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Athabasca University

How to Apply

There are three program application deadlines per year. Please refer to the AU Graduate Calendar for specific dates.

  1. Complete and submit the online application form along with the electronic application fee. 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:

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Distance Education
    Athabasca University
    1 University Drive
    Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3
  3. Supply one Letter of Recommendation**. Applicants may download the  Reference Template to send to their referee. Letters of Recommendation should be received directly from referees.
  4. Submit the following documents to the CDE office (see below for program-specific forms):

Application Forms

With the exception of the original transcript, all application forms should be emailed to


Applicants submitting any official documents (e.g., transcripts) in a language other than English or French must provide an official translation of such documents. If the credential being submitted has been earned outside Canada and the US, documentation attesting to its equivalence to a Canadian baccalaureate degree is required. Such documentation can be obtained from an assessment agency that is a member of:

  • ACESC – Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada; or
  • NACES – National Association of Credential Evaluation Services

When requesting an assessment please select the "Basic" assessment type that simply indicates the North American equivalent of your degree. The credential assessment agency will assess each student's international educational documents and compare them to educational credentials in Canada.

All assessments, regardless of the agency used, must be completed using original documents or certified copies—official documents issued directly from the sending institution are preferred. Students must also submit copies of all foreign transcripts used in the assessment to AU. Please note, AU reserves the right to request that official documents be sent directly from the institution to AU.

**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 Recommendation is not considered to be confidential. The applicant, upon request, may view the information.

Updated August 03 2021 by DE

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