Admission Requirements & Information

 


MASTER OF SCIENCE: BMG - ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Thank you for your interest in our graduate programs! Below is very important information about admission requirements and processes. Prospective students may also find it helpful to read through the Frequently Asked Questions. Each applicant must meet each and every one of the following four requirements and submit a complete application package by the appropriate deadline.

  PROOF OF ADVISOR SUPPORT

  • Applicants must obtain written confirmation from a faculty member who is currently accepting graduate students. The faculty member must explicitly state that s/he can supervise an applicant's work and pay a minimum student stipend of $17,850 Canadian for a minimum period of one year.

  • To request proof of advisor support, prospective students must directly contact only a faculty member who is currently accepting graduate students. Email communication is preferred. In their initial communication with the faculty member, prospective students should state why they want to work with a specific faculty member. Please provide a curriculum vitae that includes publications and/or awards along with English translations of transcripts obtained from all post-secondary institutions attended. It is not necessary to provide letters of recommendation at this point.

  • The advisor-student relationship is an important one. It is essential that it begin even during the initial stages of determining whether it will be mutually beneficial. For this reason, the administrative staff are unable to contact faculty members on prospective students' behalf.

  • If applicants do not hear back from a faculty member within six (6) weeks, then it generally means that s/he is unable to supervise an applicant's research. We wish applicants all the best in their future endeavours.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

  • Graduation from a four-year undergraduate degree program, or equivalent, with an appropriate background in biochemistry, genetics, or a closely related subject area is required.

  • Applicants must have obtained a minimum average of 77% to 79% or 3.5 out of 4.5 on the University of Manitoba scale in the last two full years of university study. Over the same period, there should be no grade lower than a C+ in any biochemistry, genetics, or life science course deemed relevant to a prospective student's proposed course of study.

  • Prospective students are advised to review the Canadian, American, or International grade conversion scales to determine whether they meet our minimum Grade Point Average requirements.

PROOF OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

ONLINE AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS


DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY: BMG – ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Thank you for your interest in our graduate programs! Below is very important information about admission requirements and processes. Prospective students may also find it helpful to read through the Frequently Asked Questions. Each applicant must meet each and every one of the following four requirements and submit a complete application package by the appropriate deadline.

PROOF OF ADVISOR SUPPORT

  • Applicants must obtain written confirmation from a faculty member who is currently accepting graduate students. The faculty member must explicitly state that s/he can supervise a prospective student's work and pay a minimum student stipend of $17,850 Canadian for a minimum period of one year.

  • To request proof of advisor support, prospective students must directly contact only a faculty member who is currently accepting graduate students. Email communication is preferred. In their initial communication with the faculty member, prospective students should state why they want to work with this specific faculty member. Please provide a curriculum vitae that includes publications and/or awards along with English translations of transcripts obtained from all post-secondary institutions attended. It is not necessary to provide letters of recommendation at this point.

  • The advisor-student relationship is an important one. It is essential that it begin even during the initial stages of determining whether it will be mutually beneficial. For this reason, the administrative staff are unable to contact faculty members on prospective students' behalf.

  • If applicants do not hear back from a faculty member within six (6) weeks, then it generally means that s/he is unable to supervise an applicant's research. We wish applicants all the best in their future endeavours.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

  • A thesis-based Master's degree from an approved university of at least two (2) years in duration, or equivalent, in biochemistry, genetics, or a closely related field is required.

  • Applicants must have obtained a minimum Grade Point Average 77% to 79% or 3.5 out of 4.5 on the University of Manitoba scale across all courses taken during the Master's program as well as across the last two full years of university study. Over the same period, there should be no grade lower than a C+ in any biochemistry, genetics, or life science course deemed relevant to a prospective student's proposed course of study. 

  • Prospective students are advised to review the Canadian, American, or International grade conversion scales to determine whether they meet the minimum Grade Point Average requirements.

  • Generally, there is no direct entry into the Ph.D. program for students with Master's degrees from non-Canadian universities. In most cases, students with Master's degrees from international universities are admitted into the Master's program in this department. They may subsequently apply for a transfer into the Ph.D. program, if eligible.

  • Entry from a Bachelor's program to the Ph.D. program in this department would only occur in exceptional circumstances. Prospective students would be expected to have extensive research experience, in addition to an outstanding academic background, to be considered for this route. Once admitted to this stream, students must complete at least eighteen (18) credit hours of course work in addition to their thesis research.
     

