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    • Faculty of Arts
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies

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    • PhD in Religion

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    Expected duration

    • 4 years

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Students in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Religion will develop a higher degree of specialization and advanced training in research and application.

The study of religion aims to understand religious thought and practices as aspects of the culture and society that produced them. It offers an opportunity to explore beliefs and ideas, philosophies and mythologies, rituals and symbols, etc., that shape the cultures and civilizations of the world both in historical perspective and as contemporary phenomena. In the process of this exploration, our program teaches students to think critically about how religion has shaped the way individuals understand themselves, their communities, and the world around them and sensitizes students to the variety of traditions, commitments, and cultures which exist in our world, both globally and locally. It also provides an environment for students to thoughtfully reflect upon their own religious traditions and experiences as well as to think about issues and problems of modern life from a variety of perspectives.

Program details

The Department of Religion offers a program of study leading to a PhD in Religion.

Expected duration: 4 years

The PhD program consists of a combination of coursework and a thesis component.

Tuition and fees: Tuition fees are charged for terms one and two and terms four and five. A continuing fee is paid for term three, term six and each subsequent term. (Refer to Graduate tuition and fees.)

In addition to the minimum course requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of the Academic Calendar, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 18 credit hours of coursework at the 7000 level
  • Demonstrate competence in two research languages relevant to the proposed doctoral thesis
  • Pass a candidacy examination
  • Demonstrate competence in completing thesis research and pass an oral examination relating to the thesis subject

Graduate advisors

Visit our graduate advisor section for more information on finding a graduate advisor and the diversity of our research interests.

Sample course offerings

  • RLGN 7080: Seminar in Research Methods and Theory (3 credit hours)
  • RLGN 7180: Seminar in Early Modern, Modern and Contemporary Christianity (3 credit hours)
  • RLGN 7190: Seminar in Religion and Philosophy (3 credit hours)
  • RLGN 7200: Seminar in Religion and Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • RLGN 8260: Seminar in Hinduism (3 credit hours)
  • RLGN 8280: Seminar in Islam (3 credit hours)
  • RLGN 8290: Seminar in Buddhism (3 credit hours)
  • RLGN 8310: Seminar in Judaism (3 credit hours)

For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.

Admission requirements

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

Admission decisions are based on the qualifications of the applicant as well as the ability of the Department of Religion and the University of Manitoba to serve the applicant’s intended program of study and area of specialization.

To be considered for admission to the PhD in Religion program, you must have:

  • A thesis-based Master of Arts degree in Religion with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or its equivalent.

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 Religion (PhD) program has one deadline per year. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:

  • $100 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Statement of Intent
  • Publication/writing sample
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts
  • 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 committee basis. The Admissions committee for Religion reviews applications in February/March.

Applications open up to 18 months prior to start term.

Canadian/US/International applicants

Term Annual application deadline
Fall (September) January 15

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

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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

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

Program inquiries

Department of Religion, Faculty of Arts
328 Fletcher Argue Building
15 Chancellor's Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Phone: 204-474-9516
Fax: 204-474-7601

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