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What is the difference between a course and a program?

A course is a unit of instruction in one specific subject area, lasting one academic term; examples include English, Math, Psychology, or Accounting. Athabasca University offers a wide range of courses categorized under four areas of study: Applied Studies, Humanities, Social Studies, and Sciences.

A program is a designated credential made up of a number of credits or courses. For example, Athabasca University offers degrees, certificates and diploma programs in Arts, Science, Management, Nursing, Health Administration, and Human resources and Labour Relations.

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