To be considered for admission, an applicant must have a master's degree (or the equivalent) from a recognized university in a relevant discipline. Master's graduates in a range of humanities, social-science and applied-science disciplines are eligible for consideration for admission. As examples, master's graduates in geography, sociology, planning, environmental science, rural extension studies and international development may be particularly suitable. Applicants who have not completed courses relevant to rural studies or gained experience in rural communities may be required to do so prior to admission or as part of initial phases of the PhD program. Admission to doctoral programs normally requires a satisfactory baccalaureate and at least high second-class honours ('B' standing) in a recognized master's degree.
Applicants are strongly advised to be in communication with a potential faculty advisor before applying. Once an applicant is considered to have met eligibility criteria, a crucial step is the identification of a suitable advisor and the guarantee of student funding. Applying without first having communicated with a potential advisor is not recommended.
To apply electronically, please see the web page www.uoguelph.ca/GraduateStudies/ Click on the link "Applying to Guelph". If you are applying electronically you are still required to complete the admissions questionnaire in addition to the other required application materials.
The Ph.D. in Rural Studies Graduate Program admits graduate students once a year, in the Fall semester starting in September. The deadline for applications is March 1 each year. The application fee for any graduate program at the University of Guelph is $100.00 (Canadian). Please be sure to read Graduate Admissions Application Instructions
An applicant will be required to submit the following to the Rural Studies graduate secretary:
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