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Athabasca University

University Certificate in Management Foundations

Regulations amended, effective September 1, 2017.

The University Certificate in Management Foundations is designed to provide students with a foundational knowledge in business management. As such, there are no prerequisites for the required courses in this certificate. This structure will appeal to a broad student body.

Athabasca University has 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.

Enrolment Restriction

Students holding a Bachelor of Administration, Bachelor of Commerce, or a similar degree, may not enrol in the University Certificate in Management Foundations.

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

  • 10 years ago in Business and Administrative Studies area of study at the (300/400) level;
  • 5 years ago in the 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 of study will not be restricted. If you are currently working in the field and provide evidence of work being completed, this restriction may be waived.

The University Certificate in Management Foundations is offered by Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business, 800.468.6531, or email.

Program Structure

Total credits in the program 30
Required credits 24
Option credits 6
Residency requirement. A minimum of 15 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University. 15
Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits 6

General certificate regulations

Required Courses (24 credits)

ADMN 232 Introduction to Management (3)
ADMN 233 Writing in Organizations (3)
COMM 243 Interpersonal Communication (3)

COMM 277

Group Communication

ECOM 320 Overview of e-Commerce (3)
ECON 247 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 248 Macroeconomics (3)
MGSC 301 Statistics for Business and Economics I*
*strongly recommended

MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics
MATH 216 Computer-oriented Approach to Statistics
PHIL 252 Critical Thinking

PHIL 333

Professional Ethics

PHIL 337 Business Ethics

Options (6 credits)

1. Senior (300/400) level Business and Administrative Studies credits (3)
2. Non "Business and Administrative Studies" credits at any level (3)
Students who plan to obtain the Bachelor of Management degree are advised to choose their non "Business and Administrative Studies" course at the senior (300/400) level and to choose the Communications course relevant to the degree regulations they will be following.


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

Updated October 17 2017 by laurab

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