Winnipeg, ManitobaLOCATION
Estd 1944Established Year

Established in 2000 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) is a comprehensive, private Christian university that grants three and four-year undergraduate and graduate degrees in 18 fields.

Why choose Canadian Mennonite University?

Canadian Mennonite University welcomes academically eligible students from different cultural and religious background, irrespective of their gender, race, ethnic and national background etc.

Rankings and Statistics

  • Ranked 78th in Canada and 5022nd worldwide by Unirank.
  • Ranked 116th in Canada and 6856th globally by Webometrics.
  • TFE Times Best Rankings - Rank 79 in Canada.

Key Features

  • USCollegeInternational counts CMU as the second least expensive Canadian university.
  • Nearly 50% students receive some kind of financial aid in form of scholarships, bursaries and awards.
  • Over $700,000 give to CMU students in scholarships and bursaries in 2017-18.
  • 75% students are from Manitoba. The rest 25% are from other parts of Canada and other countries.


Type of UniversityPrivate
PresidentCheryl Pauls
Undergraduate programs18
Graduate programs3
Student Enrollment (2017-2018)900
Student StatsUndergraduate students (Shaftesbury Campus)- 630 Postgraduate students- 93 Outtatown students- 52 Undergraduate students (Menno Simons College)- 280
International Students80 (from 27 nations)
Faculty - Full-time40
Faculty - Part-time50
Student to Faculty Ratio1:18
Tuition - Undergraduate$735 per 3 credit hour course (or $5,880 for 24 credit hours)
Tuition - Graduate$762 per 3 credit hour course
Language of InstructionEnglish
Test of EnglishIELTS/ TOEFL

Campus and Residence

The University has two campuses. One at Shaftesbury and another at Menno Simon’s College.

Shaftesbury campus

  • Canadian Mennonite University has an urban Shaftesbury campus in southwest Winnipeg.
  • The administrative office is located here.
  • The Shaftesbury campus offers student residences for single students and families.
  • All classes take place at the Shaftesbury campus.

Menno Simon's College

Nearly 10% of University of Winnipeg undergraduate students attend one or more courses in Conflict Resolution or International Development of the Canadian Mennonite University at the Menno Simon's town.


CMU offers 3 residences on the Shaftesbury campus. The rooms are fully-furnished with heating and other amenities. High speed Wi-Fi are included in the charges. Rooms are available for singles as well as for families.

Poettker HallDormitory (33 rooms in Women wing, 24 rooms in Men’s wing) Apartment units- 15
Concord HallDormitory (18 single rooms, 18 double rooms) Apartment units- 25
Katherine Friesen ApartmentsApartment units- 24 (6 Studio apartments; 6 One bedroom units; 6 Two bedroom units; 6 Three bedroom units)

Programs Offered

The university offers 4 programs at undergraduate level and 4 at graduate level. The same are mentioned below.

Undergraduate ProgramsBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music Therapy, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Music
Postgraduate ProgramsMA Theological Studies MA Christian Ministry Collaborative MBA MA in Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development

The institute further offers various 18 specializations under Bachelors of Arts.

Pre-professional studies:

Students can also spend a year and more at CMU to prepare for various pre- professional studies. Students can choose from over 20 pre-professional courses and become job ready.

Application Process

CMU offers many programs through its different departments and faculties. Admission eligibility criteria varies as per discipline so the candidates have to check this accordingly.


  • English proficiency. In case a student is not from an English speaking country, the student will have to appear for examinations to prove their command over the language.
IELTS6.5 with no band less than 6
TOEFL80 with no section below 19
CPEGrade C minimum
MELAB80% and above
CAEL60 and above
PTE58 and above
  • StudyPermit
    Study permit is required for studying in Canada for: a) employment after commencement of full-time studies; and b) employment after successful completion of educational degree.
  • Study Permit is issued by Citizen and Immigration Canada (CIC).

Application for study permit is to be submitted to the nearest Canadian Consulate or Embassy after receiving letter of acceptance from Canadian Mennonite College.

Steps to Apply

Fill and submit application form: Fill in the application form at Download the admission form in the PDF format and submit the completed form through email or by post.

Upload the required documents:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of Intent
  • IELTS or TOEFL score
  • 3 Reference Letters

Apply for scholarship/ bursary/ awards: Depending on your financial status or need, the next step is to apply for scholarship or awards.

