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Athabasca University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

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Athabasca University, Canada has 40,000 students enrolled in different courses. The University provides over 900 courses in Undergraduate and graduate degree, diploma courses and certificate programs. There are students from 87 different countries.

  • The University invites applications all the time throughout the year for undergraduate programs. However, there are deadlines for graduate programs.
  • The undergraduate applicants have to apply through ‘ApplyAlberta’, whereas the graduate applicants should visit the specific program page to apply online.
  • The University accepts both TOEFL and IELTS score as a proof of English proficiency.
  • International applicants must complete their visa process in time.
  • Applicants must keep track of their application status.
  • The Office of the Registrar notifies the student about the admission decision and enrolment procedure via a letter.


Application PortalOnline portal
Application fee (non-refundable)115 CAD
Mode of paymentCredit/ Debit Card
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsVary according to the program
Work experienceRequired for some Bachelor and Master programs
Financial AidStudent loans, Grants, Scholarships

Athabasca University Admission Deadlines

  • There is no deadline for Undergraduate programs. The applicants can apply anytime throughout the year.
  • Different graduate programs have different deadlines according to the program.

Athabasca University International Admissions

The admission requirements for Canadian and International applicants are same with few exceptions that are discussed below.

Visa process for International Students

  • International applicants will be issued Form I-20 from the University.
  • Applicants will need to provide the following documents to receive the Form I-20:
    • Copy of passport
    • Proof of financial support
    • Bank statement
    • Sponsor Letter, if applicable
  • Complete the I-20 and pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.
  • Applicants then need to apply for the F-1 or J-1 visa. Submit the form and pay the application fee.
  • Schedule and attend the visa interview.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

International applicants who don’t have English as their primary language need to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting a score of one of the tests mentioned below.

English Language TestMinimum Score for UG StudentsMinimum Score for Graduate Students
Paper-based TOEFL213550
Internet-based TOEFL8080

Athabasca University Undergraduate Admissions

Athabasca offers a wide range of Bachelor’s programs. Some of the popular programs offered by the university include:

  • Bachelor of Professional art in Governance, Law, and Management
  • Bachelor of Professional Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication studies

Before making an application, one must take note of the following admission requirements.

Where to apply: Applications are accepted via the ApplyAlberta portal.

Application fee: CAD 115

Application evaluation fee: In addition to the application fee, all applicants are required to pay application evaluation fee of CAD 113.

Admission requirements: There are no special requirements for enrolling in 3 or 4-year programs. The only requirement is that the applicant should be a 16 year old or more. However, there are some programs that require additional requirements.

Academic Requirements:

  • 2-year diploma from an accredited college or institution of technology;
  • Work experience of minimum 1 year

Supporting Documents: Academic transcripts and degree completion certificates.

Athabasca University Graduate Admissions

Where to apply: Applicants need to complete the graduate application for respective courses.

Application fee: The application fee for a majority of programs is 150 CAD, however, some of the programs may have a higher application fees.

Academic requirements: The University offers various graduate and doctoral programs. While the specific requirements may vary for each program, the general admission requirements remain the same.

The admission requirements for some of the popular programs offered by Athabasca University are tabulated below.

CourseApplication deadlineApplication fee (non-refundable)Admission Requirements
Doctorate in Business AdministrationMarch 15, 2020200 CADMBA or equivalent Master degree; 5 years work experience; 3 reference letters
Master of Business Administration (MBA)- Online programFeb 15;
May 15; Oct 15
200 CADBachelor’s degree of 3 or 4 years from an accredited college; reference letters;work experience; essay
Master of Health studiesEnroll at any time150 CAD4-year Bachelor degree from an accredited institution; Minimum GPA of 3.0
Master of NursingEnroll at any time150 CAD4-year Bachelor degree in nursing from an accredited institution; Minimum GPA of 3.0;
Completed minimum 5000 hours of clinical practice
Master of Science in Information SystemMarch 1;
Oct 1
150 CADBachelor degree in Computer Science, Information systems or related area;
Hold Certified Computing Professional (CCP) designation
Graduate Diploma in ArchitectureEnroll at any time150 CADCompleted BSc Arch from an accredited institution with minimum GPA of 2.3; Work experience

With different admission criteria for different programs, admission to Athabasca University is a bit selective. The application of the applicants is reviewed on a holistic basis, including factors like academic achievement and relevant experiences.

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