PROOF OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

ONLINE AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS


       FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

      Academic Background
      Admission Decision

      Application Package
      Contact Us
      Deadlines
      Doctor of Philosophy Program
      English Language Proficiency
      Faculty Members

      Finances
      Grade Conversion Scales - Canada
      Grade Conversion Scales – United States
      Grade Conversion Scales – Outside North America
      Grade Point Average (GPA)
      International Students
      Master of Science Program
      Offer of Admission
      Online and Supporting Documents
      Proof of Advisor Support
      Recommendations
      Teaching Assistantships
      Transcripts


      ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

      1. What is an acceptable undergraduate degree?
        • Graduation from a four-year undergraduate degree program, or equivalent, with an appropriate background in biochemistry, genetics, or a closely related area is required. Minimum Grade Point Average Requirements.

      2. What is an acceptable graduate degree? 


      ADMISSION DECISION

        • No particular weight is assigned to any of the components in the application.

        • Congratulations! Admitted students need to electronically accept their offer of admission through the online application system. They must also forward all requested documents directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Once done, the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics will be in touch regarding next steps.

        • We're sorry that we are unable to admit you. There are four reasons why this happens. First, applicants have not submitted proof of advisor support. Second, applicants' academic degree does not meet our requirements. Third, prospective students' grade point average is too low. Fourth, applicants do not meet our minimum requirements for English proficiency. We wish applicants all the best in their future endeavours.

        • Applicants must obtain written confirmation from a faculty member stating that s/he can supervise a prospective student's work and pay a minimum student stipend of $17,850 Canadian for a minimum of one year. That confirmation is one component of a complete application package.


      APPLICATION PACKAGE

      1. What is a "complete application package"?


        CONTACT US

      1. The Faculty of Graduate Studies wants specific documents. 
      2. How can I contact the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics?


      DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION

      Term

      Start Date

      Canada / United States

       Outside North America 

      Fall

      September

      May 15

      January 15 

      Winter

      January

      September 15

      June 15 



       ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

      1. What is an acceptable score of English proficiency?
      2. My country is not on the exemption list. Can this requirement be waived?
        • No.

      3. I took the test a few years ago. Is my score still valid?
        • The University does not accept scores that are more than two (2) years old.

      4. Can I take the test after being admitted?
      5. My score is lower than the required minimum. Can I still be admitted?
        • No.


      FACULTY MEMBERS

      1. What faculty members are currently accepting graduate students?
        • Follow this link. Please contact only those faculty members who are currently accepting students. Applicants must obtain written confirmation from a faculty member explicitly stating that s/he (a) can supervise an applicant's work and (b) can pay a minimum student stipend of $17,850 Canadian for a minimum period of one year. This document is one component of a complete application package.

        • Email is preferable.  

      2. What information should I send to the faculty member?
        • Applicants are advised to state why they are interested in pursuing graduate studies with this specific faculty member. Prospective students should also send a curriculum vitae that includes publications and/or awards as well as English translations of transcripts obtained from all post-secondary institutions attended. It is not necessary to provide letters of recommendation at this point.

      3. What is "proof of advisor support"?
        • It is a written confirmation from a faculty member explicitly stating that s/he (a) can supervise an applicant's work and (b) can pay a minimum student stipend of $17,850 Canadian for a minimum period of one year.  It is one component of a complete application package.

      4. Why aren't faculty members answering my emails?
        • Most likely, it is because they are unable to supervise a prospective student's work. We wish applicants all the best in their future endeavours.

      5. How long should I wait to hear back from a faculty member?
        • About six (6) weeks. If an applicant has not heard back by then, it generally means that s/he is unable to supervise a prospective student's work. We wish applicants all the best in their future endeavours.

      6. Why won't the office help me find an advisor?
        • The advisor-student relationship is an important one. It is essential that it begin even during the initial stages of determining whether the relationship will be mutually beneficial. For that reason, the administrative staff are unable to contact faculty members on prospective students' behalf.

      7. I named an advisor who is accepting students but I wasn't accepted. Why not?
        • Applicants must obtain written confirmation from a faculty member explicitly stating that s/he (a) can supervise an applicant's work and (b) pay a minimum student stipend of $17,850 Canadian for a minimum of one year. It is one component of a complete application package.


      FINANCES

      1. How much funding can I expect to receive from an advisor?
        • If admitted, a student's advisor will typically pay a minimum stipend of $17,850 Canadian for a minimum period of one year. After that, s/he will assist the student in applying for additional funding. Note that this stipend is intended to supplement the student's existing resources. It will not cover the entire cost of tuition and living expenses.

