Native Studies Ph.D. Program

Program Description

The Ph.D. program is based on the interdisciplinary approaches to research and scholarship that have been developed by Native Studies over the years in its curriculum overall.  These include an emphasis on Indigenous scholarship (particularly the scholarship of Indigenous academics), Indigenous epistemologies, a strong ethical commitment to Indigenous rural and urban communities, and a high regard for peer review processes.  The current faculty complement in Native Studies consists of individuals with degrees in Political Science, Anthropology, Economics, English, History and Art History.  With these disciplinary backgrounds and the interdisciplinary focus of the department there are presently five areas of strength:

Aboriginal Governance, Aboriginal political economy, Métis Studies, Sub-Arctic and Arctic Studies, Indigenous Arts and Humanities (including film studies) and material culture.

Admission Requirements
       Application Deadline is January 15 for September Admission

Applications to the Ph.D. program are processed through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and are reviewed by the Graduate Committee in the Department of Native Studies, using the criteria that follow, in addition to the standard criteria required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. These criteria are minimal and do not guarantee admission to the program. Recommendations regarding acceptance or rejection, and any conditions of admission, are forwarded to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Final approval rests with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

To be eligible for admission to the Ph.D. Program, students must have

  • a high academic standing in previous university work, including a minimum grade point average of 3.50 in the last 60 credit hours of course work
  • a Master's degree in Native Studies or a Master's degree in a related discipline as determined by the Native Studies Graduate Committee;
  • an area of research interest which may be supported by a Native Studies faculty member; students must be accepted by an advisor prior to submitting an application to enter the program;
  • a clear sense of the scope and relevance of their research project as articulated in a written proposal submitted with their application (approx.1500 words);
Once a student has been admitted, s/he should contact (preferably in person) the Department for advice on the selection of courses and other matters related to graduate study in Native Studies.

  General Regulations of the Ph.D. Program
  • All doctoral students will be required to complete 12 credit hours of course work at the 7000 level, beyond the course work they may have completed for a Master's degree (or its equivalent) plus 6 credit hours in an Aboriginal language if this requirement has not already been satisfied.  A minimum of 50% of the required 12 credit hours must be completed within the Native Studies department.  Additional course work may be selected from courses approved by the Native Studies Graduate Committee.
  • Required Courses:  NATV 7XXX Advanced Seminar in Indigenous Research (3 CH)
  • Students who have not completed at least 6 credit hours of undergraduate study in an Aboriginal language or who do not demonstrate advanced knowledge of an Aboriginal language through passing a translation examination, will be required to take 6 undergraduate credit hours of study in an Aboriginal language appropriate to the topic of their dissertation.  The language requirement is in addition to a minimum 12 credit hours of study at the graduate level.  Language courses will be taken as auxiliary courses and will not count toward the grade point average.

In addition, students must fulfill a residence requirement of at least one academic year devoted to full-time study at the University of Manitoba.

For more information, please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies supplemental regulations page here.