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What will I learn?

The Department of Native Studies Ph.D. program is based on the interdisciplinary approaches to research and scholarship that have been developed by Native Studies over the years in its curriculum overall. These include an emphasis on Indigenous scholarship (particularly the scholarship of Indigenous academics), Indigenous epistemologies, a strong ethical commitment to Indigenous rural and urban communities, and a high regard for peer review processes.

All doctoral students will be required to complete 12 credit hours of course work at the 7000 level, beyond the course work they may have completed for a Master's degree (or its equivalent) plus 6 credit hours in an Aboriginal language if this requirement has not already been satisfied (see below). A minimum of 50% of the required 12 credit hours must be completed within the Native Studies department. Additional course work may be selected from courses approved by the Native Studies Graduate Committee. In addition, students must fulfill a residence requirement of at least one academic year devoted to full-time study at the University of Manitoba.

The Ph.D. option consists of coursework and a substantial research component.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$2,670.38 (US$ 1,936) per year
Two years tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years
Application deadline

Expected January 2023

Start date

Expected September 2023


University of Manitoba

Fort Garry Campus,

400 UMSU University Centre,


Manitoba (MB),

R3T 2N2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English language requirements accepted: TOEFL paper based score of 550; Achieve minimum scores of 4.5 in Reading, 4.5 in Listening, and 4.0 in Writing on the CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees); Achieve a minimum score of 6.5 based upon the Academic Module on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System); Achieve a minimum score of 80 on the MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) offered by the University of Michigan; Achieve a minimum grade of C in the University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.Achieve a score of 60 or more in the CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment); Achieve a minimum of 58% in the Pearson Test of English.Achieve a minimum of 65% in Level 5 of the direct entry English program (also known as Intensive Academic English Program orIAEP), as taught by the English Language Centre of the University of Manitoba.

For international students

A candidate must normally complete an M.A. degree before entering the Ph.D. program.

English Language Requirements:

  • TOEFL - Achieve a minimum Internet-based -iBT (86; minimum score of 20 in each of reading, writing, listening and speaking categories)
  • IELTS - Achieve a minimum score of 6.5 in the Academic Module
  • PTE Academic - minimum 61 overall

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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