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    • Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies

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    • PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Management

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    Expected duration

    • 4 years

  • A truly collaborative graduate program

    A hallmark of the program is the collaboration with other University of Manitoba academic units and other Manitoba universities through an extensive community of adjunct professors and cross-appointments.

    PhD students have access to a variety of agencies external to the University of Manitoba, including:

    • The Freshwater Institute
    • The International Institute for Sustainable Development
    • Delta Waterfowl
    • Ducks Unlimited
  • A scenic view of Lake Winnipeg.

Program details

Expected duration: 4 years

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

All PhD students are required to complete a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 21 credit hours of coursework at the 700/7000-level or above, beyond the master’s degree (or its equivalent). A minimum of 6 credit hours of courses must be completed within the Natural Resources Institute and must include NRI 7310 PhD Thesis Research Seminar (3).

Individual programs of study will vary from student to student depending on each student’s research interest and the recommendations of each student’s advisor and PhD advisory committee.


PhD candidates must demonstrate an ability for independent investigation, original research or creative scholarship. This is expected to be presented in a thesis with a degree of literary skill and by an oral examination wherein the candidate exhibits mastery of their field.

Sample course offerings

  • NRI 7120: Mineral Resources Management and Policy
  • NRI 7130: Energy Resources Management and Policy
  • NRI 7180: Sustainable Development and Natural Resources
  • NRI 7182: Sustainability, Economics, and Natural Resources
  • NRI 7190: Natural Resources Administration and Law
  • NRI 7222: Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
  • NR 7232: Ecological Dimensions of Resource and Environmental Management
  • NR 7262: Master's Thesis Research Seminar
  • NRI 7280: Regional Development in Northern Manitoba
  • NRI 7290: Environmental Impact Assessment
  • NRI 7302: Conservation Biology and Biodiversity Management

For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.

Admission requirements

The following are minimum requirements for entry into the PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Management program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

A candidate must normally complete a master's degree before entering the PhD program. 

PhD applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the last 60 credit hours of study. 

Please review the academic listing and communicate directly with professors whose research most closely matches that of your own interests. The department will not consider applications that have not identified a confirmed program supervisor.

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 PhD Natural Resource and Environmental Management program has only one application deadline per year and applications are accepted for September entry only. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:

  • $100 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Transcripts from previous institutions
  • CV/Resumé
  • Statement of intent
  • Publication/writing sample
  • Research proposal (optional, can be completed after student is admitted into the program)
  • Letter from your advisor, indicating that they are willing to supervise your work
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from your advisor

Statement of intent

The statement of intent should be between one and two pages and will briefly describe your intended research project, including your previous research or experience, the proposed topic, preferred methods and potential contributions.

Letters written in the format of a research proposal are strongly preferred. Applicants are encouraged to consult the graduate scholarship application instructions of their appropriate Tricouncil Agency (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) for guidance.

Research proposal

Students will not necessarily be required to develop a detailed PhD proposal or select their advisory committee prior to entering the program. Delaying creating a research proposal allows students more leeway when initially planning their PhD program.

Finding an advisor

You must find a thesis advisor before submitting an application. To find an advisor, please review the academic listing and communicate directly with professors whose research most closely matches that of your own interests.

Application deadlines

Canadian and US applicants

Term Application deadlines Apply
Fall 2021 June 1, 2021 Apply for Fall 2021 (Canada/US)
Fall 2022 June 1, 2022 Apply for Fall 2022 (Canada/US)

International applicants

Term Application deadlines Apply
Fall 2022 February 1, 2022 Apply for Fall 2022 (International)

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

Learn more

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

Phone: 204-474-9377
Fax: 204-474-7553

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

Program inquiries

Celia Mellinger
Graduate Program and Alumni Coordinator
Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
Room 440 Wallace Building
125 Dysart Rd
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M6

University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)

Phone: 204-474-6183