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Graduate Students

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) has the largest graduate student population at University of Guelph, with a diverse suite of course-based and thesis-based graduate programs. With nearly 900 current graduate students in our five academic units, you will join a valued community network of graduate students seeking to Improve Life in their research and learning.

We offer PhD programs across all five disciplines, Engineering, Computer Science, Math, Chemistry and Physics as well as unique interdisciplinary programs that explore Artificial Intelligence, Toxicology and Biophysics.

$10.4 Million
in NSERC funding to CEPS at U of G.
#5 in Canada
for comprehensive universities (Maclean's, 2024).
#1 in Canada
Research dollars per graduate student (Research Infosource, 2023).

Our Programs

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Course-based programs

Our 1-2 year course-based master's programs are ideal if you wish to expand your career options in private and public sectors, and gain critical hands-on learning. You will have access to some of the world's most respected research scientists and educators, as well as outstanding research and teaching facilities. 

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Thesis-based programs

U of G has a long history of teaching STEM dating back to 1874. Our thesis-based master's and PhD programs are ideal for this wishing to pursue a career in research or academia, and further deepen their expertise in core program disciplines.

*Indicates a collaborative specialization - an intra-university graduate field of study that provides an additional multidisciplinary experience for students.

Interdisciplinary graduate programs

Looking to combine concepts from multiple disciplines to solve a problem from different perspectives? CEPS offers a range of graduate programs that combine multiple disciplines for your career development.

Why Choose Guelph?

Everything a future CEPS graduate student needs to know can be found at the Office of Graduate Studies. Outside of the academics, you are choosing a beautiful campus situated in one of Canada’s top 10 safest communities. Guelph has small town charm with a vibrant cultural and social scene. The city boasts the lowest unemployment rate in Canada and neighbours onto Canada’s Technology Triangle. Click here for more information on applying to Guelph.

Apply Now

Apply to the University of Guelph in one of two ways: 


Common App


Ways to fund your graduate student journey.



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Graduate Student Support and Opportunities

CEPS is committed to supporting our graduate students with their academics, research, student experience and career development skills. Learn about graduate funding, CEPS research positions and university-wide resources that are available.



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