Prospective Students

Why Choose Guelph?

Guelph is the fastest growing city in Canada, but maintains the charm and appeal of a small university town. The university campus is in close proximity to the downtown core, which hosts excellent restaurants, bistros, and specialty stores, and is a neighbour to Canada’s largest city.

Guelph for Graduate Research in Bioinformatics

Thanks to our interdisciplinary faculty, a wide variety of research projects pertaining to bioinformatics are available on campus. Through your graduate research, you will develop a wide-range of skills to better prepare you for a future career in academia, industry, or government.

Guelph for Your Masters of Bioinformatics (M.Binf.)

The M.Binf. program was designed for students with little to no formal background in statistics and computer programming. This one-year course-based program will provide you with an introduction to the world of bioinformatics. You will be able to apply the skills you learn through courses to analyze datasets and develop new bioinformatic approaches, under the guidance of two faculty members experienced in the field. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of our bioinformatics program, a wide variety of research projects are available from which you will be able to choose one that best fits your career goals and interests.

A Great Place to Live And Study

Guelph offers the best of both words — the charm and appeal of a small university town with access to a major agriculture and agri-food region, plus proximity to Canada’s largest city.

  • Consistently ranked a top comprehensive university by Maclean's

  • $125.3 million in research funding every year

  • Lower cost of living than Ontario’s urban centers

  • Culturally vibrant — with festivals, nightlife and other events

  • Historic buildings and abundant green spaces

  • A safe, student-friendly city with one of the lowest crime rates in Ontario

Student Testimonials

“The bioinformatics program at Guelph provided me with foundational skills to analyze and understand large amounts of biological data. I had very little computing experience during my undergraduate years, and the degree introduced programming skills in the familiar and exciting context of biological problems. These skills have allowed me to pursue a doctoral degree using novel computational approaches to analyze high-throughput sequencing data, giving me an advantage over wet-lab researchers as genomic studies rely on analyzing ever increasing sizes of sequencing datasets.”

Heather Gibling, MBINF ‘15

“My bioinformatics degree has dramatically improved my awareness to how much computation goes into research, and to how great a role "Big Data" will play in pursuits such as personalized medicine. Now as a medical student, I can appreciate the process of how a tissue sample can tell what treatments to use for patients. It has also provided me with the skills to better understand scientific research, from multivariable analysis to the assembly of genomes.”

Andrew Shure, MBINF ‘15

“I would recommend the Bioinformatics program at the University of Guelph to anyone with a genuine interest in applying computational and statistical tools to address fundamental questions in biology. The program is tailored to students with diverse academic backgrounds. Small class sizes allowed for maximal interaction with students and faculty, primarily through presentations. Classes were very hands-on, covering a wide variety of theoretical and applied topics including microarray analysis and DNA sequencing, which I thoroughly enjoyed. In the course of completing my Masters degree in Bioinformatics, I had the opportunity to conduct my summer project in the field of biodiversity informatics, where I developed an interest in DNA barcoding. After completing my degree, I collaborated with my advisor on a publication of my work. Currently, I am continuing my Masters work as a PhD student at the University of Guelph under the supervision of my Masters advisor.”

Jarrett Philips, MBINF ‘14

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