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Program length: 11 months to 3 years
Credential: Earn a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Aerospace Program Management from the University of Manitoba.

Aerospace Program Management

Direct Your Degree to the Skies

Aim high with the Aerospace Program Management Certificate. Direct your focus on advancing in the aerospace industry if you are, or plan to become, a manufacturing production and operations manager, product or process design leader, or procurement and logistic support professional. With this advanced credential, you’ll develop an understanding of the complete life cycle of an aerospace system—from initial identification of system requirements; to the product design, manufacturing processes, financial and marketing imperatives; to ongoing product employment, maintenance and sustainment.

Direct your degree towards Aerospace Program Management, and direct your future to a new elevation.

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Program Description

as listed in the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar

With this advanced credential, you will develop an understanding of the complete life cycle of an aerospace system – from initial identification of systems requirements; to the product design, manufacturing process, advanced manufacturing developments, financial and marketing imperatives; to on going product employment, maintenance and sustainment.

Credential Awarded

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Program Overview

You will develop an understanding of the complete life cycle of an aerospace system – from initial identification of system requirements; to the practical design, manufacturing and marketing realities; to ongoing employment and maintenance, and to emerging aerospace issues.

Who is the Program for?

Aerospace Program Management is designed for current and future project, production and operations managers, product and process design leaders and procurement and logistics specialists wishing to enter the field, broaden their aerospace perspectives, or advance their career in the aerospace industry.


Learners will develop an in-depth understanding of the complete life cycle of an aerospace system: from initial identification of system requirements; to the design, manufacturing and marketing of the system; to its ongoing employment and maintenance.

Admission Requirements

Admission is limited. Students must have a minimum three-year undergraduate degree in any discipline from a recognized institution or an equivalent combination of college and professional education as well as a minimum three years of professional and/or management work experience.

Program Length

7 Courses; 6 required and 1 elective.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program students will:

  • Gain an understanding of the aerospace industry including regulatory, political and international implications.
  • Learn how to manage complex projects from analysis through to contract and implementation.
  • Develop a strong understanding of the inter-related systems and variables governing aerospace production and operations including managing a product’s life cycle, program management and systems engineering

Delivery Methods

Elective courses are offered online and required courses may be offered online/remotely.

How to Apply to the Program

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

Submit completed application form and transcripts to: 

Student and Instructor Services185 Extended Education Complex, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2or by email:

Additional Information

  • The PAPM program is unique in Manitoba and one of very few Aerospace-related programs in Canada.
  • A mix of students from different sectors (industry manufacturing/MRO, Air Force, government, academia) provides a dynamic and diverse classroom setting
  • Degree courses are taken with students in the MA and MEng aerospace streams
  • Offered on a cohort-based schedule and can be completed in a minimum of 11 months

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the program?

The program take approximately 11 months to complete. Students have up to 3 years from the initial start date to complete the program.

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

Students meeting program requirements can enroll in individual courses. Completed PAPM courses can be applied towards the certificate after the student is accepted into the program.

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

Courses are offered on a cohort based schedule. The Capstone Course must be taken last.

What is a Capstone course?

The Capstone course is a project designed specifically to apply and showcase the skills you learned in the other courses in the program.


Required Courses

OPM 4620 – Production Management Seminar in Aerospace Life-Cycle Management

Offered through the Department of Supply Chain Management, the aim of this course is to explore the application of analytical methods in production and operations management with emphasis on planning and control. The course will give prominence to the use of the analytical methods within the aerospace life-cycle management setting.

OPER 0300 – Aerospace Systems Analysis

The aim of this course is to introduce the key system imperatives and elements in the design of air and space vehicles. Students will develop an appreciation for the characteristics of the aerospace environment and its effect on the design of aerospace vehicles, and on the interplay between system employment, design and cost. Learn the fundamentals of writing Request for Proposals, proposals and contracts.

POLS 4160 – Aerospace Industry Analysis

Offered through the Department of Political Studies, this course will explore the structural, regulatory and political aspects of today’s aerospace industry, with a heightened focus on its global nature. We will examine the critical linkages between operators, manufacturers and government regulators, and the existing and necessary government-business relationships.

MECH 4330 - Aerospace Program Management and Systems Engineering

Offered through the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, the aim of this course is to introduce the fundamental concepts of program management and systems engineering as they pertain to building an aerospace system. We will examine the dynamics of managing the wide-ranging considerations, stakeholders, and activities involved in a complex development and design activity, and in the pursuit of system and cost optimization.

OPER 0400 – Aerospace Project Management

Project management involves the planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling of resources and processes to produce a unique product, service or result. They are temporary endeavours where the coordinated management of quality, time and cost is essential for success. This course explores the practice and issues of project management in an aerospace context; a notably complex and demanding context.*MGMT 0500 Project Management Essentials is an eligible transfer credit towards OPER 0400 

OPER 0500 – Individual Aerospace Applied Project – Capstone Course

This is the final course to be completed in program.The aim of this course is to integrate the material covered in the previous courses through an applied project of one’s own choice. The project can either be focused on a current aerospace development initiative or a critical review of a historical one. The applied project will require the student to write a proposal, collect and analyze data, and write a final report. This capstone course will provide the student with the opportunity to not only synthesize the material presented elsewhere in the program, but also to connect with, and make a valuable contribution to, a specific project and/or industry player. 

Elective Courses

Choose one elective course from the following courses.

MGMT 0140 – Introduction to Marketing

Understand what marketing is and is not, how it can help you in your career, and the role of marketing in companies and in our economy. The course will provide you with a basic understanding of the concepts, terms, and theories of marketing. Learn how to segment markets, develop marketing strategies, and how to deal with uncontrollable elements.

MGMT 0190 – Quality Assurance Planning

Develop a basic understanding of quality assurance concepts and their applications in the service and manufacturing sectors. Reviewed from a management perspective.

MGMT 0192 – Quality Improvement: Principles and Procedures

An introduction to statistical quality control techniques and how these techniques are used in practice. Concepts and procedures can be applied to both manufacturing and service industries.

OPER 0902 – Special Topics: Emerging Issues in Aerospace

Today’s aerospace industry is one of the most complex, demanding and regulated industries in the world, and stands as a global leader in research, development and innovation. This course explores selected topics associated with the design, production, operation and sustainment of aerospace systems.

Student Quick Start Guide

Important information to help you have a positive experience in Continuing and Professional Studies. (PDF)


MGMT 0292 Understanding the Business Case for Advanced Manufacturing

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Info Sheet - Aerospace Program Management

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