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. 

The Admissions Committee considers your entire application profile holistically, which includes academic records, managerial/professional experience, an essay, and letters of reference. Your application is assessed on the basis of your own merit and is considered separately from other applications.

Athabasca University follows the “Open University” philosophy. A key part of our mission and mandate is to reduce barriers to entering post-secondary education globally. At the master’s level, this includes admission pathways that go beyond recognition of undergraduate degrees: if you do not have an undergraduate degree but have significant management experience (see pathway #3 below), we encourage you to apply.

You can apply to the AU Executive MBA through any of three pathways:
 
AU MBA Admission Pathways
1.You have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university plus at least THREE years of managerial experience*, OR
2.You hold an accepted professional designation (see list) and at least FIVE years of managerial experience*, OR
3.You have at least EIGHT years of progressively responsible managerial experience.*
*managerial experience: experience managing people, projects and/or budgets.

TO APPLY:

  1. Ensure you meet at least one of the basic MBA entrance requirements, outlined above
  2. Review and begin assembling the required application components, outlined below
  3. Complete the online application form, attach your resume and essay, and submit your $200 non-refundable application fee.

 

PLEASE READ this entire page (or print and read pdf instructions provided at right) BEFORE completing the application form, requesting references, or arranging transcripts.

Once your COMPLETE application package – including reference letters and transcripts – has been received, your student services coordinator  will send it for review by the Executive MBA Admissions Committee. Generally, you will receive a decision within two weeks.

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REFERENCE LETTER GUIDELINES:

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

  • February 15 for Spring
  • June 15 for Fall
  • October 15 for Winter

A COMPLETED APPLICATION MUST INCLUDE

  •  A list of current and past job positions (most recent first) that includes
    • company name and industry sector
    • position duration (month and year) and location
    • employment status (full-time or part-time)
    • for part-time employment (less than 35 hours per week), average hours worked per week
  • Description of duties and responsibilities that includes
    • managerial and supervisory experience, including project management
    • number of direct reports
    • budgetary responsibilities
  • Formal education and training that includes
    • name of post-secondary institution attended
    • degree or program sought or obtained
    • start and end dates (month and year)
    • academic achievements or awards received
    • other training / educational experiences that relate to career and education goals (i.e. courses, workshops attended, etc.)
  • Additional information that includes
    • informal activities or life experiences that relate to career and graduate education goals
    • a list of memberships in professional organizations
    • a list of volunteer and community roles and activities

The MBA Admissions Committee prefers two business references and one academic reference. However, if an academic reference is unavailable, the Committee will accept three business references.

References must be submitted by individuals who will be able to attest to the depth and breadth of your managerial experience and suitability for graduate level studies.

References submitted by relatives or friends will not be accepted.

Academic reference guidelines»

Business reference guidelines»

PARTNERSHIP APPLICANTS:

If you are a CGA or CMA applicant, you must submit two business references plus one letter confirming membership in good standing from your provincial or territorial association/society. If you are a Department of National Defence (DND) applicant, you must submit two business references plus transcripts of required Canadian Forces College courses.

To assess your managerial experience and your potential for graduate level studies, completion of a brief (1000 word) essay is required. Please respond to the following four questions in your essay:

  • Why do you want to apply to the MBA program?
  • How have your managerial responsibilities changed and progressed throughout your career?
  • In the positions you have held, what three experiences have had the most impact on the development of your managerial skills and abilities?
  • What do you expect the program to offer you in terms of personal development, career development and learning?

Official transcripts of your post-secondary educational achievements must be sent directly to the Faculty of Business, Graduate Studies from the respective institution(s) before the application deadline. These transcripts provide the basis for evaluating your educational history and for determining your capacity for graduate studies.

Your undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree must be a three (3) or four (4) year degree in any discipline from an accredited university.

Applicants applying with an accepted professional designation must submit either official transcripts or an official letter of program completion confirming that the professional designation has been earned and that the member is in good standing.

Please have each institution send transcripts to:

Athabasca University Faculty of Business
#301 – 22 Sir Winston Churchill Avenue
St. Albert, AB Canada
T8N 1B4

NOTE: If your degree was obtained outside of Canada or the United States, your educational qualifications may require independent assessment. International transcripts can be assessed by:

or any of the organizations who are part of the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials.

Please contact Student Services at 780-459-1144 or 1-800-561-4650 to determine if this applies to you.

All applicants are required to complete and submit an online application form. Once you begin the process of applying, the form will save your progress and allow you to return on multiple occasions to complete any required fields and attach required documents.

You may choose to submit the form and all required supporting documents at once or submit one at a time as they are completed.

It is important to note that applicants without an undergraduate degree, must apply to and successfully complete phase one of the MBA (first six courses and comprehensive exam), earning the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Management, prior to continuing on to the remainder of the MBA. When completing the online application form, these applicants must select the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Management (PBMD) as the program they are applying to.

The application fee for Athabasca University Faculty of Business graduate programs is two hundred dollars in Canadian currency ($200 CAD), and is non-refundable.

You will be asked to provide payment by Visa or Mastercard when you submit your online application.