Athabasca University (AU) enables Canadian Forces College (CFC) graduates to build on their military management training and experience to acquire a complementary graduate business degree.

The AU MBA offers an intensely interactive, collaborative learning environment that focuses on the transfer of academic theory to management practice, providing CFC graduates a rigorous and practical advanced business education. The combined strengths of the CFC and AU MBA programs create strong leaders with exceptional strategic thinking and decision making abilities who can manage in both military and non-military settings with ease.

What this program offers you 

Qualified CFC graduates may enroll in the Online MBA for executives and receive transfer credit for three electives.



To be eligible for admission into an Athabasca University Online MBA for executives program, you must have:

  • an undergraduate degree plus at least three years of managerial/officer experience
  • at least five years of managerial/officer experience 

AND have completed the Joint Command and Staff Program offered at CFC:

  • DS 541:  Leadership and Ethics
  • DS 542:  Command and Management
  • DS 543:  War and Society
  • DS 544:  Basic Joint Operational Planning
  • DS 545:  Component Capabilities
  • DS 546:  Advanced Joint Operational Planning
  • DS 547:  National Security and International Affairs



To complete your MBA, you must complete ten core courses, a comprehensive exam, and another nine credits in the form of either elective courses or an applied project. Expect to spend approximately 20 to 25 hours per week on your studies.

Students normally complete their MBA program in two and one-half to three years – with the transfer credit granted to CFC graduates (three electives), you will likely complete the program sooner. Our regulations state that you must complete your program within five years. You must also successfully complete one course or comprehensive examination in any 12 month period to maintain active status in the program.



CFC/DND applicants receive a reduction from the standard MBA tuition as a result of transfer credit being granted for electives. Contact

There is a $400 one-time delivery surcharge for students outside of Canada.