Regulations effective January 5, 2021 to August 31, 2021.
This program is designed for students seeking a rigorous, technically based business degree comparable in content to most Bachelor of Commerce degrees in Canada. Courses in all core business areas are required, including marketing, statistics, financial accounting, management accounting, finance, economics, information systems, strategic management, organization behaviour, and commercial law.
All students in the Bachelor of Commerce program will complete a common set of core courses in Years 1, 2, 3, and 4. The core courses are the same for the general Bachelor of Commerce degree and the following three majors.
The Accounting Major is designed for students wishing to pursue an accounting career, and offers flexibility and generous transfer arrangements to meet professional accounting association requirements. Students will focus on financial, management and taxation accounting, along with auditing and accounting information systems.
The Business Technology Management Major is intended for students with a career focus in the areas of business technology management and management information systems, and is delivered using online systems.
The Finance Major is a contemporary major, integrating finance and economics courses to provide graduates with a broad exposure to this growing services sector. The field of financial services involves the study of financial markets, financial instruments and investment decision making, and analyzes alternative methods to obtain, manage, and use capital by institutions and individuals.
The Marketing Major will prepare you to tackle the marketing challenges of any organization, as well as to take on associated management responsibilities in finance, operations and human resources for your unit or department.
The Human Resources Management Major will give you the broad-based business knowledge you need to become not only a successful HR professional, but a respected management professional who knows how to contribute to departmental and organizational goals.
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.
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. Students with a three-year AU degree may convert that degree into the four-year Bachelor of Commerce program. For more information about this regulation, please review the Undergraduate Degree Conversion from Three- to Four-Year Program Policy.
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 will receive up to 60 credits of block transfer award toward the first two years of the Bachelor of Commerce.
A passing grade is required in ACCT 250 or ACCT 253, CMIS 245, ADMN 233 or ENGL or COMM at the junior level or higher (3 credits), ECON 247, ECON 248, and MGSC 301 (or their equivalencies) in order to meet degree requirements. If no equivalents are found, the credits remaining to complete the degree may increase. View the program plans for help in planning your degree.
Applied and technology degrees are not considered to be a basis of admission for second undergraduate degree programs. Applicants presenting applied or technology degrees from recognized colleges or technical institutes will be considered for admission in the post-diploma regulations of the program.
Transfer credit awarded may be increased up to residency limits for additional course work taken outside the first credential that applies. Preparatory (100 level) credits cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of a second undergraduate degree.
Exceptions to these regulations may be permitted to allow a course-by-course assessment in consultation with the Program Director in order to maximize transfer credit so as to best advantage the student.
Residency requirement must still be maintained.
Students will not be accepted into the Bachelor of Commerce program if they have:
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 than their first undergraduate degree, will be permitted in consultation with the Program Director and reviewed by the Office of the Registrar.
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 Commerce degree in order to graduate.
Transfer Credit will not be accepted if course(s) completed more than:
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.
|Total credits in the program||120|
|Required courses (Years 1 and 2)||39|
|Required courses (Years 3 and 4)||30|
|A minimum of 12 Business and Administrative Studies credits must be at the 400 level (including ADMN 404 and ADMN 405).||12|
|Residency requirement: A minimum of 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in senior (300 or 400) level courses. These 30 credits must include ADMN 404 (3 credits) and ADMN 405 (3 credits) plus 12 credits from the list of required courses for Years 3 and 4.|
|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 credits||21|
|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 Finance are advised to take ACCT 253.
|ADMN 232||Introduction to Management||(3)|
|ADMN 233||Writing in Organizations||(3)|
|COMM 243||Interpersonal Communication||(3)|
|COMM 277||Group Communication|
|CMIS 245||Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows)||(3)|
|LGST 369||Commercial Law||(3)|
|MKTG 396||Introduction to Marketing||(3)|
|MATH 244||Business Mathematics
|MATH 260||Calculus for Social Sciences and Economics*
* Recommended for students in the Finance major.
|MATH 265||Introduction to Calculus I|
|MATH 270||Linear Algebra I|
|MGSC 301||Statistics for Business and Economics I||(3)|
|PHIL 252||Critical Thinking||(3)|
|PHIL 333||Professional Ethics||(3)|
|PHIL 337||Business Ethics|
|*A maximum of 3 credits in any area of study at the preparatory (100) level can be taken in the above 9 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)|
* Must take FNCE 370 if pursuing further ACCT or FNCE courses.
|HRMT 386||Introduction to Human Resources Management||(3)|
|MGSC 312||Statistics for Business and Economics II||(3)|
|MGSC 368||Introduction to Production and Operations Management
|MGSC 369||Service Operations Management|
|ORGB 364||Organizational Behaviour||(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.
Information effective January 5, 2021 to August 31, 2021.
Updated January 21 2021 by laurab