Your personal statement of interest should describe your research interests and expertise, and should reflect the discussions you have had with the faculty member with whom you would like to work. The statement of interest should be ½ to 1 page in length (single-spaced) and uploaded as part of your electronic application. Please note: because you are uploading a separate statement of interest, you may leave blank the section titled ‘statement of academic intent’ on the electronic application.
Courses at the University of Guelph are completed in approximately 12 weeks. Students therefore must be proficient in the use of English, both written and oral, when they begin their studies at Guelph. The university requires that certification of such proficiency be provided by applicants whose first language is not English.
Yes. In our program, faculty members typically provide a portion of the guaranteed minimum funding package and support research expenses. Thus, individual faculty members decide whether or not they want to take on graduate students. If you haven't found a faculty member who has indicated that he or she will give your application serious consideration, then you will not receive an offer.
Consult the program requirements for our Master's programs and then choose the one that best suits your interests and the type of research that you would like to conduct. Prospective advisors can also indicate which program is best suited to you. You can change your mind after you submit your application, but there's a small fee; the Graduate Program Administrator can help you in such cases.
The application deadline is January 10. Applications received by January 10 will be considered in the first round of decisions. You can apply after the deadline, even as late as the end of August. However, most spaces will be filled, and most awards assigned, after the first round. To ensure that you will be considered in the first round, you should aim to have your application (all components) uploaded by the middle of December.
Yes! The city (pop. 100,000) combines an urban atmosphere and a rural setting. Guelph boasts a thriving downtown and a vibrant arts and music scene, including the annual Hillside Festival. Walking and cycling trails crisscross the city and join its many parks and riverside green spaces. Numerous housing options exist, on campus, downtown and in the suburbs. Guelph's public transit system makes it easy and affordable to get around. Additionally, Guelph is located in close proximity by train, bus and car to Canada's largest city, Toronto, and to numerous other universities.
A full schedule of fees applicable to both Canadian and International students can be found in the University of Guelph Graduate Calendar. Note that the guaranteed minimum funding that we provide to full-time students is meant to support the cost of living and tuition. Research expenses typically are paid for by your advisor. In other words, our graduate students normally do not have to pay their research expenses from their guaranteed minimum stipend.
Graduate training in Geography opens the door to a broad range of careers in the private and public sectors. Master's graduates have found employment in international agencies of the United Nations, Canadian federal government departments, provincial and state agencies in Canada and the United States, local governments across North America, private sector consulting firms, and a host of nongovernmental organizations. Our Masters graduates also have careers in the education sector, as teachers and administrators. Many have gone on to conduct doctoral research.