Athabasca University (AU) is an open university; anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to apply to become a student and take an online course or courses. Many students who take advantage of this policy are ‘visiting students’, students in programs at other universities who can’t fit certain required courses into their on-campus schedules. Others include working professionals who need a course or two in a certain topic, or people who just want to learn more about a subject such as personal finance or e-commerce.

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ACCT 245Accounting for Managers of Not-For-Profit Organizations
ACCT 250Accounting for Managers
ACCT 253Introductory Financial Accounting
ACCT 351Intermediate Financial Accounting I
ACCT 352Intermediate Financial Accounting II
ACCT 355Cost Analysis
ACCT 356Strategic and Competitive Analysis
ACCT 390Corporate Governance and Accountability
ACCT 451Advanced Financial Accounting
ACCT 453Financial Accounting Theory
ACCT 454Decision Analysis
ACCT 460Principles of Auditing
ADMN 100Introductory Quantitative Skills for Business (3)
ADMN 201Introduction to Business Studies (3)
ADMN 205Introduction to Project Management (3)
ADMN 232Introduction to Management (3)
ADMN 233Writing in Organizations (3)
ADMN 401Senior Conference (3)
ADMN 404Strategic Management (3)
ADMN 415Strategy and Technology Innovation (3)
ADMN 417International Business Management (3)
ADMN 499Directed Study in Administrated Studies (3)
COMM 100Introduction to Research and Study Skills (3)
COMM 243Interpersonal Communication (3)
COMM 277An Introduction to Group Communication (3)
COMM 329Mediated Interpersonal Communication (3)
CMIS 214Custom Applications with Visual Basic (3)
CMIS 245Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows) (3)
CMIS 311Supporting End-User Computing (3)
CMIS 314Web Applications with VBNet (3)
CMIS 351Management information Systems (3)
CMIS 431IT Leadership (3)
CMIS 455Accounting Information Systems (3)
ECOM 320Overview of e-Commerce (3)
ECOM 410Mobile Computing and Commerce (3)
ECOM 420Project in e-Commerce (3)
ECOM 425Security, Legal Issues, and Ethics (3)
ECON 247Microeconomics (3)
ECON 248Macroeconomics (3)
ECON 300Financial Economics (3)
(*cross listed as FNCE 300)
ECON 357
Intermediate Microeconomics I (3)
ECON 358Intermediate Macroeconomics I (3)
ECON 366Economic Development (3)
ECON 367Intermediate Microeconomics II (3)
ECON 380Public Finance/Expenditure (3)
ECON 385Money, Banking, and Canadian Financial Institutions (3)
ECON 401The Changing Global Economy (3)
ECON 475International Trade (3)
ECON 476International Finance (3)
ENTP 212Entrepreneurship (3)
FNCE 234Introduction to Finance (closed; see FNCE 300)
FNCE 300Financial Economics (3)
*cross-listed as ECON 300
FNCE 249Personal Investing (3)
FNCE 322Personal Finance (3)
FNCE 370Overview of Corporate Finance (3)
FNCE 371Applications in Corporate Finance (3)
FNCE 401Investments (3)
FNCE 403Risk Management (3)
FNCE 405Empirical Finance (3)
FNCE 408e-Commerce and Risk Management (3)
FNCE 470Portfolio Management (3)
HRMT 208Intro-Pensions Representation (3)
HRMT 300Human Resource Planning (3)
HRMT 301Recruitment and Selection (3)
HRMT 322Employment Law in Canada (3)
HRMT 326Wages and Benefits (3)
HRMT 387Strategic Human Resource Mgmt (3)
IDRL 215Introduction to Labour Relations
IDRL 305Collective Bargaining
IDRL 320Labour Law in Canada
IDRL 498Directed Study in Industrial Relations
IDRL 499Doing Research in Organizations
MGSC 301Statistics for Business and Economics I (3)
MGSC 312Statistics for Business and Economics II (3)
MGSC 368Introduction to Production and Operations Management (3)
MGSC 369Service Operations Management (3)
MGSC 405Quantitative Approaches to Decision Making (3)
MGSC 418Supply Chain Management (3)
MGSC 419Information Technology Project Management (3)
MGSC 499Applied Projects in Management Science (3)
MKTG 396Introduction to Marketing
MKTG 406Consumer Behaviour
MKTG 410e-Marketing
MKTG 414International Marketing and Exporting
MKTG 420Advertising and Promotion
MKTG 440Marketing Strategy
MKTG 454Sports Marketing
MKTG 466Marketing Research
ORGB 300Organizational Culture
ORGB 319Motivation and Productivity
ORGB 326Organizational Theory
ORGB 327Leadership in Organizations
ORGB 364Organizational Behaviour
ORGB 390Managing Change
TAXX 301Taxation I
TAXX 304Introduction to U.S. Tax
TAXX 401Taxation II

Your AU business program will require you to select some of your optional courses from disciplines other than business to round out your education.

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New to business studies? Try these:

Introduction to Business Studies
An overview course, covering the fundamental business topics studied in most business degrees around the world.
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Introduction to Research and Study Skills
Gain the academic skills you need to be a successful university student.
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Do you have previous study or work experience in a certain area? You may be able to challenge a course for credit.