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    Faculty

    • Faculty of Arts

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    Degree

    • Bachelor of Arts

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    Expected duration

    • 3+ years

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    Program options

    • Bachelor of Arts (General)
    • Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)
    • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
    • Minor

  • 4765

    Undergraduate students

  • 447

    Graduate students

  • 41

    Majors and minors to choose from

  • 1921

    The year UM launched its Arts programs

Program details

The Faculty of Arts offers two four-year undergraduate degree programs and one three-year degree program.

BA degrees at a glance

BA General: 90 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all courses in the chosen major. This program is particularly suited to students who wish to seek employment or enter a professional academic program following graduation from Arts.

BA Advanced: 120 credit hours of study with a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all faculty-required courses. Students select a major and minor program of study or a double major in lieu of a minor.

BA Honours: 120 credit hours of study with a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all courses. Students do not complete a major and a minor, but rather an honours subject, or two subjects for the double honours program. This is the preferred program for students looking to pursue graduate studies.

Bachelor of Arts (General)

Expected duration: 3 years

The general program offers general exposure to the humanities and social sciences and an opportunity to concentrate studies in at least two subject areas. This program is particularly suited to students who wish to seek employment or enter a professional academic program following graduation from Arts.

A student must complete 90 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all courses that comprise the major.

You can complete the BA General degree on a part-time basis.

Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)

Expected duration: 4 years

The advanced program offers a general education along with a reasonable degree of specialization in one area of study through the major.

Graduates of the advanced major program who demonstrate high academic performance may be eligible for entrance to graduate studies. The advanced degree is also well suited to students seeking to build an academic term or year of studies abroad into their undergraduate degree.

To earn a BA Advanced degree, a student must successfully complete 120 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all faculty-required courses. The program requires at least 48 credit hours in a major subject area, as well as a minor field of study that includes a minimum of 18 credit hours in a subject area. In lieu of a minor, students may complete a double advanced major program.

Students should apply to enter the advanced program only after successfully completing a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework.

You can complete this degree on a part-time basis.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Expected duration: 4 years

The honours program offers a rigorous examination of a particular subject area for those who desire a more specialized undergraduate preparation. This is the preferred program for students who wish to continue their education at the graduate level.

Students normally enter the program after first year, although you may be eligible to enter the program later in your undergraduate studies.

To earn a BA Honours degree, a student must successfully complete 120 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses.

Students in the honours program do not complete a major and a minor, but rather an honours subject, or two subjects in the case of a double honours program. The program differs from the advanced program by requiring more courses in the honours field and by providing a greater intensity and depth of study.

Students should apply to enter the honours program only after successfully completing a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework.

You can complete the honours program on a part-time basis.

Earning a minor in Arts

To earn a minor in a subject field as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree where the declared major is in another subject field, a student must successfully complete 18 credit hours from courses at the 2000 level and above.

Degree requirements for all BA degrees

Students in the BA General, BA Advanced and BA Honours degree must complete the following requirements as part of their degree:

  • 6 credit hours of humanities
  • 6 credit hours of social sciences
  • 6 credit hours of sciences
  • 3 credit hours of written English (W)
  • 3 credit hours of mathematics (M)
  • 6 credit hours in each of 5 different subject fields

The 3 credit hours of written English and 3 credit hours of mathematics are to satisfy the written English and mathematics requirement.

For full details on these requirements, refer to the Academic Calendar.

A co-operative education student stands side by side with her advisor.

Arts Co-operative Education Program

The Faculty of Arts Co-operative Education Program is an excellent way for students to enhance their classroom learning with on-the-job experience. Students in history, labour studies, political studies, and psychology can alternate regular academic terms with paid, full-time employment.
Learn more about the Arts Co-op Program

Admission requirements

The following are minimum requirements for entry into a Bachelor of Arts program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Students first must be accepted to the Bachelor of Arts program before declaring a major area of study.

When you first enter the Faculty of Arts, you are placed in a Bachelor of Arts (BA) General (3-year) degree with an undeclared major and minor, unless you have applied for the Bachelor of Arts Integrated Studies degree.

You are required to eventually declare your program of study with a major and minor, and with that you can elect to enter the BA Advanced (4-year) degree or the BA Honours (4-year) degree, after you meet the qualifying requirements.

Direct entry

Direct Entry is open to students who have not attended a post-secondary institution or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college.

Advanced entry

Advanced entry is open to students who have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours of university level study and have attained a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.

How to apply

Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120

Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online.

The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.

Apply now

Includes the Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geological Sciences and Physical Geography programs.

Includes Bachelor of Health Sciences and Bachelor of Health Studies programs.

Includes Bachelor of Science degrees in Agribusiness, Agriculture, Agroecology, Food Science and Human Nutritional Sciences.

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Application opens Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October August 1
Winter (January) Direct entry Early May December 1
Summer (May) Direct entry Early October April 1

Start or continue your application 

Bachelor of Fine Art application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November March 1

Diploma in Fine Art application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November March 1

Start or continue your application for the BFA and diploma programs

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November May 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May October 1

Admission to the winter term is on a space available basis only.

Start or continue your application

Annual application deadline

Term Type of entry Application opens Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November March 1

Start or continue your application

To apply to the Inner City Social Work program, attend an information session at the William Norrie Centre. You will receive an application form at the information session. All information sessions are held in Room 126, William Norrie Centre.

