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Athabasca University Canada

Quality Learning. Anywhere. Anytime.

Athabasca University, Canada's Open University, is one of the world's foremost and fastest growing online and distance education specialists, serving 34, 000 students worldwide. Some AU courses and programs are also available in classrooms at partner institutions.

We are dedicated to removing barriers to success in university-level studies and to increasing the quality of educational opportunity for adult learners.

AU offers more than 700 courses in over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree, diploma and certificate programs. We have transfer agreements with hundreds of partner institutions. We offer college graduates the opportunity to build on their college diploma to complete a university degree and are committed to prior learning assessment.

Students can complete an entire program at AU or fast-track their studies at another institution by taking AU courses that transfer into their program there.

'My educational experience has been a journey. I discovered a lot about myself, including my strength, motivation and ability to persevere. I recommend AU to everyone!'

Tina  Schwenning

 Bachelor of Professional Arts

By studying at AU, you can

complete a university degree without leaving your home, family, job or community
access quality distance and online education
study when and where it is convenient for you
fast-track your program at another institution by taking AU courses that transfer to your program
upgrade your college diploma or other credential to a university degree
receive credit for relevant prior learning
develop valuable skills such as time management skills, self-discipline, and the ability to work independently
choose from more than 700 courses in over 60 programs

'Athabasca University helped to add value to my technical school credentials by offering a university degree in Information Systems that I could complete while continuing to work full time. It is an investment that will continue to pay off throughout my career.'

Stuart Wong

Bachelor of Arts

Our Teaching Methods

AU courses are available in two forms:

Individualized study:

All courses are available as individualized study courses, and most students elect to study in this way. In these courses students decide when they will study, submit assignments, and write exams. Students work through their printed or online course material at home, at work or wherever they choose. Courses begin on the first day of any month. Students usually have six months to complete a three-credit course and 12 months to complete six-credit course. Throughout the course, students have access to qualified tutors and other support staff.

Grouped study: Some students prefer the structure provided by working in a group, and some AU courses are available in this format (See Calendar for availability). In grouped study courses, students work through a course on a set schedule with a group of classmates. These courses may be offered in a classroom at a partner institution, online, or through some combination of the two formats.

Student Support

AU's extensive student support services include access to a network of faculty members, academic advisors, counsellors, tutors, librarians, help-desk personnel and other support staff who together provide students with information, advice, and service. A range of individualized accommodations and support services are available to students with physical, sensory, psychological or learning disabilities. Tutors provide individualized academic guidance. Advisors assist in choosing courses and planning programs. Counsellors help chart career paths. Library staff give guidance on research and provide books and other research material. These and all other student services can be easily accessed through a single student portal (myAU) on the university website.

'If you've got the flexibility to study when you want on weekends or evenings, that really makes a big difference. I couldn't have completed my master's in a traditional program. I just wouldn't have had the time to do that.'

Warren Strange

Master of Science' Information Systems

Our Programs

For the most current information on our programs and courses, visit .

Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of General Studies
Bachelor of Health Administration
Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations
Bachelor of Management
Bachelor of Nursing
Bachelor of Professional Arts
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems
Bachelor of Science in Human Science

Undergraduate Diplomas
Inclusive Education

Undergraduate Certificates
Advanced Accounting
Career Development
Computers and Management Information Systems
Computing and Information Systems
Counselling Women
English Language Studies
French Language Proficiency
Health Development Administration
Human Resources and Labour Relations
Labour Studies
Public Administration

Master's Degrees
Master of Arts' Integrated Studies
Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration in Project Management
Master of Counselling
Master of Distance Education
Master of Health Studies
Master of Nursing
Master of Science' Information Systems

Graduate Diplomas
Advanced Graduate Diploma: Advanced Nursing Practice
Advanced Graduate Diploma in Distance Education (Technology)
Advanced Graduate Diploma in Management
Advanced Graduate Diploma in Project Management

Graduate Certificates
Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling
Post-Master's Certificate in Counselling

'The best thing about studying at a distance was the flexibility to maintain my position at work but, at the same time, to be able to develop a relationship, even though it wasn't a face-to-face relationship, with various colleagues across the country and learn from their experiences as well.'

Carol Wilson

Master of Health Studies


Don't just take our word

  • In 2006, for the fourth year in a row, our online MBA program was ranked as one of the top 85 MBA programs in the world by the Financial Timesof London, Canada.

  • Also in 2006, AskAU, an online FAQ system that provides answers, through natural language searches, to students' most common questions, was named one of the year's 10 best practices in online student services in higher education by the U.S.-based Center for Transforming Student Services (CENTSS).

  • In 2004, The International Council for Open and Distance Education awarded AU an Institutional Prize of Excellence.
  • In a 2005 student satisfaction survey, 98 per cent of AU students said they were satisfied with the overall quality of their educational experience, and in a 2006 graduate follow-up survey 95 per cent of our graduates said they would recommend AU to others.

Contact Us

Athabasca University
1 University Drive
Athabasca, AB 
Canada T9S 3A3

1-800-788-9041 (toll-free Canada/U.S.)
780-675-6100 (local/international)
780-675-6145 (fax)


Athabasca University

1 University Drive Athabasca,   AB,  Canada  T9S 3A3

Tel: 1-800-788-9041 (toll-free Canada/U.S.)

780-675-6100 (local/international)

780-675-6145 (fax)

Website: www.athabasca

Contact us

Athabasca University

1 University Drive

Athabasca, AB  T9S 3A3


1.800.788.9041 (Toll-free Canada/U.S.)

780.675.6100 (Local/International)

780.675.6174 (Fax)


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Athabasca University

1 University Drive Athabasca,   AB T9S 3A3


Tel: 1.800.788.9041 (Toll-free Canada/U.S.)

780.675.6100 (Local/International)

780.675.6174 (Fax)