Accelerated Entry - Online Executive, M.B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The Faculty of Business from Athabasca University offers the Master of Business Administration Accelerated Entry - Online Executive program.


A new admission route for undergraduate business degree holdersFinish your AU online Executive MBA in as little as 18 months if you already have a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Management, or similar business degree, and at least three years of management experience. This accelerated route to your Executive MBA acknowledges that your undergraduate studies—in combination with the experience you have gained in the workplace since graduating—provides a solid base from which to advance into senior management study and practice.The MBA Accelerated Entry - Online Executive offered by Athabasca University gives you the flexibility to tailor your master’s studies to your own interests and career goals. Once you have completed two mandatory courses, you can design the rest of your program using a combination of online and in-residence electives, international electives and, if you choose, a major research project.Because the accelerated MBA route is part of our flagship online Executive MBA, all students study together, meaning you will enjoy the full benefits of peer learning within a student body that spans industries, sectors, and organizations across Canada and around the world .

Programme Structure

Core Courses:
Core courses help students build on their foundation knowledge to take a holistic, organizational view of the senior management function and develop an ethical framework for their leadership decisions.
  • Making Strategic Choices
  • Managerial Ethics and Decision Making
Electives / Applied Project
Students customize the remainder of their program through completion of 24 elective credits, either in the form of eight elective courses, or five elective courses plus an applied project (for a total of 30 credits).Some in residence electives are six credits and may be taken in lieu of two, three credit electives. These intensive courses are 10 weeks long and have a very heavy work load.At least one elective must be taken in residence. In residence electives are blended electives that generally combine 7 or 9 weeks of online study with a 5 to 7 day face to face portion held in locations across Canada and internationally.
  • Advanced Project Management
  • Applied Project
  • Business Law
  • Business Research Methods
  • Corporate Governance and Accountability
  • Developing Leaders
  • Energy Industries and Markets: Canada and Beyond
  • Essentials of Project Management
  • Global Marketing Management
  • The Human Side of Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Implementing Strategy Through Management Evaluation
  • International Business: Managing Legal Risks
  • Knowledge, Learning, Innovation and Performance
  • Macroeconomics and Global Economic Trends
  • Making Sense of Organizational Change
  • Managing Diversity for Competitive Advantage
  • Negotiation and Conflict Management
  • New Venture Development
  • Project Management Governance
  • Security and Risk Management
  • Services Management
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainable Development and Business
  • Technology & Innovation Management Strategy
  • Visionary and Entrepreneurial Thinking
  • International Location, changes annually

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Academic Requirements

Discussion, collaboration, and peer learning are at the heart of the AU online Executive MBA. To effectively contribute, students must have a solid base of education and management experience.

To be accepted into the Accelerated route to the Executive MBA, you must have:
  • an undergraduate degree in business, completed within the past 10 years*
  • overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
  • at least three years of managerial experience

* depending on the course content of the business degree earned, additional courses may be required. GPA is calculated across all courses taken, not the final 60 credits.

The Admissions Committee considers your entire application profile holistically, including academic records, managerial/professional experience, your essay, and letters of reference. You are assessed on your own merit and your application is considered separately from other applications.
A completed application must include:
  • Resume
  • References
  • Essay
  • Transcripts
  • Online Form
  • Fees

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    7882.25 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31529 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • National Applies to you

    7882.25 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31529 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Course Based Route
  • Applied Project Route - $27,248.00
  • A $400 program surcharge applies to students living outside of Canada. The fee is based on location, not citizenship.


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