Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Management (Post Diploma)
(3 years—90 credits)
Regulations amended effective September 1, 2009


Business diploma-holder route: Students presenting college diplomas in business or a closely related field will receive up to 60 credits of block transfer award toward the Bachelor of Management (Post Diploma) General degree, except students presenting two-year diplomas from Ontario colleges who will receive 45 credits. These students must complete additional credits in non-Administrative Studies courses to reach the 60-credit requirement. All diplomas presented must be approved for credit by Athabasca University.

arrowBusiness diploma-holder route

Non-business diploma-holder route: Students presenting two- or three-year professional diplomas from accredited colleges or technical institutes in non-business fields, may receive between 30 and 60 credits of block transfer award toward this degree program. All diplomas presented must be approved for credit by Athabasca University. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

arrowNon-business diploma-holder route

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.

Enrolment Restriction

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

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

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

  •   any equivalent program from Athabasca University or another

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.

The Bachelor of Commerce degree is offered by Athabasca University's School of Business. For additional information, phone 800.468.6531, or

  Program Structure  
  Total credits in the program 90
  Block transfer credit for two-year business
diploma into Years 1 and 2 (excluding Ontario)
  Block transfer credit for Ontario three-year
business diploma
up to 66      
  Block transfer credit for Ontario two-year
business diploma
  Required credits: Year 3 24

Residency requirement. A minimum of 24 credits
must be obtained through Athabasca University in senior (300/400) level courses, including ADMN 404.*

*Note: There are required courses in Year 3 that are junior-level courses which cannot be applied towards the senior-level residency requirement (MATH 215, MATH 216, and FNCE 234).
  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 Recognition (PLAR) credit 6
  Business Diplomas:
Years 1 and 2 (60 credits)

AU-approved college diploma

  Year 3 (30 credits)
  Required Courses (24 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.  
FNCE 234 Introduction to Finance
(FNCE 234 cannot count towards senior residency requirement.)
FNCE 370 Overview of Corporate Finance (3)
HRMT/ORGB 386 Introduction to Human Resource Management (3)
MATH 215 Statistics
(MATH 215 cannot count towards senior residency requirement.)
MATH 216 Computer-Oriented Approach to Statistics
(MATH 216 cannot count towards senior residency requirement.)
MGSC 301 Statistics for Business and Economics I* (3)
  *strongly recommended  


  Options (6 credits)


Non-Business and Administrative Studies
options at the senior (300 or 400) level
  Non-Business Diplomas:

The maximum block transfer for a diploma approved by AU is 30 credits. You must also complete the following required courses (30 credits). If you present courses equivalent to the following list, or another required course within the Bachelor of Management program, the block transfer award may increase up to 60 credits. All diplomas presented must be approved for credit by Athabasca University.




Required Courses (30 credits)

ACCT 245 Accounting Managers of Not- for-Profit Organizations
ACCT 250 Accounting for Managers
ACCT 253 Introductory Financial Accounting (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 any senior (300/400) level COMP course
COMM 329 The Practice of Interpersonal Communication (3)
ECON 247 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 248 Macroeconomics (3)
LGST 369 Commercial Law (3)
MKTG 396 Introduction to Marketing (3)
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour (3)
  And the required and options courses under Business Diplomas above.

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