Graduate Programs

Biophysics (M.Sc./PhD)

Biophysics Interdepartmental Group (BIG) at the University of Guelph is a unique program of masters and doctoral study that seeks to further our understanding of biological processes through the application of the concepts and techniques of the physical sciences. Unlike many biophysics graduate programs across Canada, BIG focusses on basic discovery research in the sciences, rather than medical and clinical applications. Experimental research conducted by students within BIG spans the entire breadth of the life sciences spectrum, including biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, and human biology. 

Career Opportunities

  • Government laboratory researcher
  • Hospital clinical research scientist
  • University professor
  • Biomedical research writer
  • Industrial researcher/instrument specialist
  • Medical student 

Collaborative Specialization in Artificial Intelligence (M.Sc./M.A.Sc.)

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a paradigm for creating systems with capabilities that were traditionally reserved for humans. It enables unique insights that can be used to improve decision making in broad areas of application—from farming to finance.

The Collaborative Specialization in AI provides students with a diverse and comprehensive knowledge base in fundamental AI while they pursue a thesis-based Master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, or Bioinformatics. It complements traditional research-based Master’s programming with foundational courses and learning experiences in AI.

You can customize your training experience by selecting a thesis topic to pursue, as well as from a broad range of courses that cover the fundamentals of AI, its application in diverse sectors, and the policy, regulatory and ethical issues related to AI. The content is delivered through a combination of online modules, lectures, team projects and experiential learning opportunities. At the end of this program, you will have a good overview of leading-edge AI techniques and an in-depth understanding of how to apply them to real-world problems.

Career Opportunities

  • Machine Learning Research Scientist
  • Data Scientist
  • Software Engineer
  • Consultant

Collaborative Specialization in Toxicology (M.Sc./PhD)

Students wishing to undertake graduate studies at the MSc or PhD level with emphasis on toxicology will be admitted by a participating department and will register in both the participating department and in the collaborative specialization in Toxicology. The ten participating departments are Animal BiosciencesBiomedical SciencesChemistrySchool of Environmental SciencesFood ScienceHuman Health & Nutritional ScienceIntegrative BiologyMathematics and StatisticsMolecular and Cellular BiologyPathobiology, and Psychology.

Sample research topics include: role of oxidative stress in Alzheimer disease, DNA damage by chemical carcinogens, regulation of drug metabolizing enzymes, biodegradation of environmental pollutants, risk assessment of pesticides and pesticide screening by antibody development, insect resistance to insecticides, metal contamination of soils and toxicity to plants.

Fields

  • Biomedical Toxicology
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Molecular Toxicology

Chemistry (M.Sc./PhD)

The Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry, (GWC)2 , is one of Canada’s largest and most successful graduate schools. The Centre is housed in the Chemistry Departments at the University of Guelph and Waterloo, two of Canada’s leading Universities. A diverse team of world-class faculty from both Departments provide research opportunities in a myriad of chemical research areas.

Fields

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biological Chemistry or Biochemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Nanoscience
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry

You may also be interested in: Biophysics, Collaborative Specialization in Toxicology

Career Opportunities

  • Chemical/Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Analytical Labs & Forensics
  • Environmental Protection & Policy
  • Science Writing & Education

Contacts

Kim Rawson
Administrative Assistant (GWC)2
gwc@uoguelph.ca 
519-824-4120 x53848

Computer Science (M.Sc.)

The M.Sc. in Computer Science will enable you to develop and publish groundbreaking research while working alongside professors at the cutting edge of their field to prepare you for industry or further studies. There are four main fields you can study in; however, interaction with other disciplines is encouraged as many faculty work with industry partners and other departments at the University of Guelph.

Fields

  • Applied Modelling
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Distributed Computing
  • Human Computer Interaction

Career Opportunities

  • Data Engineering
  • Machine Learning
  • Software Development
  • User Interface Analysis

Contacts

Graduate Program Assistant
gradassist@socs.uoguelph.ca
519-824-4120 x56402

Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence (MCTI)

With cyber attacks on the rise, the industry demand for professionals in cybersecurity has never been higher. The one-year, course-based Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence offered by the School of Computer Science is a unique, cutting-edge program that trains graduates to become leaders in cybersecurity, cyber threat intelligence and digital forensics.

