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Masters and PhD Programs in Food, Agriculture, Communities and the Environment

Improve Life and your career.

The Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) has the largest and most diverse graduate studies program options within the University of Guelph. With approximately 700 current graduate students across several disciplines within our six academic units, you will be joining a large community network of graduate students seeking to Improve Life through food, agriculture, community and the environment.

#1 in Canada
for agricultural science and #2 for plant, animal science
of graduates work in private sector
of graduates work in government, public or not-for-profit

Our Programs

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Course-based masters programs

Gain career-focused skills and expertise to enhance your career. Complete your degree through coursework, major research project or applied learning opportunities. These 1-2 year programs are ideal for those wishing to expand their career options in the private or public sectors.

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Thesis-based programs

Take the next step in your academic journey and gain necessary qualitative and quantitative research skills. Ideal for this wishing to pursue a career in research or academia.

*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? OAC offers a range of graduate programs that combine multiple disciplines for your career development.

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Improve Life at Canada's Food University.

Take your education global and complete your masters or PhD at Canada's top university for agricultural science and food. The U of Guelph's Ontario Agricultural College in Canada are global leaders in food, agriculture and its connected sectors with a mission of developing leaders that Improve Life in their communities and across the globe. More than 550 graduate students from 83 different countries call the U of Guelph home.

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Finding an Advisor and Student Research Opportunities

Students in an OAC graduate program have the unique opportunity to work alongside global leaders in food, agriculture, communities and the environment to develop new insights and generate impact. Discover the research opportunities available to OAC graduate students.