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Athabasca University

Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design
Program Application

Application Deadline

There are three Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design (GCID) program intakes per year. The Distance Education office must receive all program application materials by:

  • February 15 for a course start date in April of the same year
  • June 15 for a course start date in September of the same year
  • October 15 for a course start date in January of the following year

Application Procedures

  1. Complete and submit the online GCID Application form (if you haven't already done so), along with the electronic application fee. Please use the form GCID 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 Questionnaire. This form and the accompanying forms (see below) can be downloaded.

  3. Submit an up-to-date résumé.

  4. Complete and submit the Record Card.

  5. Supply your official transcript(s)* showing granting of a bachelor's degree. Transcript(s) must be received directly from the accredited institutions supplying them.

    Transcripts should be sent to:

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
    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 a reference* from an individual, preferably in a supervisory position, who is familiar with the applicant's work history, motivation and work habits, and capacity for independent and self-directed learning. Applicants can download the Reference Template to send to their referee.

    * It is the applicant’s responsibility to notify their referee 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 Program Director, GCID, for more information.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021.

Updated June 01 2021 by laurab

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