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Bachelor of Management (Post Diploma) (3 years—90 credits)

Information amended, effective September 1, 2016.

Business-field diploma-holder route: Students presenting college diplomas in business or a closely related field will receive up to 60 credits of block transfer award toward the Bachelor of Management (Post Diploma) General degree, except students presenting two-year diplomas from Ontario colleges who will receive 45 credits. These students must complete additional credits in non-Administrative Studies courses to reach the 60-credit requirement. All diplomas presented must be approved for credit by Athabasca University.

Business diploma-holder route

Non business-field diploma-holder route: Students presenting two- or three-year professional diplomas from accredited colleges or technical institutes in non-business fields, may receive between 30 and 60 credits of block transfer award toward this degree program. All diplomas presented must be approved for credit by Athabasca University. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Non business-field diploma-holder route

Transfer Credit completed more than 10 years ago in the following disciplines at the senior (300/400) level will not receive credit: ACCT, MGSC, LGST, MKTG, FNCE and TAXX. If you are currently working in the field and provide evidence of work being completed, this restriction will be waived.

Enrolment Restriction

Students will not be accepted into the Bachelor of Management program if they have

  • a degree in administration, business, commerce, or management
  • a degree with a major or concentration in administration, business, commerce, or management
  • any equivalent program from Athabasca University or another university.


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: Your Career and Athabasca University." Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

The Bachelor of Commerce degree is offered by Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business. For additional information, phone 800.468.6531, or email.

Program Structure
Total credits in the program 90
Block transfer credit for two-year business diploma into Years 1 and 2 (excluding Ontario) 60
Block transfer credit for Ontario three-year business diploma up to 66
Block transfer credit for Ontario two-year business diploma 45
Required credits: Year 3 24

Residency requirement. A minimum of 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in senior (300/400) level courses, including ADMN 404.*

*Note: There are required courses in Year 3 that are junior-level courses which cannot be applied towards the senior-level residency requirement (MATH 215 and MATH 216).

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) credit 6


Years 1 and 2 (60 credits)

AU-approved college diploma

Year 3 (30 credits)

Required Courses (24 credits)
ADMN 417 International Business Management (3)
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems (3)
ECOM 320 Overview of e-Commerce (3)
ECON 401 The Changing Global Economy*

*Students who have taken ECON 301 may not take ECON 401.

Financial Economics


FNCE 370 Overview of Corporate Finance
HRMT/ORGB 386 Introduction to Human Resource Management (3)
MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics
(MATH 215 cannot count towards senior residency requirement.)

MATH 216 Computer-oriented Approach to Statistics
(MATH 216 cannot count towards senior residency requirement.)

MGSC 301 Statistics for Business and Economics I*

* strongly recommended
ADMN 404 Strategic Management*
  * ADMN 404 must be taken with AU. Transfer credit will not be awarded. ADMN 404 should be taken as the last course in the program.  
Options* (6 credits)
Senior (300/400) level Non "Business and Administrative Studies" credits


The maximum block transfer for a diploma approved by AU is 30 credits. You must also complete the following required courses (30 credits). If you present courses equivalent to the following list, or another required course within the Bachelor of Management program, the block transfer award may increase up to 60 credits. All diplomas presented must be approved for credit by Athabasca University.

Required Courses (30 credits)
ACCT 245 Accounting Managers of Not- for-Profit Organizations

ACCT 250 Accounting for Managers

ACCT 253 Introductory Financial Accounting
ADMN 232 Introduction to Management (3)
ADMN 233 Writing in Organizations (3)
CMIS 245 Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows) (3)

COMM 243


COMM 277

Interpersonal Communication


Group Communication

ECON 247 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 248 Macroeconomics (3)
LGST 369 Commercial Law (3)
MKTG 396 Introduction to Marketing (3)
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour (3)

And the Required Course and Options under the Business-Field Diploma-Holder Route list above.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017.

Updated July 19 2016 by laurab

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