Athabasca University

Athabasca University
Faculty of Business
1 University Drive Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3
1-780-675-6100 (international) or 1-800-788-9041 (toll-free in Canada/US)
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Athabasca University is accredited by AACSB.

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Online program

DurationAccelerated entry route: In as little as 1.5 years Regular route: 2.5 to 3 years. All requirements must be completed in 4 years (accelerated entry route) or 5 years (regular route).
IntakeMarch, June, October
Admission Requirements
  • Have an undergraduate degree from an accredited post-secondary institution, and at least 3 years of acceptable managerial experience that may include supervisory or professional experience with management-level responsibilities
  • OR Have an acceptable professional designation as approved by the Graduate Management Program Council and at least 5 years of acceptable managerial experience that may include supervisory and professional experience with management-level responsibilities;
  • OR Have a minimum of 8 years of substantial managerial experience and relevant education and/or training. Applicants without a degree or designation must first apply to the AU Graduate Diploma in Management (GDM) and upon successful completion, transfer into Phase 2 of the MBA program. The GDM is identical to Phase 1 of the MBA.
Application Checklist
  • A completed application form
  • Official transcripts of post-secondary education and/or professional designation(s) sent directly to the Faculty of Business, Athabasca University, from the respective institution(s). Applicants with degrees obtained outside of North America may be required to have educational qualifications assessed independently (see International Transcripts)
  • 3 letters of reference, preferably 2 business and 1 academic. References from personal friends or relatives will not be accepted. It is the applicant's responsibility to notify his or her references that, in accordance with the Province of Alberta's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the information contained in the letter of reference is not considered to be confidential. The applicant, upon request, may view the information. The letters shall normally contain full contact information for the reference, be signed on company letterhead, and be sent directly to the Faculty of Business, Athabasca University
  • A 1000-word personal essay
  • A non-refundable application fee
  • A detailed resumé demonstrating appropriate management experience