University Certificate in Management Applications

At a glance

  • Credential: university certificate
  • Credits: 30
  • Next start: monthly

We understand that the world of management is more than just spreadsheets and bottom lines—it's about people, innovation, and adaptability. That's why AU’s online University Certificate in Management Applications is designed to equip you with a well-rounded skill set that goes beyond the basics.

Be a part of the AU student community

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. Sign up to receive more information from AU and start your education with us.

About University Certificate in Management Applications

The University Certificate in Management Applications at Athabasca University is a comprehensive online program designed for those looking to gain a holistic understanding of administration. This certificate covers key areas such as accounting, computers and management information systems, finance, organizational behaviour, human resources management, law, and marketing. It's not just about mastering the technical aspects—we focus on preparing you for the ever-changing management landscape by emphasizing people skills, adaptability, and innovation.

Admission requirements

There are no formal admission requirements for this program. All you need is to be 16 or older. You can enrol anytime and start right away, regardless of your previous education.

Please note: If you have a Bachelor of Administration, Bachelor of Commerce, or a similar degree, you cannot apply to the University Certificate in Management Applications program.

Program details


Athabasca University’s online University Certificate in Management Applications will help you develop a broad administrative perspective through a curriculum that includes:

  • accounting
  • computers and management information systems
  • finance
  • organizational behaviour
  • HR management
  • law
  • marketing
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business logo

Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Our Faculty of Business also holds AACSB accreditation, placing us among the elite 6% of business schools worldwide. This distinguished accreditation, known as the gold standard in the industry, is a testament to the rigor and depth of our program, and the high-quality education it provides.

Routes and options

Ladder to a degree

Credit earned in this certificate program may be transferred to AU's Bachelor of Management program.

To be sure you get the most benefit from your certificate courses, if you think you may want to transfer your certificate to a degree program, you should discuss your course selection with a program advisor.

Completion times

Finish this program in as little as 1 year of full-time study, or work at your own pace and take as long as you need. There is no time limit for completion. The program may be completed faster if transfer credit is applied toward your degree.

How to apply

You can apply to AU online, anytime. Once you’ve completed the online application form and paid the one-time general application fee (and transfer credit evaluation fee, if applicable), you’re officially an AU student and can start registering in courses.

How to enrol in an undergraduate program

Transfer and advanced credit

If you have previous post-secondary education or significant life and work experience that relates to this program, you may be eligible for transfer credit or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). This could mean fewer courses to get your AU certificate.

If you transfer credit, you must complete a minimum of 15 credits at AU.

Learn about transfer and advanced credit at AU

You will not receive transfer credit for senior (300/400) level courses more than 10 years old in the following disciplines:

  • Accounting (ACCT)
  • Management Science (MGSC)
  • Legal Studies (LGST)
  • Marketing (MKTG)
  • Finance (FNCE)
  • Taxation (TAXX)

If you are working in the field and provide evidence of current experience in these areas, this restriction will be waived.

Request and send your transcripts if you want us to consider your previous post-secondary education for transfer credit.

Learn more about MyCreds

Resources and links

Additional information that you need to know about AU and this program.

Take your first step to online learning

We'll send you helpful information about programs, financial options, applying, and studying at AU.