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Our course-based M.Sc. includes course work plus a major research paper (approx. 4 semesters), while our thesis-based M.Sc. includes course work and preparation and defense of a research-based thesis (approx. 6 semesters). The Ph.D. program requires the successful completion of a qualifying exam and the completion and defense of a research-based thesis.
Optimal Learning Environment
Graduate students in the department are treated as colleagues. We recognize that you are placing your trust in us to deliver a superior learning experience - a learning experience that will largely determine the path of your career and your ability to make a difference in the world. We want your path to be filled with challenging and rewarding opportunities. The department is extremely collegial and faculty welcome student interaction in and out of the classroom. Students receive significant one-on-one attention and many students publish with their faculty.
Graduate Student Funding Opportunities
Many of our graduate students are employed as Graduate Research or Teaching Assistants and many compete successfully for University scholarships.
Sampling of Faculty Research
Faculty undertake research on a wide array of timely and relevant issues, including:
How our Graduates are Improving Society
Our students apply their rigorous training and research experience in a number of rewarding ways. Many of our graduates have taken positions at the Ontario Ministry of Agricultural, Food, and Rural Affairs, Health Canada, and Forestry Canada. Others have joined private firms or opened highly successful consulting businesses. Many have pursued their Ph.D. at Guelph or other top-tier departments and now are highly successful professors.
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