Yukon University

Founded 1983 | Whitehorse, YT

Yukon University’s mandate is “solving northern problems with northern expertise.” Located in Whitehorse, the school’s main 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.

In May of 2020, Yukon College officially became Yukon University—the first university in the Canadian territories. The university’s areas of focus include Indigenous self-determination and governance, climate change and sustainable resource development. The school’s offerings include the first made-in-the-Yukon degree, a bachelor of arts in Indigenous governance, developed in collaboration with 14 Yukon First Nations, a post-degree certificate in climate change policy, and a northernized bachelor of arts in business administration.

Applied research at the school focuses on climate change, cold-climate innovation, natural sciences, social science and technology innovation. Its Yukon Research Centre, equipped with a lab that features a growth chamber and an atomic absorption spectrometer, conducts research in mine reclamation, cold climate construction, climate change, community health and economic diversification.

The school’s Ayamdigut campus, which sits on a bluff overlooking the Yukon River valley, offers single and apartment-style residences.

Popular Programs

• Business Administration

• Early Learning

• Practical Nursing

• Arts

• Bachelor of Education

School Size



• Degree $4,744

• Diploma $4,594

• Certificate $4,594

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Certificate in Visual Arts: Learners create and study in beautiful Dawson City for this certificate, which can be block transferred to bachelor of fine arts programs across Canada.

• Northern Outdoor and Environmental Studies: This diploma program blends transferable courses in humanities, social sciences and natural sciences with experiential learning opportunities, with an emphasis on environmental topics.

• Earth Sciences: Offered in partnership with Vancouver Island University (VIU), this program uses Yukon’s dynamic environment as a laboratory to deliver the first two years of a B.Sc. degree in geoscience.