STEM Programs in Manitoba

STEM Programs in Manitoba

by Susan Huebert
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Every day, people use the skills of workers in the STEM fields. They go to doctors, use technology, cross bridges built by engineers, and use computer programs designed with mathematics. The STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can be good choices for people who enjoy precise work in fields that can help people. In Manitoba, several options are available for people who want to study in these areas.

Normally, jobs in the STEM fields require at least bachelor’s degrees, and some might need a master’s degree. For example, civil engineers and statisticians normally need to have at least one graduate degree to be able to get work in their fields. Some jobs might even require doctorates. For example, wildlife biologists and biochemists often need to have doctoral degrees.

The lengths of the programs can vary, but generally a bachelor’s degree takes three or four years. Master’s degrees take a year or two of classes and possibly another year or two for writing a long paper called a thesis. Doctoral degrees focus very much on research that goes into a book-length paper called a dissertation. Getting a doctoral degree, including some time for classes, can take eight years or more.

The best places to study the STEM fields in Manitoba are its universities, located in its major cities. The University of Manitoba in Winnipeg has the most options in these subjects, and it is the only place in the province offering programs in areas like medicine and dentistry. Before getting into some of these programs, students need to get a bachelor’s degree in science. These degrees are available at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg, the Canadian Mennonite University, and Brandon University.

Many technology courses are available at Manitoba’s universities, but another option in Winnipeg is Red River College. The Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology is another good place to study in areas such as industrial electronics. Usually, the programs in the trades are shorter than in the other STEM fields, but students might want to combine a two-year technology program with a degree to improve their job prospects.

For students coming from other countries, getting into Canadian universities can be difficult. The Government of Manitoba has various programs to help these students get the help they need for entering the STEM fields. Even if you grew up in Canada, you might have friends or classmates who need this information.

Being good with small details is an essential part of working in the STEM fields. Are you good at this kind of work? Whether you work with complicated mathematical calculations or you diagnose diseases in your patients, you need to know what you are doing. Having a good memory is important, and you should be prepared to study for a very long time.

The STEM fields can be difficult, but they can also be exciting. Can you imagine discovering new fuels, saving people’s lives, or building bridges that people use every day? If that idea interests you, why not consider the STEM fields?


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