Regulations effective September 1, 2020.
The Bachelor of Commerce Indigenous Business Major is designed in response to a need for Indigenous business-related education.
This new and unique business program, offered only at Athabasca University, will enable you to focus on principles of Indigenous business and governance. This major blends cultural relevance into the core management curriculum.
The program also acknowledges and develops the role of traditional knowledge in academic institutions. It will prepare you to meet the needs of the kind of community that you may service when you graduate.
If you have career interests in Indigenous (Aboriginal) business, this program will provide you with the opportunity to concentrate your studies in areas such as leadership, management, community development, and negotiation.
There are two routes to the Bachelor of Commerce (Post Diploma) Indigenous Business Major:
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) Indigenous Business Major, 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 66 credits towards this degree program. All diplomas presented must be approved for credit by Athabasca University.
Those students holding an AU-approved two- or three-year professional diploma in a non-business field from an accredited college or technical institute may receive a block transfer award for their diploma of between 30 and 60 credits towards this degree program. The minimum block transfer award for an AU-approved diploma is 30 credits. Students must also complete the required courses (30 credits), and the required and options courses in the Business-Field Diploma-Holder Route. All diplomas presented must be approved for credit by Athabasca University.
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 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.
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.
|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||up to 66|
|Required credits - Years 3 and 4||30|
|Required Indigenous Business major credits||27|
|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 (300/400 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|
AU-approved college diploma
|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)|
*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 Behaviour||(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.|
Indigenous Business Major Required Courses (27 credits) †
|INST 203||Indigenous Studies I*
* INST 203 should be taken before other major required courses in the program.
|INST 430||Indigenous Governance||(3)|
|INST 440||Principles of Indigenous Business||(3)|
|INST 450||Financial Management for First Nations Institutions and Organizations
|INST 460||Management of Indigenous Institutions and Organizations||(3)|
|INST 470||Leadership of Indigenous Institutions and Organizations||(3)|
|INST 480||Comparative Indigenous Models of Government: International Models||(3)|
|Other senior-level (300/400) INST credits||(6)|
|† If you have completed a course that refers to Indigenous peoples’ perspectives with learning outcomes similar to the learning outcomes of an Athabasca University course, you are encouraged to apply for a transfer credit.|
|Options (3 credits)|
|Senior (300 or 400) level Non "Business and Administrative Studies" credits.||(3)|
Information effective Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021.
Updated April 12 2021 by laurab