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Finding a Graduate Supervisor

The role of the Graduate Supervisor at the University of Winnipeg includes:

  • Being responsible for supervising and providing guidance on all aspects of a student’s thesis, practicum, or research program;
  • Staying informed of the student’s progress and preparing an annual report summarizing progress in research, clinical, or technical activities;
  • Ensuring that scientific research is conducted in a way that is effective and safe;
  • Reviewing and evaluating student theses and major research papers;
  • Attending all supervisory committee meetings as well as student thesis, clinical or technical practicum examinations.

While applicants are not obligated to secure a supervisor before applying to a graduate program, it’s recommended to connect with faculty members in your program of interest ahead of time.*

Students in some programs require a professor in the appropriate department (or another related department at the University of Winnipeg with faculty affiliated with the program) to act as their sponsor and supervisor for their project upon admission; others will assign a supervisor within the student’s first year of enrolment.

*Applicants to the Master’s in Development Practice: Indigenous Development (MDP) are not obligated to consult with or secure a supervisor before applying. Upon admission to the MDP, students will be assigned an academic supervisor according to their area of interest.


  • Examine the web pages of the various professors at the University of Winnipeg to determine if there are any research projects which interest you. You can contact the professor of interest to determine if they will be taking on any new graduate students in the future and to determine they can be a sponsor for your application and a supervisor for your project.
  • Be sure to send a tailored enquiry, rather than a generic message, consider attaching a copy of your Curriculum Vitae and offer an opportunity for further discussion in the message (via teleconference, video-conference, or in-person interview).
  • 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. It is always a good idea to reach out to the Graduate Program Chair before applying to any graduate program. They will be your main point of contact to answer questions about eligibility requirements, funding, or assistantship opportunities.
  • Alternatively, you can visit the University of Winnipeg campus and set up meetings with potential supervisors or connect with current or former students to get their feedback on your potential supervisor.