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Online MBA for Accountants

Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada logoAthabasca University and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada are committed to developing global business leaders who combine solid strategic management skills with superior financial management knowledge and an understanding of sound corporate governance.

Your professional accounting designation gives you enhanced access to Athabasca University’s online MBA for executives program and a unique opportunity to broaden the scope of your strategic management knowledge. As you work through the online programs with other talented management professionals from various industries and locations, you will hone and expand your skills in managing information, people, resources, markets and operations, and learn to think in terms of organization-wide strategy from the executive viewpoint.

AU acknowledges your financial management background by providing transfer credit in course areas related to professional accounting. Further, if you completed an undergraduate degree in business within the past 10 years, you could qualify for our accelerated online MBA for executives admission route, further reducing your program completion time.

Taking the AU MBA transformed my decision making process and introduced frameworks and tools to think more strategically and different. Having earned an accounting designation, AU gave me transfer credits, which reduced tuition costs and time to complete the program. I would highly recommend AU’s MBA to other accountants wanting to take their careers to the next level.

~ John Couto, MBA, CGA

Entry Routes into the MBA for Accountants

AU provides the opportunity to enter the online MBA for executives with transfer credit and associated program tuition reduction to holders of the following designations:

  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Certified General Accountant (CGA)
  • Chartered Accountant (CA)
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)
Select the standard entry route to the Online MBA for Executives if you have:
  • One of the accounting designations above;
  • A non-business undergraduate degree; and
  • At least three years of managerial experience.
    or
  • One of the accounting designations above; and
  • At least five years of managerial experience
Select the accelerated entry route to the Online MBA for Executives if you have:
  • One of the accounting designations above;
  • An undergraduate degree in business, completed within the past 10 years* with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0; and
  • At least three years of managerial experience.

Standard Entry Route to the Online MBA for Accountants

If you hold your CA, CMA, CGA or CPA designation, you may be able to finish your AU online MBA for executives up to six months faster.

The AU online MBA for executives for accountants acknowledges the advanced financial education and experience attained by professionally designated accountants. If you are accepted, you could receive transfer credit (and associated tuition reduction) for two core courses and one online elective course.

Professionally designated accountants who already hold an undergraduate in business can complete the program in even less time. See accelerated MBA for accountants »

Transfer Credit & Time Reduction

If you are accepted into the online MBA program with your professional accounting designation, you receive direct transfer of nine (9) credits based on previous coursework and experience, for:

  • Phase one core: Financial and Managerial Accounting (FMAC 503)*
  • Phase two core: Corporate Finance (CFIN 601)
  • One (1) three credit elective

which allows you to finish your program up to six months faster. View the full MBA program curriculum »

*Note: All full program online MBA students write a Phase One Comprehensive Exam which requires them to display understanding of FMAC 503 course content. Students can discuss this with their student services coordinator and, if necessary, purchase the course materials to review.

Structure

Phase One

Five foundational courses build upon each other and are capped by a week-long comprehensive examination.

This exam is case-based and requires students to integrate and apply all they have learned to this point.

The Phase One Comprehensive Exam requires students to display understanding of FMAC 503 course content. Students can discuss this with their student services coordinator and, if necessary, purchase the course materials to review.

Phase Two

Three core advanced courses solidify students’ holistic, organizational view of the senior management function.

In this phase, students also complete 15 elective credits, either in the form of five* elective courses, or two* elective courses plus an applied project.

At least one elective must be taken in residence. In residence electives are held in locations across Canada and internationally.

*Some in residence electives are six credits and can be taken in lieu of two, three credit electives.

Phase Two Core Courses:

Electives:

  • two, three credit elective courses plus a nine credit applied project, or
  • five, three credit elective courses

Elective Courses*

To see a list of electives you can choose from, click here »

Admissions

To be accepted into the AU online MBA with your accounting designation, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree, your designation and at least three years of managerial experience that may include managing people, projects or budgets or professional experience with management level responsibilities,
    or
  • Your designation plus at least five years of managerial experience that may include managing people, projects or budgets or professional experience with management level responsibilities.

To apply, you must also meet all the same admission requirements and construct the same application package as others who apply for the online MBA for executives program. View online MBA for executives admissions »

Tuition

Members receive a reduction from the standard online MBA tuition as a result of the nine (9) transfer credits being granted for two core courses and one elective course.

The following fee charts are examples of payment schedules, illustrating the two possible online MBA routes (applied project vs. course based). In both examples, the student has chosen just one in residence elective.