Room 126 William Norrie Centre
485 Selkirk Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R2W 2M6 Canada
204-668-8160
Fax: 204-663-8857

All applicants need approval from the Faculty of Social Work – Inner City Selection Coordinator, Debra Diubaldo who can be reached at debra.diubaldo@umanitoba.ca or 204-668-8160.

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Application deadline
Summer (May, part-time) Advanced entry Please contact the Inner City Social Work program to determine the next available session and any applicable deadline dates.
Fall (September) Advanced entry Please contact the Inner City Social Work program to determine the next available session and any applicable deadline dates.

Annual application deadline

Term Type of entry Application opens Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November March 1

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October January 15
Advanced entry Early November January 15

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November February 15

Start or continue your application

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November May 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May October 1

Admission to the winter term is on a space available basis only.

Start or continue your application

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October May 1 Deadline for Fall 2021 extended to July 15
Advanced entry Early November May 1 Deadline for Fall 2021 extended to July 15

Start or continue your application

Annual application deadlines

Program Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Bachelor of Environmental Design (BEnvD) Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November April 1
Environmental Design Architecture Master Preparation Option (ED AMP) Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November February 1

Start or continue your application

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November March 15

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November February 1

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November August 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May December 1
Summer (May/July) Advanced entry Early November June 1

Students who wish to enrol in Summer courses that start in May should apply by April 1.

Continue your Summer 2021 application

Start or continue your application for Fall 2021 onward

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November March 1

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November April 1

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Applicants must seek permission from the Faculty representative, Jennifer Mitchell, prior to applying.

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November August 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May November 1
Summer (May) Advanced entry Early November April 1

Start or continue your application

Annual application deadlines

Term Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Early November August 1
Winter (January) Early May November 1 (extended to November 15)
Summer (May) Early November April 1

Start or continue your application

Annual direct entry application deadlines

Term Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Early October March 1
Winter (January) Early May October 1
Summer (May) Early October March 1

Annual advanced entry application deadlines

Term Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Early November July 1
Winter (January) Early May October 1
Summer (May) Early November March 1

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November March 1

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November June 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May October 15

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November January 15

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Summer (May) Advanced entry – Track A Early November April 1 Reopened and extended to August 1
Advanced entry – Track B Early November August 1 Not available

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Annual application deadline

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Late August October 1

Apply now or Continue your application

Annual application deadline

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November April 1

Start or continue your application

Winnipeg annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November April 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May August 1

The Pas and Thompson (UM/University College of the North) annual application deadline

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November April 1

Start or continue your application

Annual application deadline

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November April 1

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Annual application deadline

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November March 1

Start or continue your application

Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy annual application deadline

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November April 1

Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy: Degree Completion Program annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November May 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May September 1
Summer (May) Advanced entry Early November January 15

Start or continue your application

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November May 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May October 1

Admission to the Winter term is on a space available basis only.

Start or continue your application

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November April 1

Start or continue your application

Annual application deadline

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November April 1

Start or continue your application

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November April 1

Start or continue your application

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November May 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May October 1

Admission to the Winter term is available on a space available basis only.

Start or continue your application

Annual direct entry application deadlines

Term Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Early October March 1
Winter (January) Early May October 1
Summer (May) Early October March 1

Annual advanced entry application deadlines

Term Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Early November June 1
Winter (January) Early May October 1
Summer (May) Early November February 1

Start or continue your application

Annual application deadlines

Type of applicant Type of entry Term Applications open Application deadline
First year applicants Advanced entry Fall (September) Early September December 1
Upper year applicants Advanced entry Fall (September) Early November June 30

Start or continue your application 

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November August 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May December 1
Summer (May) Advanced entry Early November June 15

Applicants are encouraged to apply early and check their course availability prior to applying.

Applicants applying to the Summer term are recommended to apply a minimum of one month prior to the start of their classes. Summer session offers a number of different start dates based on course offerings.

Apply for Summer 2021 or Continue your Summer 2021 application

Start or continue your application for Fall 2021 onward

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November June 1
Winter (January) Direct or advanced entry Early May October 1
Summer (May) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November February 1

Start or continue your application

Annual application deadlines

Term Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Early November June 1
Winter (January) Early May October 1
Summer (May) Early November February 1

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The BPRN program has been placed on a temporary suspension starting for the Fall 2019 intake.

Access students

Annual application deadline
Term Type of entry Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry March 1

Application form for Access students (PDF)

External students

Annual application deadline
Term Type of entry Application opens Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November March 1

Start or continue your external student application

Learn more

Major and minor areas of study in Arts

The Faculty of Arts offers the following major and minor subject areas for Bachelor of Arts degrees. Students planning on entering a specific major or minor or honours subject field should include an appropriate course in that subject area within their first year.

Not all major, minor, and honours programs are available in each subject area.

Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Mailing address
Attn: Undergraduate Admissions
University of Manitoba
66 Chancellors Circle
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Office location
Room 424 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)

admissions@umanitoba.ca
Phone: 204-474-8808
Toll-free: 1-800-224-7713 ext. 8808
Fax: 204-474-7554

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program inquiries

Faculty of Arts Student Services Office
Room 134 Fletcher Argue Building
15 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

arts_inquiry@umanitoba.ca
Phone: 204-474-9100
Toll free: 1-800-432-1960 ext. 9100