Athabasca University

1 University Dr.
Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3
780-675-6100 (International) or 800-788-9041 (toll-free in Canada and US)
[email protected]

Accreditation: Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada; Middle States Commission on Higher Education (US)

Tuition: $997 for 3 credits (US); $1,478 for 4 credits (US)

Textbooks: Included in Tuition

Transfer: On a case-by-case basis

Time Limit: 6 to 12 months depending on course; $165 for a 60-day extension (up to 3)

Degrees: Many different bachelor’s degrees and certificate programs are available. There are a few diploma programs as well. However, the online requirements for many of the courses might restrict you from completing any given program.

Course Categories: Accounting; Administration; Anthropology; Applied Studies; Architecture; Art History; Astronomy and Astrophysics; Biology; Chemistry; Classics; Communication Studies; Communications; Computer Science; Computers and Management; Criminal Justice; Cultural Studies; e-Commerce; Economics; Education; Educational Psychology; English; English Language and Writing; Entrepreneurship; Environmental Science; Environmental Studies; Finance; French; Geography; Geology; German; Global Studies; Governance; Health Administration; Heritage Resources Management; History; Human Resource Management; Human Services; Health Studies; Humanities; Indigenous Studies; Industrial Relations; Information Systems; Laboratory (Biology); Labour Studies; Legal Studies; Management Science; Marketing; Mathematics; Music; Nursing; Nutrition; Organizational Behavior; Philosophy; Physics; Political Economy; Political Science; Psychology; Religious Studies; Science; Social Science; Sociology; Sociology/Anthropology; Spanish; Taxation; Women’s and Gender Studies

Course Delivery: Paper-based (called Individualized Study in the catalog); web-based

Media Component: Many courses

Catalog: 250-page catalog (2013)

Application Fee: $115

Founded: 1970s

Comments: With 38,000 annual enrollments, AU is Canada’s leader in flexible online postsecondary education, offering a wide variety of courses to students around the world. In 2006, AU became the first Canadian public university to receive accreditation in the US through MSCHE. No other public Canadian university holds this level of regional accreditation.

Please note that it might not be possible to earn all of the listed degrees in a paper-based format. Some of the degrees require web-based courses or lab work. They are transitioning their classes to an online format with many books in e-text format. If you are interested in a course, they advise you to have an advocate contact the Enrollment and Academic Services Department. They can then ask the professor if the course material can be printed and completed by mail. This printing would be done at your expense. Your advocate can also help with purchasing textbooks directly from the publisher at an additional cost; however, there still might be online requirements to consider.