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Athabasca University

Bachelor of Management (Post Diploma) Indigenous Nations and Organizations Major

Regulations effective September 1, 2017.

The Bachelor of Management Indigenous Nations and Organizations (INO) Major is designed in response to remarkable changes in the educational needs of Indigenous peoples, particularly the need for business-related education.

This new and unique business program, offered only at Athabasca University, will enable you to focus on principles of Indigenous business and governance. This major blends cultural relevance into the core management curriculum.

The program also acknowledges and develops the role of traditional knowledge in academic institutions. It will prepare you to meet the needs of the kind of community that you may service when you graduate.

If you have career interests in Indigenous (Aboriginal) business, this program will provide you with the opportunity to concentrate your studies in areas such as leadership, management, community development, and negotiation.

The Bachelor of Management degree is offered by Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business. For additional information phone 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 developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

Regulations Governing All Bachelor of Management Students

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

Program Structure

Total credits in the program 120
Block transfer credit for two-year business diploma (excluding Ontario)   60
Block transfer credit for Ontario two-year business diploma   45
Block transfer credit for Ontario three-year business diploma  up to 66
Required credits - Years 3 and 4   18
Required Indigenous Nations and Organizations major credits   27
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. 24
Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits   9

Years 1 and 2 (60 credits)

AU-approved college diploma

Years 3 and 4 (60 credits)

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.  

Indigenous Nations and Organizations Major Required Courses (27 credits) †

INST 203 Indigenous Studies I*

* INST 203 should be taken before other major required courses in the program.
INST 430 Indigenous Governance (3)
INST 440 Indigenous Business (3)
INST 450 Financial Management for Indigenous Institutions and Organizations
INST 460 Management of Indigenous Institutions and Organizations (3)
INST 470 Leadership of Indigenous Institutions and Organizations (3)
INST 480 Comparative Indigenous Models of Government: International Models (3)
INST Other senior-level (300/400) INST credits (6)
If you have completed a course that refers to Indigenous peoples’ perspectives with learning outcomes similar to the learning outcomes of an Athabasca University course, you are encouraged to apply for a transfer credit.

Options (15 credits)

1. Senior (300/400) level Business and Administrative Studies credits. (9)
2. Senior (300/400) level Non "Business and Administrative Studies" credits. (6)


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

Updated March 07 2018 by laurab

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