Partnerships & Collaborations
Canadian College of Health Leaders
CCHL is a national, non-profit, professional association dedicated to developing, promoting, advancing, and recognizing excellence in health leadership. Eligible Canadian health care professionals can receive credit toward the Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation while completing the MBA program.
Certified General Accountants of Canada (CGA-Canada)
Athabasca University’s innovative alliance with the Certified General Accountants of Canada (CGA-Canada) enables CGAs to augment their accounting and financial knowledge with in-depth knowledge of general management. Elective concentrations in areas such as information technology, entrepreneurship, and project management enable CGAs to advance their knowledge in areas relevant to their current professional requirements.
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Certified Management Accountants of Canada (CMA Canada)
The strategic alliance between CMA Canada and Athabasca University combines CMA Canada’s distinguished reputation for developing strategic financial management professionals with Athabasca University’s acknowledged leadership in graduate management education. Recognizing the CMA designation as a leading advanced management accounting credential, Athabasca University offers CMAs advanced standing and transfer credit for financial and accounting courses and electives in its MBA program.
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Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (ICAA) Partnership
As an ICAA member, your designation has taken you far. Now there’s an opportunity to take your career even farther. Athabasca University’s online MBA for executives allows you to enhance your knowledge and skills to set new goals, take on new projects and think strategically about your industry, organization and role within your organization. In the AU MBA, you will be applying theory to practice and learning alongside students from the world’s top companies in a variety of industry sectors and levels of management. The AU MBA is designed for the new world of work, bringing together leaders and managers across the globe for a first class educational experience.
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Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA)
Athabasca University and the Supply Chain Management Association are committed to developing strategic business leaders who combine innovative management leadership skills with superior supply chain management knowledge. The strategic alliance between Athabasca University and SCMA enables students who hold a Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation enhanced access to AU’s online MBA program by providing transfer credit allowing you to finish your MBA program up to six months faster.
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Lehigh Hanson Materials Limited
Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business and Lehigh Hanson have partnered to provide key Lehigh staff located in western Canada and the U.S. with graduate level training in the area of supply chain management.
AU-FB and Princess Auto have partnered to enhance their internal staff development program. Key personnel are taking AU-FB courses from undergraduate level to MBA including our Leadership stream of LMD courses.
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
AU-FB and the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) have developed a series of courses (MMC) designed specifically for individuals in the manufacturing sector that are poised to take on management and leadership roles within their organizations. CME recognized through their Management Issues Survey that management and leadership skills are the highest growing area of need for Canada’s manufacturers.
Undergraduate Partnerships and Collaborations
The Western Hockey League (WHL) Partnership
A partnership that helps some of North America’s best young hockey players attain post-secondary education while pursuing their hockey dreams.
In 2009, the Western Hockey League (WHL) and Athabasca University entered into a partnership to improve access for WHL players to university level courses both during and after their time actively playing in the league.
As part of the comprehensive WHL Education and Scholarship program offered to all players, the costs for university courses are covered by WHL clubs. With the flexibility Athabasca University courses provide, players can more easily combine their university studies with a demanding hockey schedule. Another key benefit to AU’s online format is that if a player is traded mid-season, his education goes along with him, undisrupted.
The WHL also offers each player a full one-year post-secondary education scholarship for each year he spends in the league.
Who can take advantage?
WHL players who study at AU are in a variety of situations when it comes to their hockey career. Many are current WHL players, but there are also WHL alumni who are either no longer playing hockey or have moved onto a pro league.
The partnership has been a great success, with player enrollment growing from 60 in the partnership’s first year to 114 during the 2011/12 WHL season.
The Canadian Football Players League Players Association (CFLPA) Partnership
AU is the official education provider for CFL players—both past and present, providing players the opportunity to further their university education while working around busy football schedules.
In 2014, the Canadian Football League Players Association (CFLPA) and Athabasca University entered into a partnership to improve access for CFL players to university level courses both during and after their time actively playing in the league.
As part of the comprehensive CFL Education and Scholarship program offered to all players, the costs for some university undergraduate courses are covered by the players association. With the flexibility Athabasca University courses provide, players can more easily combine their university studies with a busy football schedule. Another key benefit to AU’s online format is that if a player is traded mid-season, his education goes along with him, uninterrupted.
Who can take advantage?
Current CFL players and CFL alumni are eligible.
Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS)
The CORS diploma is awarded by the Canadian Operational Research Society to students who have completed a program of studies with significant research content in operations management.
The CORS Diploma is awarded by the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) in association with recognized Canadian universities to students who have completed a program of studies with significant research content in Operations Management. The objective of the diploma as stated by the CORS is to encourage students to pursue an educational program with significant exposure to Operational research and to recognize their achievement in successfully completing such a program.
CORS Diploma Requirements at Athabasca University:
In order for Athabasca University students to obtain the CORS Diploma they must complete the following courses with a minimum average grade of 70% (B). In cases where more than one course is listed, taking any of the courses would satisfy the requirement.
Area 1: Operational Research Techniques
- Linear Programming (MGSC 405)
- Simulation (MGSC 405)
- Decision Analysis (MGSC 312/MGSC 405)
- Dynamic Programming
- Integer Programming (MGSC 405)
- Nonlinear Programming
- Heuristic Optimization
- Queuing (MGSC 405)
- Production/Inventory (MGSC 368)
- Project Management
- Facilities Location/Layout (MGSC 368)
- Supply Chain Management
Area 2: Probability and Statistics
- Random Variables and Distributions (MGSC 301)
- Estimation and Hypotheses Testing (MGSC 301)
- Regression Analysis (MGSC 312)
At least two of:
- Analysis of Variance (MGSC 312)
- Stochastic processes
- Statistical testing
- Quality control and reliability
- Time series or other Forecasting models (MGSC 312/MGSC 368)
Area 3: Computer and Systems
- Basic computer tools such as spread sheets, database management systems, and statistical analysis packages (CMIS 245)
- Basic Computer Programming (COMP 268 or COMP 308)
One of the following is strongly recommended:
- Management information systems (CMIS 351)
- Geographic information systems
- Decision support systems
- Artificial intelligence (COMP 456)
Area 4: Applications of Operational Research
- Project course (MGSC 499)
- Work experience
AU business degrees can be completed through a combination of AU online courses and Lakeland College courses to obtain an AU business degree.