Application Process

Graduate policies and procedures are standardized throughout the College of Biological Sciences. The admissions process is overseen by the Office of the Associate Dean of Research. Questions about the application process in CBS can be directed to the CBS Graduate Admissions Assistant
 
Please note that prospective students (except for those applying to the Master of Biotechnology program or the Master of Bioinformatics - coursework) must identify a faculty advisor prior to submitting an application. You can search for an advisor through our list of faculty research themes or you may explore the current opportunities for graduates students and post-docs. More information can be found on the Before You Apply webpage.
 
The University of Guelph has an online application system. Applicants can find complete application instructions on the Applying to Guelph page, as well as the Frequently Asked Questions.
 


Required Documents
 

Please note that the College of Biological Science requests that all components of your application for graduate school be submitted within two months of submission through the OUAC portal. Applications that are incomplete after this time period will be closed.
 
Documents required for all MSc and PhD thesis programs, and HHNS MSc by coursework:
Statement of Interest
CV
Name of faculty advisor
Transcript(s)
Grading scale(s)
Graduate certificate(s)
Standardized English language proficiency test
Referee assessment forms

 

Master of Biotechnology requirements:
Transcript(s)
Graduate certificate(s)
Grading scale(s)
Standardized English language proficiency test
Referee assessment forms

 

Bioinformatics (MSc by coursework only) requirements:
Statement of Interest
Transcript(s)
Grading scale(s)
Graduate certificate(s)
Standardized English language proficiency test
Referee assessment forms

Statement of Interest:

Please provide a statement outlining your major research interests and your objectives in undertaking graduate study.   The statement of interest can also be completed directly through the online application system.

 

Transcripts:

One official transcript of each previous undergraduate and graduate degree. Transcripts must include the date the degree was conferred. For International applicants: notarized English translation of foreign transcripts must be provided, along with a graduate certificate. Transcripts should include a grading scale, grades obtained and courses taken.

 

Referee Assessment Forms:

These forms are available through the on-line application system, and  should be completed by two or three individuals who can provide comments on the applicant and evaluate his/her academic performance and abilities in comparison to his/her peers. Academic referees are preferred, but former employees are also acceptable as referees.

 

English Proficiency Test:

If your first language is not English, you will be required to submit the results of a standardized English language proficiency test.  The tests are considered valid for a period of two years. The University of Guelph English as a Second Language Test Code is 0892.
 
The English as a Second Language Certificate at the University of Guelph offers an English language program for international students wishing to apply to graduate studies. Those who successfully complete the program at the advanced level are deemed to have met the language requirement for admission to graduate studies. A copy of the graduate certificate is required as a part of your application package.
 
PLEASE NOTE: The College of Biological Science DOES NOT grant conditional admission based upon the completion of an ESL program or standardized English language test.  A passing, standardized language test or certificate, as outlined above, MUST be submitted along with the application in order to be considered for admission.

 


Completed Applications

Once a complete application is received and deemed academically acceptable, the application is forwarded on to the program Graduate Committee for their recommendation. If recommended, the application is given to the potential advisor for his or her decision.
 
This process takes approximately 6 weeks and therefore we recommend that you submit your application at least 2 months prior to the desired entry semester. Applicants who are applying from outside Canada should apply at least 6–9 months in advance to allow for submission of application material and application processing. 
 

Admission Offers

If you receive an offer of admission, it may be conditional upon meeting certain requirements.  Your official offer from the Office of Graduate Studies will explain any conditional offer requirements in full detail.   

Note that if your offer is conditional upon receipt of official transcripts or other required documents, these items must be received by the Office of Graduate Studies by the first day of class of the semester in which you start your program at the University of Guelph. Applicants who fail to submit their required documents by the first class day will normally not be permitted to register for classes for the semester in which they applied. Their offer of admission will be rescinded and the applicant will be encouraged to apply to a future semester. For students who are in the process of completing their degree at the University of Guelph, or have completed a degree at the University of Guelph, the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will obtain your final official transcript on your behalf.
 

For further information, contact the CBS Graduate Admissions Assistant

CBS Associate Dean of Research Office - Room 3479
Summerlee Science Complex
College of Biological Science
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1