University of Manitoba Offers Air Force Degree

By Brian Schultz

The University of Manitoba now offers the only degree of its kind in Canada to satisfy certain Air Force ranks.

Students can work towards a Masters in Public Administration with a Defence Administration specialty. The program began in September and currently has five students enrolled, but a formal recognition ceremony was held at CFB 17 Wing on Friday.

The Aerospace Systems Course has been offered for over 50 years at 17 Wing, but only provides a certificate. Because a degree is now required to move up the Air Force career ladder, a partnership with the U of M was formed.

The course trains offers in operational requirements, acquisition and analysis, and aerospace systems.

The university won the right to offer the course as part of a competition with Royal Military College. The U of M put the program in place within eight months of being awarded the honour.