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MBA for Accountants

Athabasca University and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada have partnered to give accountants enhanced access to AU’s online MBA for Executives program.

Your professional accounting designation qualifies you for transfer credit in related course areas. This will reduce your program completion time and tuition costs. And if you have completed an undergraduate degree in business within the past 10 years, our accelerated route could further reduce your time and costs.

Why take the online MBA for Accountants?

AU’s online MBA lets you complete your business education without having to take time away from your job or your life. Do your course work whenever and wherever works best for you. Your MBA peers will be management professionals from a variety of industries and locations.

You will broaden the scope of your strategic management and learn to think about organization-wide strategy from the executive viewpoint. You will also hone and expand your skills in managing information, people, resources, markets, and operations.

Learn more about the AU online MBA

Entry routes into the MBA for Accountants

If you have one of the following designations, you can enter the online MBA with transfer credit and associated tuition reduction:

  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Certified General Accountant (CGA)
  • Chartered Accountant (CA)
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)

Depending on your background, you can apply for the standard or accelerated entry route.

Select the standard entry route if you have:

  • 1 of the accounting designations above,
  • a non-business undergraduate degree,
  • and at least 3 years of managerial experience.


  • 1 of the accounting designations above
  • at least 5 years of managerial experience.

Select the accelerated entry route if you have:

  • 1 of the accounting designations above,
  • an undergraduate degree in business, completed within the past 10 years with an overall GPA of 3.0
  • and at least 3 years of managerial experience.

Standard entry route to the online MBA for Accountants

Under the standard entry route, you could receive transfer credit for 2 core courses and 1 elective course. This will allow you to finish your MBA up to 6 months faster.

This route acknowledges the financial education and experience you have gained as a professionally designated accountant.

Accelerated entry route to the online MBA for Accountants

If you hold an Accounting designation in good standing (CA, CMA, CGA, or CPA), and a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Management, or similar business degree, you can finish your MBA in as little as 17 months.

This accelerated route acknowledges that the academic knowledge from your business degree—combined with your accounting knowledge and workplace experience—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. Complete 2 mandatory online courses, then design the rest of your program to suit your needs. You can choose from online and in-residence electives, international electives, and a major research project.

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