Graduate Degree Programs

The Faculty of  Graduate Studies administers the application process and formally admits students to all graduate programs.  There are fifteen Arts-based departments offering graduate programs at either the masters or doctoral level, or both, in various humanities and social science subjects.  Highlights of departmental programs are listed here. Additional information can be obtained from the graduate program that interests you.

Graduate program chairs and office contact information are listed for each department:

Anthropology Linguistics
Classics Native Studies
Economics Philosophy
English Political Studies
French, Spanish & Italian Psychology
German & Slavic Studies Religion
History Sociology



Specialized M.A. and is available in:

Sociocultural Anthropology: Global political economy, cultural production, development, political ecology, migration, global political economy, gender and development, media, tourism, reproduction, childhood and youth, kinship, social wellbeing, kinship and relatedness, sexuality, crime, justice and human rights, qualitative methodologies, ethnographic methods, public health, social movements, environmental conflict, urban anthropology, social movements, and applied anthropology. Aboriginal Canada, Canada, Mesoamerica, Latin America, West Africa , China, Eastern Europe and South Asia.

Archaeology: Theory, analytic methods, environmental archaeology,  settlement patterns, domestication, hunter/fisher/gatherers, origins of food production, origins of urbanism, Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages, ethnoarchaeology, mortuary archaeology, ceramics, zooarchaeology, lithics, historical archaeology, urbanism. Western and Northern Canada, Eastern Europe, Southern Africa, Near East.

Biological Anthropology: Skeletal biology, population health, Aboriginal health, nutrition, health policy and applied anthropology, medical anthropology, demography, palaeodemography, historical epidemiology, palaeopathology, growth and development, infectious disease, reproductive behaviour, 3D imaging, gender and health, colonialism and health.

Dr. Stacie Burke
Chair, Anthropology Graduate Program
437 Fletcher Argue Building
(204) 474-6629

Programs: M.A. and Ph.D.

Graduate Studies > Anthropology in calendar and registration guide


Specialized M.A. study in several areas related to the early and formative stages of Western Civilization. For the most part these areas are within the broad general categories of Greek or Latin literature and Greek or Roman history or archaeology. An individual student’s program of study can, however, be tailored towards interests that converge with such areas as philosophy, archaeology, art history, religion, medieval studies, modern literatures and linguistics.

Dr. Lea Stirling
Head and Chair, Classics Graduate Program
370 University College
(204) 474-7357

Program: M.A.

Graduate Studies Classics in calendar and registration guide 


The Department of Economics offers programs at the Pre-Masters (Pre-MA), Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) levels.  Our students pursue studies in various fields of economics.  We also offer specialization in Agricultural Economics at the PhD level in conjunction with the Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics.  For detailed information about our programs and the application procedures, please refer to our website below.

Dr. Wayne Simpson
Acting Head, Department of Economics
518 Fletcher Argue Building
(204) 474-6174

Programs: M.A. and Ph.D.

Graduate Studies > Economics in calendar and registration guide 


The Department of English invites applications for study leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in British, American, and Canadian Literature. The department offers graduate courses over a wide range of periods, genres, and critical approaches, and it also gives students the option of doing a creative writing thesis at the M.A. level. There is a good deal of interest among the faculty in interdisciplinary and cultural studies, and there are both theatre and film programs within the department. In addition, there is an active group of creative writers on the faculty, most of whom are particularly interested in Canadian studies.

Dr. Glenn Clark
Chair, Graduate Studies in English
609 Fletcher Argue Building

Programs: M.A. and Ph.D.

Graduate Studies English in calendar and registration guide 

French, Spanish & Italian

The Department of French, Spanish and Italian offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in French studies. Specialized training is available in the literature of the Ancien Régime and Francophone literature of the last two centuries. Recent M.A. and Ph.D. thesis topics include Gabrielle Roy, Diderot, Simone de Beauvoir, early travel accounts of Western Canada, stylistic fraud, the aesthetics of the grotesque and literary translation.

Dr. Irene Chassaing
Chair, Graduate Studies in French
423 Fletcher Argue Building

Programs: M.A. and Ph.D. italian

Graduate Studies > French, Spanish & Italian in calendar and registration guide 

German & Slavic Studies

The German M.A. program offers a wide variety of courses and thesis opportunities for German Studies since 1750, for example on Romanticism, Modernism, or Literature in the Third Reich. The program puts particular emphasis on representations of history and society in today's Germany and Austria in literature and film. This includes representations of post-Wende experiences in contemporary texts and films, World War II, the Third Reich, and the Holocaust in today's Austria and Germany, as well as theoretical questions of the relationship between history and literature, representations of war and genocide, cultural memory, space in literature, and the relationship of power and language.

