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Application Procedures – Faculty of Health Disciplines Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Applications for AU undergraduate programs are completed online. Please follow the online procedures.

Graduate Programs

All applications for admission must be submitted electronically using the online systems described below. Applications will not be accepted by mail or fax. Please ensure you have met the Admission Requirements prior to applying to the program. Review the information outlined below (Steps 1–4) before beginning the Graduate Program Application process. Application fees are not refundable.


The application process has two parts. You must first apply to become a Graduate Student at Athabasca University, and then apply to your program.

Complete the Graduate Program Application through the Office of the Registrar Online Services to receive your student ID number, which is needed to apply for your specific program.

IMPORTANT: Are you a current/returning AU student or new to AU?
Current/Returning Students New to AU

1. Click here and login by clicking the "login" on the left-hand side, under the "General" heading.

1. Click here, and click on "Apply Now" under the Graduate Application heading in the middle of the screen.

2. Click on the "Graduate Application" and complete the required steps. 2. You will be assigned an AU student ID number which will be used to access all AU services and resources.
3. Be sure to select the appropriate Graduate Program. 3. Be sure to select the appropriate Graduate Program.

As part of the Graduate Program Application process, pay your non-refundable application fee.


Once you have received your student ID number and paid your fee, log into your myAU account to begin the program application process. A link to your program application is located in the Message Centre on your myAU home page. As part of the application process, you will provide information related to your:

  • Academic background
  • Work experience
  • Rationale for applying to the program and other pertinent information

You can login to your myAU account and change your information at any time prior to the application process. Once you finalize and submit your online application, you can no longer make changes or additions.

If you make an error in the Reference section and need to make changes after submission (e.g., to modify a referee email address, change a referee, etc.) or if your referee does not receive the emailed link and needs the link resent, please contact for assistance.


Assemble and then mail or courier all required hardcopy information (as described during the online application process) so your information is received by the Faculty of Health Disciplines and date stamped by the application deadline. Send your hardcopy materials to:

Graduate Programs
Faculty of Health Disciplines
Athabasca University
1 University Drive
Athabasca, Alberta T9S 3A3

Hardcopy documents you may be required to send include:

  • Official sealed transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions attended (including Athabasca University, if applicable), regardless of the number of courses taken or the amount of time spent there. Do not include transcripts from high school. Official transcripts must be dated within one year of the application deadline. Transcripts must state the degree awarded.
  • For applicants with international credit: please request an educational assessment from a member of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (Examples of members: World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)). The report requested must be a course-by-course assessment and provide a calculation of the grade point average (GPA). The assessment report must be dated within one year of the application deadline.
  • For applications without Canadian citizenship, a photocopy of either permanent resident documentation or study authorization/permit will need to be provided.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency, see the English Language Proficiency Requirements for details.
  • Application for Advanced Credit–must be dated within two years of application deadline.
  • For Post-Masters Diploma: Nurse Practitioner and Master of Nursing: Nurse Practitioner applicants only:
    • Photocopy of Nursing Registration and copy of current Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate.
    • Photocopy of Nursing Practitioner (NP) licence, if available.
    • Letter of Verification (from employer or College of Registered Nurses) confirming 4,500 hours of recent clinical practice as a Registered Nurse.

Email attachments, photocopies, unofficial transcripts, and faxed documents are not official documents and will not be accepted.

Application deadlines are final and no exceptions will be granted.

Note: All transcripts, references, test scores, and other documents become the property of Athabasca University and will not be returned to applicants or forwarded to another program or institution.


Track receipt of your hardcopy documents and your application status by logging into your myAU account.

It is your responsibility to ensure that all components of your application package have been received by the application deadline. Allow sufficient time prior to the deadline for the assembled package to be received by the FHD Program Office. The Faculty recommends you allow at least eight weeks for this. Please ensure that your former institution does not submit items to the Registrar's Office in error.

Once the file has been reviewed, the status of your application will be updated online. It is your responsibility to continue to check for updated information. Due to the large volume of applicants, the Faculty of Health Disciplines administrative staff are unable to provide information on the status of your individual application by phone or email.

There are no appeals to admissions decisions. Incomplete or late application packages will not be assessed nor retained for consideration for admission the following year.


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

Updated June 20 2016 by laurab

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