Yukon University

Yukon College | Whitehorse, Yukon | Founded 1963

(Courtesy of Alistair Maitland/Yukon College)

Yukon University’s mandate is “solving northern problems with northern expertise.” Located in Whitehorse, the Ayamdigut campus overlooks the river valley and mountains to the east. The college delivers more than 40 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 YukonU 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.

Both dormitory and apartment-style residences are available for students 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)  $5,182-$5,482 $4,042 $4,042 $9,232 Yes

Cool Options

  • Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences: The program integrates natural and social sciences within a local economic and social context. Offered in collaboration with the University of Alberta.
  • 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
  • University Access Pathways
  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts
  • Early Learning and Child Care