Founded in 1970, Athabasca University is a top accredited Canadian institution specialized in the delivery of distance education courses and programs.

AU Centre for Innovative Management (CIM) offered the world's first fully interactive online MBA program in 1994 and Canada's first online DBA in 2009. AU MBA is now Canadian largest Executive MBA program, and has gained a place among the top Executive MBAs in the world.

The program requires about 20 to 25 hours per week of independent study, group discussion, work on individual and group assignments. Online M.B.A. courses include Strategic Management, Managerial Economics, Human Resource Management, Financial and Managerial Accounting, Marketing Management, etc. To be eligible for admission you must have either an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with at least 3 years of managerial experience, or an accepted professional designation with at least five years of managerial experience.

The university holds the following memberships:
- Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
- Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
- Canadian Association for Distance Education (CADE)
- Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS)
- Canadian Virtual University (CVU)
- International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)
- Western Governors University (WGU)

Accreditation and Rankings:

- The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in the US.

- The MBA program was ranked among the Top three Executive MBAs in Canada (Canadian Business, 2001) and placed among the top Executive MBAs in the world (Financial Times, UK - 2003, 2004 and 2006).

- The EMBA was rated in the Top 75 by the Financial Times 2004 - it is the only executive MBA on the list that is delivered entirely online.

- The EMBA was listed among the Top 42 distance learning and online MBAs published in the Financial Times newspaper on 16 March 2009.

- Named one of Alberta's Top Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. in 2008.

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek