Prospective Graduate Students

Graduate programs

The Department offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. In either program, students must achieve a high standard in a research project and in a thesis reporting their results. Students must also take some course work, including a course intended to develop written and oral communications skills, to promote critical thinking and to provide exposure to diverse fields of entomology and related sciences.

Careers of Graduates
Graduates of the Ph.D. programme from the Department of Entomology occupy academic positions in a number of universities in Canada and elsewhere, others occupy senior scientist positions with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Environment Canada, or other government research and regulatory agencies. Some graduates of the M.Sc. programme have proceeded to Ph.D. programmes elsewhere, while others have entered the workforce following their M.Sc. degree. A high proportion of insect extension specialists in provincial governments in western Canada are graduates of the Department’s M.Sc. programme. Other recent graduates have positions as forest and prairie management ecologists, careers in agribusiness, producer organizations, pest management or pesticide companies, or technical positions in research organizations.

Fields of Research
The research of the department is about equally divided between basic studies and applied studies. The department has faculty in the areas of apiculture and pollination biology; physiological, population and community ecology of insects; insect systematics; insect-vertebrate interactions and aquatic entomology. Particular areas of focus include honey bee parasite management, insects as agents of biological control, crop and livestock entomology, arthropod ectoparasites of mammals and birds, the study of insect bio-diversity, and conventional and molecular systematics and bioinformatics studies of Hymenoptera. Adjunct professors associated with the department provide additional depth and breadth in the areas of forest entomology, pheromone chemistry, crop protection entomology, stored product entomology, biological control of weeds, and the role of insects in aquatic ecosystems.

 Research Facilities
Departmental research facilities include the Wallis-Roughley Museum of Entomology, controlled environment chambers and an area for apiculture. Other accessible facilities biological imaging facilities, pesticide analysis laboratories, livestock, field plots and commercial scale fields, molecular laboratories and greenhouse space.

General Requirements:
The minimum admission requirement to the M.Sc. programme is a Grade Point Average of 3.00 over the final two years of the undergraduate programme. Admission to the Ph.D. programme requires a Grade Point Average during the Master's programme of at least 3.00. Students with equivalent qualifications will be considered. Students entering either programme are expected to have taken some previous courses in insect biology. Academically strong students without this preparation may be admitted to the M.Sc. degree but may be expected to take additional courses to ensure that they have a strong foundation of entomological knowledge. International students who have not taken a previous degree in English will be required to submit evidence that they meet the University of Manitoba’s English language competence requirements before their applications will be considered.

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Financial support
N.S.E.R.C. and other agencies award scholarships tenable in the Department of Entomology. The University of Manitoba offers Graduate Fellowships of $16,000 p.a. for Ph.D. students and $12,000 p.a. for M.Sc. students ( 2014 rates). There are also a limited number of Province of Manitoba Graduate Scholarships. Student stipends from a supervisor's research funds are available for some research topics. Teaching assistantships are also available, but should be regarded as supplementary income only; they are insufficient in amount to support students during their programme. The Department does not accept graduate students unless there is assurance of adequate financial support for the normal duration of the graduate program (2 years for M.Sc., 3 or more years for Ph.D.).

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The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers new and continuing University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGF) each year to meritorious students for full-time study and/or research (which includes works that are considered creative endeavours) leading to a graduate degree. Awards are made on the basis of academic excellence, and are open to students who will be registered as full-time graduate students (Master’s or Ph.D.) at the University of Manitoba regardless of nationality or discipline during tenure of the award.

Students must be recommended by their department to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Only students with a minimum GPA of 3.90 in the last two completed years of study at a recognized university based on a Bachelor, Master’s, Graduate Diploma or Doctoral degree will be recommended. Competition for the UMGF is strong each year and there are always many more students recommended than there are available awards.
Students should contact the Department of Entomology for more information on departmental review process and deadlines.

Offer of a UMGF does not guarantee admission into a graduate program at the University of Manitoba.

Application Deadlines
The Department of Entomology allows students to begin their program on either 1 September, 1 January or 1 May. For admission for each of these start dates for Canadian and U.S. applicants, applications with complete supporting documentation must be received by the Faculty of Graduate Studies at least three (3) months before the intended start date. International students should send their applications with complete supporting documentation to arrive by the Faculty of Graduate Studies at least seven months (7) before the intended start date.

M.Sc. in Entomology
Admission requirements are those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations section of the Calendar.

Program Requirements
In addition to the minimum course requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, students are required to take ENTM 7150 Advanced Entomology 1.

Second language reading requirement: none

Expected time to graduation:

2.5 - 3.0 years

Ph.D. in Entomology

Admission requirements are those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations section of the Calendar.

Program Requirements
In addition to the minimum course requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, students are required to take ENTM 7220 Advanced Entomology.

Second language reading requirement: none

Expected time to graduation:

3.0 - 4.0 years

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Two new fully funded positions for MSc in Entomology are available in at the University of Manitoba, Department of Entomology in Winnipeg, Canada. The deadline for applications is 15 March 2017 


The two projects are:

1)      Determining the role of crop and non-crop habitats to provide sustainable aphid suppression in soybeans, supervised by Alejandro Costamagna (Entomology)

2)      Effects of orange wheat midge damage on gluten strength of resistant and susceptible wheat genotypes, co-supervised by Alejandro Costamagna (Entomology) and Harry Sapirstein (Food Science)


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