Is Athabasca University accredited?

Yes, Athabasca University (AU) is a fully accredited public post-secondary institution in Canada. AU is a designated post-secondary institution by the Government of Alberta and reports to the Government of Alberta through the Ministry of Advanced Education. It's also one of Alberta, Canada's 4 comprehensive research-led universities.

When you earn a degree from AU, it holds the same significance and recognition as degrees from other universities in the country and around the world. Our courses are crafted by academic tenured faculty and are consistently evaluated to ensure quality. Plus, the option to transfer credits between institutions is available. Athabasca University is known and respected in both academic and professional circles for nurturing skilled graduates.

Why Athabasca University?

Our home campus is in Athabasca, Alberta, just 145 km north of Edmonton, but our students enjoy learning from the comfort of their homes worldwide anytime, anywhere.

AU's reputation is built on providing rigorous, high-quality education. With over 50 years of specialization in distance and online studies, we're a respected and legitimate university with a proven track record.

Since 1970, our inclusive community has celebrated the graduation of over 50,000 program and course alumni from more than 100 countries. Our graduates are highly regarded by employers across various industries, reflecting the quality and relevance of our online courses and programs. When you choose Athabasca University, you can feel confident that your educational journey will be authentic, fulfilling, and aligned with the standards of an in-person university.

Accredited in Canada

The recognition by the Government of Alberta is equal to accreditation in all Canadian provinces. AU's quality assurance mechanisms and program proposals are reviewed by the Campus Alberta Quality Council. AU has the mandate for the provision of university-level distance education programs in Alberta. Through Alberta's Post-secondary Learning Act, the government authorizes The Governors of Athabasca University to govern the university and to grant degrees. Members of the board are appointed by Orders in Council of the Government of Alberta.

For other accreditations and memberships, please visit the AU Governance page.

Updated June 17, 2024 by Digital & Web Operations (