Applying for a Graduate Program

Athabasca University’s graduate student application processes vary from program to program. Read the general application process below, then find your program to see its specific requirements and processes.

Application deadlines

Unlike our undergraduate programs, most graduate programs have specific intake dates. If you miss an application deadline, you will have to wait for the next intake to apply – this could be up to a year for some programs.

Be sure to review your program’s information carefully so you can meet all the necessary requirements in time for your application deadline.

How to apply

Specific requirements vary from program to program, but generally involve the following steps.

  1. Request approval to start an application (if required).
  2. Complete the Graduate Application Form and pay the application fee.
    • If you have ever been an AU student in the past, log in to complete the application.
    • If you are a new AU student, be sure to write down your student ID number at the end of the application process. Your ID number will also appear on your printed or e-mailed receipt if you choose one of those options.
  3. Submit a program-specific application form (available either as part of the application or on the program website).
  4. If necessary, arrange for official transcripts to be sent directly from post-secondary institutions you have previously attended.
  5. Gather and complete other materials required by the program you are applying to. These could include a resumé, a biography, questionnaires, or letters of reference.

After acceptance

Once you have accepted your offer of admission, you can register in your courses. Please note that most programs require you to pay an admission fee after you’re accepted into the program.

Updated April 19 2016 by Web Strategy, Advancement