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    Athabasca University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    Located in Canada, Athabasca University is an open university founded in 1970 with the motive to remove barriers on access to education for adult learners around the world. It provides high-quality post-secondary education to over 40,000 students through more than 850 courses with 55 undergraduate and graduate programs. It is also one of the 4 public comprehensive universities in Alberta and is one of the reputedly ranked higher education institutes of Canada.

    Over the years, the institute has entered more than 350 agreements to collaborate with other Canadian and international post-secondary institutions and employers. With a total student enrollment of over 40,000 that includes international candidates from over 87 countries around the world, the institute is undoubtedly a site of diversity and inclusion in the country.

    Admission at Athabasca University is available in multiple intakes round the year and requires a nonrefundable application fee of 118 CAD. The institute observes a moderate acceptance rate and a high rate of employment which is nearly 93%. This ensures that the university not only guarantees quality education for all but also can help its candidates land some of the high-paying jobs in Canada.


    Type of university Public university specializing in online distance education
    Total faculty and staff members 1000+
    Courses offered 850+
    Total students 40000+
    Test scores accepted IELTS, CAEL, MELAB, PTE, TOEFL PBT, TWE, TOEFL iBT
    Marks required IELTS- 6 CAEL- 60% MELAB- 80 PTE- 59 TOEFL PBT- 213
    TWE- 4.5 TOEFL iBT- 80 with an essay score of 20

    Athabasca University Campus and Accommodation

    • Athabasca University laid its foundation in 1970. Initially, AU’s main campus was located in Edmonton which was later moved to Athabasca in 1984.
    • The campus is majorly online and has both rural and urban set up on campus.
    • AU’s Athabasca University is the main campus operating along with others in Edmonton, Calgary, and Center for Innovative Management and AU Learning Link.
    • Being an online university, the campus for distance learners is wherever they are learning from around the world.
    • The institute is a non-residential campus which means there is no on-campus housing opportunity for students.

    Athabasca University Courses

    • There are limited classroom programs for international students at AU.
    • AU is an online university offering a plethora of courses for international students including undergraduate courses and short-term visa graduate courses related to arts, science and professional studies.
    • Some of the undergraduate programs offered include Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, General Studies, Health Administration, Professional Arts, Management, Science, etc.
    • Some of the graduate programs offered include courses in fields like Arts, Business Administration, Education, Health Studies, Nursing, Information Systems, etc.
    • They also have more than 850 courses available that can work as a pathway to a bachelor’s or master’s degree. These include Accounting, Finance, Nursing, Science, Business, etc.
    • Graduate programs such as Master of Counseling and Master of Nursing are offered with study permits issued only for the duration the student is required to be in Canada.
    • International students have the opportunity to study at other institutions in Canada while taking online courses from AU and transfer the credits.

    Top Programs at Athabasca University

    Programs Tuition Fees Deadlines
    Master of Business Administration 52,282 CAD Fall: March 15 Winter: June 15 Spring: October 15
    Mater of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies 20,449 CAD Fall: March 1st Winter: September 1st
    Master of Education in Open Digital and Distance Education 20,449 CAD Fall: March 1st Winter: September 1st
    Master of Counselling 27,996 CAD  Fall: February 1
    Master of Nursing 19,448 CAD Spring: November 1 Fall: March 1 Winter: July

    Athabasca University for Application Process

    How to Apply?

    Application Portal:

    • Online application portal – ApplyAlberta
    • UG applicants: Undergraduate General Application
    • PG applicants: Graduate Application Form

    Application Fee: 89 USD (118 CAD)

    Application Deadlines

    UG applicants do not have to meet any application deadlines. Classes for courses begin at the starting of each month. While deadlines for postgraduate programs can be found in the table below:

    Program Application Deadline
    Master of Counseling February (each year)
    Master of Nursing (General) March, July and November
    Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) April, August and December

    Basic Admission Requirements

    • Standardized test scores of SAT/ ACT are not particularly required for applying to AU.
    • English proficiency test scores – International students must take English proficiency tests and send scores to the university. The minimum requirements of these test scores are:
    Exam Minimum Requirements for Undergraduates Minimum Requirements for Graduates
    TOEFL - IBT 80 80
    TOEFL - PBT - 550
    TOEFL - CBT 213 -
    IELTS 6.0 6.0

    Supporting Documents to be submitted with the admission application for evaluation include those which can be used for getting credits such as:

    UG applicants: Official transcripts, post-secondary education records, previous diplomas, undergraduate degree credits, and foreign credentials from other institutions in the U.S. or Canada, work and life experiences.