Subject Areas

  • Malware and forensic analysis
  • Cyber physical systems security
  • Cryptography and blockchains privacy
  • Usable security
  • Mobile security

Career Opportunities

  • Security Architect
  • Security Engineer
  • Security Analyst
  • Penetration Tester
  • Forensic Analyst

Contacts

Jennifer Hughes
Graduate Program Assistant
cyberassist@socs.uoguelph.ca

Computational Sciences (PhD)

The objective of the SoCS Interdisciplinary PhD program is to produce interdisciplinary scholars who are capable of tackling emerging problems in the sciences and humanities through investigation and application of current computer technologies. Students will have the opportunity to study computer science within the context of another discipline, such as: Economics, Engineering, English, Geography, History, Integrative Biology, Mathematics and Statistics, Pathobiology, Psychology, and Veterinary Medicine.

Career Opportunities

  • University Professor
  • Data Engineering
  • Machine Learning
  • Software Development
  • User Interface Analysis

Contacts

Graduate Program Assistant
gradassist@socs.uoguelph.ca
519-824-4120 x56402

 

Engineering (M.Eng./M.A.Sc./PhD)

With strengths in some of the most globally impactful areas of study, U of G Engineering is actively educating engineers who will shape the world of tomorrow. Several graduate degree choices are offered.

The M.Eng. program offers advanced training in a variety of fields through coursework and an optional research project. This program takes approximately 3-5 semesters to complete.

The M.A.Sc. program is research thesis-based and provides advanced training in the engineering sciences and research methodology through a combination of coursework, applied research, and thesis writing. This program takes approximately 5-6 semesters to complete.

The PhD program prepares candidates for a career in engineering teaching, research, or consulting. The program provides advanced training in the engineering sciences and research methodology through a combination of course work, independent research, a qualifying examination, and the production and defence of a research dissertation. 

Fields

  • Biological Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Systems and Computing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

You may also be interested in: Engineering Design of Sustainable Water Resource Systems GDipModeling Applications in Water Resources Engineering GDipComputer Science M.Sc.

Career Opportunities

  • Government
  • Academia
  • Industry/Consulting/Entrepreneurial
  • International Organizations, NGOs
  • Research and Development

Contacts

Christopher Beckett
Recruitment Officer
cbeckett@uoguelph.ca
519-824-4120 x53730

Jacqueline Floyd
Graduate Program Assistant
soegrad@uoguelph.ca 
519-824-4120 x56187

Mathematics & Statistics (M.Sc./PhD)

Graduate students in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics have the opportunity to make a substantive contribution to solving important scientific and societal problems in a wide variety of areas. The M.Sc. program can be completed as coursework with a major research project, or as a research thesis. The PhD program is research thesis based.

Fields

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

Career Opportunities

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Data Analysis
  • Teaching and Education
  • Market Research

 

Contacts

Susan McCormick
Graduate Program Assistant
smccormi@uoguelph.ca 
519-824-4120 x56553

Physics (M.Sc./PhD)

The Department of Physics offers unique graduate opportunities in experimental and theoretical research. Master’s students can choose between a course work option (approximately three semesters) and research-based thesis option (approximately six semesters). The PhD program requires the successful completion of a qualifying exam and the completion and defense of a research-based thesis

Fields

  • Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics
  • Chemical Physics
  • Biophysics
  • Astrophysics & Gravitation
  • Subatomic Physics
  • Quantum Computing
  • Industrial and Applied Physics
  • Condensed Matter & Material Physics

Career Opportunities

  • Education
  • Energy Production
  • Financial Modeling
  • Government & Policy
  • Software Development

Contacts

Kiley Rider
Graduate Program Assistant
gwp@uwaterloo.ca 
519-824-4120 x52263

Reggi Vallillee
rvallill@uoguelph.ca
519-824-4120 x52262