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Athabasca University

Master of Business Administration
Program Application

Admission to the MBA program occurs three times each year. Application deadlines are June 15 for a fall start, October 15 for a winter start, and March 15 for a spring start.

Applicants must provide:

  • a completed application form;
  • a detailed resumé demonstrating appropriate management experience;
  • three letters of reference, preferably two business and one academic. References from personal friends or relatives will not be accepted. It is the applicant's responsibility to notify his or her references that, in accordance with the Province of Alberta's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the information contained in the letter of reference is not considered to be confidential. The applicant, upon request, may view the information. The letters shall normally contain full contact information for the reference, be signed on company letterhead, and be sent directly to the Faculty of Business, Athabasca University;
  • a 1,000 word personal essay;
  • official transcripts of post-secondary education and/or professional designation(s) sent directly to the Faculty of Business, Athabasca University, from the respective institution(s). Applicants with degrees obtained outside of North America may be required to have educational qualifications assessed independently (see International Transcripts)*;
  • a non-refundable application fee.

Upon acceptance to the program, students must pay the required non-refundable admission fee.

For detailed information on applying to the program, visit the MBA program website.

* Note: The submission of undergraduate degree transcripts is mandatory for applicants applying for the undergraduate degree plus three years of managerial experience pathway and for those applying for the accelerated entry route. For all other applicants, the submission of official transcripts for diplomas, undergraduate and post-graduate degrees, as well as professional designations, is strongly encouraged.

Non-Program Application

Non-program applicants must make formal application to Student Services, Faculty of Business, and include the following:

  • a completed application form;
  • a cover letter stating their interest in the course(s) to be taken and why they would like to select the course(s);
  • permission letter from their Program Director to take the course (if registered in another degree program outside Athabasca University);
  • a current, chronological resumé detailing their managerial experience;
  • reference letters in support of their academic and management abilities as well as their ability to work effectively in teams (if requested);
  • copy of transcripts (if you have completed an MBA or equivalent master degree from another accepted university);
  • non-refundable application fee.

Information effective September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021.

Updated April 13 2021 by laurab

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