Master of Business Administration - Executive, M.B.A.

Master of Business Administration - Executive, M.B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Athabasca University Master of Business Administration - Executive integrates theory and practice by focusing on real business problems, building on the knowledge and expertise of both teachers and learners.


  • The curriculum concentrates on the management areas critical to organizational performance, and requires you to connect the program to your experience in your own organization or an organization with which you are familiar.
  • There are three student intakes per year for the AU Online MBA for executives program:  Winter, Spring, and Fall.  Each intake of students is assigned a Student Services Coordinator who is their main administrative contact throughout the program.
  • 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 courses as a cohort.  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 courses (core and elective) are eight weeks long and three (3) credits* (with the exception of some six-credit, ten week in-residence electives). The applied project is nine (9) credits, to be completed within a five month period. The MBA is 48 credits total.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • MBA Orientation
  • Strategic Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • Marketing Management
  • Managerial Economics and Quantitative Analysis
  • Operations Management
  • Comprehensive Exam for Phase One
  • Information Technology Strategy
  • Corporate Finance
  • Strategy and Organizational Analysis
  • Managerial Ethics and Decision Making

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      Usual program completion time is two and one-half to three years; the program must be completed in five years.

    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance, Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

A completed application must include:

  • Resume
  • References
  • Essay
  • Transcripts
  • Online Form
  • Fees

Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    24432.5 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48865 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    24432.5 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48865 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Course Based Route- $48,865
  • Applied Project Route- $44,584
  • A $400 program surcharge applies to students living outside of Canada


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