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Athabasca University

Bachelor of Management (Four years—120 credits)*

* The 4-year Bachelor of Management is closed to new students as of July 1, 2020. Existing students will be able to remain in the program until July 1, 2025.

Regulations effective September 1, 2019.

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.

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.

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. For more information about this regulation, please review the Undergraduate Degree Conversion from Three- to Four-Year Program 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).

Regulations Governing All Bachelor of Management Students

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

Students must have a weighted average of at least 1.7 (C-) across all courses taken at Athabasca University towards a Bachelor of Management degree in order to graduate.

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 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) 39
Options 21
Required courses (Years 3 and 4) 30
Options 30
A minimum of 12 Business and Administrative Studies credits must be at the 400 level (includes ADMN 404 and ADMN 405). 12
Residency requirement. A minimum of 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in senior (300/400 level) courses. These 30 credits must include ADMN 404 and ADMN 405, plus 12 credits from the list of required courses for Years 3 and 4. 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 (39 credits)

ACCT 250 Accounting for Managers (3)
ACCT 253 Introductory Financial Accounting*
*Students who are planning to pursue a professional accounting designation or further courses in FNCE 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 Interpersonal Communication (3)

COMM 277

Group Communication

CMIS 245 Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows) (3)
ECON 247 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 248 Macroeconomics (3)
LGST 369 Commercial Law (3)
MGSC 301 Statistics for Business and Economics I (3)
MKTG 396 Introduction to Marketing (3)
MATH 244 Business Mathematics (3)
MATH 260 Calculus for Social Sciences and Economics*
* Recommended for students who wish to pursue 400-level FNCE courses.
MATH 265 Introduction to Calculus I
MATH 270 Linear Algebra I
PHIL 252 Critical Thinking (3)
PHIL 333 Professional Ethics (3)
PHIL 337 Business Ethics

Options* (21 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 12 credits at the senior (300/400) level (an ENGL course is recommended) (18)
* A maximum of 3 credits allowed in any area of study at the preparatory (100) level.

Years 3 and 4

Required Courses (30 credits)

ACCT 355 Cost Analysis (3)
ADMN 417 International Business Management (3)
ECON 401 The Changing Global Economy
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems (3)
FNCE/ECON 300 Financial Economics (3)
FNCE 370 Overview of Corporate Finance*
* Students planning to pursue further courses in FNCE or ACCT should select FNCE 370.
MGSC 312 Statistics for Business and Economics II (3)
MGSC 368 Introduction to Production and Operations Management (3)
MGSC 369 Service Operations Management
ORGB 364 Organizational Behavior (3)
HRMT 386 Introduction to Human Resource Management (3)
ADMN 404 Capstone I: Strategic Management*
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)

Business and Administrative Studies credits at the senior (300 or 400) level (24)
Non "Business and Administrative Studies" credits at the senior (300 or 400) level. (6)


Information effective Sept. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020.

Updated June 24 2020 by laurab

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