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 35, 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
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.
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. Counsellors 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. Athabasca Universityhas 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.
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
Computing and Information Systems
Computers and Management Information Systems
English Language Studies
French Language Proficiency
Health Development Administration
Home Health Nursing
Human Resources and Labour Relations
University Diploma Programs
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 www.athabascau.ca/main/procrs.htm
Compared to lecture-based courses I have taken at other universities, I preferred AU individualized study courses because they allowed me to complete my degree quickly and on my own schedule. Dexter Dombro, BA.
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 www.athabascau.ca , or call toll-free
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