Certificate in University & College Administration (CUCA)


To meet the professional education needs of university administrators, the Centre for Higher Education Research and Development (CHERD) has developed the Certificate in University & College Administration (CUCA) Level II program. The constantly evolving curriculum provides the means to meet current and future demands to keep pace with the rapidly changing environment.

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Program Description

The CUCA Level II program is designed to enhance and strengthen the managerial and leadership skills of administrators of both academic and administrative units, enabling them to recognize, meet, and handle current and emerging issues across a wide range of circumstances.

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Who is the Program for?

The Certificate in University and College Administration (CUCA) Level II program is designed for mid-level administrators practicing in a post-secondary setting.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisite requirements include:

  • Successful completion of Certificate in University & College Administration – Level I or approval received from CHERD. A request may be made to CHERD to enter directly into Level II by supplying a brief summation of university experience and position that are equivalent to the Certificate in University & College Administration – Level I; and
  • A reference letter.

Documentation to accompany the application: a letter of reference (stating participant’s current position) and a current job description.

Program Structure

The program consists of eight courses. Periodically new courses on emerging issues will be offered in each group. A certificate is obtained after successful completion of eight courses.The program will be offered on a rotating schedule of at least two courses per term so that the students can complete the Certificate in a minimum of two years.

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Each completed course is granted 25 contact hours. The total length of the CUCA Level I Certificate Program is 200 contact hours. The maximum time for completion of the program is seven years.

Course Instructors

The course instructors are experienced practitioners drawn from the post-secondary sector, and the primary emphasis will be on experiential learning and practical application.

Delivery Methods

Each course will be delivered online using UM Learn with up-to-date resource material available.


For participants enrolled in a certificate program, courses are graded on a pass/fail basis.


$100 program application fee plus $535 per course


The CUCA Level II program builds on the topics offered in the CUCA Level I Certificate program and is comprised of electives. Registrants in the CUCA II program are required to complete any eight (8) courses selected from the courses below. Each completed course is granted 25 contact hours.

Core Courses

  • Aboriginal Students and the Post-Secondary Journey
  • Advanced Dispute Resolution
  • Advanced Strategic Planning
  • Assessment of Academic Advising
  • External Influences on Universities and Colleges
  • The Intergenerational Workforce
  • Labour Relations in the Academic Environment
  • Managing Change
  • More Powerful Communications
  • Project Management
  • Responding to Disruptive and At-Risk Students
  • Strategic Financial Management

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  • Key Performance Indicators and Accountability
  • Strategic Planning at the Unit Level
  • Branding
  • Technological Implications


What is Online Learning?

Online learning is how we offer the course content. The where and when and is completely up to you. You’re free to decide the way that you’d like to integrate the classroom into your life, whether you’d like to do the course work on lunch breaks, in bed, or on a picnic table on a leisurely Saturday afternoon. Simply download the course modules, and learn at your own pace. Remember, instructors are still available to help when you need it.Online courses are delivered through UofM’s online learning management system UM Learn.

Can I just enroll in a single course if I'm not interested in the entire program?

Yes, you can enroll in just a single course. Completed courses can later be applied towards a Certificate in University and College Administration (CUCA).

Apply to the Program

Applications may be made to the certificate program at any time.


Fill Out an Application Form

Download and submit a completed Program Application Form.

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Application Fees

There is an application fee of $100.00 for admission to the program. If the applicant does not qualify for admission to the program, $50.00 of the application fee will be refunded.

Transfer Credits

If an applicant has successfully completed equivalent courses offered by CHERD or by other institutions, transfer credits may be granted. To be eligible for credit, courses must have been completed within the last four years. The total of these credits may not exceed one half of the program credits.

Transfer Credits: Previous CHERD Courses

Upon the applicant’s admission to the certificate program, CHERD will review any previous courses taken with CHERD. For any course that meets the criteria listed under Transfer Credits, the credit hours will be transferred. No fee is charged for these transfers.

Transfer Credits: From Other Institutions

If the applicant has successfully completed courses at other institutions that meet the criteria listed under Transfer Credits, a request may be made in writing to CHERD at the University of Manitoba. Documentation such as course outline/course content, length of course and proof of successful completion will also need to be included with the request. You may include more than one course in your request – it is not necessary to send a separate letter for each course.

Student Performance

All participants in the certificate program are graded on a pass/fail grade for each course. Participants are assessed on their active contribution and completion of all aspects of the course, including assignments, group discussions, etc.

Register for a Course

You can register for courses either online or by mail. Please note, online registration is not supported on iOS (iPhone) and Android phone browsers.


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Register by Mail

1. Download and fill out a Course Registration Form (PDF)
2. Payment can be made by cheque, Mastercard, Visa. Make cheque payable to: The University of Manitoba. (Note: No invoices will be issued.)
3. Send your completed form by mail to:

Extended Education

185 Extended Education Complex
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
R3T 2N2
Phone: +1 204 474-8800
Toll Free: 1 888 216-7011
Fax: +1 204 474-7661
Email: extended@umanitoba.ca

Course Cancellations

CHERD reserves the right to cancel courses in the event of insufficient registration. If a course must be cancelled, all registrants will be placed on a waitlist, and notified once the next offering of the course is available.


If payments have been processed prior to course cancellation, arrangements will be made for either a full refund or a credit to be applied towards another CHERD course offering. This credit will only be carried over for one year.

Participant Cancellations

If a participant cancels their registration in a course prior to the course start date there will be no fees charged. Cancellations must be submitted in writing or by email prior to the course start date.

Participant Withdrawals

If a participant withdraws from a course after the course start date there will be no refunds issued. Course withdrawals must be submitted in writing or by email.