At the University of Manitoba graduate study and research were conducted on a modest scale from the foundation of the university and during its early years. In 1949 a Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research was established to systematize efforts in these fields. Currently more than 2,600 graduate students are registered at the university. A substantial number of graduate students received fellowships, scholarships, or assistantships made available under such arrangements as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the university itself. Providing additional opportunity for graduate students, research work funded through grants from business corporations and government bodies is now conducted at the university.
Agriculture Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans maintain major research establishments on the Fort Garry campus. Additional and extensive research facilities are available in the faculties of Dentistry and Medicine located in central Winnipeg and the university's Bannatyne Campus. The Faculty of Medicine operates in close conjunction with the major teaching hospitals.
Graduate work at the doctoral level is offered in the faculties of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Arts, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Human Ecology, Medicine, Science, Social Work, the Asper School of Business/Faculty of Management, and the Natural Resources Institute.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies is governed by the Faculty Council of Graduate Studies. The Faculty Council delegates powers to the Executive Committee of Graduate Studies which in turn delegates responsibilities to standing committees of the faculty, such as the Guidelines and Policy Committee and the Awards Committee.