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Municipal Administration

Become an effective municipal administrator with this ONLINE program.

At a glance

Program Length: up to 5 years
Fees: $4,020 plus $100 registration fee
Credential: Earn a Certificate in Municipal Administration from the University of Manitoba.


What our partner says

“The Municipal Administration program arms our members with the ability to do a very difficult task, being Chief Administrative Officers of municipalities. It’s a specific skill set that isn’t necessarily acquired in any other program.

“We are constantly working with the university to better deliver the program, with feedback from our members. I feel the University of Manitoba’s Extended Education program has been wonderful for me to work with both as a student and on a professional level.”

 –  Adrienne Bestland, Executive Director, Manitoba Municipal Administrators’ Association

Make a World of Difference on a Local Level

Make a positive impact on the everyday lives of citizens and gain the essential body of knowledge to be an effective municipal administrator, and a leader in local governments with a certificate in Municipal Administration.

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Program Description

as listed in the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar

The Certificate in Manitoba Municipal Administration provides students with the knowledge and skills required to assume administrative responsibilities within small to mid-sized municipalities. This comprehensive program, which can be completed in one year, covers key topics for current and future municipal administrators, including municipal accounting, municipal law and municipal administration.

Credential Awarded

Certificate in Manitoba Municipal Administration

Who is the Program for?

You’re invited to apply if you are employed, or wish to be employed, in the municipal field.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the program, you must have a high school diploma (or its equivalent). Simply complete and submit an application form, pay the application fee and submit a high school or post-secondary transcript. 


The Manitoba Municipal Administrators’ Association (MMAA) are co-sponsors of this program. Representatives from the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) are also on the Program’s Advisory Committee. 


  • CMMA is a partner program of the Manitoba Municipal Administrators Association (MMAA) and the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM)
  • All courses are delivered online. The CMMA program can be completed within one year by taking two courses per term
  • CMMA provides networking opportunities for those working in Rural Municipalities
  • CMMA courses are eligible for PD credit to maintain MMAA membership

Program Length

Up to 5 years 

Delivery Methods



$100 program application fee plus tuition of $595 to $665 per University of Manitoba course.

Certification and Graduation

To qualify for graduation and receive a certificate, you must complete all required courses and seminars within 5 years of initial registration in the program. You must declare your intent to graduate through Aurora Self Service. An overall Grade Point Average of at least 2.0 (C) is required to graduate. Upon completion of this certificate program and you achieve an overall GPA of 3.8 or higher, you will be eligible to receive a certificate “with distinction”. After successfully completing a NACLAA Elective course with a minimum grade of “C”, you must submit a Certificate Course Credit Request form and an original transcript to the Program Administrator. Students must complete all program requirements by the December 31st deadline and declare intent to graduate in Aurora (select February) in order to be eligible for April graduation at the Annual MMAA Conference.


Required Courses

  • FINC 0180 – Introductory Accounting for Municipal Managers
  • HRM 0100 – Managing the Human Resource Function
  • FINC 0380 – Municipal Accounting
  • MGMT 0180 – Municipal Administration
  • MGMT 0280 – Municipal Law

You must successfully complete Introductory Accounting for Municipal Managers before taking Municipal Accounting.


As a student, in the CMMA certificate program must take one of following three Electives:

  • LDRS 0180 – Leadership for Municipal Managers Concept, Principles and Application
  • Local Government (EXLGP08200)
  • Public Administration Professionalism (EXLGP08201)

Local Government (08200) and Public Administration Professionalism (08201) Electives are offered through the National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA). Students opting to take one of the NACLAA Elective courses must register directly with the University of Alberta:

We recommend that you do not wait until your final year in the CMMA program to take the NACLAA course as the grades will not arrive from the University of Alberta in time for you to graduate in the same academic year.

Course Schedule

TERMCOURSE NUMBERCOURSE NAME (all courses Online format)
Winter FINC 0180Introductory Accounting for Municipal Managers (REQ)
MGMT 0180 Municipal Administration (REQ)
SpringHRM 0100 Managing the Human Resource Function (REQ)
LDRS 0180Leadership for Municipal Managers (ELEC)
FallFINC 0380 Municipal Accounting (REQ)
MGMT 0280Municipal Law (REQ)


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.

How long does it take to complete the program?

You have up to five years to complete the program in order to be awarded your certificate. 

Do I have to take the courses in a specific order?

For this program, you need to successfully complete Introductory Accounting for Municipal Managers before taking Municipal Accounting. 

Can I enroll in just 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 Municipal Administration. 

What is the passing grade?

Most courses consist of a combination of term work (assignments) and a final exam. Some CMMA Courses require a score of at least 50% on the final exam and achieving a minimum overall course grade of “C” (60%) to qualify for a pass. Students must achieve a minimum overall GPA score of 2.0 (C) to graduate. 

Apply to the Program

1. Fill Out an Application Form

Download and submit a completed Program Application Form.
Program Application Form (PDF)

2. Gather Your Transcripts

Submit official transcripts of the highest level of education you have completed. Student copies or photocopies are not acceptable. Transcripts become the property of University of Manitoba and will not be returned.

3. Submit Your Documents

Submit completed application form and transcripts by email or mail to:
Student and Instructor Services

185 Extended Education Complex
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2
Final official transcripts from any university or college attended other than University of Manitoba are required. Student copies or photocopies are not acceptable. Transcripts become the property of University of Manitoba and will not be returned.

4. Register for Your Courses

You can register for courses either online or by email, mail or fax.

Register by email, mail or fax
Download and submit a completed Course Registration Form
Course Registration Form (PDF)

Register online

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  2. Register via the yellow registration button. If you have trouble with online registration, alternatively, you can register by email, mail, or fax.
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185 Extended Education Complex
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
R3T 2N2
Phone: +1 204 474-8800
Toll Free: 1 888 216-7011
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