Bachelor of Commerce
(Four years—120 credits)
Regulations amended, effective September 1, 2009


This program is designed for students seeking a rigorous, technically based business degree comparable in content to most Bachelor of Commerce degrees in Canada. Courses in all core business areas are required, including marketing, statistics, financial accounting, management accounting, finance, economics, information systems, strategic management, organization behaviour, and commercial law.

All students in the Bachelor of Commerce program will complete a common set of core courses in Years 1, 2, 3, and 4. The core courses are the same for the general Bachelor of Commerce degree and the following three majors.


The Accounting Major is designed for students wishing to pursue an accounting career, and offers flexibility and generous transfer arrangements to meet professional accounting association requirements. Students will focus on financial, management and taxation accounting, along with auditing and accounting information systems.

The e-Commerce Major is intended for students with a career focus in the areas of e-Commerce and management information systems, and is delivered using online systems.

The Financial Services Major is a contemporary major, integrating finance and economics courses to provide graduates with a broad exposure to this growing services sector. The field of financial services involves the study of financial markets, financial instruments and investment decision making, and analyzes alternative methods to obtain, manage, and use capital by institutions and individuals.

The Bachelor of Commerce degree is offered by Athabasca University's School of Business. For more information, phone 1.800.468.6531 or e-mail.

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 percent (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.

Degree Conversion Provision

The degree conversion provision is available to Athabasca University students who have been awarded a three-year AU degree and wish to convert to a four-year degree. Students with the three-year AU Bachelor of Administration degree may convert that degree into the four-year Bachelor of Commerce program. For more information about this regulation, please review the Degree Conversion Provision Policy.

Classroom Setting

In addition to completing this degree through online and distance learning, you have the option of registering in Bachelor of Commerce courses in a classroom setting at Grande Prairie Regional College (Grande Prairie, AB).

Enrolment Restriction

Students who hold a degree in administration, business, commerce or management, or a degree with a major, concentration, or any equivalency programs from Athabasca University or another university, will not be accepted into the Bachelor of Commerce General Program or its three majors.

Students are not permitted to obtain a second undergraduate degree in the same field or related field as their first undergraduate degree. Those students who hold an international undergraduate degree who wish to obtain a Canadian credential, or those students who wish to obtain another Bachelor's degree in a major different that their first undergraduate degree, will be permitted (in consultation with the Program Director and reviewed by the Office of the Registrar).

Regulations Governing all Bachelor of Commerce Students

Students must have a weighted average of at least 1.7 (60 percent) across all courses taken at Athabasca University towards a Bachelor of Commerce degree in order to graduate.

Students must complete the regulations that are in effect at the time they enrol in the program.

Transfer Credit completed more than 10 years ago in the following disciplines at the senior (300/400) level will not receive credit: ACCT, MGSC, LGST, MKTG, FNCE and TAXX. If you are currently working in the field and provide evidence of work being completed, this restriction will be waived.

Program Plans

Our online program plans can assist you in selecting the courses needed to fulfill your program requirements.

Counselling Services offers an assessment website, "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 Commerce: Accounting Major

  Bachelor of Commerce: e-Commerce Major  
  Bachelor of Commerce: Financial Services Major  

Program Structure

  Total credits in the program 120
  Required courses (Years 1 and 2) 36
  Options 24
  Required courses (Years 3 and 4) 24
  Options 36
  Residency requirement: At least 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in Years 3 and 4. These 30 credits must include ADMN 404 (3 credits) plus 12 credits from the list of required courses for Years 3 and 4.
  Graduation with Distinction or Great Distinction. At least 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in order to be considered. 24
  Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and
  Bachelor of Commerce General
Years 1 and 2 (60 credits)



Required Courses (36 credits)


ACCT 253 Introductory Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT 355 Cost Analysis (3)
ADMN 232 Administrative Principles (3)
ADMN 233 Writing in Organizations (3)
CMIS 311 Supporting End-User Computing
CMIS 245 Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows)*
*strongly recommended
COMP any junior (200) or senior (300/400) level COMP course
ECON 247 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 248 Macroeconomics (3)
ENGL A junior or senior level English course (3)
LGST 369 Commercial Law (3)
MATH 244 Business Mathematics
MATH 260 Calculus for Social Sciences and Economics
MATH 265 Introduction to Calculus I *
* Recommended for students who wish to pursue 400-level FNCE or 400-level MGSC courses.
MATH 270 Linear Algebra I
MGSC 301 Statistics for Business and Economics I*
* strongly recommended
MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics
MATH 216 Computer-Oriented Approach to Statistics (3)
MGSC 312 Statistics for Business and Economics II (3)


Options* (24 credits)


Business and Administrative Studies credits at the junior (200) or senior (300 or 400) level




Humanities, Science, or Social Science credits at the junior (200) level

  *A maximum of 3 credits in any area of study at the preparatory (100) level can be taken in the above 12 credits.  



Humanities, Science, or Social Science credits at the senior (300 or 400) level)

  Bachelor of Commerce General
Years 3 and 4 (60 credits)

Required Courses (24 credits)


ACCT 356 Strategic and Competitive Analysis (3)
ADMN 404 Strategic Management* (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.  
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems (3)
FNCE 370 Overview of Corporate Finance (3)
MGSC 368 Introduction to Production and Operations Management
MGSC 369 Service Operations Management
MKTG 396 Introduction to Marketing (3)
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour (3)
  And a senior (300 or 400) level Organizational Behaviour course (other than ORGB 364)

Options (36 credits) 



Any non-Business and Administrative Studies options at the senior (300/400) level




Business and Administrative Studies credits at the senior (300 /400) level with a minimum of 9 credits
at the 400 level


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