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Athabasca University

Admissions: Requirements and Deadlines

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Application Deadlines

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificates and Diplomas: October 15 and March 1*
  • Master of Education in Distance Education: October 15 and March 1*
  • Doctor of Education in Distance Education: January 15*

*Deadlines may be subject to change. To confirm dates, please contact the Centre for Distance Education:

Tel: 1-800-788-9041 [ext.6179]  (Toll-free for Canada/US)
Tel: 780-675-6179 (Outside Canada/US)
Email: mde@athabascau.ca for Master of Education or Certificate/Diploma programs, or
edd@athabascau.ca for Doctoral programs.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Education and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate & Diplomas programs must hold a baccalaureate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution. If the potential applicant does not have a degree, but believes his or her education and experience is equivalent to an undergraduate degree, then it is the responsibility of the applicant to put forward this position in writing as part of the application process. As an open university, we are committed to flexibilty and accessibility. Students have several options to gain experience and confidence with online graduate studies.

Doctoral degrees and diplomas require a master's degree for admission.

Apply to a Graduate Program

  • For general information about applying for graduate programs, visit the Graduate Application page.
  • For specific admission requirements, fees and procedures for programs at the Centre for Distance Education (CDE), visit the CDE Graduate Calendar and use the main Navigation Menu to select the program you are interested in.
  • To begin your online application for a graduate program, visit the Office of the Registrar's Graduate Studies Application page. If you have an AU Student ID, please login before completing the online application form. Supporting documentation must be provided separately.

Learn More

  • Flexible Program Options
  • English Language Proficiency Requirements
  • Transfer Credit
  • Transfer and Mobility Agreements

Updated August 24 2017 by CDE

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