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Undergraduate Calendar 2012|13

Management, 4-year – General Regulations

Bachelor of Management (Four years—120 credits)

Regulations effective September 1, 2011.

This four-year management program allows students to take the four-year general program or select majors in Marketing, Human Resources Management or Indigenous Nations and Organizations. 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 Management degree is offered by Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business. For additional information phone 800.468.6531, or email.

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 other institutions.

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 Management program. For more information about this regulation, please review the Degree Conversion Provision Policy.

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 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 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).

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.

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.

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.

Bachelor of Management: Marketing Major
Bachelor of Management: Human Resources Management Major
Bachelor of Management: Indigenous Nations and Organizations Major

Program Structure
Total credits in the program 120
Required courses (Years 1 and 2) 45
Options 15
Required courses (Years 3 and 4) 18
Options 42
Residency requirement. A minimum of 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in senior (300/400 level) courses, including ADMN 404. 30
Graduation with Distinction or Great Distinction. At least 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in order to be considered.
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 Organizations

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 Introduction to Management (3)
ADMN 233 Writing in Organizations*

* Students are strongly encouraged to register in ADMN 233 early in their program.
COMM 329 Mediated Interpersonal Communication (3)
COMM 243 Interpersonal Communication  
COMM 277 Group Communication  
CMIS 245 Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows) (3)
ECON 247 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 248 Macroeconomics (3)
FNCE 234 Introduction to Finance

FNCE 370 Overview of Corporate Finance
LGST 369 Commercial Law (3)
MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics

MATH 216 Computer-oriented Approach to Statistics

MGSC 301 Statistics for Business and Economics I*

*strongly recommended
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)
1. Business and Administrative Studies credits at the junior (200) or senior (300/400) level (3)
2. Non "Business and Administrative Studies" credits 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.

Years 3 and 4

Required Courses (18 credits)
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 ECON 401.
HRMT/ORGB 386 Introduction to Human Resource Management (3)
ADMN 404 Strategic Management*
  * 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.  
Options (42 credits)
1. Business and Administrative Studies credits at the senior (300/400) level (18)
2. Non "Business and Administrative Studies" credits. At least 15 credits are required at the senior (300/400) level. (24)
Among the above options, students must select nine credits (three courses) of critical perspectives courses selected from the following list:

GOVN/POLI 301 Governance, the Public Sector and Corporate Power (3)
GOVN/GLST/POLI 403 Public Policy in a Global Era (3)
GOVN/GLST/POLI 440 Global Governance and Law (3)
IDRL 305 Collective Bargaining (3)
IDRL 312 Conflict and Accommodation (3)
POLI 480 The Politics of Cyberspace (3)
PSYC 300 Theories of Career Development (3)
PSYC 379 Social Psychology (3)
SOCI 300 Organization and Society: How to Make Sense of Modern Organizational Life (3)
SOCI/WGST 345 Women and Work in Canada (3)
SOCI 348 Sociology of Environment and Health (3)
WGST/HSRV 421 Advocacy from the Margins (3)


Information effective Sept. 1, 2011 to Aug. 31, 2012.

Updated January 24, 2017