    PG applicants: Official transcripts from post-secondary institutions, resume, biography, questionnaires, and letters of reference.

    Athabasca University Cost of Attendance

    For all the prospective candidates of the institute seeking enrolment in the upcoming seasonal year, an estimated cost of living in Canada is as been tabulated below

    Expense Estimated Cost for students living in Canada Estimated Cost for students living outside Canada
    Tuition fee 1020-3060 USD (0-9 credits) 510-1530 USD (0-9 credits)
    Course Administration and Technology Fee 139 USD 139 USD
    Course Materials Fee 51 USD 51 USD
    Out of country fee - 1127 USD

    Scholarships/Financial Aid

    The institute provides various awards and scholarships in Canada for international students. Candidates willing to avail financial aid must firstly apply for student financial assistance following which they must submit the course registration plan. The institute offers 55 scholarships to its students based on the level of study, residency, and various other factors.

    The following table gives details of various scholarships, eligibility criteria and the amount awarded to international students:

    Scholarship Name Eligibility Criteria Amount Awarded
    Athabasca University Institutional Leadership Scholarship Enrolled in undergraduate or graduate program at AU; Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.60 or higher 1000 USD
    AU Academic Leadership Scholarship Enrolled to an undergraduate degree program at AU; Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.60 or higher 1500 USD
    AU PLAR Scholarship Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at AU; Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher; S
    submit an essay within 1000 words explaining the role of PLAR in their success and future goals.
    1000 USD
    Dominique Abrioux Graduate Scholarship Enrolled to master’s degree program at AU; Completed at least 12 credits since July 1 of the previous year;
    Minimum GPA of 3.6 or higher; Not be enrolled for a doctoral program
    2000 USD
    AU Graduate Student Scholarship Enrolled to a graduate program at AU; Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.60 or higher. 1500 USD
    Walker Family – Master of Counseling Scholarship Enrolled as a full-time AU Master of Counseling student; Must be in the third year of the program;
    Minimum GPA of 3.8 or higher must be achieved in the program; Must be in a practicum placement.
    1000 USD

    Athabasca University Placements

    The Master of Counselling program graduates have an employment rate of 93% with an average salary of 65000 USD. The graduates of the Master of Nursing program have maintained a 100% employment rate with students earning an average salary of 70000 USD.

    The University provides career opportunities and career tools through Career Cruising.

    • AU's MBA and Nursing program have an employment rate of 100%. 
    • Master of Counselling has an employment rate of 93%.

    Average salary of AU graduates as per program:

    Program/Degree  Average Salary (CAD) 
    Master of Counselling  65,000 
    Master of Nursing  70,000 
    Bachelor of Commerce  70,000 
    Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting  45,000 
    Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management  91,000 
    Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing  91,000 
    Bachelor of Science  72,000 
    Bachelor of Arts 45,000 

    Alumni Network

    Alumni members are entitled to several benefits including TD Home and Auto Insurance, Manulife Life and Health, rewards with Athabasca University Master card, access to online library, career counseling services, attending AU events, staying connected with other members, reading award-winning magazines etc. Some outstanding alumni members who have been recognized by AU include: Esmail Bharwani, Shastri Ramnath, Dr. Djenana Jalovcic, Barb Tiedemann and many others.


    Ques. What is the minimum GPA required for admission in Athabasca University?

    Ans. A minimum of 3.0 GPA or higher is required for admission in Master of Business Administration program. 

    Ques. What are the courses offered by Athabasca University?

    Ans. Athabasca University offers 50 undergraduate and 35 graduate programs and 850 undergraduate and graduate online courses.

    Undergraduate programs are offered in Anthropology, Commerce, Accounting, Human Resources Management, Law, Criminal Justice, English, French, Humanities, Political Science, Psychology, Women and Gender studies including some certificate courses etc.

    Graduate programs are offered in Interdisciplinary Studies, Business Administration, Counselling, Nursing, Health, Information System including certificate course in Data Analytics, Information Security, Design, Architecture etc. 

    Ques. What is the Admission process for International Students in Athabasca University?

    Ans. International students should have a minimum of 16 years of age for admission in undergraduate programs. They also require high school or previous academic transcripts.

    Graduate admission requires a minimum of 3.0 GPA in bachelor's.

    Ques. What is total Enrollment in Athabasca University?

    Ans. Athabasca University has a total enrollment of 40,000 students.

    Ques. What is the tuition fee in Athabasca University?

    Ans. Master of Business Administration has a total tuition fees of 52,282 CAD and Master of Nursing program has a total tuition fee of 19,448 CAD. Tuition fee of other graduate and undergraduate programs varies as per total credit hours.

