The right to deliver university-level programs and grant prescribed university degrees and applied bachelor's degrees has been accorded to public colleges in Nunavut through legislation. However, all degree programs delivered in Nunavut are currently offered through partnerships with educational institutions in other Canadian jurisdictions.
NAC offers a variety of certificate, diploma, trades, and university transfer programs in areas such as teacher education, health careers, career development, and community administration.
Programs vary in length from eight weeks to four years, but generally speaking certificate and university transfer programs involve one year of full-time studies and two years are required for diploma programs. In addition, the college provides adult basic education, skills development courses, trades training, and contract training on behalf of local employers. The college has an established process to allow students to apply for course credits based on previous learning and work experience.
NAC has transfer and cooperative arrangements with a number of institutions in the south, including the University of Regina, Dalhousie University, Saint Francis Xavier University, University of Prince Edward Island, University of Alberta, University of Lethbridge, Athabasca University and Royal Roads University.
NAC's two degree programs are delivered through partnerships with Dalhousie University for the Bachelor of Science in Arctic Nursing program and the University of Regina for the Nunavut Teacher Education Program.
NAC is also a member of the University of the Arctic (UArctic). UArctic is a cooperating network of over 100 universities, colleges, aboriginal and other organizations committed to higher education and research in the circumpolar world. It is not a degree granting institute. Graduates of NAC's diploma programs can receive up to 60 credits towards a Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies and can enroll in Circumpolar Studies courses on-line. Eligible NAC students can also participate in mobility programs like North2North through UArctic.