SECTION 1: Application, Admission, and Registration Policies
1.1 Application and Admission Procedures
The application (and all required documentation) is to be submitted directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Applicants should contact the department to which they are applying for the procedures, requirements and departmental application deadlines in effect.
1.1.1 (a) A completed official application for admission form must be submitted, together with the application fee and supporting documentation, to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, via the online system, UMGradConnect.
NOTE: International students must pay special attention to the appropriate requirements with respect to transcripts (see application form for details).
1.1.1 (b) Applications are subsequently reviewed by the unit offering the program which will decide whether the applicant meets the unit’s criteria including, but not limited to, space, facilities, and advisors.
1.1.1 (c) Notification of recommended/rejected applications is sent by the Head of the unit to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Applications recommended for admission are checked to determine if they meet the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ eligibility requirements. The Faculty of Graduate Studies then notifies applicants of their acceptance or rejection.
1.1.2 Deadlines for Recommended Applications (from Departments to the Faculty of Graduate Studies)
The following are the deadlines for receipt by the Faculty of Graduate Studies of recommendations from graduate units. Individual units may have earlier deadlines.
IMPORTANT: Applicants are required to submit the application and documentation to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for an earlier deadline than those listed above. Applicants are advised to confirm the deadline of the unit to which the application is being made. Contact information for each unit can be found at http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admissions/index.html
The deadlines are meant to accommodate the needs of students in securing appropriate documentation. Late applications may be considered for the next available start date.
1.1.3 Application Fee
A $100.00 (CDN) fee must accompany admission applications from all Canadian, Permanent Resident or International applicants. If submitting a paper application, a $120.00 (CDN) fee must accompany the admission application.
Unofficial copies of transcripts and final degree certificates are acceptable for initial assessment purposes. Upon admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, applicants must arrange for official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended to be sent to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, within one month of date on the admission letter. All transcripts must arrive in sealed, university-stamped envelopes sent directly from the issuing institution(s) and be accompanied by official and literal English translations (where applicable). For international degrees or where the transcripts does/will not clearly state that a degree has been conferred, a copy of the official degree certificate is also required.
1.1.5 Transcripts: International
Where academic records from a country other than Canada are produced in a language other than English, the applicant must arrange for the submission of official literal translations of all records. To be official, original language documents and English translations must arrive together in envelopes which have been sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution.
1.1.6 Transcripts: University of Manitoba
University of Manitoba students are not required to submit University of Manitoba transcripts.
1.1.7 Proficiency in English
A successfully completed English Language Proficiency Test from the approved list is required of all applicants unless they have received a high school diploma or university degree from Canada or one of the countries listed on the English Language Proficiency Test Exemption List (see next section). The Faculty of Graduate Studies requires a passing, acceptable English Language Test score in order to offer admission. Please note: In all cases, test scores older than two years are invalid.
Thresholds required for successful completion are indicated in parentheses.
- University of Michigan English Language Examination Assessment Battery (MELAB) (80%)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)– Paper-based test (567); Internet based -iBT (86; minimum score of 20 in each of reading, writing, listening and speaking categories)
- Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Teachers (CanTEST) (band 4.5 in listening and reading and band 4.0 in writing and oral interview)
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (6.5)
- Academic English Program for University and College Entrance (AEPUCE) (65%)
- Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) (60 overall and 60 on each subset)
- PTE Academic (61% overall)
In addition, foreign language students may be asked by the unit to complete the CanTEST prior to or following registration in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and, if need be, the unit may recommend remedial measures in language skills based on the results of the CanTEST. Some units may require a specific test or test scores greater than those indicated above. Students should check departmental supplemental regulations for details.
1.1.8 English Language Proficiency Test Exemption List
Applicants holding secondary school diplomas and/or recognized university degrees from countries on the Faculty of Graduate Studies English Language exemption list are not required to submit an English Language Proficiency score. For more information please see our website at http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admissions/english_exemption_list.htm
1.1.9 Letters of Recommendation
Letters of Recommendation are to be completed via UMGradConnect, the online application. Applicants are required to add their ‘Recommendation Provider(s)’ contact information so that each recommender is sent an automated email notification.
