Deborah Hurst

Online MBA for Supply Chain Managers

Athabasca University and the Supply Chain Managers Association are committed to developing strategic business leaders who combine innovative management leadership skills with superior supply chain managers knowledge, along with the highest level of integrity based on adherence to the SCMA Code of Ethics.

Your Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation gives you enhanced access to Athabasca University’s online MBA for executives program by providing transfer credit for up to nine total credits, which will enable you to finish your online program up to six months faster.

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Online MBA for Supply Chain Managers Entry Routes

Depending on your undergraduate studies, you may qualify for either the standard entry route or the accelerated entry route to the online MBA for executives.

Select the standard entry route to the online MBA for executives if you have:
  • The SCMP designation, a non-business undergraduate degree, and at least three years of managerial experience,
    or
  • The SCMP designation and at least five years of managerial experience.
Select the accelerated entry route to the online MBA for executives if you have:
  • the SCMP designation, an undergraduate degree in business, completed within the past 10 years with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for the last 60 credits completed, and at least three years of managerial experience.
Selet to obtain SCMP designation if you have:
  • an Athabasca University MBA for executives.

Standard Entry Route to the Online MBA for Supply Chain Managers

If you have earned the SCMP designation you may be able to finish your AU online MBA for executives up to six months faster.

The AU online MBA for Supply Chain professionals acknowledges the advanced supply chain education and experience attained by completing your designation. If you are accepted, you could receive transfer credit (and associated tuition reduction) for two core online courses and one elective online course.

Professionally designated supply chain managers who already hold an undergraduate degree in business can complete the program in even less time.

Transfer Credit & Time Reduction

If you hold an SCMP designation and are accepted into the online MBA program, AU will grant direct transfer credit for up to nine (9) total credits. You will receive direct transfer credit for:

  • Phase one core: Strategic Management (STMT 500)
  • Phase one core: Operations Management (OPMT 505)
  • One (1) three credit elective

which allows you to finish your online MBA in Supply Chain Managers 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 STMT 500 and OPMT 505 course content. Students can discuss this with their student services coordinator and, if necessary, purchase the course materials to review.

Structure

Phase One

Four 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 STMT 500 and OPMT 505 course content. Students can discuss this with their student services coordinator and, if necessary, purchase the course materials to review.

Phase Two

Four 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 SCMP 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.

For application procedures, view 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 in supply chain management 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  
4 core courses ($3,136 per course) $12,544
Phase Two  
4 core courses ($3,136 per course) $12,544
1 online elective ($3,136 per course) $3,136
Elective in-residence (Canada) $4,180
Applied Project $4,834
   
Total $38,594
Course Based Route  
Program application fee $205
Program admission fee $856
Transfer credit evaluation fee $295
Phase One  
4 core courses ($3,136 per course) $12,544
Phase Two  
4 core courses ($3,136 per course) $12,544
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 Supply Chain Managers

If you have earned the SCMP designation and a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Management, or similar business degree, you can finish your AU online MBA for executives in as little as 17 months.

This accelerated route to your online MBA acknowledges that the academic knowledge you acquired in your undergraduate studies—in combination with your supply chain management 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 one mandatory online course, 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 program via the accelerated entry route and hold an SCMP designation, you will realize most of your benefits from the accelerated route itself which reduces overall online 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 the full MBA program curriculum»

Structure

Phase One

Students are exempt from all Phase One 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 with your SCMP 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
  • 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 online MBA.

For application procedures, view MBA for executives admissions»

Tuition

Supply chain management professionals receive a further reduction in the accelerated online MBA route tuition as a result of three (3) transfer credits granted for one elective course.

The following fee charts are examples of payment schedules, illustrating the two possible online MBA completion paths (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. Students are provided a detailed payment schedule upon acceptance into the program; fees are subject to change.

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
   
1 core course ($3,136 per course) $3,136
3 online electives ($3,136 per course) $9,408
Elective in-residence (Canada) $4,180
Applied Project $4,834
   
Total $22,914
Course Based Route  
Program application fee $205
Program admission fee $856
Transfer credit evaluation fee $295
   
1 core course ($3,136 per course) $3,136
6 online electives ($3,136 per course) $18,816
Elective in-residence (Canada) $4,180
   
Total $27,488

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.

Structure

The AU online MBA for executives program integrates theory and practice by focusing on real business problems, building on the knowledge and expertise of both teachers and learners. The accelerated route to the online MBA for executives assumes previous formal education and experience in management fundamentals, and allows you to choose advanced courses in the management areas you wish to develop further. All online MBA courses require you to connect your learning with your experience in your own organization or an organization with which you are familiar.

Intakes

There are three student intakes per year for the AU online MBA for executives program: Winter, Spring, and Fall. Each applicant is assigned a Graduate Enrolment Advisor who becomes their main administrative contact throughout the application process as well as throughout the online MBA program once they become students.

How Online MBA Courses Work

All online MBA courses are paced, meaning there are scheduled start and end dates, and assignment deadlines within each course. Students in each intake progress through the program’s core online courses as a cohort. Online courses are also asynchronous—meaning you are never required to be online at a particular time.

Plan to spend 20 – 25 hours per week on your studies.

All online MBA courses (core and elective) are eight weeks long and three credits (with the exception of some six-credit, ten week in-residence electives). The applied project is nine credits, to be completed within a five month period. The accelerated route to the online MBA for executives is 30 credits total.

Program Completion Time

Usual online accelerated MBA for executives program completion time is approximately 19 months. The program must be completed within four years.

Obtain your SCMP designation online

Transfer Credit

For individuals who have successfully completed the AU online MBA for executives program within the previous five years, SCMA will grant advanced standing within the SCMP program for two modules and three workshops. AU MBA graduates will be exempted from the challenge exam typically required for advanced standing.

There will be a $100.00 administrative fee per program element to manage the advanced standing application up to a maximum of $500.00 if full advanced standing is requested.

Advanced Standing Schedule

Advanced standing shall be granted by SCMA to AU MBA graduates for the following components of the SCMP program:

  • Module 4 – Operations
  • Module 5 – Knowledge Management
  • Workshop 1 – Leadership
  • Workshop 3 – Communications
  • Workshop 6 – Ethics

SCMP Designation Information

For more information on how you can register to earn your SCMP designation online please visit the Supply Chain Management Association website.

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