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Athabasca University

Doctor of Business Administration

The following fees are effective for courses starting September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020. All fees are quoted in Canadian dollars and are subject to change. Academic-related fees are exempt from the Federal Goods and Services Tax (G.S.T.). G.S.T. is added to all other goods and services, for example, workshops, some publications, self-help seminars, and Athabasca University promotional sales items.

Program application fee (non-refundable) required each time a person applies: $200
Program admission fee (payable upon acceptance into the program and non-refundable): $800
Year 1
Program Fee 1.1 $2,180
DDBA 000 – DBA Orientation 0
DDBA 800 – Conceptual Foundations of Organizational Research $4,250
Program Fee 1.2 $2,180
DDBA 801 – Current Research $4,250
DDBA 802 – Management Research in Practice $4,250
Year 1 Total $17,110
Year 2
DDBA 001 – Onsite Research Workshop Yr. 2  
Program Fee 2.1 $2,180
DDBA 803 – Quantitative Research Methods $4,250
Program Fee 2.2 $2,180
DDBA 804 – Qualitative Research Methods $4,250
DDBA 805 – Advanced Readings $4,250
Year 2 Total $17,110
Year 3
DDBA 002 – Onsite Research Workshop Yr. 3 0
Program Fee 3.1 $2,180
DDBA 806 – Dissertation Proposal $4,250
Program Fee 3.2 $2,180
DDBA 807 – Candidacy Exam $5,410
Year 3 Total $14,020
Year 4
Program Fee 4.1 $2,180
Program Fee 4.2 $2,180
Year 4 Total $4,360

* The Athabasca University Graduate Studies Association fees of $13 per credit are not included in the above calculation, and will be added to the course tuition fee.

Please Note: The above fee chart is based on a standard expected completion time of four years. Total fees will vary depending on length of time required to complete the dissertation. Once all coursework is complete, students will continue to pay the program fee every six months ($2,180) until their dissertation is also complete.

Other Fees

Transfer Credit Evaluation Fee (one time): $276
Course withdrawal processing fee1: $373
AU Graduate Student Association fee (per credit): $13
Out-of-Canada Surcharge (one time): $400
Letter of Permission fee: $82

1 The course withdrawal processing fee is a mandatory administrative fee charged when a student withdraws from a course. Refer to Withdrawals.

The following fees will be charged at rates approved by the Athabasca University Governing Council:

  • Dissertation extension fee
  • Program extension fee
  • Course transfer fee
  • Administrative surcharge to students living outside of North America
Note: A non-refundable one-time surcharge of $400 will be charged for students residing outside of Canada to offset the additional costs for shipping course materials. The University reserves the right to apply a surcharge to posted electives in-residence rates when such programs are delivered outside of Canada, and to charge for late cancellation of attendance at in-residence electives. The University also reserves the right to suspend students if their program fees are overdue.


Information effective September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020.

Updated April 24 2020 by laurab

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