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Athabasca University

University Certificate in Administration

Regulations closed for new admissions as of September 1, 2008.

The University Certificate in Administration is designed for students who want a broad perspective in administration and to develop administrative skills.

Students holding a Bachelor of Administration, Bachelor of Commerce, or a similar degree, may not enrol in the University Certificate in Administration. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

The University Certificate in Administration is offered by Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business, 1.800.468.6531, 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: 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.

Total credits in the program
Required credits 24
Elective 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)
ACCT 245 Accounting for Managers of Not-for-Profit Organizations

ACCT 250 Accounting for Managers

ACCT 253 Introductory Financial Accounting*
ADMN 233 Writing in Organizations (3)
ADMN 232 Introduction to Management
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour (3)
FNCE 370 Overview of Corporate Finance*

FNCE 234 Introduction to Finance
LGST 369 Commercial Law (3)
MKTG 396 Introduction to Marketing (3)
MGSC 301 Statistics for Business and Economics I

MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics

MATH 216 Computer-oriented Approach to Statistics

* Students planning to pursue the Bachelor of Commerce program should select ACCT 253 and FNCE 370.

Administrative Studies course(s), with a maximum of three credits at the junior level. (6)



  1. To ensure that all prerequisites have been completed, students should register in ACCT 245, ACCT 250, or ACCT 253, ADMN 232, and MATH 215, MATH 216, or MGSC 301 before choosing other courses in the list.
  2. Students planning to pursue the Bachelor of Commerce program should select ACCT 253 and FNCE 370.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2008 to Aug. 31, 2011.

Updated June 28 2016 by laurab

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