Yukon College

Yukon College | Whitehorse, Yukon | Founded 1963

Students socialize and hang out in Yukon College Innovation Centre

Students socialize and hang out in Yukon College Innovation Centre. (Archbould Photography)

Yukon University’s mandate is “solving northern problems with northern expertise.” Located in Whitehorse, the main Ayamdigut campus overlooks the river valley and mountains to the east. The college delivers more than 50 certificate, diploma and degree programs at 13 campuses across the territory.

The school officially changed its name from Yukon College in May 2020. The university’s areas of focus include Indigenous self-determination and governance, climate change and sustainable resource development.

In 2018, the school launched its first made-in-the-Yukon degree, a bachelor of arts in Indigenous governance, followed by a post-degree certificate in climate change policy. In 2019, the school began a northernized bachelor of arts in business administration.

Applied research focuses on climate change, cold-climate innovation, natural sciences, social science and technology innovation. The Yukon Research Centre is equipped with a laboratory that features a growth chamber, a walk-in freezer and an atomic absorption spectrometer. The centre collaborates with other institutions such as the Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining and the Northern Institute of Social Justice.

Apartment-style residences for single students, mature students and families are available at the Whitehorse campus.


Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)  $4,931-$5,231 $3,641-$3,821 $3,821 $9,071 Yes

Cool Options

  • Northern Justice and Criminology: Offered as a certificate or diploma, this program integrates relevant course content to reflect the environment in which northerners live and work.
  • Earth Sciences: Students gain an understanding of geology, geophysics and mineral exploration. There are two-year and three-year full-time programs.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance: A three-year degree, also available online, provides practical tools for managing First Nations governments. Students may study part-time.

Popular Programs

  • Business Administration
  • Office Administration
  • Early Learning and Child Care
  • Liberal Arts
  • Trades