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Athabasca University

Doctor of Business Administration

The following fees are effective for courses starting September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021. 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: $205
Program admission fee (payable upon acceptance into the program and non-refundable): $856
Year 1
Program Fee 1.1 $2,333
DDBA 000 – DBA Orientation 0
DDBA 800 – Conceptual Foundations of Organizational Research $4,547
Program Fee 1.2 $2,333
DDBA 801 – Current Research $4,547
DDBA 802 – Management Research in Practice $4,547
Year 1 Total $18,306
Year 2
DDBA 001 – Onsite Research Workshop Yr. 2 0
Program Fee 2.1 $2,333
DDBA 803 – Quantitative Research Methods $4,547
Program Fee 2.2 $2,333
DDBA 804 – Qualitative Research Methods $4,547
DDBA 805 – Advanced Readings $4,547
Year 2 Total $18,306
Year 3
DDBA 002 – Onsite Research Workshop Yr. 3 0
Program Fee 3.1 $2,333
DDBA 806 – Dissertation Proposal $4,547
Program Fee 3.2 $2,333
DDBA 807 – Candidacy Exam $5,789
Year 3 Total $15,001
Year 4
Program Fee 4.1 $2,333
Program Fee 4.2 $2,333
Year 4 Total $4,665

* 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 ($2,333) until their dissertation is also complete.

Other Fees

Transfer Credit Evaluation Fee (one time): $295
Course withdrawal processing fee1: $383
AU Graduate Student Association fee (per credit): $13
Out-of-Canada Surcharge (one time): $410
Letter of Permission fee: $84

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
Note: A non-refundable one-time surcharge of $410 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, 2020 to August 31, 2021.

Updated March 11 2021 by laurab

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