seattle (CityU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will allow block transfers from the KPU diploma programs in horticulture, environmental protection, computer aided design drafting (CADD) and brewing and brewery operations to CityU’s Bachelor of Arts in Management (BAM). 

“While KPU already offers numerous undergraduate degree choices, this new partnership with CityU will give our students yet another option for advancing their careers by parlaying their hard-earned diploma credentials into a management degree,” said Dr. Salvador Ferreras, KPU’s provost and VP, academic.

The BAM degree is intended to provide management basics through an ethical and environmental lens. With curriculum already focused on sustainable resources, practices and design, KPU’s diplomas in horticulture, environmental protection, CADD, and brewing are a natural fit with the BAM degree. The complementary programs will support and help to shape business leaders who are critically responsible for our environment and building healthy communities. 

“If you need to know how to read a financial statement, market a service, understand hiring and labour-relations issues, and you want to manage in a fair and ethical way, the BAM is for you,” said Dr. Arden Henley, VP and principal of CityU’s Canadian programs. “Perhaps you have a two-year diploma and have progressed to a supervisory position, the BAM is for you.”

KPU is hosting information sessions on the following diploma programs and will address how the credentials can then be applied toward CityU’s BAM degree.

  • KPU Horticulture Info Session – Oct. 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m. | room 1030, West building KPU Langley campus (20901 Langley Bypass, Langley) | RSVP online.
  • KPU Brewing Open House & Info Session – Oct. 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Brew Lab KPU Langley campus (20901 Langley Bypass, Langley)
  • KPU Environmental Protection Info Session – Nov. 7, 7 to 8 p.m. | Room 1030, West building KPU Langley campus (20901 Langley Bypass, Langley) | RSVP online

BAM is offered at CityU’s downtown Vancouver campus. To learn more about the program, visit

  • CityU BAM Info sessions – Nov. 1 and Nov. 15, 5 to 6 p.m. | 3rd floor of 789 West Pender Street, Vancouver

About CityU
City University of Seattle is a not-for-profit, accredited institution that has offered post-secondary academic programs in Canada since 1984. CityU in Canada offers Master’s Degrees in Counselling and Education taught at campuses in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer. The undergraduate Bachelor of Management (BAM) program is offered in Vancouver.  Consistent with the mission and values of City University of Seattle as a whole, it is CityU in Canada’s conviction that universities and especially city universities have a responsibility to contribute to building communities of practice, serving the broader community in which they are located and respond to the pressing issues of the times. The mission of CityU in Canada is the transformation of society through relevant and accessible post-secondary education. Many of our 1,500 graduates are leaders in their organizations and communities. Learn more at

Story by Tatiana Tomljanovic