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Athabasca University

Master of Arts – Integrated Studies Admission Requirements

The Master of Arts – Integrated Studies (MA-IS) Program invites applications from candidates who possess a baccalaureate degree and strong analytical, writing, and critical-thinking skills. Admission is open, in keeping with Athabasca University's mandate to remove "barriers that restrict access to, and success in, university-level studies," but additional preparatory work in composition and analysis may be required of some candidates prior to admission.

As of January 1, 2010, students applying for admission into the MA-IS Program students will be required to complete an Academic Writing Assessment as part of the application process.

Success at the graduate level requires reading and writing skills that many MA-IS applicants may not have had an opportunity to develop or practice for a number of years. To help applicants determine their level of proficiency in this area, we have developed an Academic Writing Assessment (AWA) writing diagnostic test. The AWA is designed to help us determine whether applicants are prepared to commence graduate studies, or whether they need to develop or refine their writing and composition skills before beginning, or while they are in the early stages of their studies. We are committed to helping our students succeed, and every effort will be made to ensure that appropriate assistance is provided to those who need to develop or refine their writing and composition skills.

For more information on the Academic Writing Assessment, please go to the AWA website.


Information effective September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.

Updated September 12 2016 by laurab

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