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Athabasca University

Academic Schedule

The School of Computing and Information Systems has two program intakes per year.

The SCIS graduate office must receive all application materials by March 1 for admission to the program for Fall semester, and by October 1 for consideration to the program for the Winter semester. SCIS will accept non program applications for all three semesters.

The School of Computing and Information Systems has three terms during the academic year for group study registrations:

Fall Term 13 weeks September to December
Winter Term 13 weeks January to April
Spring Term 13 weeks May to August

For Individualized study registrations:

Individualized study courses begin on the first day of every month. For more information on registering in a course please see our Registration page.


Fall 2020

September 7 Labour Day, University closed.
September 14 First day of Fall Grouped Study Session courses.
October 1 Deadline for receipt of all application documents for admission to the program for Winter 2021 Session.
October 12 Thanksgiving, University closed.
October 14 Last day for early withdrawals from Fall Grouped Study Session courses. No record of the course will appear on the transcript. Partial refund.
October 15 Online course registration for Winter Grouped Study Session opens.
October 20 Winter 2021 admissions decisions are made and student notifications are sent. Online admissions open.
October 31 Deadline for admissions and fees for Winter 2021.
November 11 Remembrance Day, University closed
November 15 Online course registration for Winter Grouped Study Session closes.
December 13 Last day of Fall Grouped Study Session courses.
December 23 - Jan 2 Christmas Break, University will close Thursday Dec 24, 2020 and will reopen at 8:30am Monday, January 4, 2021.

Winter 2021

January 11 First day of Winter Grouped Study Session courses.
February 11 Last day for early withdrawals from Winter Grouped Study Session courses. No record of the course will appear on the transcript. Partial refund.
February 15 Online course registration for Spring Grouped Study Session opens.
February 15 Family Day, University closed.
March 1 Deadline for receipt of all application documents for admission to the program for Fall 2021 Session.
March 20 Fall 2021 admissions decisions are made and student notifications are sent. Online admissions open.
March 31 Deadline for admissions and fees for Fall 2021.
April 1 Online course registration for Spring Grouped Study Session closes.
April 2-5 Easter Break, University Closed
April 11 Last day of Winter Grouped Study Session courses.

Spring 2021

April 26 First day of Spring Grouped Study Session courses.
May 24 Victoria Day, University closed.
May 26 Last day for early withdrawals from Spring Grouped Study Session courses. No record of course will appear on transcript. Partial Refund.
June 23 Online course registration for Fall Grouped Study Session opens.
July 1 University closed, Canada Day
July 25 Last day of Spring Grouped Study Session courses.
August 2 University closed, Civic Holiday
August 4 Online course registration for Fall Grouped Study Session closes.

Updated August 27 2020 by Student and Academic Services

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