The University of Moncton is considering cutting some programs that it offers as it faces declining enrollments and less money.

The province's only francophone university offers its approximately 5,000 students roughly 160 programs to study, including 45 programs at the master's level and four at the doctorate level.

Neil Boucher, a university vice-president said the institution's Senate received a report last month and among its recommendations, it said any program that doesn't graduate on average at least three students should be reviewed.

Those programs that are under the microscope include linguistics, chemistry, sociology, philosophy as well as several others.

Boucher said the university will not automatically cut those programs.

"It's not a cut-and-dry, black-and-white numbers, cut the program," Boucher said.

"Not at all. That was never at the onset and it's not the objective of this curriculum introspective."

Boucher said even if many programs only graduate three students they may still be important to the university either because of what they offer the francophone community or because many of the first- and second-year courses have hundreds of students who are taking requirements for other programs.

"Is it possible that some programs will be cut, yes, there is a possibility," Boucher said.

"But there's just as much of a possibility that new programs will arise."

The university's 2010-11 enrolment was 5,065 compared to 5,082 in 2009-10, according to a recent Association of Atlantic Universities report.

The University of Moncton was the only post-secondary institution in the province to see a declining enrolment in the time period.

Mount Allison University led New Brunswick in its growing enrolment, up 5.1 per cent with 2,533 students in 2010-11.

Overall enrolment at universities in the Maritimes has increased in the last two years, according to the AAU report.