Graduate Admissions

Admission requirements for the School of Computer Science (SoCS) programs can be found below.

Please note, we do not pre-evaluate any documents, and must receive all the required documentation before your application can be assessed. If you need further assistance, please contact our Graduate Program Assistant.

We strongly encourage all applicants to get in touch with prospective Graduate Faculty Advisors BEFORE applying to our thesis-based MSc and PhD programs. Finding a graduate faculty research advisor is mandatory for admission and is the responsibility of the applicant. You can review SoCS faculty Areas of Research and current graduate opportunities to assist you in finding a suitable SoCS research advisor. You may contact the faculty you are interested in doing research with by email. 

Tips for Finding a Research Advisor

Note for International Applicants: In light of the recent announcement from the Canadian Government (IRCC) limiting the number of issues international student visas, we want to ensure our international graduate applicants that as of current, students applying to our graduate programs (MSc, MCTI, PhD) remain unaffected by this new policy. For more information about Canadian study permit policies, please connect with a member of our International Student Advising team.

How to Apply

Please apply online at Applying to Guelph.


Application Deadlines

MSc and PhD

Our application deadline dates for each semester of enrollment for domestic and international* applicants are as follows:

  • Fall 2024: June 1, 2024

  • Winter 2025: October 1, 2024

  • Spring 2025: February 1, 2025

*We strongly encourage International applicants to apply a minimum of 9 months in advance of the semester's start date to ensure study permits can be processed in time for admission. Please see the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS) Recommendations for International Applicants for suggested application timeline.

NOTE: Application processing times may vary and take approximately two to three months for decision. Please ensure you have all required application documentation submitted by the specified deadline, or your application will be considered incomplete.

Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence (MCTI)

Full-time and part-time admission to the MCTI program is available in the Fall and Winter semesters only. Applications are currently OPEN for Fall 2024 and Winter 2025:

  • Fall 2024:

    • International students: March 1, 2024

    • Domestic students: May 1, 2024

  • Winter 2025: Domestic and International students: May 1, 2024

*We strongly encourage International applicants to apply a minimum of 9 months in advance of the semester's start date to ensure study permits can be processed in time for admission. Please see the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS) Recommendations for International Applicants for suggested application timeline.

Please ensure you have all required application documentation submitted by the specified deadline, or your application will be considered incomplete.


Please note, we will not be able to pre-evaluate any documents, and must receive all the required documentation before your application can be evaluated. If you need further assistance, please contact our Graduate Program Assistant.