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Athabasca University

University Diploma in Arts

Regulations effective September 1, 2016.

The University Diploma in Arts is designed for students who wish to obtain an intermediate credential that provides a grounding in the intellectual skills required of university studies. It is also a foundation for further studies in Humanities and Social Science.

Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Students who have completed a more senior-level credential (e.g., bachelor's degree) may not enrol in the University Diploma in Arts program.

Program Structure
Total credits in the program 60
Minimum Credits Required
Senior (300 or 400 level ) courses 30
Arts (Humanities and Social Science) 48
Humanities 12
Social Science 12
Science area 6
Residency Requirement: A minimum of 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University. 24
Maximum Credits Allowed
In any one discipline 36
Applied Studies 6
Science 12
At the preparatory level 6
Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition credits none permitted

NOTE: The 100-level ENGL courses will not satisfy the Humanities area of study requirement in the University Diploma in Arts program. These courses may count as part of the total number of credits required for the diploma. Refer to English Writing Skills Requirement below.

English Writing Skills Requirement

Students must meet the following English writing skills requirement in order to graduate:

  • hold credit in ENGL 255 (students are strongly encouraged to register in ENGL 255 early in their program);

  • have a grade of B- (70 per cent) or better in an Athabasca University English course above the preparatory (100) level;

  • receive transfer credit for an English course in which a grade of B- or better was achieved.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017.

Updated June 28 2016 by laurab

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