Generally, two Letters of Recommendation must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. For the number of recommendation letters necessary, applicants should review our ‘Additional Document Requirements’ webpage, http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admissions/additional_requirements.html.
1.1.10 Admission Tests
Some units require admissions tests, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT). These requirements are listed in the supplemental regulations of the particular unit, and if required, the scores must be submitted at the time of application.
1.1.11 Entrance Requirements
The minimum standard for acceptance into any category in the Faculty of Graduate Studies is a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) or equivalent in the last two previous years of full time university study (60 credit hours).
Note: This is the minimum requirement of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and units may have higher standards and additional criteria.
1.1.12 Eligibility of University of Manitoba Staff Members
A staff member at The University of Manitoba at the rank of Assistant Professor or above is not eligible to apply for admission to a graduate program in the unit in which the appointment is held.
1.2 Registration Procedures
Undergraduate students are not allowed to register in graduate courses; that is, admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies is a condition for registration in courses at the 6000 level and above.
All graduate students must initially register in the term specified in their letter of acceptance as specified in the Academic Schedule of the Graduate Calendar. Any student not registering by registration deadline for the term specified in their letter of offer will be required to re-apply for admission. In exceptional circumstances and with prior approval from the unit, a student may defer registration for up to one term following acceptance into the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In the case of international students, admission may be deferred, with prior approval from the unit, for up to one year following acceptance.
All programs must be approved by the Head of the major unit or designate. Approval to take courses from units outside the major unit must be obtained from the outside unit.
The approval or denial of admission and registration to two programs rests with the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies in consultation with the unit concerned. The approval/denial must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies prior to the student’s admission/registration.
Where a student does register in two programs, the student must declare themself as part-time in at least one of the programs. Students should note that completing a graduate program as a part-time student will affect their eligibility for The University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF) and may limit other funding possibilities.
Any student whose program of study extends for more than one year must re-register in the fall, winter and summer terms of each succeeding year of his/her program until a degree is obtained (or in the case of pre-Master’s students, their program is completed). Failure to re-register will result in the discontinuation of his/her graduate status. A student who has been discontinued and would like to be considered for continuation in a program must apply for re-admission, which is not guaranteed. The re-registration requirement does not apply to occasional students, visiting students, pre-Master’s students or students on an Exceptional or Parental Leave of Absence (please refer to “Leave of Absence”, Section 8 of this Guide).
The notation ‘Discontinued Graduate Program’ will be placed on the academic record of any graduate student who has failed to maintain continuous registration.
1.2.3 Registration Revisions
For designated periods subsequent to registration, approved revisions may be made. It is required that students adhere to dates and deadlines as published in the Academic Schedule of the Graduate Academic Calendar.
Note: Graduate students are not permitted to withdraw from courses without written permission from their unit Head on recommendation from their advisor/co-advisor (and/or advisory committee). The notation “Required to Withdraw” will be placed on the academic record of any graduate student who has withdrawn from courses without such approval.
1.2.4 Advisor Student Guidelines
All students in thesis/practicum programs, in consultation with their advisor/co-advisor, are required to complete the Advisor Student Guidelines as soon as possible after registration but no later than at the time of submission of the first Progress Report. The Advisor Student Guidelines form is available through JUMP.
1.2.5 Western Deans’ Agreement
This agreement was established in 1974 as an expression of co-operation and mutual support among universities offering graduate programs in western Canada. Its primary purpose is the reciprocal enrichment of graduate programs throughout western Canada. This agreement is not intended to preclude other agreements between participating institutions.
18.104.22.168 The Western Deans’ Agreement normally provides an automatic tuition fee waiver for visiting students. Graduate students paying normal required tuition fees to their home institution will not pay tuition fees to the host institution.
22.214.171.124 Only degree level courses from recognized post-secondary institutions will be considered; courses that are part of certificate or diploma programs will not be approved.
126.96.36.199 Program fees are always to be paid to the home institution, regardless of coursework taken at another institution. Students may be required to pay student, activity, application, or other ancillary fees to the host institution, according to general policies in effect at the host institution. Wherever possible, these fees will also be waived.
