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Athabasca University

Master of Education in Open, Digital, and Distance Education
Non-Program Application


The following non-program application information is for these Distance Education programs:

  • Master of Education in Open, Digital, and Distance Education*
  • Graduate Diploma in Distance Education Technology
  • Graduate Diploma in Instructional Design
  • Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design
  • Graduate Certificate in Technology-Based Learning

* This program was previously called Master of Education in Distance Education.

Non-Program Student Status

Individuals who are not enrolled in an AU Distance Education program are permitted to register as non-program students in individual courses, space permitting.

New non-program students must complete and submit the Distance Education non-program student application form and fee (non-refundable), if applicable. This fee is required only once and is waived if previously an AU student.

Courses taken as a non-program student may also be applied towards Distance Education program degree requirements according to program regulations, if and when the student becomes a program student. The University is under no obligation to admit non-program students into AU Distance Education programs.

For more information on non-program status, contact the Distance Education office.

Non-Program Student Course Registration

Distance Education program students are given priority for course registration in each term. Non-program student registrations are then accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course registrations are accepted up until two weeks prior to the course start date. Please email the Distance Education office to confirm space in the MDDE course you are interested in and to receive the necessary manual course registration forms.

Refer to Course Regulations and Procedures for all other course-related information.


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

Updated November 18 2020 by laurab

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