      2. Where can I find information about entrance scholarships?
        • International students here and Domestic students here. Please note that graduate students in the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics are not directly eligible for the University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship. If admitted, a student's advisor will typically pay a minimum stipend of $17,850 Canadian for a minimum period of one year. After that, s/he will assist the student in applying for additional funding. Note that the stipend is intended to supplement the student's existing resources. It will not cover the entire cost of tuition and living expenses.

      3. How do I apply for the University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship?
        • Students in the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics are not directly eligible for this award. If admitted, a student's advisor will typically pay a minimum stipend of $17,850 Canadian for a minimum period of one year. After that, s/he will assist the student in applying for additional funding. Note that the student stipend is intended to supplement the student's existing resources. It will not cover the entire cost of tuition and living expenses.

      4. Are there any teaching assistantships?
        • No, not within the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics.

      5. I can finance my own education. Do I still need proof of advisor support?
        • Yes. Having written proof of advisor support is one requirement for admission. The faculty member may or may not be able to accept a prospective student in this case.

      6. Where can I find information about living expenses?
      7. Where can I find information about tuition fees?


      GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)

      1. What is the minimum Grade Point Average requirement for the M.Sc. program?
        • It is 77%-79% or 3.5 out of 4.5 or a B+ average on the University of Manitoba scale over the last two full years of university study. Over the same period, there should be no grade below a C+ in any biochemistry, genetics, or life science course deemed relevant to an applicant's proposed course of study. Prospective students are advised to check the Canadian, American, or International grade equivalency tables to ensure that they meet our minimum Grade Point Average requirements. Academic Degree Requirements.

      2. What is the minimum Grade Point Average requirement for the Ph.D. program?
        • It is 77%-79% or 3.5 out of 4.5 or a B+ average on the University of Manitoba scale over all courses taken during the Master's program as well as over all courses taken during the last two full years of university study. Over the same period, there should be no grade below a C+ in any biochemistry, genetics, or life science course deemed relevant to an applicant's proposed course of study. Prospective students are advised to check the Canadian, American, or International grade equivalency tables to ensure that they meet our minimum Grade Point Average requirements. Academic Degree Requirements.

      3. How is the Grade Point Average computed?
        • It is calculated using the Faculty of Graduate Studies' Canadian, American, or International grade equivalency tables. Each of an applicant's grades will be converted to the University of Manitoba scale in determining eligibility for admission. The converted grades may be higher, lower, or the same as the grades on an applicant's university transcript(s).

      4. My Grade Point Average is below the required minimum? Should I apply?
        • In rare cases, the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics may consider applicants with a Grade Point Average lower than 3.5 out of 4.5 on the University of Manitoba scale or with a grade below a C+ in one relevant course in the last two full years of university study. Prospective students must have the written support of their advisor prior to consideration.

      5. What if I've taken courses after I graduated?


      INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

      1. Where can I find the application deadlines?
        • Here. International applicants are encouraged to submit their complete application package as early as possible to ensure that sufficient time is available to secure student authorization (study permit) and arrange for delivery of official documents to the University of Manitoba. All international applicants are advised to contact the closest Canadian Embassy at the time of application to obtain information on the study permit requirements and processing time. 

      2. Who can I contact about obtaining a student visa?
        • The Canadian Embassy closest to the prospective student at the time of application.

      3. Who can I contact about obtaining a work permit?
        • The Canadian Embassy closest to the prospective student at the time of application.

      4. Where can I find information about living expenses?
      5. Where can I find information about housing?
      6. Where can I find information about tuition?
      7. Where can I find information about entrance scholarships? 
        • Here. Please note that graduate students in the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics are not directly eligible for the University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship. If admitted, a student's advisor will typically pay a minimum stipend of $17,850 Canadian for a minimum period of one year. After that, s/he will assist the student in applying for additional funding. Note that the student stipend is intended to supplement a student's existing resources. It will not cover the entire cost of tuition and living expenses

      8. Where can I find information about teaching assistantships?
        • The Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics does not offer any teaching assistantships.

      9. I can finance my own education. Do I still need proof of advisor support?
        • Yes. Having written confirmation from a faculty member is one requirement of admission. A faculty member may or may not choose to accept a student in this case.


      RECOMMENDATIONS

      1. How do I submit a recommendation?
        • Referees must use the recommendation form found through the online application system. Applicants must add their referees' contact information to the "recommendation provider" list. Once the list is saved, the referee will be sent a link to the online form. The completed form is automatically attached to the prospective student's application and sent directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics will review the recommendation letters when assessing the complete application package.