Athabasca University

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The Athabasca University is a university in Athabasca, Canada, which offers courses and degrees via distance learning. It was founded in 1970 and is regarded as the leading distance learning university in North America. She is a member of the University of the Arctic.

The Athabasca University is the only Canadian university that is unconditional on previous qualifications in the authorization. It is mainly used by students who can not study at an ordinary university grounds of disability, family responsibilities, applying a full-time, professional sports or military service outside of Canada. The university offers more than 60 courses in English and French and has over 30,000 enrolled students. She was the first Canadian university whose degrees were recognized in the USA. 260,000 graduates have completed a course of study since the founding of the university.


In 2009, the organization of the university was changed and broken down as follows:


  • Faculty of Business - Department of Economics
  • Faculty of Health Disciplines - Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences - Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science and Technology - Faculty of Technology
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies - Department for master's courses


  • Centre for Distance Education
  • Centre for Learning Accreditation ( PLAR )
  • Centre for Learning Design and Development
  • Research Centre


The Athabasca University to the Minister of Advanced Education and is funded by the province of Alberta. The University may confer degrees up to the Master's degree, which is controlled by the Post- Secondary Learning Act.

The university is accredited in the United States by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

The University is a member of the following associations:

  • Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
  • Canadian Virtual University
  • International Council for Open and Distance Education
  • University of the Arctic

Known graduates

  • Jonathan Filewich - Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jayne Gackenbach - writer, researcher
  • Stu Grimson - Canadian ice hockey player
  • Thomas Hickey - Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sandra Keith - Canadian biathlete
  • Ralph Klein - former Premier of Alberta
  • Alyn McCauley - Canadian ice hockey player
  • Beckie Scott - Canadian cross-country skier

Honorary Doctorate