During your program you will be required to complete a selection of forms, listed below. Those that are not hyperlinked below are available on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.
Resources for graduate students
The resources below will help graduate students in the College of Pharmacy navigate their studies successfully.
- Thesis/practicum title and appointment of examiners
- Thesis/practicum proposal
- Transfer to PhD checklist (PDF)
- College of Pharmacy MSc thesis examination (PDF)
- Master’s thesis/practicum final report
- Program of study and appointment of advisory committee
- Thesis proposal
- Report on PhD candidacy examination
- Approval to proceed to PhD thesis examination
Pharmacy graduate seminar series
This seminar series is is a unique feature of our graduate program, offering both the opportunity to hear from exceptional faculty throughout then university, then providing a platform for graduate students to present their own research to peers and mentors. Students will present at least one research seminar annually. Regular attendance is mandatory throughout your graduate program.
Graduate tuition and fees
Your total tuition and fees for each term are determined by many factors, including the program you are in, the courses you are taking and your status as a domestic or international student. Full details are available on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.
The College of Pharmacy offers a wide variety of awards and scholarships to students at different stages of their studies.
Stipend support for graduate students
As a graduate student in the College of Pharmacy, you will receive a stipend and research costs, paid bi-weekly. You may hold a scholarship in addition to your stipend, or it may replace a portion of your stipend for larger awards.
- Master’s students receive $14,000/year for two years
- PhD students receive $18,000/year for two years
Apply for payroll
To receive your stipend, you must have:
- A Canadian bank account
- A Social Insurance Number (SIN) - if you don't have a SIN, you can apply for one online
- A UMCareers account, accessed through JUMP
Then provide the college with the following:
- UM Personal Information Form
- Completed direct deposit form
Transfer from a master's to a PhD
Students enrolled in UM master’s programs may transfer to a PhD program under the following circumstances:
- You have made excellent progress in the first 12 months of your master’s program AND
- Your advisor supports the transfer to a PhD program
The checklist below highlights the main action points that students must consider and complete prior to sending their transition request to the Graduate Studies Coordinator.
Submit your request to the pharmacy graduate studies chair within 14 months after entry into the master’s program.
Transferring to the PhD program will have an impact on your tuition. Transfer students should monitor their UM student fees closely once they have transferred to ensure they are paying the correct fees.
A letter including:
- Your progress and justification for the transfer
- Supporting evidence of your research ability and productivity
A copy of your academic transcript confirming:
- A GPA higher than 3.75 in your current program
- Completion of at least 6 credit hours of graduate course work. This should not include PHRM 7160 (Pharmacy Seminar 1 MSc)
A letter from your advisor confirming:
- Support for the transfer
- Support from the advisory committee
- Increase of your stipend equivalent to that of a University of Manitoba PhD fellowship
- If your application is based on a previously completed master’s degree, your advisor must state that the initial master’s is sufficient for entrance to the PhD program.
The information provided here is not a replacement for the Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations or the College of Pharmacy supplemental regulations. Please consult those documents (specifically section 5.1.3) along with the academic guide for full details.
Progress reports are an essential part of your graduate program because they track your progress through the program and can also document the reasoning if your program is altered. The progress report can also flag any problems, including unsatisfactory marks or concerns regarding advisory committee make up. This is an opportunity for everyone concerned - you, your advisor and the advisory committee - to make note of whether you are achieving what is expected of you at each stage of your program.
Who must submit a progress report?
Progress reports are completed jointly by the student, advisor and advisory committee.
All graduate students (full-time and part-time) who have been in the program at least one semester must submit a progress report, including starting in winter term.
You do not need to submit a progress report if:
- You are on a leave of absence and will not return to your studies in time to submit a progress report
- You have submitted for May convocation
The dean’s office will send an email reminder to graduate students and advisors that progress reports are due mid-May. Students should begin discussions with their advisors and committees to organize an advisory committee.
Each student must submit a typewritten, double-spaced progress report of 2-5 pages (not including references and figures) to each committee member at least seven days prior to the anticipated date of the review meeting.
Students and advisors are responsible to ensure the form is completely filled out and signed by all required individuals and returned to the graduate coordinator by the deadline.
Examples of areas evaluated
Areas that may be evaluated include:
- Cumulative GPA
- Degree GPA
- Are all grades C+ or higher?
- Are there any IP or CO grades?
- Is the student on track time-wise in his/her program, i.e. Is the student running out of time?
- Has the student met the objectives stated on previous progress reports?
- Has the student met the objectives stated by the academic advisor?
- Has the student met the objectives stated by the advisory committee (if applicable)?
- Is the student meeting the program requirements, including candidacy, thesis proposal, research and courses?
Part C of the report is where the advisor and committee will want to ensure that documentation is complete, detailed, and realistic.
Goals should be specific. A goal of "will get ethics approval within the year, and finish conducting patient interviews" is better than "do research."
Student rating is important and should be carefully considered in completing the progress report. For instance, if ‘need of improvement’ is selected then detailed information should be provided indicating the areas of concerns that accompany the rating.
Further information that should be provided include timelines for student and committee goals and what is required for future improvement. In some cases, a student’s progress report forms may be utilized to confirm remediation plans, student appeals etc.
Things to avoid:
- Listing same goals over multiple years yet progress is listed as satisfactory
- Comments of a concerned nature, such as remarking on the student’s wellness
- Negative comments about the student’s progress with no discussion of the evidence supporting the comments or solutions for the future
If a student is rated as ‘in need of improvement’ the progress report should include an outline of measureable improvements and set deadlines for related tasks. A student would then have to successfully meet and complete each required task to show that they are back on track with their program. If a second consecutive ‘in need of improvement’ assessment is assigned, then the student will normally be withdrawn from their program.
Be aware that that a report meeting can still happen, even if you don't respond to requests to join the meeting.
You aren't obligated to sign the progress report if you do not agree with what is recorded. The progress can still be submitted and you can then append information indicating what parts of the progress report you don't agree with.
All students and advisors should be familiar with faculty of graduate studies regulations and college of pharmacy supplemental regulations.
Our progress reporting process was adapted from the Price Faculty of Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Program.
Graduate student orientation
Get an introduction to Grad Studies, including how to write at the graduate level, work with an advisor, apply for a scholarship, network and more. Learn more about graduate student orientation.
Find an advisor
You must have an advisor willing to accept you as a student to pursue graduate studies in pharmacy.
Graduate students may choose to receive their mail at the dean’s office during their studies. Student mail is managed by front desk administration.
Full-time graduate students are assigned a spot in a shared workspace, including a lockable filing cabinet. See the graduate administrator for details.
Lockers are available through the dean's office on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no cost for a locker.
Printing and photocopying
Your access code lets you make copies in the dean’s office and use the printers located throughout the Apotex building. Contact the IST service desk for your code.
College of Pharmacy
750 McDermot Avenue West
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T5 Canada