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Athabasca University Canada's Open University

Distance and Online Education -  Anywhere. Anytime.

Why Athabasca University

- More than 600 courses and 60 programs

- Quality, award-winning distance and online education

- Get a degree without having to leave your home, your family, your job, your community

- Fast track your degree at another institution by taking extra courses at AU

- Upgrade a diploma or certificate to a bachelor degree

- Receive credit for prior post-secondary education and life experience towards further education

- Develop valuable skills such as time management, self-discipline, working independently

- Have the flexibility to study when and where you want

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.

We come to you anywhere in the world

Athabasca University is Canada's largest online and distance education university. More than 30, 000 students worldwide are currently completing AU programs and courses through online and distance learning as well as in classrooms at partner institutions.

We are dedicated to removing the barriers that traditionally restrict access to and success in university level studies. We are committed to increasing the quality of educational opportunity for adult learners worldwide. The focus is on flexibility, putting you in control of course choices and program options.

The university offers over 600 courses and some 60 undergraduate, graduate, certificate and diploma programs. We have partnership agreements with over 200 institutions and professional bodies and transfer arrangements which permit students who hold a college diploma to receive block credit towards a further degree. The university is also committed to prior learning assessment, recognizing proven learning from the workplace and other settings.

You can do your entire degree at Athabasca University or fast track your program at another institution by taking extra courses through AU.


Athabasca Universityhelped 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, BA


There are three ways to take courses at Athabasca University.

Individualized Study Most Athabasca University students take courses in which they decide when to work on their course, submit assignments and write examinations. In other words, the schedule on which they work is individualized. While many students work on courses out of their homes, some study at their place of work, a local library or another suitable location.

Grouped (Paced) Study Some students prefer the discipline and structure that working in a group provides. Unlike their individualized study counterparts, students taking grouped study courses are required to complete their work on a pre-set schedule with a group of fellow students in a classroom setting. For a list of grouped study courses, see

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These classes are ideal for learners who like the discipline of a schedule, like contact with fellow students and instructors and want the flexibility of online study. Courses are completed on the Internet within a 13-week timetable starting in September and January, similar to semester offerings at traditional universities. Students and instructors communicate through discussion groups and e-mail. Technology enables learning teams across countries and continents to study collaboratively, while synchronous (real time) activities encourage students to communicate with their classmates. Student participation and completion of assignments on time are required.


Student support

Our student support services set AU apart. A network of academic staff, advisors, counsellors, tutors, help desk personnel and support staff provide students with information and advice. Advisors can help you choose appropriate courses. They can help you plan a complete academic program. Counselors can help you chart your career path. In each course, you have an assigned tutor for individualized academic help.

Online resources include study, writing and exam assistance, ESL resources, access to marks, course information and other services.

It was just a great experience, from start to finish. AthabascaUniversityhas provided support like a family. And they provide all the resources you require to pursue your dreams of obtaining a degree. Tara Lack, Bachelor of Professional Arts in Criminal Justice.

Our Programs

Undergraduate Degree Programs

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 Human Science

Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems

University Certificate Programs


Advanced Accounting


Career Development

Computing and Information Systems

Computers and Management Information Systems

Counselling Women

English Language Studies

French Language Proficiency

Health Development Administration

Home Health Nursing

Human Resources and Labour Relations

Labour Studies

Public Administration


University Diploma Programs


Inclusive Education

Graduate Degree & Diploma Programs

Master of Arts Integrated Studies

Master of Business Administration

MBA Information Technology Management

MBA Project Management

Master of Counselling

Master of Distance Education

Master of Health Studies

Master of Science Information Systems

Master of Nursing

Advanced Graduate Diploma Advanced Nursing Practice

Advanced Graduate Diploma Distance Education

Advanced Graduate Diploma Management

For a full description of AU programs and courses, go to


don't just take our word

We have the awards that recognize Athabasca University as a leader in distance and online education.

2004 - Prize for Institutional Excellence from the International Council on Open and Distance Education.

2004 AU's MBA rated 75th in the world by the Financial Times of London.

2003 the Open University of the Canada awarded Dr Dominique Abrioux, President of Athabasca University, an Honorary Doctoral degree in recognition of his role in the success of the university since he began his term in 1995.

2002 Prize for Institutional Excellence from the Commonwealth of Learning.

2002 the Government of Alberta, in an independent survey, showed that satisfaction with Athabasca University's services by a sample of alumni was at 93%.  Ninety-six per cent indicated that they would recommend Athabasca University to a friend.

1999 the American Productivity and Quality Centre recognized Athabasca University as the only adult learner friendly University in Canada.

Take a Closer Look

Reach as high as you want. Achieve the educational goals you want. Contact us today. AU can show you how to make it happen, whether it's your first time in post-secondary education or whether you want to go on for a professional diploma or a master's degree.

Let Athabasca University help you get the education you want. Check us out at , or call toll-free 1-866-654-1382.




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