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Admission Requirements

The Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance is not accepting applications for Fall 2023.  Please check this web page for updated information regarding applications for Winter 2024. Please write to the Chair of the Graduate Program Committee, Professor Mark Ruml, for further information.

Admission is open to university graduates holding a relevant, recognized 4-Year General or Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (or equivalent) in the last 60 credit hours of coursework.  A relevant degree may include but is not restricted to the following disciplines: Indigenous/Native/First Nation/American Indian Studies, Political Science, Environmental Studies, Economics, Law, International Relations, Anthropology, Sociology, Conflict Resolution Studies, Justice Studies, History, Sciences.  Students holding a 3-year undergraduate degree may be admitted to the Master's program upon successful completion of a University of Winnipeg designed qualifying year, which consists of a set of upper-level undergraduate courses.


Click here for the Graduate Studies Application Checklist

  1. Complete and submit application form available in Graduate Studies website.
  2. Application fee payment.
  3. Submit two official transcripts of academic work completed to date, sent directly from the issuing institution.
  4. Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic work.
  5. Submit an academic writing sample, preferably a recent peer-reviewed publication or an essay from a recent course.
  6. Statement of Interests (max 500 words) explaining your interest in our graduate program, how your research interest or professional goals fit with our program, and who you would like to advise and supervise your graduate thesis or practicum.
  7. Statement of other achievements (for example: résumé or CV)
  8. Bursaries and Scholarships: Submit the General Bursary Program Application, the University of Winnipeg Manitoba Graduate Scholarship for Master’s Students application, and the University of Winnipeg Graduate Studies Scholarship, along with your graduate program application directly to the Office of Graduate Studies.  Please view our financial support page for additional opportunities.
  9. English language requirement (where applicable):
    Applicants whose English is not their mother language, must show that they meet the English requirement. Please refer to the Future Students International webpage.  If you are submitting an English proficiency certificate, the test must have been taken within a year prior to the date of submitting the completed application.
  10. Submit the complete package to:

    Graduate Studies Admissions Office
    Dagmawit Habtemariam
    University of Winnipeg
    1BC10A-515 Portage Avenue
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9

    Telephone: (204) 786-9309
    Fax: (204) 774-4134
    Email: d.habtemariam@uwinnipeg.ca

Application deadline is February 1st but applications may be accepted after the deadline.  Contact Dr. Gabriel Nemoga if applying after the deadline.