The AU Executive MBA program integrates theory and practice by focusing on real business problems, building on the knowledge and expertise of both teachers and learners. The curriculum concentrates on the management areas critical to organizational performance, and requires you to connect the program to your experience in your own organization or an organization with which you are familiar.


There are three student intakes per year for the AU online Executive MBA program:  Winter, Spring, and Fall.  Each intake of students is assigned a Student Services Coordinator who is their main administrative contact throughout the program.

How courses work

All online MBA courses are paced, meaning there are scheduled start and end dates, and assignment deadlines within each course. Students in each intake progress through the program’s core courses as a cohort.  Courses are also asynchronous—meaning you are never required to be online at a particular time.

Plan to spend 20 – 25 hours per week on your studies.

All courses (core and elective) are eight weeks long and three (3) credits* (with the exception of some six-credit, ten week in-residence electives). The applied project is nine (9) credits, to be completed within a five month period. The MBA is 48 credits total.

Completion Time

Usual program completion time is two and one-half to three years; the program must be completed in five years.

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The MBA has three intakes per year: Winter (Jan), Spring (May), and Fall (Sep/Oct)

Structure and Schedules


*Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Management (PBDM)

Six foundational courses build upon each other and are capped by a week-long comprehensive examination.

This exam is case-based and requires students to integrate and apply all they have learned to this point.

*The PBDM and Phase One of the MBA are the same. 


Four core advanced courses solidify students’ holistic, organizational view of the senior management function.

In this phase, students also complete 18 elective credits, either in the form of six* elective courses, or three* elective courses plus an applied project.

At least one elective must be taken in residence. In residence electives are held in locations across Canada and internationally.

*Some in residence electives are six credits and can be taken in lieu of two, three credit electives.

Phase Two Core Courses:


  • three, three credit* elective courses plus a nine credit applied project, or
  • six, three credit* elective courses.
Award of Master of Business Administration degree (MBA)

Elective Courses*

To see a list of electives you can choose from, visit the Electives Schedules page »

*not all electives are on the schedule at all times; some electives are offered bi-annually.

Application Deadline:  October 15, 2014

CourseStart End
MBA OrientationJan 05, 2015Jan 09, 2015
Strategic ManagementJan 12, 2014Mar 06, 2014
Human Resource ManagementMar 23, 2015May 15, 2015
Financial and Managerial AccountingJun 01, 2015Jul 24, 2015
Marketing ManagementAug 17, 2015Oct 09, 2015
Managerial Economics and Quantitative AnalysisOct 26, 2015Dec 18, 2015
Operations ManagementJan 04, 2016Feb 26, 2015
Comprehensive Exam for Phase OneMar 16, 2016Mar 22, 2016
Information Technology StrategyTBA
Corporate FinanceTBA
Strategy and Organizational AnalysisTBA
Managerial Ethics and Decision MakingTBA


CourseStart / End DatesCRResidency
Business Research MethodsJan 05 - Feb 273None
Sustainable Development and BusinessJan 05 - Feb 273None
Business Law Jan 05 - Feb 273None
Management of Non-profit OrganizationsJan 05 - Feb 273None
The Human Side of Mergers and AcquisitionsJan 12 - Mar 206Mar 02 - 06, San Diego, CA, USA
Supply Chain ManagementFeb 02 - Apr 106Mar 02 - 06, Toronto, ON
Advanced Project ManagementFeb 09 - Apr 033Mar 02 - 06, Toronto, ON
New Venture Development
Mar 09 - May 013None
Energy Industries and Markets: Canada and Beyond
Mar 09 - May 013None
Knowledge, Learning, Innovation and PerformanceMar 09 - May 013None
Strategic LeadershipMar 09 - May 013None
Macroeconomics and Global Economic TrendsJun 01 - Jul 243None
Technology & Innovation Management StrategyJun 01 - Jul 243None
Making Sense of Organizational Change
Jun 01 - Jul 243None
Information Risk Management and SecurityJun 01 - Jul 243None
Managing Diversity for Competitive AdvantageJun 01 - Jul 243None
International Business: Managing Legal RisksJun 08 - Aug 146Jul 27 - 31, Washington, DC, USA
Developing LeadersJul 20 - Sep 113Aug 10 -14, Halifax, NS
Making Sense of Organizational ChangeAug 17 - Oct 093None
Global Marketing ManagementAug 17 - Oct 093None
Essentials of Project ManagementAug 17 - Oct 093None
Doing Business in the UKSep 21 - Nov 133Oct 17 - 24, London, England
Corporate Governance and AccountabilitySep 21 - Nov 176Oct 19 - 23, Toronto, ON
Negotiation and Conflict ManagementSep 21 - Nov 13
3Oct 19 - 23, Toronto, ON
Services ManagementOct 26 - Dec 183None
Project Management Governance Oct 26 - Dec 183None
Implementing Strategy Through Management EvaluationOct 26 - Dec 183None
New Venture Development
Oct 26 - Dec 183None

Application Deadline:  February 15, 2015

CourseStart End
MBA OrientationMay 11, 2015May 15, 2015
Strategic ManagementMay 18, 2015Jul 10, 2015
Human Resource ManagementAug 17, 2015Oct 09, 2015
Financial and Managerial AccountingOct 26, 2015Dec 18, 2015
Marketing ManagementJan 04, 2016Feb 26, 2016
Managerial Economics and Quantitative AnalysisMar 14, 2016May 06, 2016
Operations ManagementMay 30, 2016Jul 22, 2016
Comprehensive Exam for Phase OneAug 17, 2016Aug 23, 2016
Information Technology StrategyTBA
Corporate FinanceTBA
Strategy and Organizational AnalysisTBA
Managerial Ethics and Decision MakingTBA

Application deadline:  June 15, 2015

CourseStart End
MBA OrientationOct 5, 2015
Oct 9, 2015
Strategic ManagementOct 12, 2015Dec 4, 2015
Human Resource ManagementJan 4, 2016Feb 26, 2016
Financial and Managerial AccountingMar 14, 2016May 6, 2016
Marketing ManagementMay 30, 2016July 22, 2016
Managerial Economics and Quantitative AnalysisAug 15, 2016Oct 7, 2016
Operations ManagementOct 24, 2016Dec 16, 2016
Comprehensive Exam for Phase OneTBA
Information Technology StrategyTBA
Corporate FinanceTBA
Strategy and Organizational AnalysisTBA
Managerial Ethics and Decision MakingTBA