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Athabasca University

Master of Education in Open, Digital and Distance Education

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

A non-refundable convenience charge will be charged when using Visa or Mastercard to pay student fees. American Express is no longer an accepted method of payment. For more information on the convenience charge, please visit the Financial Services website.

The following fees are effective for courses starting September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022. 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: $163
Program admission fee (payable upon acceptance into the program and non-refundable): $226
Non-program application fee (non-refundable) required only once and waived if previously an AU student: $107

Course Tuition Fees (includes all required materials)

Students living in Canada: $1,7501
Students living outside Canada: $1,9671

1Master of Education in Open, Digital and Distance Education (MEd) Course Tuition fees now include the Course Administration and Technology fee of $147 and Course Materials fee of $32 per course, plus the Athabasca University Graduate Students Association (AUGSA) fee of $13 per credit.

Estimated program tuition cost (2021-2022)

The total tuition cost for a student living in Canada who takes all courses from Athabasca University, would be $19,250 ($1,750 x 11, three-credit course equivalents). The AUGSA fees, Course Administration and Technology fee, and Course Materials fee are included in the above calculation. Application and admission fees are not.

Other fees

Transfer credit evaluation fee (one time): $301
Transfer credit evaluation fee (international)(one time): $301
Continuation (program extension) fee. Same as course tuition fees (see above).
Course extension fee: $289
Letter of Permission fee:
Western Deans' Agreement administration fee (non-AU visiting students) $250/course
Course withdrawal processing fee1: $391
AU Graduate Student Association Fee (per credit) $13

1The course withdrawal processing fee is a mandatory administrative fee charged when a student withdraws from a course. For early withdrawal only, the student will be refunded the full course tuition fees (see above) less the course withdrawal processing fee. Refer to Withdrawals.

Continuation Fees

Continuation fees are normally assessed when program students do not register in the required six credits per academic year of course or thesis work or when students have completed all required course work but have not yet completed their thesis oral exam or e-Portfolio defense. Continuation fees may be charged to students that exceed the maximum completion time limit.

Information effective September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.

Updated July 30 2021 by laurab

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