How to Apply
Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all required documentation is submitted correctly and promptly. All required supporting documents must be received by the application date to be considered complete.
A non-refundable application fee of $110 CDN (fee subject to change) must be submitted for each program/field to which you apply. This fee is payable in the on-line application process to the Ontario Universities' Application Centre by Visa, MasterCard, cheque or money order. Applications will not be processed without the application fee.
Overview of Application Process and Supplementary Materials Checklist for Fall 2017 Admissions
Deadlines for Fall 2017 Applications
Note: Applicants must first complete the University of Guelph On-Line Application through the OUAC system. Once this has been submitted, and the application fee paid, students will be issued with a University of Guelph IT account, through which they can log-in to the WebAdvisor system. Students must then upload their supplementary materials to WebAdvisor by the second deadline.
Applying To More Than One Program
Many students considering graduate school are interested in a number of different programs. If you are applying to more than one program at the University of Guelph and the programs are in different academic units/departments (e.g., Psychology and Couple and Family Therapy), you will need to apply to both separately and submit transcripts, references, and supporting documents for each program. This is also true for students who may be interested in one or more of the four different degree programs/fields within the Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition - you will have to upload all documents in WebAdvisor for each application.
Students are asked to complete an application form and submit the application fee for each degree program/field to which they want to be considered. Please review the admission criteria for each and customize your letter(s) of intent accordingly. Separate statements of interest are required for each degree program/field to which you apply.
References are a CRITICAL component of any application to graduate school and to external awards bodies such as OGS and SSHRC. The following guidelines will help you through the process:
Choose faculty carefully
Request references early
Information/materials to provide about yourself
Information/materials to provide about the program(s) to which you are applying
Students may upload unofficial transcripts (such as those downloaded from your university's student portal) in WebAdvisor. Should the department decide to make an offer of admission, formal transcripts will be required and must meet the following criteria. All transcripts will be verified for authenticity.
Applicants to Graduate Study who have filed a GSPF-D form with Student Accessibility Services (SAS)
Applicants who believe that their admission average does not reflect their academic ability as a result of a disability or who may require accommodations if admitted to a graduate program of study at Guelph have the opportunity to complete a Graduate Student Profile Form for Students with Disabilities (GSPF-D) through SAS. Should an applicant submit a GSPF-D it will be assessed and held in confidence and on file at Student Accessibility Services.
What Happens Next?
All program areas (AHN, CFT, and FRHD) review all applications for their respective programs and make recommendations for acceptance to the Graduate Subcommittee who oversee the admission process. Generally, the committee attempts to evaluate applications according to: the quality and relevance of previous academic records; estimates of academic research and professional potential; work or other experience; and, personal qualities relevant to career objectives. All decisions are voted on by the FRAN Graduate Studies Committee and sent to the Office of Graduate Studies for approval.
While FRAN may recommend that an offer of admission be extended to an applicant, only the Board of Graduate Studies can make an official offer of admission. Official admission to any program of graduate studies is in the form of an "Offer of Admission" which is issued by the Board of Graduate Studies.
MAN and CFT Applicants
By early February, selected applicants to the MSc program in Couple and Family Therapy and the Masters of Applied Nutrition program who are "short-listed" for admission will be contacted to participate in a formal admissions interview scheduled in mid to late February. Students selected for an interview are expected to come to Guelph at their own expense.
In mid-March, successful applicants in all programs/fields will be informed by email that the department is recommending admission to the Board of Graduate Studies.
In late March/early April, successful applicants will receive the formal "Offer of Admission" from Graduate Program Services and unsuccessful applicants will receive a letter from the Department.