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Athabasca University

Bachelor of Commerce (Post Diploma) General Degree (Four years—120 credits)

Regulations effective January 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019.

There are two routes to the Bachelor of Commerce (Post Diploma) General Degree:

Business-Field Diploma-Holder Route

Students presenting two-year college diplomas in business (or a closely related field) from an accredited college or technical institute will receive 60 credits of block transfer award toward the first two years of the Bachelor of Commerce (Post Diploma) General degree, except students from Ontario colleges, who will receive 45 credits. These students must complete additional credits in non-Business and Administrative Studies courses to reach the 60-credit requirement. Ontario students with approved three-year diplomas in business (or a closely related field) will receive a block transfer award of up to 75 credits towards this degree program. All diplomas presented must be approved for credit by Athabasca University.

Non Business-Field Diploma-Holder Route

Students presenting two- or three-year professional diplomas in non-business fields from an accredited college or technical institute, will receive a block transfer award of 30 credits. All diplomas presented must be approved for credit by Athabasca University. Students must also complete the required courses (30 credits) and the required and options courses in the Business-Field Diploma-Holder Route.

The Bachelor of Commerce (Post Diploma) degree is offered by Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business. For more 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. Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

Regulations Governing all Bachelor of Commerce (PD) Students

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

In order to graduate, students must have a weighted average of at least 1.7 (C-) across all courses taken at Athabasca University towards a Bachelor of Commerce (Post Diploma) General Degree.

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).

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

Bachelor of Commerce: Accounting Major (Post Diploma)
Bachelor of Commerce: Business Technology Management Major (Post Diploma)
Bachelor of Commerce: Finance Major (Post Diploma)

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 75
Required credits (Years 3 and 4) for two-year diploma 30
Required credits (Years 3 and 4) for Ontario three-year diploma 30
A minimum of 12 Business and Administrative Studies credits must be at the 400 level (including ADMN 404 and ADMN 405). 12

Options

Senior (300/400) level Business and Administrative Studies credits 24
   Ontario three-year diploma 9
Senior (300/400) level Non "Business and Administrative Studies" credits 6
   Ontario three-year diploma 6
Residency requirement: A minimum of 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in senior (300 or 400) level courses, including ADMN 404 and ADMN 405. 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 for two-year diploma
  • 45 credits for Ontario three-year diploma

1. Business-Field Diploma-Holder Route

Required Courses (30 credits for two-year diploma and Ontario three-year diploma)

ACCT 355 Cost Analysis (3)
ADMN 417 International Business Management (3)
  or
ECON 401 The Changing Global Economy
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems
(3)
FNCE/ECON 300 Financial Economics (3)
  or
FNCE 370

Overview of Corporate Finance*

* Must take FNCE 370 if pursuing further ACCT or FNCE courses.

MGSC 312 Statistics for Business and Economics II (3)
MGSC 368

Introduction to Production and Operations Management

(3)
  or
MGSC 369 Service Operations Management
ORGB 364 Organizational Behavior (3)
HRMT 386 Introduction to Human Resources Management (3)
ADMN 404 Capstone I: Strategic Management* (3)
ADMN 405 Capstone II: Application and Integration of Contemporary Business Topics* (3)
  *ADMN 404 and ADMN 405 must be taken with AU. Transfer credit will not be awarded. These courses should be taken as the last courses in the program.  

Options
30 credits for two-year diploma
15 credits for Ontario three-year diploma

Senior (300/400) level Business and Administrative Studies credits

Ontario three-year diploma

24

9

Senior (300/400) level Non "Business and Administrative Studies" credits*

Ontario three-year diploma

6

6

*PHIL 333 Professional Ethics and PHIL 337 Business Ethics is strongly recommended if not already taken within diploma.

2. Non-Business-Field Diploma-Holder Route

The block transfer award for a diploma approved by AU is 30 credits. If you present courses equivalent to the following list, or another required course within the Bachelor of Commerce program with the diploma, the block transfer award may increase up to 60 credits. All diplomas presented must be approved for credit by Athabasca University. Students complete the following courses (30 credits) and the required and options courses in the Business-Field Diploma-Holder Route list.

Required Courses (30 credits)
ACCT 250 Accounting for Managers (3)
  or
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 (3)
CMIS 245 Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows) (3)
COMM 243

Interpersonal Communication

(3)
  or
COMM 277 Group Communication
ECON 247 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 248 Macroeconomics (3)
LGST 369 Commercial Law
(3)
MGSC 301 Statistics for Business and Economics I (3)
MATH 244 Business Mathematics (3)
  or
MATH 260 Calculus for Social Sciences and Economics
  or
MATH 265 Introduction to Calculus
  or
MATH 270 Linear Algebra I

NOTE: And the required and options courses in the Business-Field Diploma-Holder Route list.

 

Information effective Jan. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2019.

Updated May 07 2019 by laurab

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