Online & Distance Education

Distance education puts you in control. You can tailor your education to your personal or professional needs and interests, and you can complete your studies without sacrificing personal, family, career or community commitments.

Athabasca University was the first university in Canada to focus on distance education. It’s been our specialty since 1972. Our students have completed courses and degrees while

  • travelling abroad
  • working in remote arctic outposts
  • serving overseas with the Canadian Forces or humanitarian groups
  • competing as professional or Olympic athletes

When you study with AU, you know you’ll be getting a rigorous, high-quality university education – wherever you happen to be. Read Marni's story.

Marni Panas

“Finishing my degree at Athabasca University was the last big step. I always regretted not having a university degree.”

~ Marni Panas,
Bachelor of Health Administration

How courses work

Our online courses are different from traditional university courses. You work at your own pace, at the times that best suit your life – and you always have lots of support. We want you to succeed as much as you do.

You don’t need to be enrolled in an AU program to take an AU course.

How programs work

Our degree, diploma and certificate programs are designed to fit into a busy life – and if you’re upgrading your education to advance in your career, you may find that you can use work projects as school projects too.

Because most of our students are earning credentials part-time, we generally don’t have time limits for completing your program requirements.

Updated June 05 2017 by Web Strategy, Advancement