This page contains the information you will need to apply to the graduate programme in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, such as required materials and deadlines. Note that as of July 1, 2008 the application process has been centralized; all applications must be sent to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba (however, if you need to send additional documents because your initial application was incomplete, please send them to the Physics & Astronomy Department Office, c/o Susan Beshta). In addition, since late 2009, the preferred method for application is on-line.

If you have any questions about admissions or other graduate program affairs, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Gerald Gwinner (Graduate Officer) or Susan Beshta (Department Office).

In order to optimize the process for a successful application to our department, we strongly suggest that you follow these steps (details follow below):

  1. Get in contact with a prospective advisor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, either directly or by filling out our informal enquiry. The Department will post your enquiry on an internal website accessible to all faculty, and will also foward your enquiry to all relevant faculty based on the research field(s) and specific advisors indicated on your form. Please be aware that the Department cannot ensure that a potential advisor will reply to the enquiry, therefore you cannot expect a guaranteed answer. We strongly urge you get into contact with potentials advisors directly.
    Please be aware that you cannot be accepted for graduate studies at the University of Manitoba without the explicit commitment of an advisor. Direct application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies without prior contact to a potential advisor may not succeed and will result in the loss of the application fee, independent of your qualifications.
    Click here to fill out the on-line enquiry form.

  2. Once you have an informal understanding with an advisor to take you on, apply formally to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

  3. Stay in contact with your potential advisor during the admission process to make sure that things move forward.

  4. Once the Faculty of Graduate Studies has verified the completeness of your application, the potential advisor can make a formal commitment (or the application is circulated in the department to find an advisor) and Graduate Studies will proceed with the final approval, at which point you will be notified.

Required materials:

Application Procedure:

Starting on July 1, 2008, all applications must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In late 2009, the University of Manitoba has started to use an on-line application process.

Please start the application procedure here. This page also contains additional information on the application process.

Additional departmental requirements:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A letter describing your career goals and research interests, showing how these relate to the research program of your proposed faculty supervisor
  • GRE physics subject test score for PhD applicants preferred but not mandatory; please inquire with potential advisors about their preference
  • Inform the Department of Physics & Astronomy by email that you have sent a formal application; include your name, address, email address, proposed advisor, and the exact date of your application.


Applications are accepted at any time; however, admission for a specific term requires enough time for processing. We strongly suggest that you send in your application in a timely manner given by the following table:

Session Start Date

Canada & US

Regular September 1 May 15 February 15
Winter January 1 September 15 June 15
Spring May 1 January 15 October 15
Summer July 1 March 15 December 15

Application received after theses dates will be processed, but there can be no guarantee for the start date. Please make sure to send in complete applications, otherwise the process will be much delayed.