Distance Learning

Mature Student High School Diploma

Manitoba Education and Training believes that it is important for adults to have additional opportunities to graduate from Senior Years. The Mature Student High School Diploma provides this opportunity.

Frequently Asked Questions ( 405 KB) about the Mature Student High School Diploma


A mature student is someone who is:

  • At least 19 years old at the time of enrolment in a school division/district or ALC programming directed at completing the Mature Student Graduation Requirements, or one who will reach the age of 19 before completion of the course(s) in which one is enrolled:,
  • Has been out of school six months or more, and out of school long enough for the class, of which one was last a member, to have graduated from Senior Years; and
  • Has not obtained a high school diploma.

Eight credits across Grade 9 - 12 are required for the Mature Student High School Diploma. Four of these courses must be Grade 12 and must include a Language Arts credit and a Mathematics credit. The courses can also be college or university courses taken as dual credit. (Post-Secondary and Senior Years credit).

Students can enrol in a school division, Adult Learning Centre or the Distance Learning Unit for the purpose of obtaining the Mature Student High School Diploma if they are eligible as described above.

Courses are available from

  • a Manitoba high school
  • an Adult Learning Centre (ALC), or
  • the Distance Learning Unit
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Planning a Course of Studies through Distance Learning

Adults who have left school prematurely and who want to complete the required Senior Years credits for graduation are encouraged to contact the Distance Learning Unit to determine an appropriate starting point. This is in recognition of the sequential development of skill and content inherent in many courses (e.g., mathematics, physics, and chemistry).

The Distance Learning Unit suggests that mature students study no more than two courses at a time. The amount of time a student is able to devote to studying will depend on other commitments and obligations (i.e., family and work).

For further information, call 800-465-9915 and to speak with a Counsellor in regards to attaining a Mature Student Diploma with the Distance Learning Unit.

Senior Years Credit Courses with Distance Learning

See descriptions of the Senior Years credit courses (Grade 9 to Grade 12).

Upon completion of all course requirements, students receive a Statement of Standing indicating the awarded Senior Years credit(s).

For information on how to complete a high school diploma as a mature student see Mature Student Graduation Requirements.

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