Master of Business Administration
Course Regulations and Procedures

How Courses Work

All online MBA courses are paced, meaning there are scheduled start and end dates, and assignment deadlines within each course. Individual course activities vary, but participation in online discussions and group projects is mandatory and forms part of the grade for every course. The learning environment is asynchronous, meaning students do not have to be online at a prescribed time.

Athabasca University may modify the list of available courses at any time.

In-residence electives are held in major cities across Canada and in several international locations.

Course Registration

Students are automatically pre-registered for Phase One and Phase Two core courses according to the course schedule provided when they commence the program. Students are considered registered for a Phase One or Phase Two core course 21 days prior to the start date of each course as indicated on the student's schedule.

Students register for online electives, electives in residence, and the applied project on an individual basis. Timelines for registration and withdrawal for elective courses and the applied project vary and are outlined in the MBA Student Handbook.

MBA students will be permitted to register for one 3-credit in-residence course following completion of MBAO 599 and STMT 500, subject to course prerequisites. Only one such Phase 2 course will be permitted before successful completion of the Phase 1 Comprehensive Exam. If the exam is not successfully completed, the student will be permitted to complete the Phase 2 course or elective they are currently enrolled in but then must defer the program of study until successful completion of the exam occurs. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that any course and/or exam participation and any assignments and/or exam participation and any assignments and/or exam requirements are maintained and submitted on time. Exemptions to these requirements may be made only by the MBA Program Director.

Successful Course Completion

A minimum grade of 60 per cent is required for both the assignments and participation components in each course. The comprehensive examination, written at the end of Phase One, is graded on a pass/fail basis; an overall grade of 70 per cent is required to pass.

It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that any course and/or examination participation and any assignments and/or examination requirements are maintained and submitted on time. There will be no leniency or considerations given to students who choose a double course workload. Exemptions to these requirements may be made only by the MBA Program Director.

Students will be permitted to register for one elective or Phase Two core course following the successful completion of the six Phase One core courses. Only one such course registration will be permitted before successful completion of the Phase One comprehensive examination. If the examination is not successfully completed, the student will be permitted to complete the course or elective in which he/she is currently registered; however, the student will then be required to defer his/her program of study until successful completion of the examination occurs.

Course Withdrawal

Students are considered registered for Phase One and Phase Two core courses on the 21st day before the start date for each course. Students can withdraw from courses in which they are pre-registered or registered subject to the following:

  • To avoid academic penalty, a course withdrawal request must be received within 14 calendar days of the course start date. Withdrawals will not occur by default, and a course withdrawal fee will apply.
  • Students withdrawing after 14 days from the start date of the course will receive a W (Withdrawal) grade on their transcript. Full course tuition will be required to re-register in the course.
  • Students who do not withdraw within 14 days of the course start date and/or do not complete the course will fail the course and an F (Fail) grade will be awarded. Full course tuition will be required to re-register in the course.

Incomplete Status

Under extraordinary circumstances, students may receive permission for an incomplete status for a course but they must submit such a request to the academic coach before the course end date. The academic coach will seek approval from the course manager to grant incomplete status.

If approved, students will have up to a maximum of 30 calendar days to complete the outstanding individual written assignments (as approved). Group assignments and participation components of the course are not included under this policy.

Re-registrations and Repeats

Students who have received a Fail (F) or Withdrawal (W) grade in any course in the MBA program may repeat that course only once. Full tuition will be required for each course repeated.

Students who fail to successfully complete the same course twice will be removed from their program of study, with no opportunity for re-enrolment. Students who fail a comprehensive examination may repeat the examination only once. A fee will be charged for repeating the examination and the student must wait until the next scheduled offering of the examination to re-write it. Students who fail the second writing of the comprehensive examination will be withdrawn from the program with no opportunity for re-enrolment.

Course Refunds

Program tuition paid is refunded after the tuition portion for the courses completed and currently registered in is deducted, and any outstanding administrative fees are processed.

Computer System Requirements

Access to a microcomputer is mandatory for the completion of assignments and contact with other students, staff and the Faculty of Business. The Faculty of Business maintains a current list of technical requirements.

Grading Systems

Each assignment and participation component that is to be counted towards the final grade for a course shall be given a percentage grade from the academic coach. Please review the Graduate Grading Policy and Academic Records FAQ for more information on grading scales.

Comprehensive examinations and the applied project are graded on a pass/fail basis.

Information effective September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019.