Our online graduate management programs are designed, developed and delivered using our robust online learning environment to provide the high level of interactivity for which our school is known. AU’s learning environemnt software is supplied to all new AU graduate business students.

To run the IBM Notes platform, you will require one of the following operating systems:
Windows Vista, 7, 8, or 8.1OSX Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion
2 GB free hard drive space2 GB free hard drive space
Administrative accessAdministrative access

As well as the following peripherals and software:

  • high speed Internet access (cable, DSL, cellular, satellite) capable of downloading a 500 MB file
  • MS Office 2007 or newer (2008 or newer for Mac) including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • security software for protection against viruses and spyware
  • 24 bit colour monitor (1024 x 768 SVGA)
  • printer
  • sound card and speakers


  • Should the system requirements change while you are in the program, you may need to upgrade.

Windows Compatible

Athabasca University’s graduate business programs have been designed within our unique online learning environment. The Faculty of Business technical team provides support for this environment, and not for computer problems that should be directed to your computer manufacturer.

Purchasing MS Office

MS Office for Windows or Mac platforms can be purchased at many retailers, or directly from Microsoft’s website at: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products/microsoft-office-365-for-home-or-for-business-office-online-FX101825692.aspx?CTT=97  Some retailers may have special pricing for students.

Special Microsoft Office® Offer—The Ultimate Steal

We are pleased to announce a special partnership with Microsoft which offers our students the opportunity to purchase Microsoft Office® Professional Academic 2010 at a discounted rate. To purchase the software or to obtain further information, click here:

The Ultimate Steal Website

To purchase software at this discounted rate, you will need to register using your Lotus Notes Internet email address (format: firstname_lastname@dba.athabascau.ca) and may be required to provide other proof of enrollment. Please note that Athabasca University provides this information to you as a benefit, and is not able to provide further information on this offer or provide support with the purchase and/or install of the software.

Student ID Cards

Student ID cards are available to enrolled students. Visit http://www.athabascau.ca/html/depts/registry/idcards.html to apply (you will need your student ID number).