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Athabasca University

Bachelor of Professional Arts (4 years—120 credits)

Regulations effective September 1, 2020.

The Bachelor of Professional Arts program is a four-year program 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 are strongly encouraged to register in their English courses early in their program. Courses in the Bachelor of Professional Arts degree program are available by individualized study. Some courses are available by grouped study at selected sites. The course syllabus will indicate the delivery mode. If you have any questions, please contact the specific program advisor.

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 email
Criminal Justice Major
Governance, Law and Management Major email
Human Services Major

Program Requirements

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.

Program Structure
Total credits in the program 120
Enrolment requirement 60
Minimum Credits Required beyond the College Diploma
Common Core credits 12
Major and elective and/or option credits 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


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

Updated April 08 2021 by laurab

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