Athabasca University - Graduate Programs

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Athabasca University - Graduate Programs

Faculty:Centre for Innovative Management
Degree:Post-diploma; Online
Field of Study:Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Course Based:Yes
Length:1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $20,074

Fee for entire program.


The Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Management (PBDM) is awarded after successful completion of the Online MBA for executives program’s Phase One courses and comprehensive exam. The PBDM can be taken as a stand-alone credential but it is not a lower level of study than the MBA for executives program; it is a portion of the MBA program and thus, the admission requirements are the same.

The MBA Phase One core courses integrate to provide working managers with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in the key areas of general management: strategy, economics, human resources, finance, marketing, and operations. Again, since the PBDM is part of the MBA program, all courses are online and paced. PBDM students and MBA students take their classes together, and PBDM students who successfully complete all Phase One courses and the comprehensive exam may apply to transfer directly into Phase Two of the MBA.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Applicants will have any one of the following qualifications: an undergraduate degree from an accredited university and at least three years of managerial experience; an accepted professional designation and at least five years of managerial experience; or a minimum of eight to ten years of substantial managerial experience.
    Test Scores:
    • CanTEST or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration)
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Work Experience
    A personal essay outlining the applicant's goals, experience, and expectations is required. Applicants must provide a copy of transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on April 24, 2023