A student body
Our students come from all over the world, not just to learn, but also to contribute their knowledge, experience and global perspectives to our online classrooms.
This is what they have to say about AU.
Carter Yellowbird, MBA
"An MBA is one of the best degrees anyone could have ... it gives you freedom, and that's what it's all about"
Tilly Jensen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Accounting
"Educators have an obligation to be more creative and innovative in how they use online technology. The goal should never be to simply replicate what has traditionally been done face-to-face."
Teang Tang, BComm program
"What I have learned is helping me shape the strategy of my business, quantifying the results of the actions I want to take. I chose Athabasca University specifically because I enjoy the independent learning approach it takes and the ability to incorporate my studies within my schedule. AU allows me to balance everything."
Richard Vaillancourt, DBA program
"The AU Doctorate in Business Administration is more practitioner oriented than other programs. We still study a lot of theory, but we work on how theoretical approaches can be practically applied. That holds more meaning to me."
Lyudmila Bezpala Brown, MBA
"I have this message for other women (or men!) who want to have a great career and family, and think they can't do it all: YES YOU CAN do it. It's tough, but you can do it!"
Maj. Brian Roach, MBA
"I chose to do my MBA with AU because it allowed me to take my studies wherever my military work took me. What the MBA developed for me was the diverse range of analytical skills that boost confidence to act. It is exceptionally helpful in dealing with my work now, and I'm sure it will be in future opportunities."
Joyce Fortune, PhD, MBA Academic Coach
“I teach from England, but the way AU has structured the course environment allows me to get a real sense of my students and who they are. You see them working day in and day out throughout the eight weeks you are with them. You don't just get the final assignment; you see them develop."
Rosalie Hilde, DBA
“Previously I did research but not at this level. Now I feel like being a researcher could also be a career. This is a new discovery for me and it was possible because of the AU DBA program.”
Tyler Nagel, BComm
“I chose AU specifically because of the at-your-own-pace learning model, but I stayed because of the faculty and support. They surpassed my expectations over and over."
Terry Beckman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Marketing
"In a classroom, a student asks you a question and you have to answer right away with the best knowledge you have off the top of your head. In the online program, I can think a few minutes or even go look something up.The student gets a more valuable answer."
Athabasca University Faculty of Business Accreditations
AU is recognized by the Government of Alberta and reports to the Government of Alberta through the Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education. Through Alberta’s Post-secondary Learning Act, the government authorizes Athabasca University Governing Council to govern the university and to grant degrees.
In 2006, AU became the first Canadian public university to receive accreditation in the United States, through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), one of six regional organizations in the U.S. that accredits universities. No other public Canadian university holds this level of foreign accreditation.
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AASCB)
- Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
- Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
- Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS)
- Canadian Federation of Business School Deans (CFBSD)
- Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE)
- Canadian Virtual University (CVU)
- International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)
- International Education Council (IEC)