To be offered admission to Athabasca University for the purpose of studying in the Doctorate of Education in Distance Education program (EdD), an applicant must meet the application requirements listed below.
Applications to the EdD program will be reviewed by an Admissions Committee that will make recommendations regarding offers of admission to the Centre for Distance Education (CDE) Chair. The Admissions Committee will consist of no fewer than three CDE faculty members.
Selection will be based on the applicant's previous academic record, research track record, and perceived ability to participate in scholarly studies and conduct research independently at a distance. A telephone interview may be required to complete the selection process.
Offers of admission will be made by the CDE Program Director.
The applicant will formally accept the offer of admission and pay the first program fee installment to indicate their commitment to join the cohort of students for that year.
Applications from students wishing to transfer into the EdD program from other doctoral programs will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Transferring students must meet the admission requirements and complete at least 2/3 of their doctoral courses, the proposal defence/candidacy examination, and all of the dissertation requirements with Athabasca University. Other university courses used must not have been used towards another degree.
In exceptional circumstances, the CDE Director may waive one or more of the above application criteria.
Further information regarding the EdD program or application procedures may be directed to:
Doctoral Program & Centre Administrator (EdD)
1 University Drive
Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3
Phone (Canada/US): 800.788.9041 (ext. 6278)
Phone (Other): 780.675-6278
The doctoral program is intended for individuals currently involved in distance education, who have already completed a graduate degree. Potential students include:
The distance nature of the online doctoral program will also facilitate access by non-urban students, those who are employed, individuals with disabilities, and others for whom pursuit of a doctoral-level degree through a traditional institution would be difficult or impossible.
There are minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements allowed for admission to a graduate program at Athabasca University. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they meet the minimum requirements.
Information effective Sept. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020.
Updated May 29 2017 by CDE