I just read a post by Rich Douglas where he discusses his experience at the University of Leicester's Doctorate of Social Sciences (https://www.degreeinfo.com/index.php?threads/university-of-leicester-doctor-of-social-science-what-happens.56199/#post-526939). Thanks for writing that. It was pointed out in that thread there that few people describe their experience inside a program in detail. Since I haven't run into anyone else on DI who has attended Athabasca, I thought I'd make my contribution for future readers. I enrolled in Athabasca after graduating from a 2-year Social Service Worker diploma program. At most Ontario universities they'll give you a maximum of one year transfer credit towards your Bachelor's degree but AU has a degree-completion program where they'll give you 2 years (60 credits out of the 120 credit program.) At this point I had completed my 2 year Social Service Worker, 1.5 semesters of Accounting (I left to take a full time job in the social services field, getting a Business Fundamentals certificate.) I also had one aborted semester at Trent University for Psychology. So I had credits littered around. The application was very simple and cost $100 (it's now $118 CAD). I sent them my transcripts and they admitted me within a couple weeks. They have open admission so the longest wait time is to get your transcripts and do the Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE). I was assessed my original 60 credits from my SSW diploma plus an additional 12 from my other coursework. So I had to do 16 courses (48 credits) to get my degree. Courses start monthly. If using financial aid, you're stuck on their system (12 week courses, often two semesters per year of a maximum of 5 courses) but if you're self-funded you have up to 6 months and can take as many courses at a time as you would like. I started with one course, then "laddered" them, registering for 2 at a time and then having a third start in the same month or the month before a previous one ended. This helped me proceed more quickly through the courses. Athabasca uses an Instructor model where course content is developed by Professors who may or may not be the same ones delivering the content. Each course is made up of a study guide that includes Learning Outcomes, a reading selection or selections, study questions, and a "Commentary" that is written material to replace the lecture. You basically do the readings, take the notes, write the papers as they tell you to, and submit them. Most of my courses I had virtually no contact with the instructor outside of grading, but they deliberately include two reflection courses (one when you start the program and one as your capstone) where you must communicate at length with your instructor about what your goals and plans are, to help you "integrate the knowledge" of the other courses. Exams were a mix of multiple choice and short/long answers. I had no exams that were solely multiple choice. A few courses had no exams at all. All of the Instructors had a minimum of a Master's degree. In fact, all but two had their PhDs (one was a Criminal Intelligence Analyst working for the Calgary PD and I can't recall the other one.) The cost of your textbook is included in tuition, and they ship them to you. You can also rent material (ebooks or print books) from the university library and they'll ship them to you with a box to ship the material back. Because they participate in the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system, I was able to write a paper on the SLEIPNIR assessment tool used by the RCMP after the ILL system helped me gett the relevant manual off the shelf of the Public Safety Canada Library and Information Centre in Ottawa so that was pretty neat. They use an up-to-date Moodle platform and I never had any technical issues. I only used ProctorU for exams once. I much preferred to write them at my local college. Exams were graded within 2 weeks but usually much quicker (once, much longer and when I wrote to confirm that paper exam had been received a 50% showed up the next day so I never was sure if that was retaliation.) Assignments are marked within 8 business days. You get access to the course as soon as you register so I did complete one course in a month just by doing the content before the class started (basically I registered for September but it was only July so in the meantime I worked through everything and submitted it all for grading on September 1. On September 20 or so I got my credit.) They're also RA (Middle States) in addition to having Canadian degree-granting authorization through the Act of Parliament that created the University. Athabasca offers degree-completion Bachelor of Professional Arts and Bachelor of Commerce, as well as regular undergraduate and graduate degrees (BA, BSc, MA, MSc) in fields you might expect (Applied Mathematics, Computer and Information Science, French, Human Science, History, Psychology, etc.) They also offer a Master of Counseling (MC) degree and a few certificates. Tuition is steep. 1. If you live outside Canada, you pay $1840.25 CAD or $1434.53 USD per course, or about $448 USD a credit, regardless of citizenship. 2. Live inside Canada, but not a citizen or permanent resident: $1432.25 CAD ($477 CAD per credit) 3. Live inside Canada, Canadian citizen/PR, outside Alberta: $922.25 CAD ($307.42 CAD per credit) 4. Live inside Canada, Canadian citizen/PR, inside Alberta: $713.25 CAD ($237.75 CAD per credit) When I attended (I graduated Sep 2018) the fees were lower. I paid $794 a course for #3 above. Did I miss anything?