Athabasca University

Athabasca University (AU) is one of the world’s foremost and fastest-growing online and open education institutions, serving over 38,000 students across 81 countries. AU is the second-largest university in Alberta. AU offers online bachelors, masters, and doctorate programs alongside online courses for both personal learning and professional development. It is uniquely founded on the principles of flexibility and openness, giving students control over their studies so they can learn whenever and wherever it is right for them.

AU’s open enrolment model helps remove barriers to learning so that anyone 16 years or older can register for most first-year undergraduate courses, regardless of previous education. AU also offers continuous enrolment—most courses start on the first of every month. Students can study from anywhere—12% live in rural, remote, or isolated areas. Students get access to e-texts and academic supports such as tutoring, academic advisors, and counselling. Although students often study independently, they are not on their own.

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Part-time (undergraduates)

Part-time (graduates)

Source: Athabasca University (Part-time only) (Total enrolment includes students enrolled in non-credit or continuing education programs) (2023 rounded preliminary fall enrolment)



Undergraduate tuition fees:
$6,090 - $7,840

Graduate tuition fees:


Undergraduate tuition fees:
$10,950 - $17,470

Graduate tuition fees:

Source: Athabasca University. Based on 120-credit program (30 credits per year or 3-credits for 10 courses). Fees for undergraduate programs are in arts and humanities. Fees for graduate programs are in social and behavioural sciences (2023-24)

Note: In addition to tuition fees, universities generally charge fees for goods and services supplied to students. This includes areas such as student associations, sports and health. These additional fees vary widely per university and per student and can run from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Check with the university for details.


Athabasca University does not provide on-campus housing given that all its courses are offered online or by distance education.