Graduate Programs

General Guidelines and Procedures

The Department of Sociology provides specialized training in the core areas of the discipline (sociological methods and theoretical inquiry), as well as a number of substantive areas: criminology and social justice; culture and social relations; population health and wellness; power, privilege and resistance; social development and inequality; and social policy and social change. The low graduate student/faculty ratio creates an informal learning environment in which students receive considerable individual attention. Faculty members are actively involved in research, including many projects that readily lend themselves as the basis for student theses and dissertations.

The Department of Sociology provides specialized training in the core areas of the discipline (sociological methods and theoretical inquiry), as well as a number of substantive areas: criminology and social justice; culture and social relations; population health and wellness; power, privilege and resistance; social development and inequality; and social policy and social change. The low graduate student/faculty ratio creates an informal learning environment in which students receive considerable individual attention. Faculty members are actively involved in research, including many projects that readily lend themselves as the basis for student theses and dissertations.

Both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs are administered by the Department's Chair of the Graduate Committee. Prospective students should therefore direct their inquiries to:

The Chair of Graduate Studies
Department of Sociology
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2
Canada

 

Telephone: (204) 474-9260
FAX: (204) 261-1216

 


Admission to Graduate Study at the University of Manitoba

General regulations and criteria for admission to the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Sociology are presented in the University of Manitoba Graduate Calendar.  Students should refer to the Graduate Calendar and the Sociology Graduate manual  for admission requirements and procedures. 

Admission Application Deadlines:

To be considered for early admission and a University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF), the deadline is January 15 for all applicants.  The final deadlines for applications are as follows:

 

 

 

 Session  Canadian Citizens  International Students
 Fall (September)  March 15  February 1
 Winter (January)  September 30  June 1

Applications for admissions are available online at: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admissions/index.html

Important to note:
• The application fee ($100.00 CDN) and all supporting documentation (i.e., transcripts, letters of reference, statement of interests and goals) are also due by these deadlines.  Applications will not be processed unless accompanied by the application fee.  The application fee is non-refundable.

• Referees will be sent an email requesting them to submit a letter online after the applicant has submitted his/her application.  Therefore, applicants should notify referees well in advance of the January 15 deadline so that referees have time to prepare letters.  Applicants should indicate to referees that a detailed letter is required in addition to the online “check box” form


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE 

1.    Fellowships and Scholarships: The Faculty of Graduate Studies maintains an up-to-date listing of all fellowships and scholarships available to graduate students, which can be found here: Graduate Studies Awards Database.
 
    The primary fellowships are:
        University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGF)
        Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (MGS)
        Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Fellowships
        Manitoba Health Research Council Studentships.

Students are strongly urged to pursue these opportunities. Such awards usually provide the most generous remuneration and at the same time allow students to devote all of their time to their studies. It should also be noted that the holding of a fellowship/scholarship does not preclude the student from obtaining other forms of assistance (e.g., teaching assistantships).

 2.    Teaching Assistantships (TA): Funds for these positions are made available to the Department by the University and are then allocated and administered in accordance with the Collective Agreement between the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the University of Manitoba. Students must apply for Teaching Assistantships by responding to a position vacancy posting found on the Human Resources web page on the University of Manitoba website: https://umanitoba.hua.hrsmart.com/ats/job_search.php?clear=1

These vacancies are usually posted in early to mid-June for T.A-ships beginning in September, and in March for T.A.-ships in spring/summer session. An email will be sent to all registered and newly admitted Sociology graduate students informing them of these postings.

3.    Grant-Supported Research Assistantships: Faculty members with research grants frequently require research assistants. The number of such opportunities varies from year to year, but some graduate students are regularly employed in this way.

4.    Canada Student Loans and Manitoba Government Bursaries: Students who can demonstrate need may be eligible for loans and/or bursaries. Contact the University's Financial Aid & Awards Office for details.

5.    Sociology Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship: The Sociology Graduate Entrance Scholarship valued at $2,000 shall be awarded to the student who:

  • has applied by the January deadline for admission;
  • subsequently enrolls in the first year of study in either the Master’s or
                the Ph.D. graduate program in the Department of Sociology;
  • has achieved the highest grade point average [minimum grade point average 
                of 3.5] based on the last two years of full-time study.

 6.    Conference Travel Support: Graduate students in the Department of Sociology can apply to the department for financial support to attend a conference at which they will present a paper or play a role of similar import.  Travel funds are also available from the Alumni Association, the Faculty of Arts Endowment Fund (one competition each February), and the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities Travelling Scholarship administered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

For complete information on awards see the Funding and Awards webpage at: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/funding/index.html