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    Faculty

    • Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies

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    Degree

    • Doctor of Philosophy

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    Expected duration

    • 3 years

Program details

The Animal Science (PhD) is a three-year program consisting of coursework and a substantial research component.

Doctor of Philosophy (Animal Science)

Expected duration: 3 years

Tuition and fees: Two years tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)

Students admitted directly from MSc:

Students must complete 6 credit hours of courses at the 7000 level in addition to ANSC 7390: Advanced Animal Science Seminar (3 credit hours).

Students must pass a candidacy exam, submit an acceptable thesis and pass a thesis oral examination.

Students admitted directly from Honours Bachelor or transfer from MSc:

Students must complete 12 credit hours of courses at the 7000 level in addition to ANSC 7390: Advanced Animal Science Seminar (3 credit hours).

Students must pass a candidacy exam, submit an acceptable thesis and pass a thesis oral examination.

Sample course offerings:

  • ANSC 7550: Special Topics in Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • ANSC 7530: Special Topics in Animal Physiology
  • ANSC 7220: Genetic Principles of Animal Improvement
  • ANSC 7380: Endocrine Control of Animal Metabolism
  • ANSC 7400: Quantitative Genetics in Animal Science
  • ANSC 7440: Protein Nutrition and Metabolism

 For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar

Admission requirements

The following are minimum requirements to be considered for entry into the Animal Science (PhD) program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Candidates must normally complete an MSc degree before entering the PhD program, however exceptional applicants with an honours Bachelor’s degree or equivalent may be permitted to enter PhD study.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

How to apply

The Animal Science (PhD) program has three application deadlines per year. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:

  • $100 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Statement of intent
  • Two letters of recommendation (must be requested from within the application)
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency if required

Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before beginning your application.

Application deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Canadian and US applicants

Term Applications open Annual application deadlines
Fall (September) Early April June 1
Winter (January) Early July October 1
Summer (May) Early February February 1

International applicants

Term Applications open Annual application deadlines
Fall (September) Early April February 1
Winter (January) Early July June 1
Summer (May) Early February October 1

Applicants must submit their online application with supporting documentation and application fee by the deadline date indicated.

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Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 500 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

graduate.admissions@umanitoba.ca
Phone: 204-474-9377

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program inquiries

Department of Animal Science
Room 201 Animal Science/Entomology Building
12 Dafoe Road
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

animal.science@umanitoba.ca
Phone: 204-474-9383
Fax: 204-474-7628