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The veteran play

As the Edmonton Oilers commenced play in fall 2015, the addition of new talent—namely, Connor McDavid—and new management had fans excited about the team’s prospects. That same energy has also reached the front office, where faithful Oilers’ employee Patrick Garland sees promise for the franchise and for his own career.

Garland is the Oilers’ manager of communications and team services. He is also among the first cohort in Athabasca University’s MBA for the business of hockey program, which entered into studies in spring of 2015.

Priestner sharpens Blades with MBA

When Colin Priestner and his father—former WHL goalie Mike Priestner—purchased the Saskatoon Blades in 2013, they knew they had a big challenge ahead. Though both were experienced in sports and management, they were inheriting an organization in transition.

“It was like cleaning up after a big storm,” Priestner recalls…


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Average MBA graduating salary

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AU business students across Canada and around the world

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Online executive MBA in the world

A student body
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Our students come from all over the world, not just to learn, but also to contribute their knowledge, experience and global perspectives to our online classrooms.

This is what they have to say about AU.

Athabasca University Faculty of Business Accreditations


AU is recognized by the Government of Alberta and reports to the Government of Alberta through the Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education. Through Alberta’s Post-secondary Learning Act, the government authorizes Athabasca University Governing Council to govern the university and to grant degrees.

United States

In 2006, AU became the first Canadian public university to receive accreditation in the United States, through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), one of six regional organizations in the U.S. that accredits universities. No other public Canadian university holds this level of foreign accreditation.

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AASCB) 
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
  • Universities Canada (UC)
  • Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) 
  • Canadian Federation of Business School Deans (CFBSD)
  • Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE)
  • Canadian Virtual University (CVU)
  • International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)
  • International Education Council (IEC)