Athabasca University

4.2 out of 5 (25 ratings / 23 reviews) Athabasca, Canada
Athabasca University provides learning for life. Through the achievements of its students, faculty and staff, AU stands out as a provider of high quality post-secondary education.

Master's Programmes

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Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)



Athabasca University was established by Order in Council of the Government of Alberta on June 25, 1970. Originally conceived as a traditional campus-based institution, AU changed course in 1972 through a pilot project to test the concept of an open, distance university. The first AU course, World Ecology, was offered in 1973, and AU's first Convocation, for two graduates, was held in 1977.


Athabasca University is committed to excellence. The University offers 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, diplomas, and certificate programs, and more than 700 university courses in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, business and administrative studies, nursing, and commerce.


AU is committed to excellence in research and scholarship. Through the discovery, dissemination and transfer of new knowledge and the engagement of students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, the university integrates research with creative teaching, thereby informing the curriculum and providing opportunities for highly qualified graduates to promote innovation and to participate more fully in society.Mission critical research in the scholarship of teaching and learning in open and distance environments is the primary focus of AUs research activity; however, the university also actively supports and maintains high standards in discipline-based research.


AU Counselling Services offers Career Cruising for registered students. This resource provides assessment tools, goals & career exploration activities, as well as, a résumé builder.Explore career options using these resources, which contain information on duties, working conditions, skills, education, salary, employment prospects and opportunities.

  • Occupation information
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  • Education and training options

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Student services

  • Advising and counselling
  • Library
  • Academic services
  • FInancial aid and scholarships

Library services

The Athabasca University provides its students with a fully-equipped library. It is a unique studying environment where hard cover books and online materials blend together in order to create the appropriate learning sorrounding.

ICT services

To develop a reliable mechanism that will provide support to ITS clients in a organized, efficient manner. To use the staff and computing resources within ITS to the best advantage for clients and ITS staff.

Student Life

Campus life

Athabasca University (AU), Canada’s Open University, is a publicly funded university in the province of Alberta, Canada. AU is one of the world’s foremost and fastest growing online and distance education specialists, serving 40,000 students worldwide.As an open university, AU strives to eliminate barriers that prevent people from pursuing university studies. By providing access to flexible online and distance learning, AU helps people continue their studies regardless of where they live, their educational backgrounds, and their career or family obligations. AU is committed to innovation, flexibility in learning, and excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship.

Student clubs

The Athabasca University Students’ Union (AUSU) is an independent, student-run society representing the undergraduate students of Athabasca University. We serve nearly 40,000 members annually in home-study locations across Canada and internationally. In any given month, our membership is about 26,000 active students.


Athabasca University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Student Reviews

AU - Where You Decide Your Own Success
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Athabasca is unique in the strictly online delivery of its courses. But this has major drawbacks sometimes. If you work well working directly with a teacher, it can be challenging going through the courses at AU. The tutors can be difficult to get ahold of, occasionally hard to build rapport with, and the courses themselves can feel incredibly self-taught at times. If you...

Online learning still in its infancy.
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Online learning is still in its infancy so a lot of my criticism stems from universities lack of experience in teaching from a distance. I believe in order for people to have greater successs learning from a distance free Colleges and universities need to be able to provide tutors who share lectured videos, create groups where people in the same class can easily interact...

Sustainble education choices for future present and future generations
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

A great alternative University for those who cant attend in person and on campus. If your working fulltime or need flexibity then this University is perfect. I have always wanted a degree in my chosen profession but life and current responsibilities didnt allow me to go to a typical university. Distance education is best in our current predicament, with the rising cost of...


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