Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Management
(Four years—120 credits)
Regulations effective September 1, 2005

This four-year management program allows students to take the four-year general program or select majors in Marketing or Human Resource Management. Many of Athabasca University's management courses are offered entirely online, and others offer significant online enhancements.

A degree in management will better prepare graduates for the changing business world of today. Graduates will possess the critical thinking, communications, and management skills needed to excel in a variety of work environments. Graduates will gain an important competitive advantage by completing this program.

The Bachelor of Commerce degree is offered by Athabasca University's School of Business, 800.468.6531, or e-mail.

Classroom Setting

In addition to completing this degree through online and distance learning, you have the option to take Bachelor of Management courses in a classroom setting at the following Alberta institutions: Grande Prairie Regional College (Grande Prairie), Lethbridge Community College (Lethbridge), Medicine Hat College (Medicine Hat), and Red Deer College (Red Deer). Refer to Sections 9.3 and 9.4 for information.

Degree Conversion Provision

Students who have been awarded a three-year Athabasca University (AU) degree may convert from the three-year into the four-year program in the same degree area or major.

You must complete the program regulations in effect at the time of your enrolment into the four-year program degree. If you follow the conversion regulations and obtain your four-year degree, it will replace your three-year degree. You will be considered to have one four-year degree only. Students who have completed a three-year degree that is now closed, may enrol in the four-year program. In these circumstances, considerably more than one year of study may be required.

The degree conversion provision is available to three-year AU program graduate students only. Graduates of other institutions must follow the second undergraduate degree regulations to convert from the three-year to four year degree. If you choose to convert your three-year degree, please complete and submit a General Application Form.   The appropriate courses that you completed in the three-year degree will be applied to the four-year degree. Admissions and Evaluations Services will notify you of the remaining courses required to complete your new degree.

Second Undergraduate Degree

Students who hold a recognized first degree in a field outside of business or management and who wish to obtain an AU undergraduate degree in a different subject area, must apply under the second undergraduate degree regulations. These students may transfer in up to 50 per cent (60 credits) into the four-year degree program, based on course work in the first degree that is applicable. Preparatory (100 level) credits cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of a second undergraduate degree.  

Enrolment Restriction

Students will not be accepted into the Bachelor of Management program if they have

• a degree in administration, business, commerce, or management; or

• a degree with a major or concentration in administration, business, commerce, or management; or

• any equivalent program from Athabasca University or another university.

Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment. Students are strongly encouraged to register in ADMN 233 and PHIL 252 early in their program.

Athabasca University advisors have developed a program plan to assist you. Counselling Services offers an assessment Web site, "Mapping Your Future: Your Career and Athabasca University." Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.


Bachelor of Management: Marketing Major

  Bachelor of Management: Human Resources Management Major  
  Program Structure  
  Total credits in the program 120
  Residency requirement. A minimum of 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University   30
  Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credit   21
  Years 1 and 2
  Required Courses (45 credits)
ACCT 245 Accounting for Managers of Not-for-Profit

ACCT 250 Accounting for Managers
ACCT 253 Introductory Financial Accounting*
*Students who are planning to pursue a professional accounting designation
are advised to take ACCT 253.
ADMN 232 Administrative Principles (3)
ADMN 233 Writing in Organizations (3)
COMM 329 The Practice of Interpersonal Communications
COMM 377 Communication and Problem Solving in Groups (3)
CMIS 311 Case Studies in Management Information Systems or  
CMIS 245 Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows)* 1.
*strongly recommended
COMP any junior (200) or senior (300/400) level COMP course
ECON 247 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 248 Macroeconomics (3)
FNCE 234 Introduction to Finance
FNCE 370 Overview of Corporate Finance (3)
LGST 369 Commercial Law (3)
MATH 215 Statistics
MATH 216 Computer-Oriented Approach to Statistics
MGSC 301 Statistics for Business and Economics I (3)
MKTG 396 Introduction to Marketing (3)
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour (3)
PHIL 252 Critical Thinking (3)
PHIL 333

Professional Ethics


PHIL 337 Business Ethics  
SOCI 321 Sociology of Work and Industry (3)


Options* (15 credits)

Business and Administrative Studies at the junior (200) and senior (300/400) level (3)
Non-Business and Administrative Studies with a minimum of 6 credits at the senior (300/400) level (12)

*A maximum of 3 credits allowed in any area of study at the preparatory (100) level. 2.

  Years 3 and 4
  Required Courses (18 credits)
ADMN 404 Business Policy* (3)
ADMN 404 must be taken with AU. Transfer credit will not be awarded. ADMN 404 should be taken as the last course in the program.  
ADMN 417 International Business Management (3)
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems (3)
ECOM 320 Overview of E-Commerce (3)
ECON 401 The Changing Global Economy*
*Students who have taken ECON 301 may not take 401.
HRMT/ORGB 386 Introduction to Human Resource Management (3)

Options (42 credits)

Administrative Studies at the senior level
(300 or 400)
Non-Administrative Studies credits. At least 15 credits are required at the senior (300 or 400) level.
  Among the above options, students must select 9 credits (3 courses) of critical perspectives courses selected from the following list:
GOVN 400 Governance and Leadership (3)
GOVN/GLST 403 Public Policy in a Global Era (3)
IDRL 305 Collective Bargaining (3)
IDRL 312 Industrial Relations: A Critical Introduction (3)
SOCI 300 Organization and Society: Making Sense of Modern Organizational Life (3)
POLI 480 The Politics of Cyberspace (in development) (3)
PSYC 300 Theories of Career Development (3)
PSYC 379 Social Psychology (3)
WMST 321 Advocacy from the Margins (3)
  1. CMIS 245 added in March 2010 and grandfathered.  
  2. This note was added in Jan. 2010 and is grandfathered.  

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