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Athabasca University

Master of Arts – Integrated Studies Program Application Procedure

    • Follow the steps in the application process on the Master of Arts – Integrated Studies (MA-IS) website and include the non-refundable application fee.
    • Submit official transcripts* directly from all institutions attended. Applicants must have a recognized undergraduate degree.

    * Applicants submitting any official documents (e.g., transcripts) in a language other than English, must provide an official translation of such documents. If the credential being submitted was earned outside Canada or the US, documentation that attests to its equivalence to a Canadian baccalaureate degree, is required. Such documentation may be obtained from

    International Qualifications
    Assessment Services
    9th Floor, 108 Street Building
    9942 - 108 Street
    Edmonton, AB T5K 2J5
    Telephone: 780.427.2655
    Fax: 780.422.9734

    English Proficiency

    As English is the primary language of instruction at Athabasca University, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that he or she has an adequate level of proficiency. Moreover, since the MA-IS is a graduate-level program, it is to be expected that the materials will be challenging. Although faculty makes every effort to facilitate the learning process, they may have to redirect students to remedial resources.

    Non-Canadian students must provide documentation supporting the successful completion of at least one of the following English as a Second Language (ESL) assessments before his or her application will be considered:

    • a grade of 75 per cent or higher in ENGL 255
    • successful completion of a degree program at an accredited post-secondary institution where English is the primary language of instruction.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a score of 560 (or 220 on the computerized version). Canadian Academic English Language Assessment, CAEL, score of 65.
    • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment, CAEL, score of 65.
    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) and a score of 85.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS); scores of 6.5 with no part less than 6.0. Equivalencies may be considered upon request.

    Program Application Deadline

    There are two program intakes per year. The MA-IS office must receive all application materials by March 1 for consideration to enter the program starting in September of the same year, and by September 1 for consideration to enter the program starting in January of the following year.


    Once enrolled, students will be permitted to register in MA-IS courses on a first-come, first-served basis, space permitting. Program students will have priority with respect to grouped study courses. Reading courses are reserved for senior program students only.

    Non-Program Application

    Non-program applications will be received and reviewed on a continuous admission basis. Complete and submit the MA-IS Non-Program Application Form, and include the non-refundable application fee. As part of their Non-Program Application, students will be required to submit confirmation of completion of an undergraduate degree (unofficial transcript will suffice). Students may be asked to submit a résumé in support of their non-program application.


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

Updated January 12 2017 by laurab

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