Master of Education in Distance Education
Program Application

Application Deadline

There are two MEd program intakes per year. The Centre for Distance Education office must receive all program application materials by March 1 for consideration into the MEd program starting in September of the same year, or by October 15 for consideration into the MEd program starting in January of the following year.

Application Procedures

  1. Complete and submit the online MEd Application form along with the electronic application fee. Please use the form MEd Application to complete and submit your application.

    For applicants who have previously received an Athabasca University (AU) student ID number, please note: you will need to "Login" using your AU student ID number before completing the form.

  2. Complete and submit the MEd Questionnaire. This form and the accompanying forms (see below) can be downloaded.

  3. Submit an up-to-date résumé.

  4. Complete and submit the MEd Record Card.

  5. Submit official transcripts* directly from an accredited institution showing the granting of a baccalaureate degree.

    Transcripts should be sent to:

    Program Director
    Master of Education in Distance Education
    Athabasca University
    1 University Drive
    Athabasca, AB  T9S 3A3

    *Applicants submitting any official documents (e.g., transcripts) in a language other than English or French must provide an official translation of such documents. If the credential being submitted has been earned outside Canada and the US, documentation attesting to its equivalence to a Canadian baccalaureate degree is required. Such documentation can be obtained from an assessment agency that is a member of:

    ACESC – Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada


    NACES – National Association of Credential Evaluation Services

    When requesting an assessment please select the "Basic" assessment type that simply indicates the North American equivalent of your degree. The credential assessment agency will assess each student's international educational documents and compare them to educational credentials in Canada.

    All assessments, regardless of the agency used, must be completed using original documents or certified copies—official documents issued directly from the sending institution are preferred. Students must also submit copies of all foreign transcripts used in the assessment to AU. Please note, AU reserves the right to request that official documents be sent directly from the institution to AU.

  6. Submit three Letters of Recommendation; including one from someone who is familiar with the applicant’s academic skills. Applicants may download the MEd Reference Template to send to the referees.

    It is the applicant’s responsibility to notify his or her referees that, in accordance with the Province of Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the information contained in the letter of reference is not considered to be confidential.

    The applicant, upon request, may view the information. Contact the MEd Program Director for more information.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2018 to Aug. 31, 2019.