Thompson Rivers University

Kamloops, Canada
TRU is a comprehensive, learner-centred, environmentally responsible institution that serves its regional, national, and international learners and their communities through high quality and flexible education, training, research and scholarship.



  • TRU’s history begins in 1970, when several new colleges were created by the provincial government to answer demand for academic and vocational programs in regions outside the urban centres served by the province’s three universities. Cariboo College welcomed its first 367 full-time and 200 part-time students from Kamloops and the region in September 1970 .


  • TRU offers an outstanding range of programs, from trades to traditional academics, certificates to bachelor and graduate degrees. Our faculties and schools provide academic and professional career paths, interdisciplinary options, and opportunities like co-op and undergraduate research to enrich learning. Our students have more ways to learn, with face-to-face, distance and online or blended learning options. A variety of services support students to achieve excellence.


  • TRU will prioritize the development and mobilization of scholarship, research, training, teaching innovation, professional practice, and creative capacity for the benefit of people.


  • Before engaging in the workforce, it is important for students to have the skills, documents and confidence to succeed. The Career Education Department provides resources to help students build résumés, cover letters and portfolios, as well as free one-on-one career counselling to help students decide what they want to do with their careers and how to reach their goals.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (13)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (6)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Social Sciences (3)
Education & Training (1)


Student services

  • The Office of Student Affairs works collaboratively with students, staff, faculty and community partners to guide and support students on their learning journey towards student success. Through clear articulation and education of rights, responsibilities and Thompson Rivers University (TRU) policies, the Office promotes a safe and inclusive environment for the growth and development of TRU students.

Housing services

  • Stay on campus at the TRU Residence and Conference Centre. At 11 stories on the west side of campus, the building is an impressive structure, visible from most parts of the city. You and your guests will be amazed by the fantastic view. It's an affordable alternative, where you will enjoy the same quality, service and amenities you would expect from a hotel.

Library services

  • TRU Faculty of Law and TRU Library place a high value on the pursuit of excellence in legal academic research and scholarship. We are proud to be able to provide our students and faculty with a modern Law Library and access to key services and resources targeted to meet the information needs of Law students and faculty.

ICT services

  • Faculty and staff now have the ability to login and use the Virtual Desktop (VDI) computers in student lab areas.  To login, you must enter your network username as:  username@tru.univ and your password.  You will have access to your network drives and printing to lab printers 

Medical services

  • We automatically enroll all students with insurance for the first 4 months in Canada.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Living on campus means being minutes away from your classes, enjoying easy access to campus and nearby city recreational facilities and belonging to a great, active community of other students from Canada and around the world. Do keep in mind that an application for campus housing is separate from an application to a TRU program.

Sports facilities

  • 24-hour fitness area

Student clubs

  • The Thompson Rivers University Students’ Union is a democratic, membership-based organisation. This is the greatest factor in determining the structure of the organisation and how decisions are made. The membership as a whole is the highest decision-making body, and all members have the ability to exercise their decision-making rights with an equal vote at the Union’s Annual General Meeting. Every year, the members also exercise their right to vote in the election of a Council and Executive Committee of that Council. These representative members undertake the administration of the Union for their one-year term.


  • See the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for an explanation of Quality Assurance Practices for Post-secondary Institutions in Canada (Fact Sheet No. 5). Canada does not have a federal ministry of education or national accreditation system for post-secondary institutions. Post-secondary education is under provincial, rather than national, jurisdiction. See also Quality Assurance Practices for Postsecondary Institutions in British Columbia.