Applying to the Institute

The University of Manitoba Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Natural Resources Institute work together to ensure all applicants are treated consistently and fairly. Applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the academic standards for graduate level study.

General overview of the complete application process


Apply for Admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies


Application Fees: The standard application fee is $100.00 (Cdn) for all applicants.
Additional information regarding fees can be found by contacting the Registrar's Office.


Admission to the program normally occurs in September although other start dates are also possible. It is best to apply about 6 months before the start of session to ensure maximum chance for studentship support. Although there is a January admission date, permission to start then must be obtained from their supervisor and the NRI Director.

ADMISSION DEADLINES: Complete applications must be received at the Faculty of Graduate Studies by the following deadlines:

Session Start Date Canadian/US International
FALL September June 1 February 1
WINTER January October 1 July 1
SUMMER May February 1 November 1

In order to complete your file for consideration by the Admissions Committee, the following documents are required:

  1. Application for Admission;
  2. $100 (Cdn) Application fee;
  3. English Language Proficiency Test Scores: A successfully completed English Language Proficiency Test is required of all applicants. Proficiency in English can be demonstrated prior to admission by:
    i) Posessing a high school diploma or university degree from Canada or one of the countries on the English Language Proficiency Test Exemption List.
    ii) Successfully completing an English Language Proficiency Test;
  4. Letter of intent which reflects upon past, present and future, academic and work experience related to a specific degree program. In particular, a letter of intent should make clear to what extent proposed graduate studies would further academic or professional goals. Typically, a letter of intent is no more than two pages in length or 500 to 600 words long. The letter of intent should indicate your work interest;
  5. Curriculum vitae, indicating your work experience, education and research background;
  6. Official transcripts are required from ALL recognized, post-secondary institutions, no matter whether a degree has been awarded or not. Transcripts (original or certified copies) must be received in envelopes that have been sealed and endorsed (stamped across the back flap) by the main Records Office of the issuing institution to be considered official (if final transcripts are unavailable, please indicate courses being completed);
  7. Three referees each completing the Letter to Support Application for Admission
  8. A copy of birth certificate or passport. This will only required upon admission;
  9. A sample research paper that gives an indication of your writing skills;
  10. PhD applicants only: a two page research proposal, along with a letter of support from the intended advisor. You will need to contact a faculty member first to see if he or she would be willing to be your advisor. A list of faculty members and their research interests is available here. The faculty member will need to write a letter of support indicating that he or she is willing to be your advisor. The letter of support should indicate funding provisions that will be available to you during your first year in the PhD program. The letter of support needs to be sent directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies to be included with your application e-file on the database..

Please visit this link for the online application form.

NOTE: Potential applicants are asked to contact Dr. John Sinclair for the Masters program, and Dr. Michael Campbell for the Ph.D. program, if they want specific information.