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Athabasca University

Master of Education in Distance Education
Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MEd program must hold a baccalaureate degree from a recognized post-secondary education institution.

If the potential applicant does not have a degree, but believes his or her education and experience is equivalent to an undergraduate degree, then it is the responsibility of the applicant to put forward this position in writing as part of the application process.

Advanced Standing

Some students may have completed graduate level course work at other post-secondary institutions that is applicable to the MEd program. After being admitted to the MEd program, students may request a review of such course work. A faculty committee will review such work to determine whether the student should be awarded advanced standing in the MEd program.

Students will not be awarded advance standing for courses previously used towards another credential.

In addition, students may be able to build on prior learning experiences and receive credit through independent study (MDDE 690). For more information, students should contact the CDE office.

Non-Program Students

Individuals who are not enrolled in an AU Centre for Distance Education program are permitted to register in individual courses, space permitting. See Program Application for more information.

English Language Proficiency

There are minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements allowed for admission to a graduate program at Athabasca University. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they meet the minimum requirements.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018.

Updated July 10 2017 by laurab

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