Welcome from the Assistant Vice-President Graduate Studies

Dr. Benjamin Bradshaw


The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website provides access to information for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty and staff across the campus and prospective graduate students around the world.     We are happy that you have chosen to  visit our website and we would encourage you further to visit our office and any of our over 100 graduate programs across the campus.   You will find a vibrant campus and an inspiring and innovative community.

Throughout this website you will find information that you need complete your studies, find answers to your questions, view images of graduate life at the University of Guelph and you will find connections to groups, clubs and organizations to which you may wish to connect.   The University of Guelph offers lots of opportunity to excel and we hope that we have provided the tools on this website to help you do so.   We strive to make graduate study one of the most rewarding and stimulating periods of your life.


Mission Statement

“The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS) is dedicated to service excellence in all of its activities, partnering with departments to: maintain academic standards and the integrity of graduate programs; attract and admit high quality students and assist graduate students with the successful completion of their academic studies."


History of Graduate Studies at the University of Guelph

In 1926 the first graduate degree (master of science in agriculture) was offered at the University of Guelph.

In 1930, two more graduate degrees were offered (master and doctor of veterinary science).

In 1964, the University of Guelph was officially established with Hugh Branion as the first Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

In 1967, graduate study and research were combined under the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and the first three graduate degrees were granted at convocation.

In 1970, administrative responsibility for research was separated out to the Office of Research.

In 1972, the first joint doctoral program (PhD in Philosophy) was established with McMaster University.

By 1989 there were graduate programs in all seven colleges.

Currently, there are over 2200 graduate students from seven colleges in over 90 programs.