At AU, we recognize that achieving certain professional designations requires considerable study and subject mastery.

The following designations have been evaluated by our academic team and deemed acceptable for admission to the Online MBA for executives program.  Approved professional designations are accepted in combination with at least five years of managerial experience. All other admission requirements must be met.

*Please note that acceptable professional designations are subject to change.

ACCAMember of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
ACMAAssociate Chartered Management Accountant
AScTApplied Science Technologist
CAChartered Accountant
CETCertified Engineering Technologist
CFACertified/Chartered Financial Analyst
CGACertified General Accountant
CGAPCertified Government Auditing Professional
CGMAChartered Global Management Accountant
CHECertified Health Executive
CMACertified Management Accountant
CPAChartered Professional Accountant
CHRLCertified Human Resources Leader*
CPHRChartered Professional in Human Resources (formerly CHRP)*
EcDCertified Economic Developer
C MgrChartered Manager
FCIPFellow Chartered Insurance Professional
FCMAFellow Chartered Management Accountant
FCSIFellow of the Canadian Securities Institute
ISPInformation Systems Professional
PEngProfessional Engineer
PTech, (Eng)Professional Technologist, Engineering
PQSProfessional Quantity Surveyor
RETRegistered Engineering Technologist
PBAProfessional Business Accountant
SCMPSupply Chain Management Professional

*CHRP designations awarded in Ontario after October 29, 2014 are excluded. The CHRL designation introduced in Ontario after that date is accepted.

Applicants applying with an accepted professional designation must submit either official transcripts or an official letter of program completion confirming that the professional designation has been earned and that the member is in good standing.

Please see Admissions for more information about what should be included in your application.


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 AU Online MBA for executives program. CHE program for AU MBA students »



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.  MBA for CGAs agreement »



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, AU offers CMAs advanced standing and transfer credit for financial and accounting courses and electives in its MBA program. MBA for CMAs agreement »



Those who have completed the Joint Command and Staff Program at the CFC are considered to have the equivalent of a professional designation. Visit the Department of National Defence agreement page for full information on benefits for CFC graduates.



If you have a professional designation that does not appear on this list, but you believe it to be academically equivalent, please email us at Include the designation name, the granting association, and contact information for the association (including a web site link, if applicable).