All Athabasca University
courses are available through distance or online education. Please
visit our Courses—Search page
You may also search our courses by their area
of study (Humanities, Social Science, Science, etc.).
• a keyword Search for
• Full course list arranged
subject or area of study
• Courses listed by type
• Course availability
Reference section 3.0 Undergraduate
Programs, if you are looking for full programs rather than individual
Course Fees and Materials
The payment of course fees entitles students to receive most learning resources. Learning resources include, but are not limited to, texts, student manuals, study guides, tutorial assistance where provided, and other instructional materials required to complete the course for the period of active registration.
Miscellaneous fees for small items such as binders, calculators,
home lab materials, etc., may be associated with many Athabasca
University courses, and are the responsibility of the student.
Course Start Dates
All of Athabasca University's individualized-study courses have
start dates and contract (end) dates. These courses always begin
on the first day of a month.
The start date is also the first day that you may contact your
tutor. Your contract date is the last day of your individualized-study
course. Course contract dates always fall on the last day of a month.
All of your course work, including assignments, quizzes, and exams,
must be completed before the contract date.
Grouped-study or e-Class® courses follow similar timelines
as other traditional university courses and usually begin in September
and January. These courses generally last 13 weeks (three credit
course) and 26 weeks (six credit course).
An Athabasca University course may occasionally be unavailable
because it is being revised or the learning resources may be temporarily
depleted. Please confirm the course is available before you register
by referencing the Course
Availability Web site.
Challenge for Credit
If you believe that you have already obtained the competencies
presented in a particular course, you may challenge it. Not all
Athabasca University courses may be challenged. The Office of the
Registrar maintains a list
of courses that are available for challenge and each course
syllabus notes its challenge status.