Application Process

Students must apply for the M.Binf, M.Sc., or Ph.D. programs through the Office of Graduate Studies at the University of Guelph.

All applicants should include a statement of academic intent that is part of the OUAC application.

Please note that once an application is submitted for a specific program, it cannot be switched to one of the other programs. The applicant will have to re-apply to the other program and therefore pay the application fee again. Thus, it is important to ensure that the correct program was selected.

M.Binf. applicants do not need to identify a BINF*6999 project advisor prior to applying. M.Binf. applicants with completed applications by the first deadline will automatically be considered for the Master of Bioinformatics Entrance Scholarship.

M.Sc. and Ph.D. applicants must indicate an agreed advisor at the time of application. Prospective students interested in the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs should commence discussions with faculty well in advance of applying. Offers of admission will only be issued in cases where a member of Bioinformatics Graduate Faculty has agreed to be the advisor.

If your first language is not English, you will be required to submit the results of a standardized language test. For applicants who speak English as a second or additional language, you may request consideration for a waiver of the English language requirement once you have submitted your application if you have successfully completed a Bachelor's or Master's university degree in English in Canada by emailing In all other situations, an English proficiency test score is required with your application.

Apply through the Department of Graduate Studies at the University of Guelph.