All advisory committee members must hold a Ph.D.
Prior to beginning the candidacy examination (GRAD 8010), each student is required to have completed all formal course requirements; defined a thesis topic; and formed an advisory committee.
The candidacy examination will normally be scheduled at the beginning of the second year in the PhD program.
The candidacy examination is intended to assess the student’s preparedness to pursue the thesis research. The student must demonstrate the following:
The candidacy examination consists of the following:
1) submission of formal written review paper(s) and/or research project(s) prepared by the student in response to questions or topics posed by the advisory committee; and
2) an oral presentation by the student followed by questions by the advisory committee.
Students must pass both the written and oral components of the candidacy examination. On successful completion of the candidacy examination, the student will be considered a candidate for the Ph.D. degree.
Upon successful completion of the candidacy examination, the student may proceed to write and publically defend a thesis proposal. This written thesis proposal will normally consist of 50-100 pages and will include the following:
An essential feature of Ph.D. study is the candidate’s demonstration of competence to complete a research project and present the findings. The thesis must constitute a distinct contribution to knowledge in the major field of study, and the research must be of sufficient merit to be, in the judgement of the examiners, acceptable for publication.
The final version of the thesis must be submitted by the candidate to the Faculty of Graduate Studies following the guidelines found here.
The final examination for the Ph.D. degree proceeds in three stages:
1. Examination of the candidate’s thesis by an internal examining committee.
2. Examination of the candidate’s thesis by an external examiner.
3. Oral examination of the candidate by all examiners on the subject of the thesis and any matters relating thereto.
All processes for thesis submission, distribution, identifying external examiners, and the oral defense follow Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations, outlined here and in the program’s Supplemental Regulations (5.11-12).
Ph.D. students will normally be expected to devote two academic terms to full-time study at the University of Manitoba within the first two years that they are enrolled in the program.
The maximum time in the program is six years following initial registration in the Ph.D. program. Requests for extensions of time to complete the degree will be considered on an individual basis and must be submitted to the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at least three, but no more than four, months prior to expiration of the respective maximum time limit.