Graduate-level microprograms

Expand your career opportunities: Distinguish yourself in a specialized field by enrolling in a graduate-level microprogram.

Do you feel the need to update your skills? Do you want to hone your career expertise and discuss your ideas with specialists in the field? The University of Ottawa has created microprograms that allow you to upgrade or deepen your knowledge in a specific field. Take your career to the next level at a pace that suits your active lifestyle.

What is a graduate-level microprogram?

A graduate-level microprogram is a set of theoretical or practical courses or research activities within a specific field that partially fulfills the requirements of a graduate-level degree that can be completed within four to eight months.

Graduate-level microprograms offer:

  • the flexibility of completing the program at your own pace, online
  • privileged access to a network of experts in the field
  • a gateway into further graduate studies: the credits earned in one microprogram can be applied to master’s programs, giving you a head start.
  • an enhanced academic profile: the microprogram can be added to your academic record.

Microprograms Offered

Faculty of Arts:

  • Composing in Media

Telfer School of Management:

  • Complex Project and Procurement Leadership

Faculty of Social Sciences:

Social sciences microprograms

  • Data Analysis for Public Policy: Leveraging Data to Solve Challenges
  • Ethics and Politics of Cultural Heritage
  • Governance and Public Policy Analysis
  • Governance and Public Management
  • Advanced Analysis of Qualitative and Quantitative Data
  • Methodology Applied to the Professional Context
  • Politics of Transnational and Global Issues
  • Viruses, Vitalities and Pandemics in Anthropology

Faculty of Law:

Consult the Programs and courses page for more information on microprograms available.


The enrolment process depends on your current situation:

  1. If you are already enrolled in a master’s or graduate diploma program:

    Contact your faculty’s graduate studies office to ask if the microprogram could be added to your academic path.
  2. If you are not already enrolled in a master’s or graduate diploma program:

    Send an email to the graduate studies office of the faculty that offers the microprogram.

Be sure to attach copies of the following documents:

  • a recent CV
  • copies of university transcripts from all universities attended, along with proof of your undergraduate degree or equivalent
  • any additional documents requested by the faculty

If your application is accepted, you will be enrolled as a special student.

Important dates

You will find the next enrolment period open to special students as well as the course start date on the Important academic dates and deadlines web page, under Enrolment, courses, withdrawals and reimbursements.

Conditions of enrolment

All students must comply with the general regulations that apply to their courses, including course prerequisites, attendance requirements, assignments, exams, and passing grades. Any course failures will be recorded on the student’s transcript.

Students who pursue a microprogram may enrol in a maximum of six course units per term and will be considered part-time students.

Statement of Studies

An official statement of studies letter could be issued by InfoService.

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