Athabasca University - Master's Degree

Athabasca University is a public comprehensive university from the Province of Alberta, Canada. It offers more than 80 baccalaureate and postgraduate degree programs in areas of arts, business, counselling, distance education, health, nursing and science & technology. Athabasca University is one of two Canadian universities accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in the United States of America.

  • Average Tuition CAD 17,838
  • Acceptance Rate 99%
  • Students 40,722
  • International Students 2%
  • Campus Setting City

School Description

Athabasca University, Canada's Open University, is dedicated to the removal of barriers that restrict access to and success in university-level study and to increasing equality of educational opportunity for adult learners worldwide.

This About AU section of our website will help you to understand that mission, how we go about accomplishing it and how, in the process of doing so, we help thousands of learners every year to accomplish their personal goals and realize their dreams. Please take a few minutes to get to know us better.

Our approach to post-secondary education is based on four key principles: excellence, openness, flexibility and innovation.

Excellence: We are dedicated to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, scholarship and student service.

Openness: We are committed to our mission of guaranteeing access to post-secondary learning to all who have the ability and desire. If you are 16 or older, you are eligible for admission to undergraduate study.

Flexibility: Our flexible learning model adapts to your needs, putting you in the driver's seat. You can enrol in most programs and register for most courses at any time of the year and work at your own pace, studying at home, at work or wherever you may find yourself.

Innovation: We continue to adopt and develop new, learner-centred learning models and technology-based alternatives to traditional, classroom-based instructional channels and contexts. We apply technology to make learning accessible.

Master Programs

  • 1 University Dr, Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3, Canada

    Master of Arts in Integrated Studies

    CAD 19,732 Tuition Fee

    Participate in an online master’s program that integrates theories, methods and practices from the arts, humanities and social sciences.

    With Athabasca University’s Master of Arts in Integrated Studies (MA-IS), you will learn to think holistically, critically and reflectively. You will find the connections and points of overlap between specialized and generalized knowledge. You will also learn problem-solving skills and policy-making strategies.

    The MA-IS program allows you to relate your research to issues in your life, workplace and community. Your program will finish with a final integrated project that will challenge your newly acquired skills and knowledge.

    You can choose to complete this project in a grouped study capstone course, or through an individual study project that will allow you to:

    · explore an intellectual question

    · relate your research to a work situation

    · engage a community problem

  • 1 University Dr, Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3, Canada

    Master of Business Administration

    CAD 44,584 Tuition Fee

    Develop the advanced leadership and management skills needed to succeed in any sector with Athabasca University’s online Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA). This program is designed for working, experienced managers and professionals who want to:

    · lead more effectively

    · move into more senior-level positions within their organizations

    · grow their own business or not-for-profit ventures

    The curriculum concentrates on the key management areas that affect organizational performance:

    · strategy

    · human resources

    · finance

    · marketing

    · economics

    · operations

    · information technology

    AU’s Executive MBA program integrates theory and practice by focusing on real business problems. You will use your own work scenarios as case studies, allowing you to connect your learning directly to your company and your industry.

  • 1 University Dr, Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3, Canada

    Master of Distance Education

    CAD 18,180 Tuition Fee

    Athabasca University’s online Doctor of Education (EdD) in Distance Education is a professional doctoral degree for distance education practitioners and those with related career experience. The program is the first of its kind in North America.

    The EdD provides rigorous preparation for advanced responsibilities and leadership in the distance-learning field, including:

    · planning

    · teaching

    · directing

    · designing

    · implementing

    · evaluating

    · researching

    · managing

    Research is an important focus, as you will be expected to make an original and significant contribution to their profession as part of your doctoral program. Research opportunities include:

    · examination of practice

    · theory-building

    · basic research

    More conceptual or theoretical interests may also be accommodated.

  • 1 University Dr, Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3, Canada

    Master of Health Studies

    CAD 18,368 Tuition Fee

    Prepare for a leadership position in the health system with Athabasca University’s Master of Health Studies (MHS). This online program will give you the skills to discern emerging trends, anticipate future directions in health services and provide leadership in:

    · planning

    · implementation

    · evaluation

    · change management

    · policy development

    You will also learn how to develop successful research and project proposals. If you’re interested in teaching, a teaching focus route is available.

  • 1 University Dr, Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3, Canada

    Master of Nursing

    CAD 18,368 Tuition Fee

    Whether you want to move into a leadership position in health care or broaden the nursing services you can provide, Athabasca University’s online Master of Nursing (MN) program is for you. You can choose between a Generalist stream and a Nurse Practitioner (NP) stream. The Generalist stream prepares you for leadership positions in the health system. It will give you the skills to discern emerging trends and anticipate future health care directions. You will use philosophical considerations, nursing theory, research methods and various tools of analysis to plan, implement and evaluate your nursing practice.

    If you are interested in teaching, a teaching focus is available.

    The Nurse Practitioner stream prepares you to diagnose and treat common illnesses and injuries in clients of all ages. You will get theoretical and clinical preparation for your advanced nursing practice.

    Please note that this program does not prepare NPs to work in acute care settings or to focus on a clinical specialty.

    If you are a Registered Nurse (RN) seeking initial NP licensure, you should apply to this stream.

  • 1 University Dr, Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3, Canada

    Master of Science in Information Systems

    CAD 20,487 Tuition Fee

    Analyze and synthesize information systems concepts and skills and apply management principles to the Information Technology (IT) industry with Athabasca University’s online Master of Science in Information Systems (MSc IS).

    You will develop innovative strategies to address issues in systems integration, project and change management, digitalization, and new trends in computing such as:

    · ubiquitous computing

    · social computing

    · green ICT (also called green IT or green computing)

    · personalization

    · adaptivity

    · intelligence

    Our curriculum emphasizes the tie between Information Systems (IS) and other disciplines, such as Computer Science and Software Engineering. Core courses cover both technical and managerial topics, including:

    · database design

    · enterprise-wide network infrastructure

    · human-computer interaction

    · IS project management

    · ethical, legal and social issues in IT

    Elective choices include courses in:

    · IS technology

    · IS management

    · IS development

    · intelligent information systems

    · e-services

See more programs


  • SchoolApply Ranking
    SchoolApply Ranking N/A

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 3.00
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 80
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.00


    School Locations

    Other Information

    Established in 1970


    Athabasca University's motto is "Learning for Life".

    The Location

    1 University Dr, Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3, Canada

    Popular venues

      Social Media Feed

      Student Reviews

      There are no reviews for Athabasca University yet,
      be the first one to review.

      • Testimony
        2010-2015, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

        Athabasca University above all others!

        I began studying via distance learning and so far I find athabasca University's teaching methods and tutors above all the rest. Athabasca is on top of their game!

      • Testimony
        2007-2010, Master of Nursing-Advanced Practice

        High Praise for AU MN Nurse Practitioner Program

        I highly recommend the Athabasca University online MN Nurse Practitioner program. The courses were excellent, the educators were evidence based with plenty of varied clinical experiences. The interactions with fellow online students was invaluable to advancing my advanced practice nursing education and the AU experience. At my present position we are very well represented in the clinical complement of NP providers.

      • Testimony
        2013-2016, Bachelor’s Degree

        Excellent Courses

        I like Athabasca's courses, which offer invaluable perspective. I feel I learn a lot in every course, never looking at the world the same with each new course completed. I also like the range of electives available, allowing me to not only major in marketing, but to also develop skills in IT and strategic analysis.