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Athabasca University

Doctor of Education in Distance Education

How to Apply

Application deadline -- January 31st

All documents and forms must be completed and received by the Centre for Distance Education on or before January 31st for consideration of a June program start (first week of June is an online conference with a week-long Orientation in the middle of August).

Applications will be reviewed by an Admissions Committee. Selection will be based on the applicant’s previous academic record, research track record, ability to participate in scholarly studies and conduct research independently at a distance. A telephone interview may be required to complete the selection process; if required, the admissions committee will contact the applicant to make arrangements.

Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision by March 1st. Successful applicants will be required to pay the first installment of the yearly program fee by the 2nd week of April (non-refundable).

All documents should be sent directly to the Program Administrator ( Electronic documents are preferred, except in the case of letters of reference and transcripts. Documents that cannot be e-mailed should be sent by mail to the following address:

Program Administrator
EdD Program
Centre for Distance Education
Athabasca University
1 University Drive
Athabasca, AB  T9S 3A3

Phone Toll Free: 1-800-788-9041 (ext. 6179) 
Phone Outside North America:  (780) 675-6179
FAX: (780) 675- 6170

Application Requirements

(Please check the Graduate Calendar for the most current fees.)

Complete and submit one of the below mentioned online EdD Application forms (if you haven't already done so), along with the electronic application fee.

For applicants new to Athabasca University, who have not previously received an Athabasca University student ID number, please use the form EdD Application (1) to complete and submit your application. OR

For applicants who have previously received an Athabasca University student ID number, please use the form: EdD Application (2) to complete and submit your application. Please note: you will need to “Login” before completing the form, using your student ID number. OR

Should you not wish to apply online, please complete this form [PDF] and fax it to CDE at (780) 675-6170 .

Payment may be made by VISA, cheque, or money order, payable to Athabasca University.

Curriculum Vitae

Your curriculum vitae should include:

  • contact information
  • educational background
  • employment/professional background
  • publications, conference presentations, and other scholarly works
  • awards, scholarships, and other academic honours received

  Statement of Intent (750-1250 words)

Discuss why you wish to pursue doctoral studies in the EdD (Distance Education) program at Athabasca University. Include your relevant previous experience, your current work, and future career plans. Describe how your experience and education are relevant to the purposes of this program.

  Research Background and Interests (750-1250 words)

Describe your research background, including relevant education (e.g., courses, workshops) and experience. Discuss your research interests and areas that you wish to investigate in your doctoral program.

In the above, include any research reflected in the publications listed in your CV. For any publications where you were not the primary author, describe your role and contributions to the study. If you have completed a thesis-based Masters degree, include the abstract of your thesis as an appendix. If your thesis is available online, include the URL.

  Letters of Reference (3)

Provide three references from referees who are familiar with your work, and who can comment on your ability to do research and succeed in advanced studies. Ask them to complete the Letter of Reference form [MS Word], and to place the form in an envelope and sign over the seal. Referees should mail the completed forms directly to the Program Administrator (EdD) at the address above. (Alternatively, you may collect and send the letters personally, sealed and signed as above.)

Photocopied signatures and forms or letters sent by e-mail are not acceptable for this purpose. Completed letters must be received no later than January 31st.

Official transcripts from the most recently attended post-secondary institution(s)

Applicants must provide evidence of having completed a masters degree.

Transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution. Transcripts should be in the original language. If you submit transcripts in a language other than English or from an institution outside of Canada , you must:

1. Submit a copy translated into English by a certified translator.

2. Have your transcripts assessed. This assessment will provide a certificate which indicates the level of education achieved outside of Canada and how the education compares to a Canadian credential. In Canada, you can find a list of all approved evaluation services at the following site:

You can also use any of the organizations listed on the NACES website:


Complete and submit the EdD Application Record Card.
[MS Word] [PDF]


  1. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all documents and forms are completed and submitted on or before January 31st . Please contact us ( to ensure that we have received your documents.

  2. Successful applicants will be notified after March 1st. Notifications are sent by email followed by an official letter through post.




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