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Athabasca University

Bachelor of Management (3 years—90 credits)

Regulations amended, effective September 1, 2017.

The Bachelor of Management program features a strong international perspective. The program comprises a three-year and four-year general degree program, and post diploma programs. The four-year programs allow students to select majors in Marketing, Human Resources Management or Indigenous Nations and Organizations.

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 program is offered by Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business. For additional information, phone 1.800.468.6531 or email.

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.

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.

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 university.

Regulations Governing All Bachelor of Management Students

Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Transfer Credit will not be accepted if course(s) completed more than:

  • 10 years ago in the Business and Administrative Studies area of study at the senior (300/400) level;
  • 5 years ago in CMIS (all levels);
  • 10 years ago in Statistics (all levels).

Transfer credit being used to satisfy options other than those in the Business and Administrative Studies area will not be restricted. If you are currently working in the field and provide evidence of work being completed, this restriction may be waived.

Program Structure

Total credits in the program
Required courses (Years 1 and 2)
Required courses (Years 3 and 4)
Residency requirement. A minimum of 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in senior (300 or 400 level) courses, including ADMN 404.
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) credits

Years 1 and 2 (60 credits)

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*

* Students are strongly encouraged to register in ADMN 232 early in their program.

ADMN 233

Writing in Organizations*

* Students are strongly encouraged to register in ADMN 233 early in their program.


COMM 243


COMM 277

Interpersonal Communication


Group Communication

CMIS 245 Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows) (3)
ECON 247 Microeconomics
ECON 248 Macroeconomics
FNCE/ECON 300 Financial Economics

FNCE 370 Overview of Corporate Finance
LGST 369 Commercial Law
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
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour
PHIL 252 Critical Thinking
PHIL 333

Professional Ethics


PHIL 337 Business Ethics
SOCI 321 Sociology of Work and Industry

Options* (15 credits)

Business and Administrative Studies credits at the junior (200) or senior (300/400) level
Non "Business and Administrative Studies" credits with a minimum of 6 credits at senior (300/400) level
* A maximum of 3 credits allowed in any area of study at the preparatory (100) level.  

Year 3 (30 credits)

Required courses (18 credits)

ADMN 417 International Business Management
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems
ECOM 320 Overview of e-Commerce
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
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 (12 credits)

Business and Administrative Studies credits at the senior (300/400 level)
Non "Business and Administrative Studies" credits at the senior (300/400) level


Information effective Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018.

Updated March 07 2018 by laurab

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