188.8.131.52 Students will qualify for the fee waiver if they:
a) present the “Authorization Form: Western Deans’ Agreement” signed by the Dean or designate and the unit Head or advisor/co-advisor of a participating Western institution specifying the courses to be taken for credit toward a graduate degree program at their home institution;
b) are in good standing in a graduate program at the home institution;
c) have paid all current and back fees at the home institution.
184.108.40.206 Students must meet all requirements as prescribed by the host university’s regulations, deadlines, class capacities, and course prerequisites.
220.127.116.11 Registration is possible in courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and in credit courses offered through distance education or other means. To be eligible, courses must be an integral part of the applicant’s graduate degree program. Fee waiver is not permitted for audit or non-credit courses.
18.104.22.168 Students must have the Authorization Form approved by the relevant unit Head and the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the host institution at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the course(s) requested. The fee waiver is not available retroactively.
22.214.171.124 Students are subject to regulations of the home institution governing credit for the courses to be undertaken. As a condition of registration at the host institution, students will arrange for official transcripts from the host institution to be sent to the home institution confirming successful completion of courses selected.
126.96.36.199 Students must send confirmation of registration and notice of any change to the Registrar's Office of the home institution at the time of registration or course change is completed.
188.8.131.52 Students may not claim fee waivers under the terms of this Agreement for a period of more than 12 months in total.
184.108.40.206 Each institution has its own regulations regarding the maximum number of transfer credits permitted in a given degree program. A list of the participating Universities can be found at http://wcdgs.ca/
1.3 Course Classifications
1.3.1 General Classifications
Students who register through Aurora Student Information System (Aurora Student) must also have prior approval of the unit Head or designate. Students registering through Aurora Student should add only those courses that are a Major (Standard "S") course in their program. Courses with Auxiliary “X”, Audit “A”, or Occasional “O” status (see below) must be added by the unit.
“X” Auxiliary course: Course is not a major requirement of the program but is required by the student’s advisor/co-advisor.** Extra courses that are not part of the Master’s or Ph.D. program but which are specified and required by the student’s advisor/co-advisor, may be classified as X (Auxiliary) and the grade will not be included in the degree GPA which appears on the transcript. However, X course grades may be used in the calculation of the GPA for continuation in the program and a minimum grade requirement may be required for X coursework by the unit. (Please consult the individual unit’s supplemental regulations.) Additionally, X courses are used in the calculation of the GPA for the purposes of Admission and Awards. (The University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF) and International Graduate Student Scholarship (IGSS) use X courses in the calculation of the GPA.) The student’s advisor/co-advisor and unit Head must determine if there is a valid need for the registration in courses under the X classification. A maximum of 12 credit hours under the X course classification is permitted while registered in a given program.
“A” Audit course: Course is not taken for credit. No grade is recorded. Additional fees will be assessed.
“O” Occasional course: Course is not a requirement of the program. Additional fees will be assessed.
** Note: Changes in course classifications are regarded as course/program changes and may not be made without approval (refer to the “Registration Revision” section of this Guide) or after the deadline dates for course changes as indicated in the Academic Schedule of the Calendar.
1.3.2 Continuing Courses (CO)
For those graduate level courses (6000, 7000, and 8000) which are being taken by students enrolled in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and which continue beyond the normal academic term, the instructor shall recommend that a mark classification of “CO” be used until such time as a final grade can be established. If the course is not completed by August 31, the student must re-register for the course(s).
In the absence of an assigned mark of “CO”, the student may receive a mark of “F” in that term.
A CO will normally not be permitted longer than twelve months. In exceptional circumstances, where a CO grade is requested for a second twelve months, at the time the CO grade is submitted, the instructor and unit Head must also submit the “Recommendation for Continuing Status of a Course” form stating the reason for the CO and the deadline by which the course must be completed.
1.3.3 Incomplete Courses
Students who are unable to complete the term work prescribed in a course may apply to the instructor prior to the end of term for consideration of a grade classification of “Incomplete”. It is understood that the student is to write the final examination if one is scheduled for the course.
