Athabasca University

Located in Athabasca, Alberta and established in 1970, Athabasca University is an accredited research institution. The university offers online and distance education courses and programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Programs are designed to be flexible giving professionals the opportunity to finish programs while they work. Athabasca has appealed to politicians, athletes and broadcasters because they part-time and full-time programs with a flexible course schedule.

Ranging from sciences and arts to professional education, Athabasca has something to offer people from all walks of life. Over 750 courses, 50 undergraduate and graduate degree, diplomas and certificate programs are available at Athabasca University. Admission to the undergraduate program is available all year-round.

Why Choose Athabasca University

Students from all over the world are attracted to Athabasca’s programs, not just because of the flexibility that comes with their online courses, but also because of the quality and unmatchable variety of their programs. Athabasca is known for offering the first Doctor of Education in Distance education program in North America.  Other unique programs offered are a Masters of Distance Education degree, and a Graduate Diploma in Distance Education.  In fact, in 2004 the Financial Times ranked Athabasca’s Executive MBA program 74th, it was the only program of its kind on the list that is delivered completely online.

The Faculty of Business is renowned for its student excellence. For three consecutive years in a row and counting, the Business students have celebrated their win at the annual Alberta Accountants Unification Agency Board Governance Case Competition- a clear display of expertise in their field.


Athabasca University is committed to quality and greatness in research. They believe it is crucial to encourage the engagement of students and to offer programs that intertwine innovative teaching and research. These actions have resulted in an every changing curriculum that keeps students ahead of the game and student graduates that contribute to society.  

Central to the university is The Canadian Institute of Distance Education Research (CIDER). CIDER is responsible for publishing the well-respected and peer-reviewed e-journal, The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. The university is also a founding member of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR), which carries out the publication of the Journal of Learning Analytics.

Athabasca University is constantly working towards leading in innovative research with the following institutes being developed:

  • The Athabasca River Basin Research Institute
  • The Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute
  • The Project Management Research Institute

Many high-profile individuals have had the pleasure of studying through Athabasca University, some including:

  • Alyn McCauley – professional hockey player
  • Ralph Klein – Alberta premier
  • Christina Farstad – Olympic bobsleigh racer
  • Milaine Thériault – cross-country skier

The Athabasca e-lab is a unique place online where students can connect, learn, create, research and share their work, all in one convenient location. The e-lab is unique to Athabasca and is available for every student who whishes to engage and grow. Athabasca is truly a university for students wanting to continue their professional education with a flexible program schedule and receive a renowned education with opportunity for research.

School Address

1 University Drive,
T9S 3A3

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    Athabasca, Alberta

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