Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Professional Arts
(4 years—120 credits)
Regulations effective Sept. 1, 2009

Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

The Bachelor of Professional Arts program is designed for students who have completed an approved two-year diploma or equivalent from an accredited college or institute of technology. Some students may qualify to earn additional credits through prior learning assessment.

There are four majors offered in the Bachelor of Professional Arts degree: Communication Studies; Criminal Justice; Human Services; and Governance, Law, and Management.

Students must complete the regulations that are in effect at the time they enrol in the program. Inactive students (students who have not registered for a course within 12 months from the last contract date) must re-enrol and follow the regulations in effect at the time of re-enrolment.

Students are strongly encouraged to register in their English course early in their program.

Program Plans

Our online program plans can assist you in selecting the courses needed to fulfill your program requirements.

Counselling Services offers an assessment website, "Mapping Your Future: Your Career and Athabasca University."

Common Core Courses  
Communication Studies Major
Criminal Justice Major
Governance, Law and Management Major
Human Services Major
  Program Structure  
  Total credits in the program 120
  Enrolment requirement 60
  Minimum Credits Required beyond the College Diploma  
  Core courses 12
  Major and elective and/or option courses 48
  Total 60
  Residency requirement: A minimum of 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University 30
  Graduation with Distinction or Great Distinction. At least 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in order to be considered. 24
  Within the Degree Students are Required to Earn for Degree Completion  
  Senior (300/400) level 48
  400 level 18
  Maximum credits allowed at junior (200) level 12
  Common Core

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