Discussion, collaboration, and peer learning are at the heart of the Athabasca University (AU) online MBA for executives. To effectively contribute, students must have a solid base of education and management experience.

To be accepted into the Accelerated route to the online MBA for executives program, you must have:

  • an undergraduate degree in business, completed within the past 10 years;
  • grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 credits taken;
  • at least three years of managerial experience.
The Admissions Committee considers your entire application profile holistically, including academic records, managerial/professional experience, your essay, and letters of reference. You are assessed on your own merit and your application is considered separately from other applications.


PLEASE READ through all tabs below and review ‘Frequently Asked QuestionsBEFORE completing the application form, requesting references, and arranging transcripts.

Once your COMPLETE application package – including reference letters and all transcripts – has been received, your graduate enrolment advisor will send it for review by the MBA for executives Admissions Committee. Generally, you will receive a decision within two weeks.


  • 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

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. You may submit three professional references, or two professional references and one academic reference.

References submitted by relatives or friends will not be accepted.

Academic Reference Guidelines
Business Reference Guidelines


If you are applying under an accounting agreement, you must submit two business references plus one letter confirming membership in good standing from your provincial or territorial association/society.

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?

ALL 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. If your degree included course work at more than one institution, please ensure transcripts are submitted from each.

Your undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree should be a four year degree in business / management from an accredited university, completed within the last ten years. Three year degrees may be accepted on a case by case basis, additional coursework may be required.

Have your transcripts sent to:

Athabasca University, Faculty of Business
201-13220 St Albert Trail
Edmonton, Alberta
T5L 4W1

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

* For accelerated program application, grade equivalency assessment for each course is required in addition to the overall educational credential assessment. Please note that not all of the agencies listed for transcript assessment provide detailed course level and grade assessment and you should check with the agency before applying for assessment.

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 together, or email your documents into ssq@fb.athabascau.ca as they are completed.

Online Application Form

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.


Applicants to the accelerated route to the MBA are also required to pay a non-refundable $276 transfer credit evaluation fee—all undergraduate degrees will be reviewed to ensure students have the full academic breadth of academic fundamentals required to move directly into advanced master’s level courses. Additional courses may be required.

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Please review ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ before applying. If you are unsure about whether you qualify, speak to an advisor.

MBA Application Deadlines: 

October 25, 2019 for January 2020 start

March 15, 2020 for May 2020 start

June 15, 2020 for August 2020 start