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Athabasca University

Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design*

* This program was previously called Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Instructional Design (PBCID).

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: $150
Program admission fee (payable upon acceptance into the program and non-refundable): $200
Non-program application fee (non-refundable) required only once and waived if previously an AU student: $103

Course Tuition Fees (includes all required materials)

Students living in Canada: $1,5491
Students living outside Canada: $1,7491

1 Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design (GCID) Course Tuition fees now include the Learning Resource fee of $160 per course. It is included in this calculation. The Athabasca University Graduate Students Association (AUGSA) fee of $13 per credit is included in the above course tuition fees.

Estimated program tuition cost (2019-2020)

The total tuition cost for a student living in Canada who takes all courses from Athabasca University, would be $4,647 ($1,549 x 3, three-credit course equivalents). Application and admission fees are not included in the above calculation. The AUGSA fees are included.

Other fees

Transfer credit evaluation fee (one time): $276
Transfer credit evaluation fee (international)(one time): $276
Letter of Permission fee:
Western Deans' Agreement administration fee (non-AU visiting students) $250/course
Course extension fee: $276
Course withdrawal processing fee1: $373
Continuation (program extension) fee. Same as course tuition fees (see above).  
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 the same as course fees. Continuation fees are normally assessed when program students do not register in the required six credits per academic year of course work. Continuation fees may be charged to students that exceed the maximum completion time limit.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020.

Updated June 11 2019 by laurab

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