Fast Track Your Degree
Military Support Office (MSO)
Your degree is closer than you think with the Military Support Office (MSO). It’s your one-stop-shop for credit assessment, degree program planning and advising, and administrative support for your unique situation and concerns.
The MSO serves the educational needs of the Canadian Regular and Reserve Forces, retired members, civilian employees of the Department of National Defence (DND) and their dependents who are attending or planning to attend the University of Manitoba.
Military members attending the UM benefit from a number of special considerations:
- Degree credit for specific evaluated military courses and training
- Reduced residence requirement on select degree programs
- Withdrawal and tuition reimbursement when unforeseen military duty interferes with university study
- Degree program planning, military credit assessment, and support requests for student-related administrative issues
Military Support Office (MSO)
185 Extended Education Complex
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Phone: 1 204 474-8800
Toll Free: 1 888 216-7011
Bachelor of Arts (General) Degree programs
The Faculty of Arts is the largest faculty at the UM, comprising 15 departments in the humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary studies. B.A. General Degree programs are available entirely online in some disciplines.
Available disciplines for military members:
- Bachelor of Arts – Integrated Studies
- Canadian Studies
- Geography (Offered through the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources)
- Political Studies
- Social Work
CVU Online and Distance Education
The Canadian Virtual University consortium (CVU) is a national network of Canada’s leading universities specializing in online and distance education. CVU offers more than 2,500 courses online. With our CVU partners, further degree programs in the following disciplines are available
“Much as words of thanks are often understated, I really want to take the time and thank you both for all the effort you’ve invested in me. I am truly grateful. Indeed, any military student should be so privileged as myself to have two dedicated professionals who really care about the success of their students.”MCpl Alexandre Fontaine
“I want to thank you both for your outstanding support over the years. I took much of your guidance and combined with my own desires was able to put together an interesting yet challenging program in Canadian Studies. Thanks again; your help has been invaluable.”Capt Dave Pearce
“Thanks so much. It was a great year and the university has a fantastic distance learning and support program. Please pass along to your coworkers and supervisors that I believe you have the best military support network in the country.”Maj Jody McKinnon
“Thanks for your outstanding support over the years; I could also count on you.”CPO2 David Coderre
Get Started: Fast Track Your DegreeAdmissions, Registration and more
1. Obtain Military Transfer Credits
Military members may be eligible for transfer credit on the basis of select military courses and training. With the Military Transfer Credit Database you can determine credit for which you may be eligible.
2. Discuss Your Degree Program Options
Contact an Academic Advisor to discuss your degree program options.
3. Apply for Admission
Application deadlines are normally three months prior to the start of term. Admission is offered three times per year: Fall, Winter and Spring terms.
Program Options for Distance Learning
- The Faculty of Arts
- The Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources — B.A. Geography
- University 1 or General Studies if undecided
Offers of admission are sent by email, and must be formally accepted.
4. Register for Your Courses
Use Aurora to register for your courses and:
- Search for online course offerings (filter by Distance and Online)
- Access your tuition fee statements and payment deadlines
- Obtain textbook listings
- Access your official grades
Fee Deadlines, Payments Options and Refunds
Tuition fees payment may be made electronically, in-person, or by mail to Student Accounts. Fee deadlines are strictly adhered to.
5. Claim Your Accounts
Claim your UMNetID to get access to your online courses, UM e-mail, WIFI and more.
Claim your UM myumanitoba.ca email account.
6. Explore Your Online Courses
Login to UM Learn to access your online courses.
Can I receive recognition for military courses and training?
Yes! The University of Manitoba is one of the few universities in Canada that grants degree credit for military courses and training. A listing of evaluated occupations and courses to date is available on our website at www.umanitoba.ca/military. Evaluations are ongoing, so check back often for updates. You may request a complete assessment of how military credit and credit received from other sources may apply to a UM degree program. This service is offered at no charge. Please send your Military Member’s Record Resume (MPRR) and copies of other post secondary transcripts to us at email@example.com, or contact us for further information.
What are credit hours?
Credit hours are used to describe the value of a course. A spanned course, normally requiring eight months of study (September to April, or January to July), equates to six (6) credit hours. A term course, normally requiring four months of study (i.e. September to December, or May to August) equates to three (3) credit hours. Thus, two term courses will yield six credit hours as will one spanned course. The requirements for your degree will be shown in terms of credit hours (i.e. 90 for a Bachelor of Arts [General]).
Where do I take my exams?
If you are taking a course via distance learning and reside in Winnipeg, are required to write your exams on the U of M campus in accordance with the Exam Schedule which is available on the Registrar’s Office website at the beginning of term. If you are taking a course via distance learning and reside outside of Winnipeg, you must complete the Off Campus Exam Location form. This form allows you to select an Examination Centre in Canada close to you. Notification of approval is sent one month prior to the exam date.
Off-Campus Exam Location Form (for non-Winnipeg residents only)
What if my military duties do not allow me to take my exam as planned?
Late changes to exam locations may be possible. Please contact the Military Support Office for further information.
How can I get reimbursed for my tuition and books?
Reimbursement for Regular force personnel (and Reserves under certain circumstances) is available under the provisions of DAOD 5031-3. As this benefit is not a direct part of the Military Support Office, you will need to contact your Education/Personnel Services Officer at your Base or Wing. As a general rule, you are eligible for reimbursement for all or a portion of your tuition and books upon presentation of proof of successful completion of your course and receipts for books. Please contact the Military Support Office for further details.
What if military duty or deployment interrupts my studies?
As a military member, the University of Manitoba makes provision for you to withdraw from courses and receive full refund when unexpected military duty interrupts your university study. You must withdraw from your courses as soon as possible, and send documentation from a superior officer verifying your military obligations to the Military Support Office.
What if my military duties cause me to be late submitting an assignment?
It is up to your Instructor to decide to accept a late assignment. Some Instructors state their policy in the Instructor’s letter which is located in the course site. Most are very understanding, but you should contact your Instructor as soon as you realize you will be late. There is no provision under the Military Support Office which requires Instructors to accept late assignments.
What does a course cost and how do I pay?
As a rule of thumb courses cost between $400.00 and $500.00.
Please contact the Military Support Office if you require assistance determining costs for Individual Learning Plans or other purposes. Once you have registered for a course, the exact tuition amount owing is available in your Fee Account through Aurora Student.
Textbooks costs are separate from tuition costs, and vary greatly from course to course. You may expect to pay as little as $50.00 or as much as $200.00 for textbooks. Textbooks may be ordered online at UM Bookstore.
What Is a Residence Requirement?
Residence Requirement refers to the number of credit hours that must be completed at the university in which you are enrolled in a degree program. If you are in the Regular Forces and are enrolled in Arts or Science degree programs at the University of Manitoba, you are required to complete just 12 credit hours of U of M courses. These U of M courses may be completed via distance learning.
How do I declare my intention to graduate?
Upon nearing your program completion, you must indicate your intention to graduate. Please ensure that you declare your intention to graduate at the time you register for the term in which you expect to graduate. Please use the Declarations function on Aurora Student to declare your intent to graduate. The deadline date for declaring your intention is the end of the revision period in the term in which you expect to complete your courses
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