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Athabasca University

University Certificate in Management Foundations

Regulations effective September 1, 2019.

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.

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

Transfer Credit

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).

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 of study will not be restricted.

Program Requirements

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

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

ADMN 417 International Business Management (3)
ECON 401 The Changing Global Economy
ECON 247 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 248 Macroeconomics (3)
MGSC 301 Statistics for Business and Economics I

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)


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

Updated July 22 2019 by laurab

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