The Slavic M.A. provides courses in Ukrainian and Russian literature from the early 19th century to the present. Students can choose between a concentration in Ukrainian, in Russian, or in Ukrainian and Russian combined. Emphasis is placed on representations of history and society in the light of contemporary critical debates. The Department offers specialization in a number of areas, including modernism and postmodernism, the 1920s, the representation of revolution and war, the portrayal of Jews in Ukrainian and Russian literature, and Ukrainian-Canadian and Russian-Canadian writing. Students can learn about postcolonial theory, approaches to popular culture, and the relationship between history and literature.

Student exchange programs exist with Greifswald, and Kyiv Universities.

July-Dec 2018
Dr. Myroslav Shkandrij
Chair, German & Slavic Graduate Programs
322 Fletcher Argue Building
(204) 474-6605
Jan-June 2019
Dr. Alexandra Heberger
Chair, German & Slavic Graduate Programs
323 Fletcher Argue Building
(204) 474-7867

Program: M.A.

Graduate Studies > German & Slavic Studies in calendar and registration guide 


The Joint Masters Program in History, offered in collaboration with history faculty at the University of Winnipeg, supports specialized work across 10 fields of historical study: the Americas, Britain and the Commonwealth, Canada, Medieval Europe, Modern Europe, Asia, Africa, History of Science, Modern World, and a programme in Archival Studies. Students may pursue the MA via the course and exam route, the course and thesis route, or the Archival Studies route.

Doctoral studies in History are normally pursued by those seeking a career as professional historians. The Department’s Ph.D. program offers instruction in seven fields: The Americas, Britain and the Commonwealth, Canada, Medieval Europe, Modern Europe, Modern World and Social History. Although we have particular strengths in Western Canadian history, Aboriginal History and World History, the diversity of faculty research and teaching expertise allows for supervision across a wide range of theoretical, chronological, national, or subject areas.

Dr. Len Kuffert
Chair, Graduate Programs in History
(Pre-MA, Joint Master's, and Doctoral Programs)
222 St. John's College
(204) 474-8106

Programs: M.A. and Ph.D.

Graduate Studies > History in calendar and registration guide 


The Department offers innovative and challenging courses in Modern and Old Icelandic language and literature as well as in Icelandic history and culture.

Requirements for the M.A. degree include a thesis and three graduate courses. The following courses are offered: Individual Modern Authors, Advanced Icelandic, Old Icelandic Prose, Old Icelandic Poetry, and Palaeography and Philology.

Effective 30 June 2015: Admission to the MA Program is suspended.
Please contact the Department of Icelandic for further information.

Program: M.A.

Graduate Studies > Icelandic in calendar and registration guide 


For students who want to pursue in-depth and especially field-based research on linguistic structures, the University of Manitoba is an ideal setting. Our M.A. and Ph.D. programs are flexible, and offer a lot of individual attention. The interests of our faculty cover a broad range of research areas, and the area’s ethnic diversity provides a rich linguistic environment. Our students’ graduate programs most often involve original fieldwork, either in the local indigenous languages or in such places Papua New Guinea.

The department’s research strengths lie in both formal and functional/typological approaches to the core areas of linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax), historical linguistics, language planning and policy, text-based analysis, and computational linguistics. Current research in the department focuses on languages as diverse as ASL (American Sign Language), Hebrew, Persian, Tauya and Cree and Comparative Algonquian.

Dr. Verónica Loureiro-Rodríguez
Chair, Graduate Studies in Linguistics
Department of Linguistics
546 Fletcher Argue
(204) 474-9463

Graduate Programs: M.A. and Ph.D.

Graduate Studies > Linguistics in calendar and registration guide

Native Studies

The Native Studies Graduate Program provides opportunities for the M.A. in a variety of areas such as languages, women’s issues, culture, history, material culture, contemporary perspectives, self-government and land claims, policy, economic development, environmental studies, education, health and healing, management, resource management, and law. Close links are developed between this graduate program and First Nations, Inuit, and Métis organizations, as well as the Hudson Bay Archives, Manitoba Archives and other valuable resources located in Manitoba.

Dr. Wanda Charles
Interim Chair, Graduate Studies in Native Studies
204B Isbister Building
(204) 474-6405

Program: M.A. and Ph.D.

Graduate Studies > Native Studies in calendar and registration guide 


The Department of Philosophy can supervise graduate work in any area of analytic philosophy. Areas of greatest research strength are History of Philosophy, Ethics (including Applied Ethics), Social and Political Philosophy, History and Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics and Aesthetics.