Taking into account the results of the final examination, the value of the term work completed, and the extent of the incomplete term work, the instructor shall calculate the temporary grade using a zero value for incomplete work.
Normally, the following maximum extensions are allowed:
August 1st for courses terminated in April
December 1st for courses terminated in August
April 1st for courses terminated in December
If a final grade is not reported within one month of the extension deadline, the Incomplete (I) classification will be dropped and the grade will remain as awarded. The student will no longer have an opportunity to improve the grade. In no case will the satisfaction of the incomplete requirements result in a lower grade being awarded.
1.4 Student Status/Categories of Students
1.4.1 Full-Time and Part-Time Students
Graduate students who are participating in studies on a regular basis in an academic term and/or are registered in the academic year are considered to be full-time students. Graduate student status is not determined by the number of credit hours taken per term. Therefore, such students who spend much of the time in a laboratory or library engaged in research or writing a thesis/practicum, or who spend part of the academic year engaged in research elsewhere, are regarded as full-time students.
Student status should be determined by the student and advisor/co-advisor, and changes must be requested on the “Change of Status” form (http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/forms/index.html). The form must be approved by the unit Head and submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Declaration of full/part time status must be made prior to the end of the registration revision period in the Fall and/or Winter terms and within one month of the start of the Summer term.
For every full year (twelve months) a Master’s student is declared as part time they will receive an additional four months in time to complete their program. For every two years (24 months) a Master’s student is declared as part time they will receive an additional year (12 months) in time to complete their program. For every two years (24 months) a Ph.D. student is declared as part time they will receive an additional four months in time to complete their program. Retroactive status changes will not be made.
1.4.2 Pre-Master’s Or Qualifying Students
In specific cases where the academic background of the student is judged to be insufficient for the given program in a unit, the unit may recommend that the student be admitted to a pre-Master’s program of study. The pre-Master’s program is intended to bring the student’s standing to approximately the level of an Honours graduate in the major unit, and to provide any necessary prerequisites for courses.
1.4.3 Occasional Students
A student wishing to take graduate courses with no intention of applying them toward an advanced degree at The University of Manitoba is classified as an occasional student. Occasional students must meet the same degree and grade point average entrance requirements as regular graduate students and must write final examinations in the courses taken (unless audited), but will not receive credit toward a degree. In special circumstances, an occasional student may apply for permission to proceed to a degree program and also apply for transfer, for credit, of courses previously taken in the occasional category.
1. Transfer of courses from the “occasional” category to a degree program is not automatic: request for advance credit must be made within the first year of a degree program.
2. Fees paid by a student while registered as an occasional student are not transferable, at a later date, to a degree program.
3. Registration in the occasional student category can be for no more than one academic year without reapplication.
4. At least 60% of coursework per academic year must be taken at the graduate level while registered as an occasional student.
1.4.4 Joint Masters (With the University of Winnipeg)
The University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg offer four joint Master’s programs: History, Religion, Public Administration, and Peace and Conflict Studies. The University of Manitoba Faculty of Graduate Studies is responsible for the administration of the joint programs, and students must complete the regular University of Manitoba application and registration forms. Students taking pre-Master’s qualifying work for these programs register at the university where the courses are being taken.
1.4.5 Visiting Students
Visiting students are students who are registered at another institution who are taking one or more courses at The University of Manitoba on a Letter of Permission from their home university. Visiting students must submit an online application, along with a $100.00 (CDN) application fee, in addition to copies of transcripts from all institutions attended and a successfully completed English Language Proficiency Test from the approved list, if applicable. Applications must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies a minimum of one (1) month prior to the start of the intended term of study.
1. Fees paid by a student while registered as a visiting student are not transferable, at a later date, to a degree program.
2. Registration in the visiting student category can be for no more than one academic year without reapplication.
3. At least 60% of coursework per academic year must be taken at the graduate level while registered as a visiting student.
1.5. Students with Disabilities
See Accommodation Policy for Students with Disabilities: http://umanitoba.ca/admin/governance/governing_documents/students/281.html