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Athabasca University

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MEd (DE) program must hold a baccalaureate degree from a recognized post-secondary education institution.

If the potential applicant does not have a degree, but believes that 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.

How to Apply

There are two MEd (DE) program application deadlines per year: March 1 and October 15.

1. Complete and submit the online application form and fee ($150.00). Applicants will receive an Athabasca University (AU) student ID number. Applicants who have previously received an AU student ID will need to login before completing the form.

2. Submit official transcript(s)* directly from an accredited institution showing granting of a baccalaureate degree.

Transcripts should be sent to:

Program Director
Master of Education in Distance Education Program
Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University
1 University Drive
Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3

3. Supply three Letters of Recommendation, including one from someone who is familiar with the applicant’s academic skills. Applicants may download the Reference Template to send to their referee. Letters of Recommendation should be received directly from referees.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to notify his or her referee that, in accordance with the Province of Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the information contained in the letter of reference is not considered to be confidential. The applicant, upon request, may view the information.

4. Submit the following documents to the CDE office (

  • Application Questionnaire
  • C.V. or résumé
  • Record Card  

*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. Find a list of all approved evaluation services from the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) or the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Updated July 31 2017 by CDE

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