Dr. Chris Tillman
Chair, M.A. Program in Philosophy
454 University College
(204) 474-9750

Program: M.A.

Graduate Studies > Philosphy in calendar and registration guide 

Political Studies

The Department offers both full-time and part-time M.A. degree programs in Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Administration, and Strategic Studies. Students may choose from either thesis or comprehensive M.A. streams. In addition, pre-graduate training is available through individualized pre-Masters programs.

The Department also offers a separate Master of Public Administration degree program, in cooperation with the University of Winnipeg.

Dr. Karine Levasseur

Chair, MPA Program

528 Fletcher Argue Building
(204) 474-6410

Dr. Andrea Rounce

Graduate Chair, MA Program

529 Fletcher Argue Building
(204) 474-8546

Program: M.A.

Graduate Studies > Political Studies in calendar and registration guide


Graduate specializations include the areas of:

  • Applied Behaviour Analysis - involves the systematic application of learning principles and techniques to assess and improve individuals’ covert and overt behaviours in order to help them function more fully in society. Training in the experimental analysis of behaviour (basic research on behaviour) is also provided.
  • Brain and Cognitive Sciences - members of the area use neuroscientific, comparative, behavioural, and computational techniques to examine sensation, action, perception, attention, learning, memory, emotion, and language.
  • Clinical Psychology - This is the largest graduate specialization area in the Faculty of Arts and the primary training program for clinical psychologists in the province. This Canadian Psychological Association-accredited program offers training in diagnosis, treatment, and assessment. Clinical area members and associates have expertise in a variety of topics, including mental disorders, personality, health psychology, positive psychology, child psychology, psychiatric epidemiology, and geropsychology.
  • Developmental Psychology - is a cross-disciplinary research area with the goal of understanding how we as humans grow and change over time. It bridges across diverse fields of inquiry, including  cognition, linguistics, social psychology and health psychology. In our area, we study an extensive scope of topics ranging from speech perception in infancy to figurative language comprehension in children and special populations to psychological mindsets in older adults facing health challenges. Graduates from our program are prepared for a wide range of careers in government, schools, business, and universities.
  • Quantitative – Members of the Quantitative area have expertise in a broad range of topics in measurement, research design, and statistical analysis. Topics such as classical and robust estimation and testing, meta-analysis methodology, mixed-effects modeling, parametric and nonparametric regression analyses and diagnostic procedures, the analysis of repeated or longitudinal data, and simultaneous statistical inference are of particular research interest.
  • School Psychology - designed to meet the specific requirements for registration and licensing for school psychologists in Manitoba and facilitate licensing of our graduates in other jurisdictions. Training incorporates interpersonal relationships, assessment, intervention and consultation, research, ethics and standards, and supervision, instructional processes and school systems.
  • Social and Personality - Social and personality psychologists are broadly interested in how people think about, influence, and relate to one another, and how they strive to satisfy personal needs and goals in the wider world. Current research interests include biases in social perception, intergroup relations and social justice, attributions, human motivation, psychology of personal control, the origin and organization of social attitudes, health and related self-perceptions and behaviours, self-esteem,  close relationships, cross-cultural psychology, and the social psychology of science.


Dr. Melanie Soderstrom
Associate Head (Graduate)
Department of Psychology
P515 Duff Roblin Building
(204) 474-8777

Programs: M.A. and Ph.D.

Graduate Studies > Psychology in calendar and registration guide


The Department of Religion offers a joint M.A. program with the University of Winnipeg, with thesis and course options. It offers its own independent Ph.D. Program in the areas of specialization of its faculty. For details, consult the departmental brochure or contact individual faculty members.

Danielle Dubois
Chair, Joint Master's Program in Religion
Chair, PhD Program in Religion
333 Fletcher Argue Building
(204) 480-1824

Programs: M.A. and Ph.D.

Graduate Studies > Religion in calendar and registration guide 


The M.A. and Ph.D. programs are designed to provide students with sound training in the core areas of the discipline while giving ample opportunity for the pursuit of more specialized areas. The relatively low graduate student/faculty ratio creates an informal learning environment in which students receive considerable individual attention.

Areas of specialization include: criminology; gender, sexuality and family/intimate relations; health; inequality and social transition; research methods; and sociological theory.

July – December 2018
Dr. Susan Prentice

Chair, Graduate Program in Sociology
329 Isbister Building

January - July 2019
Dr. Sonia Bookman

Chair, Graduate Program in Sociology
334 Isbister Building
(204) 474-7832

Programs: M.A. and Ph.D.

Graduate Studies > Sociology in calendar and registration guide