Graduate Programs

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences offers 10 master's-level programs and seven doctoral-level programs, offering you access to some of the world's most respected research scientists and educators, as well as outstanding research and teaching facilities. Explore what we offer below.

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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 

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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

IMPORTANT: To be considered for the Collaborative Specialization in AI, you must apply to the Artificial Intelligence stream for the Master's program of your choice. Applicants who apply to the regular Master of Science/Master of Applied Science stream will NOT be considered for the Collaborative Specialization.

Once you have been accepted to one of the following programs, you will be able to apply for the Collaborative Specialization in AI.

Program Name Program Code
Bioinformatics with Artificial Intelligence MSC.BINF+AI
Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence MSC.CS+AI
Engineering with Artificial Intelligence MASC.ENGG+AI
Mathematics and Statistics (Mathematics) with Artificial Intelligence MSC.MAST-MATH+AI
Mathematics and Statistics (Statistics) with Artificial Intelligence MSC.MAST-STAT+AI

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

Collaborative Specialization in Toxicology graduates have the knowledge and skills needed to carry out high quality scientific research. M.Sc. graduates are prepared for employment in positions such as instructors or technical staff in higher education, science-related roles in the broad biotechnology sector (e.g. pharmaceuticals, biomedical, and agriculture-related industries, food and beverage industries), or in government sector institutes and laboratories. PhD graduates are suitable candidates for faculty positions or for research appointments in government or industry.

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 BiologyMolecular 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.


  • Biomedical Toxicology
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Molecular Toxicology

IMPORTANT: To be considered for the Collaborative Specialization in Toxicology, you must apply to the Toxicology stream for the Master's or PhD program of your choice. Applicants who apply to the regular stream will NOT be considered for the Collaborative Specialization.

Once you have been accepted to one of the following programs, you will be able to apply for the Collaborative Specialization in Toxicology.

Program Name

Program Code

Animal Biosciences with Toxicology (MSc) 


Animal Biosciences with Toxicology (PhD)


Biomedical Sciences with Toxicology (MBS)


Biomedical Sciences with Toxicology (MSc)


Biomedical Sciences with Toxicology (PhD)


Chemistry with Toxicology (MSc)


Chemistry with Toxicology Co-op Program (MSc)


Chemistry with Toxicology (PhD)


Environmental Sciences with Toxicology (MSc)


Environmental Sciences with Toxicology PhD


Food Safety and Quality Assurance with Toxicology MSc


Human Health and Nutritional Sciences with Toxicology MSc


Human Health and Nutritional Sciences with Toxicology PhD


Integrative Biology with Toxicology MSc


Integrative Biology with Toxicology PhD


Molecular and Cellular Biology with Toxicology MSc


Molecular and Cellular Biology with Toxicology PhD


Pathobiology with Toxicology MSc


Psychology with Toxicology MSc


Psychology with Toxicology PhD


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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.


  • 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


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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.


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

You may also be interested in: Collaborative Specialization in AI, Bioinformatics

Career Opportunities

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


Graduate Program Assistant
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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


Jennifer Hughes
Graduate Program Assistant

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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


Graduate Program Assistant
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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. 


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

You may also be interested in: Computer Science M.Sc. or PhD, Collaborative Specialization in AI.

Career Opportunities

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


Robin Van Alstine
Graduate Program Assistant - Admissions
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Master of Data Science (MDS)

The University of Guelph is now accepting applications for its newly-launched Master of Data Science, developed in response to a growing and anticipated need for top-tier data scientists in Canada. You can expect to gain a diverse and comprehensive understanding of data mining; data warehousing and database management; extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL); machine learning; artificial intelligence (AI); statistical modelling; scripting; and data visualization. Note that the program is still subject to formal approval.


  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Data science
  • Big data

You may also be interested in: Collaborative Specialization in AI

Career Opportunities

  • Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Developer
  • Data Administrator
  • Data Analysis
  • Machine Learning Researcher
  • Statistician

Interested prospective students with questions about the Master of Data Science should contact

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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.


  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

You may also be interested in: Collaborative Specialization in AI

Career Opportunities

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



Susan McCormick
Graduate Program Assistant 
519-824-4120 x56553

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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


  • 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


Janice Ilic
Graduate Program Assistant
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Reggi Vallillee
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