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Graduate Studies


Dr. Jacques TardifDo you have graduate programs? How do I apply?

Where do I go for my Graduate Studies-related question?

I’m in a Joint Master’s Program (JMP) – what does that mean for me here at the University of Winnipeg?

How do I register and pay fees?

Where do I see what courses are available, what I owe, and my grades?

When are official tax receipts available for income tax purposes?

What kind of health insurance is available and/or required for me as a graduate student?

Where can I find financial support?

How do I find a Graduate Research Supervisor?

What is the Graduate Students Research Colloquium and why should I participate?

What is the thesis process?

Do you have graduate programs? How do I apply?

Yes! The University of Winnipeg offers a variety of Master’s programs; we do not offer any PhD programs at this time however new programs are constantly being developed.

A list of programs available, eligibility criteria and application procedures are available here and here.

Where do I go for my Graduate Studies-related question?

The role of the Graduate Advisor* includes:
Assisting students with planning a program of study and ensuring that students are aware of all general regulations, program requirements, and degree regulations of the graduate department.   Advisors also attend all supervisory committee meetings as well as student thesis, clinical or technical practicum examinations and prepare an annual report of the progress of the graduate student.

The role of the Graduate Supervisor* includes:
Being directly responsible for supervising and providing guidance on all aspects of a student’s thesis, practicum, or research program and staying informed of the student’s progress and preparing an annual report summarizing progress in research, clinical, or technical activities and ensuring that scientific research is conducted in a way that is effective and safe. Supervisors review and evaluate student theses and major research papers in draft and final form and attend all supervisory committee meetings as well as student thesis, clinical or technical practicum examinations.

The role of the Graduate Program Chair* includes:
Providing leadership to the Graduate Program Committee and acting as a member on the Graduate Studies Committee (or appoint a designate); and ensuring that the graduate program is operating according to the guidelines set out by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and its department’s supplementary regulations.

Student Central (located on the first floor of the Rice Building - 489 Portage Avenue) is available for:
Dropping off all forms (registration, transcript requests, application for graduation, personal information updates, confirmation of enrolment, letter of permission, etc.); fee payments and statements; providing your student ID card and Web Advisor account information.

See Eric Benson - Coordinator, Student Records for Graduate Studies (1RI26 – First Floor Rice Building - 489 Portage Avenue) for:
Student Loan, Schedule II, and Daycare Verification signatures;  GuardMe Health Card pick up; and Awards payment process questions, questions about Graduate Studies account holds.

See Jessica Fontaine– Graduate Studies Office Assistant (1BC06, First Floor Buhler Centre) for:
Access to Graduate Student Study Area (4CM09) & lockers and all general inquiries.

See Dagmawit Habtemariam - Graduate Studies Budget & Enrolment Officer (1BC10A, First Floor Buhler Centre) for:  Any questions regarding admissions; dropping off applications for all Graduate Studies programs (excluding Joint Master’s Programs); visiting and exchange student inquiries and Western Dean’s Agreement requests.

See Deanna England – Graduate Studies Officer (1BC10B, First Floor Buhler Centre) for:
Orientation questions; Graduate Scholarship applications; thesis defense scheduling; Graduate Student Research Colloquium; degree audit questions.

Please visit this page for contact information

I’m in a Joint Master’s Program (JMP) – what does that mean for me here at the University of Winnipeg?

Students in the JMP’s with the University of Manitoba have all the rights and privileges of a regular student of the University of Winnipeg, including registering for courses at both schools, library access, student account access, and receiving a degree from both institutions (Note: you must choose which convocation ceremony you wish to attend). Students in these programs have access to funding from both institutions however you may not hold the same award at both schools (I.e. you may not hold a SSHRC or a Manitoba Graduate Scholarship from both the UW and UM). All application, registration and other administrative procedures are handled at the University of Manitoba. These programs follow the Joint Senate Regulations outlined in this document. 

For additional questions, you may contact your JMP Graduate Chair or visit our FAQ page for JMP's.

How do I register and pay fees?

Theology, MFT and MDP, MA & MSc University of Winnipeg programs: visit this link for information on registration and fee payment procedures and deadlines.

If you are a sponsored student, contact Erin Proctor in Financial Services; coverage must be coordinated with your sponsor and UW Fin Serv BEFORE the due date for fees; failure to do this may result in late payment fees.

Joint Master’s Program students: All course registration is processed at the University of Manitoba; please contact your JMP Graduate Chair for more information.

If you’ve received an award or scholarship (A/S) and your fees are due: If the A/S exceeds the fees due, nothing else is required; if the A/S does not exceed the fees due, you must ensure the difference is paid by the applicable “due date” or late fees will be applied.

Where do I see what courses are available, what I owe, and my grades?

WebAdvisor

When are official tax receipts available for income tax purposes?

T2202-A’s are available via WebAdvisor by the last day in February for the previous year.
T4-A’s are mailed to students by the last day in February for the previous year.

What kind of health insurance is available and/or required for me as a graduate student?

Additional health coverage is mandatory for all UofW International students even if you have Manitoba Health; the coverage provider is called “GuardMe”. You may pick up this GuardMe Health card from Eric Benson in 1C16 at the end of October. For more information pertaining to GuardMe Health coverage you would contact the International Office or GuardMe directly. If you would like additional health insurance, for both Domestic and International students the UWSA offers “opt in” coverage.

Where can I find financial support?

There are a variety of scholarships available both within individual graduate programs, as well as internal and external funding opportunities. You may wish to consult with your Graduate Program Chair, the Awards and Financial Aid site as well as visiting this link.

How do I find a Graduate Research Supervisor?

While you are not obligated to secure a supervisor before applying to graduate studies at the University of Winnipeg, it is a good idea to contact potential faculty members in your program of interest ahead of time. The easiest way to do this is to look at the program website’s list of faculty members, and review the research being carried out by each member. If you find a faculty member doing work in your area of interest, you could send them an email asking if they are taking on graduate students. You may also consider contacting the Graduate Program Chair with a brief research proposal, asking if they could recommend anyone in the program engaging in similar work.

Some programs will assign a supervisor upon admission; some will do so later in the program.

For more information on finding a supervisor, visit this page.

What is the Graduate Students Research Colloquium and why should I participate?

Every April the Faculty of Graduate Studies hosts a Graduate Student’s Research Colloquium which is open to any master’s student in Manitoba.  Participating in this colloquium offers you the opportunity to present your work in the comfort of a friendly and familiar environment. The event is judged, and there are two $250.00 prizes available for the best paper and poster of the event. The Colloquium also offers students the opportunity to add both presenting and writing credits to their CV as the conference proceedings are published online.

What is the thesis process?

The thesis process is outlined both in the Graduate Studies Policies and Guidelines document, as well as through the Thesis Handbook posted at this link.  

*When in doubt, or for additional definitions or clarifications, the Graduate Studies Policies and Guidelines document is an excellent resource. This document may be found here.