Application fee

Payment of application fee CAD $80 (Canadian students) or CAD 150 (international students).

  • Application processing time: 4-6 weeks 
  • International applicants are suggested to apply 6 months in advance. 

What after Acceptance?

Students have to apply for the residence on the university after confirmation of admission into a program of their choice.

Cost and Expenses

Taking admission at any institution requires a strong financial background or funding. Here is a list of basic expenses that one may incur in the future.

Tuition Fee

Approximate per annum tuition and living costs are given below for Canadian and International students:

Type of StudentFacilitiesCost for two semesters
Canadian studentFull-time (24 credit hours/8 courses) living in the dorm and using the full meal plan Upto $13,000.00
International StudentFull-time (24 credit hours/8 courses) living in the dorm and using the full meal planUpto $15,000.00

Residence Fee

Room styleCost per semester (Range)
DormitoryCAD 1123 to 1967
ApartmentCAD 1265 to 5328

Meal Plan Charges

All student living in the Shaftesbury Residences have to opt for a meal plan. Details are mentioned below:

Full Board (all residence students)$2,090.00
Apartment Student Meal Plan (single students, mandatory) $315.00 (pays for 1 lunch, 1 supper per week for the school year)
Additional 4 Lunches Weekly$409.20
Additional 4 Suppers Weekly$533.20
20 Lunch Tickets$152.00

Financial Aid

Scholarships and Awards

Undergraduate students of CMU are eligible for the following scholarships and awards:

Academic Scholarships$1000 to $3000
Leadership Scholarships$14,000
Outtatown Leadership Scholarship$1000
Academic Merit Award$4000
Music Merit Award$6000
Anni (Dyck) Wiebe Scholarship$750
Dr. Robert Janzen Memorial Scholarship$1000
Richard Penner Arts and Science Scholarship$2000
Sheep and Goats MDS Service Bursary100% of the tuition fees in CDN
J.B. Toews Historical Commission Scholarship$1000
Redekop School of Business Merit Awards$6000
  • Application forms and processes for each scholarship and bursary is different. Students are advised to check the relevant webpages.
  • Most scholarships require re-application on a yearly basis.

Church Matching Grant

  • Church Matching Grants are available from local church of a student.
  • Amount for Canadian student and non-American students: $500
  • US students: $1000

External Funding

The Canadian Mennonite University advises students to also explore scholarships and funding options on various other external websites as well.

Work while you study

CMU provides students with many opportunities to work on campus. International students need to fulfill the following criteria to be able to take up jobs after commencement of studies:

  • Be a full-time CMU student
  • Holder of a Study Permit
  • Work on the CMU campus where he/she is a full-time student
  • Have a SIN (Social Insurance Number) before starting a job.

The CMU does not have a work-study program but it does have many options to helps students find work during and after studies.

  • Career Cruising is an online tool designed for CMU by the Manitoba government to assist post-secondary students with their careers.
  • Outtatown Discipleship School: One or two-semester certificate program for recent high school grads looking to travel and work worldwide.
  • The Winnipeg Transition Centre: Assistance to job-seekers for resume creation, job application and job search.

Work Permit

International students can be employment in Canada for up to three years after completion of the degree program.

Eligibility criteria for work permit:

  • Successful completion of a full-time degree program lasting minimum 8 months in CMU or any other Canadian University.
  • Valid study permit at the time of application for the study permit; and
  • No previous work permit after completion of any other educational degree in Canada.

Alumni of CMU

  • Alumni members of CMU are entitled to receive a CMU Alumni card.
  • Any person who has completed minimum 18 credit hours of academic work at CMU and is no longer studying at CMU is considered an Alumnus.
  • Alumni Card offers discounts on many on-campus purchases such as:
  1. 5% to 20% discount various campus purchases and services.
  2. Free entry to CMU Blazers games.
  3. Course audit discounts and reduced cost subscription to many CMU magazines.
  4. Continued access to the library.
  5. Off-site access to JSTOR - a valuable scientific journals' depository and more.

Some of the Prominent Alumni of CMU are:

  • Beth Goobie - Canadian poet and writer
  • Chris Huebner - Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Canadian Mennonite University; co-editor of the Polyglossia series in Herald-Press
  • Sarah Klassen - Canadian author
  • Leonard Ratzlaff - choral conductor for Edmonton's Richard Eaton Singers
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