Accreditations & Memberships


Athabasca University (AU) is one of four research-intensive, publicly funded institutions of the Province of Alberta. You can rest assured that your AU experience represents a rigorous, high quality university education. We are a respected and recognized university with a proven track record.

Athabasca University is fully accredited in Canada and the United States.


AU is recognized by the Government of Alberta and reports to the Government of Alberta through the Ministry of Advanced Education. AU’s quality assurance mechanisms and program proposals are reviewed by the Campus Alberta Quality Council. AU has the mandate for the provision of university-level distance education programs in Alberta. Through Alberta’s Post-secondary Learning Act, the government authorizes Athabasca University Governing Council to govern the university and to grant degrees. Members of Governing Council are appointed by Orders in Council of the Government of Alberta.

United States

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.


  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)*
    • Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business is currently engaged in the path to AACSB accreditation, more information on our journey can be found here.
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
  • Universities Canada (UC)
  • Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS)
  • Canadian Federation of Business School Deans (CFBSD)
  • Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE)
  • Executive Doctorate of Business Administration Council (EDBAC)
  • International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)
  • International Education Council (IEC)
  • MBA Roundtable

More information on Athabasca University’s collaborations and partnerships can be found on the main campus web site »