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Graduate programs

The flexibility of online learning with the focus to grow your career

Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business is a long-time leader in online graduate education. We offered the world’s first online Master of Business Administration and followed that with Canada’s first online Doctorate in Business Administration.

Our graduate programs focus on your unique needs and challenges. Apply what you learn while you work, applying theory to the real world.

Our unique online structure makes it possible to work around your job, family life, or whatever your priorities are. You’ll collaborate on your coursework with course mates you’ll come to know well. It’s the same experience as traditional university courses without the commute.

Graduate Diploma in Management

This online diploma builds on your existing management experience and expertise to give you a graduate-level foundation in general management. This stand-alone credential is the first phase of our MBA program.

Take the first step toward your MBA

Master of Business Administration

Being an online MBA student is an experience like no other. Once you are accepted into the program, you join a virtual classroom of talented managers from organizations of various shapes, sizes and industries—private, not-for-profit, and government—across the country and beyond. The AU online MBA is fully accredited and recognized globally.

In addition to our MBA, we offer the following partnership programs:

Learn more about AU's Master of Business Administration for executives

Doctorate in Business Administration

Our online DBA focuses on practical application of research to managerial settings. By the time you graduate, you will also be prepared for a potential academic career. This program is research-based, with the same level of rigour and scholarship expected of any doctoral program.

Learn more about the Doctorate in Business Administration

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