Master of Business Administration - Executive, M.B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The Athabasca University Master of Business Administration - Executive integrates theory and practice by focusing on real business problems, building on the knowledge and expertise of both teachers and learners.


In 1994, AU logged on with the world’s first fully interactive online program, and since then has continued to build a tradition of excellence in online management education.

Today, the AU MBA is Canada’s largest executive MBA Master of Business Administration - Executive program, and has earned a place among the top MBAs in the world.

AU’s 24 hour online format makes it feasible and practical to work on a high quality MBA while still meeting your commitments to work and family. Designed to fit individual schedules, the Master of Business Administration - Online Executive program from Athabasca University can be successfully completed from home, work, or even while travelling. You need not leave work for a month, a year, or even every second Friday. You control your study hours, working at the time and place that’s right for you.

Our curriculum is challenging, and concentrates on the key management areas that affect organizational performance: strategy, analytics, human resources, finance, marketing, operations, and information technology. It requires you to exercise your critical thinking and decision making skills, and to apply what you are learning to your work in your own organization—leading to immediate workplace and career impacts.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • MBA Orientation
  • Strategic Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • Marketing Management
  • Managerial Economics and Quantitative Analysis
  • Operations Management
  • Comprehensive Exam for Phase One
  • Information Technology Strategy
  • Corporate Finance
  • Strategy and Organizational Analysis
  • Managerial Ethics and Decision Making

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance, Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments
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English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Academic Requirements

You can apply to the AU Executive MBA through one of three pathways:
  • You have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university* plus at least THREE years of managerial experience (managerial experience must demonstrate progressive responsibility and should include managing people, projects, or budgets, or any combination of these)
  • You hold an accepted professional designation and at least FIVE years of managerial experience,
  • You have at least EIGHT** years of progressively responsible managerial experience.

*If you have a degree accredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) or Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the additional assessment is not required.

**Students who wish to apply to the Executive MBA on the basis of experience only (minimum 8 years of substantial management experience) must apply to the PBDM first. Upon successful completion of all Phase One courses and the comp exam, they may apply to transfer into Phase Two of the MBA.

Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.

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

    24432.5 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48865 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    24432.5 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48865 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 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- $48,865
  • Applied Project Route- $44,584
  • A $400 program surcharge applies to students living outside of Canada


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