Tuition fees include e-Textbooks and our learning environment software, but do not include Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint are required), Internet charges, Graduate Student Association fees ($13 per credit), and some travel and accommodation costs associated with in-residence electives.

Note: All Fees are payable in Canadian dollars and are subject to change.


Applied Project Route  
Program application fee $205
Program admission fee $856
Transfer credit evaluation fee $295
Phase One  
5 core courses ($3,136 per course) $15,680
Phase Two  
3 core courses ($3,136 per course) $9,408
1 online elective ($3,136 per course) $3,136
Elective in-residence (Canada) $4,180
Applied Project $4,834
   
Total $38,894
Course Based Route  
Program application fee $205
Program admission fee $856
Transfer credit evaluation fee $295
Phase One  
5 core courses ($3,136 per course) $15,680
Phase Two  
3 core courses ($3,136 per course) $9,408
4 online electives ($3,136 per course) $12,544
Elective in-residence (Canada) $4,180
   
Total $43,168

You may choose to take your in residence elective outside of Canada, or choose more than one in residence elective. Your selections will affect your overall tuition; your student services coordinator can help you sort through your options.

The Application fee, admission fee, and transfer credit evaluation fee are non-refundable.

Accelerated Entry Route to the Online MBA for Accountants

If you hold your CA, CMA, CGA, or CPA designation and a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Management, or similar business degree, you can finish your Athabasca University (AU) online MBA for executives in as little as 17 months.

This accelerated route to your MBA for executives acknowledges that the academic knowledge you acquired in your undergraduate studies—in combination with your accounting knowledge and the experience you have gained in the workplace since graduating—provides a solid base from which to advance into senior management study and practice.

The accelerated online MBA route gives you the flexibility to tailor your master’s studies to your own interests and career goals. Once you have completed two mandatory online courses, you can design the rest of your program using a combination of online and in-residence electives, international electives and, if you choose, a major research project.

Transfer Credit & Time Reduction

If you are accepted into the online MBA for executives program via the accelerated entry route and hold an accounting designation, you will realize most of your benefits from the accelerated route itself which reduces overall MBA completion requirements from the standard 48 credits.

You will also receive additional transfer credit for one, three credit online elective course, meaning you will be able to complete your program even quicker and be required to complete a total of 27 credits. View structure and curriculum »

Structure

Phase One

One foundational course, Strategic Management, is taken as the pre-requisite for all other MBA courses.

Phase One Core Courses:

Phase Two

After completing one core advanced class, students complete 21 elective credits, either in the form of seven* elective courses, or four* elective courses plus an applied project.

At least one elective must be taken in residence. In residence electives are held in locations across Canada and internationally.

*Some in residence electives are six credits and can be taken in lieu of two, three credit electives.

Phase Two Core Courses:

Electives:

  • four, three credit elective courses plus a nine credit applied project, or
  • seven, three credit elective courses

Elective Courses*

To see a list of electives you can choose from, click here »

Admissions

To be accepted via the accelerated entry route to the AU online MBA for executives with your accounting designation, you must have the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree in business, completed within the past 10 years, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 credits taken, and
  • At least three years of managerial experience that may include managing people, projects, or budgets or professional experience with management level responsibilities.

You must meet all the same admission requirements and construct the same application package as others who apply for the accelerated route to the MBA. View online MBA for executives admissions »

Tuition

Members receive a reduction from the standard online MBA tuition as a result of the nine (9) transfer credits being granted for two core courses and one elective course.

The following fee charts are examples of payment schedules, illustrating the two possible online MBA routes (applied project vs. course based). In both examples, the student has chosen just one in residence elective.

Tuition fees include e-Textbooks and our learning environment software, but do not include Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint are required), Internet charges, Graduate Student Association fees ($13 per credit), and some travel and accommodation costs associated with in-residence electives.

Note: All Fees are payable in Canadian dollars and are subject to change.


Applied Project Route  
Program application fee $205
Program admission fee $856
Transfer credit evaluation fee $295
   
2 core courses ($3,136 per course) $6,272
3 online electives ($3,136 per course) $9,408
Elective in-residence (Canada) $4,180
Applied Project $4,834
   
Total $26,050
Course Based Route  
Program application fee $205
Program admission fee $856
Transfer credit evaluation fee $295
   
2 core courses ($3,136 per course) $6,272
6 online electives ($3,136 per course) $18,816
Elective in-residence (Canada) $4,180
   
Total $30,624

You may choose to take your in residence elective outside of Canada, or choose more than one in residence elective. Your selections will affect your overall tuition; your student services coordinator can help you sort through your options.

The Application fee, admission fee, and transfer credit evaluation fee are non-refundable.

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