Our M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs are highly competitive and research-intensive; therefore, it is the applicants’ responsibility to connect with a Department of Immunology faculty member, whose research interests match their own, and obtain his/her support of their application.

If you cannot find a supervisor who is committed to your application, it will not proceed to the internal review for final recommendation and will be marked as incomplete until you confirm that you have found a potential supervisor for your thesis research.


  1. Confirm you meet all Department Entrance Requirements (listed below)
  2. Secure the support of a potential supervisor from our faculty list
  3. Apply online using the online application system
  4. Pay $100 application fee
  5. Once your application is received it will be processed the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) to ensure you have met their requirements and submitted all required documentation.  If your application is deemed complete by FGS, they will then forward it to the Department of Immunology.
  6. Once your application reaches the Department of Immunology internal reviewers we will process the application and either recommend or reject your admission request.


  1. A four-year Bachelor degree in a related area of biological/biomedical science is required. Relevant laboratory research experience is preferred.
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.0 (B or equivalent) over a 4.5 scale in the last two full years (60 credit hours) of study is required. Due to the competitive nature of the program, a GPA of 3.5 or higher is preferred.  Official Transcript will be required. For International GPA calculations click here
  3. Language Proficiency - all applicants must submit an English Language Proficiency test score unless they hold a high school diploma and/or university degrees from Canada, or from one of the countries on the English Language Proficiency Test Exemption list. Scores older than 2 years are not acceptable
    TOEFL - a minimum score of 600 (paper based) 88 (Internet-based) with a minimum score of 20 in each of reading, writing, listening and speaking categories.
  4. Two to three letters of recommendation
  5. Curriculum vitae or résumé
  6. Statement of Intent (1 page maximum) - please indicate your scientific background, scientific interests and intended area of study. (Applicants wishing to be considered for a Mindel and Tom Olenick Entrance Scholarship must indicate so at this time.)


Canadian students wishing to be considered for admission to a Ph.D. program directly from a 4-year honours Bachelor’s degree or equivalent must be outstanding in their academic background (GPA well above 3.0 in the last two full years of undergraduate study).
Students with international M.Sc. degrees where the equivalency to a Canadian degree is difficult to determine will be considered for direct admission to the Ph.D. program on a case-by-case basis, taking into account multiple factors including the specific program of study, academic excellence, English language proficiency, evidence of research experience and recommendation letters.


A complete application must be received by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered until all the required documents have been received. A complete application includes all items listed on the application checklist.

Applicants are strongly advised to apply at least two months before the deadlines indicated below.  This will ensure that the Faculty of Graduate Studies has enough time to process Departmental recommendations, communicate the decision to the applicant, and leave ample time for registration. For international students, this includes time for obtaining a study permit and other official documents.


Start Date

Canadian/US Applicants

International Applicants



October 1 

 July 1



February 1 

November 1 



June 1 

March 1 



For questions regarding Department of Immunology application, admission and registration procedures, contact:

Susan Ness, Office Assistant  

For academic program questions, contact:

Dr. Abdelilah Soussi Gounni, Graduate Chair  

For questions regarding the Faculty of Graduate Studies application:

Faculty of Graduate Studies
University of Manitoba
500 University Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3T 2N2 Phone: (204) 474-9377
Fax: (204) 474-7553