    2 years

    Course Duration

    Jun 15

    Application Deadline

    Offered by School of Business, Athabasca University
    $ 16,6721st YEAR

    2-3 year

    Course Duration

    Oct 01

    Application Deadline

    $ 13,4061st YEAR

    5-7 year

    Course Duration

    Oct 01

    Application Deadline


    4 years

    Course Duration


    18 months

    Course Duration

    Oct 01

    Application Deadline


    Athabasca University Overview

    Insitution type
    Student Population
    DLI Number
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $12,916 / Year
    Student : Faculty Ratio
    31 : 1

    Admission & dates

    Application Portal :

    Regular Decision Deadlines

    February 1

    Application deadline

    May 1

    Application results

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    Language Proficiency
    TOEFL Check Detailed Score-80--

    Attendance Cost


    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $12,916 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $16,672 / Year

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

    Institutional accreditations
    Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
    Program wise accreditation
    Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario
    Nursing Programs
    Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing


    total facultyfull timepart timegraduate assistants


    Academy Ranking of World Universities logo

    Academy Ranking of World Universities

    RANKED  #301 - #400


    College Rating

    Based on 5 Students Rating

    7.9 out of 10
    8.6/10Social Life


    10.0 /10

    I always loved studying languages, and English was a language that draws my interest to pursue my graduate course on that. I searched around 4 to 5 colleges on the internet and have applied to 4 for the same. But I got an admission at Athabasca University to pursue my dream course. I just paid the onetime fee of $115 and applied through the online portal.

    Course Curriculum :

    My course in this university puts emphasis on a variety of literary works, countries, and historical periods. It did actually improve my critical thinking, my skills in interpretation, and writing. I really gained a different exposure and learned the importance of the English language in this present world. Along with that, I realized its spread in both the language and in literature.

    10 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    10 /10 accomodation
    10 /10 placement
    10 /10 extracurricular
    8.0 /10

    I opted for this college because the other top-level institutions were very hard to get into. I applied at 5 places and Athabasca University was my 4th priority. But I'm really happy that I got accepted into this university. Also, my university receives grant research funding from the government so there are numerous opportunities to see and learn cool stuff in my area of study here. I applied to the university through the graduate application form along with the application fee of $118.

    Course Curriculum :

    The program that I am pursuing delivers skills that are needed in the fast and growing market. The subjects included in my curriculum are business administration, financial management, accountancy, mathematics, and economics. This course very well provides students with in-depth knowledge about the subject and helped me to gain skills in leadership and management.

    8 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    7.0 /10

    I researched well about this university at the time of admission and was impressed by the wide range of courses offered by it. I applied to the course with the help of a common application form that was available on the university's website. It cost me around $120.

    Course Curriculum :

    My course provides me a thorough grounding in all core areas of business, from accounting to strategic management, and everything in between. It is a rigorous, technique based business degree. I am learning the theory, technical skills and ethical perspectives in the core business areas of marketing, statistics, financial management, etc.

    7 /10 academic/food
    7 /10 faculty
    7 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement
    7 /10 extracurricular
    7.3 /10

    My school teacher who completed her Post graduation from this university informed me that this University offers various different courses to the aspirants coming from different educational So I made my mind to complete my graduation from Athabasca University and therefore applied for this program here through the online portal of the website, the application cost was around $120.

    Course Curriculum :

    It's a complex program that requires an understanding of crime as well as the institutions and professionals that operate within these systems. The program provides us with a variety of courses that address the operation of the adult and youth justice systems.

    7 /10 academic/food
    7 /10 faculty
    7 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    7.3 /10

    My school teacher recommended Athabasca to me as she was an alumnus. Along with Athabasca University, I also applied to some other universities. Upon getting selected in two of the universities, I applied to Athabasca University through the Common Application form.

    Course Curriculum :

    I am getting to study a complex course curriculum. It also requires an understanding of crime as well as the institutions and professionals that operate within these systems. The curriculum offered by my university provides me with a variety of courses that address the operation of the adult and youth justice systems, the examination of criminal justice policies, procedures and programs, and the roles of criminal justice professionals.

    7 /10 academic/food
    7 /10 faculty
    7 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    1 University Drive, Athabasca, AB

    Nearby this campus

    • Book Store
    • Bus Station
    • Airport

    Book Store

    Riddle Used Store1.30 km
    Back Alley Book Nook1.45 km


    Athabasca Airport7.22 km

    Bus Station

    Athabasca3.94 km
    4809 28 St, Athabasca144.66 km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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