Why study at the Renaissance College at UNB?

years to complete a 4-year degree

students admitted per year (approximately)

internships; one Canadian & one international


The only undergraduate leadership degree of its kind in North America, Renaissance College meets the education needs of tomorrow’s leaders.

A BPhil degree
  • Gives students the versatility, knowledge, and skills to succeed in a wide variety of careers and fields.
  • Gives students the opportunity to specialize in a field of their choice.
  • Allows a student to pursue their passions.
  • Gives our graduates a competitive edge in the job market.

Leadership is a new, exciting, interdisciplinary field that has emerged with the demand for good leadership in every sector of society.

What program options are there?

BPhil - Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Leadership

BIS - Bachelor of Integrated Studies

Available to students in other faculties:

  • Minor in Leadership Studies
  • Certificate in Leadership Studies
  • elective courses

Learn more using UNB's Academic Program Search or by visiting the Renaissance College website.

What makes Renaissance College students unique?

The BPhil program courses are typically conducted with seminar style classes that promote discussion and interaction. Courses also feature experiential learning components to build real skills. With a maximum class size of 30, students' learning is fostered by faculty, staff and their classmates. Professors know students by name, and are addressed by their first name.

Canadian & International Internships are core components of the degree.

What do employers look for?

Many employers are now recognizing and seeking the valuable skills and abilities that our students acquire such as leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, research, and community engagement among many others.

What can I learn?

  • Leadership is an exciting new interdisciplinary field that examines the concept of leadership, the role of leaders in society, the practice of leadership, and how to foster leadership development.

  • Students develop skills such as public speaking and delivering presentations, team-building, critical thinking, problem-solving and advanced practical writing abilities.

  • Students in their final year will do a presentation to faculty and students, based on their cumulative portfolio that demonstrates the evidence of growth over their entire time at Renaissance College.

  • There is a special portfolio integration course each year to provide direction and support for portfolio creation and refinement, and the student portfolio is submitted in several stages. Feedback is provided at each stage for integration into future submissions.

Where can I go after graduation?

Additional Education Options
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (BN)
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • M.Phil
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Education (M.Ed)
  • Master of Science (MSc)
  • Masters of Divinity
  • Masters of Library Science (MLS)
  • Masters of Occupational therapy
  • Masters of Physiotherapy
  • Masters of Public Policy
  • Masters of Social Work
  • Ph.D in Economics
  • Ph.D in Education
Potential Career Paths
  • Athletic Academic advisor
  • Autism Support Worker
  • Behaviour Interventionist
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Child Life Therapist
  • Community Developer
  • Doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Mental Fitness Consultant
  • Policy Analyst
  • Policy Director
  • Program Manager
  • Reporter
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher Nurse

How do I get the skills I need?

At UNB, there are many ways to succeed in your field of study and in your future career. For example, you can participate in the Co-Curricular Program. You can complete internships, co-ops, and field schools; participate in Work-study and similar opportunities; join and lead a student group with the Student Union (Fredericton) or Students’ Representative Council (Saint John); and find other ways to volunteer doing things that interest you.

Your skill development will be guided with the help of an academic advisor and other professionals in your program of study.

Explore what's relevant to you

These avenues will assist you with your career planning depending on where you are in your studies