Graduate Studies

The College of Biological Science offers masters and doctoral degrees in the departments of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, Integrative Biology and Molecular and Cellular Biology, as well as in three interdepartmental programs (Biophysics, Bioinformatics and Biotechnology) and two collaborative programs (Neuroscience and Toxicology).
Prospective students can explore the options below to learn more about admission requirements, the application process and what to do before you apply. Please be aware that you must identify and secure a faculty advisor prior to applying.
Graduate students in CBS who undertake a research-based thesis are guaranteed a minimum salary or stipend. Currently, the minimum stipend (effective Fall 2018) is $21,259 per year for an MSc student, and $25,259 per year for a PhD student (see “Current Funding Level” memos for exact amounts).  This stipend will include one Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) appointment per year, with the balance of funds provided through a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA), which comes from your supervisor’s research funds.

Current graduate fees are posted on the Guelph Graduate Fees page. Information on how to pay fees, forms, and help with FAQs can be found at Student Financial Services.

MSc and PhD Programs

Areas of study:
Nutrition, Exercise and Metabolism
Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences
Areas of study:
Evolutionary Biology
Comparative Physiology
Areas of study:
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Plant Biology

Interdepartmental Programs

Students registered in these interdepartmental programs benefit from faculty expertise spanning multiple disciplines. Students enrolled in thesis-based programs are often co-supervised by faculty from different departments.

Biophysics (MSc and PhD)
Bioinformatics (MSc, PhD and MSc by coursework)
Biotechnology (MSc by coursework)

Collaborative Programs

CBS also participates in two collaborative programs which are designed to provide a multidisciplinary experience. Students complete the requirements of their home program (e.g., Human Health and Nutritional Science, Integrative Biology or Molecular and Cellular Biology) as well as additional requirements specific to the collaborative program.

Neuroscience (MSc and PhD)
Toxicology (MSc and PhD)