Application Process | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

Application Process


Can a friend or family member pay my application fee?

Yes. Anyone can pay the application fee on the applicant’s behalf. Payment can be made via credit card and they must provide you with their card information at the time of application. Application payments are at the end of the online application.

Can I apply in either of Canada’s official languages?

No. English is the Official Language of the University of Guelph. Applicants can only apply in English.

Can I apply to more than one program?

Yes. You can apply to more than one graduate program at the University of Guelph. You must indicate which programs you wish to apply for in the application. Your WebAdvisor checklist will indicate the requirements for all programs to which you have applied. Only one set of transcripts will be listed on your checklist (we’ll make sure that each program to which you have applied will receive your transcripts). Each application requires a minimum of two references. Please tell your referees that they will need to fill out a referee assessment form for each program to which you have applied. In other words, if you have applied to two programs each referee listed must submit two referee assessment forms. You must use the same referees for both programs. You are required to pay a separate application fee for each program to which you apply.

Can I change the program which I have applied?

No. Program selection cannot be changed – you must re-apply for another program.

Can I update my application after I submit it?

No. Once you submit your online application, you will not be able to make changes to it. The Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies does not alter submitted applications. Please proofread your application carefully before submitting it.

Can you send me an application package?

The Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies no longer prints or accepts paper applications. Applications to the University of Guelph are via an online application system. Visit the Applying to Guelph website for more information.

How do I Change a Referee?

Send an email to  and include the following information:

Subject Line: Change of Referee
Guelph ID Number:

Your First/Last Name:
Term to which you have applied:
Old Referee Name:
New Referee Title:
New Referee Name:
Complete Institution address (including city/country):
Referee Email Address:

How much is the application fee?

The application fee is $100 for most programs and $150 for the MBA and MA Leadership programs.

I have applied previously and provided documents but want to apply again. Can my old documents be used for a new application?

No. You must upload your documents to WebAdvisor once you apply online. If you submitted hard copy documents, we will hold onto your documents for one year from the time of your original application date. You must notify the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies that we have copies of your documents.

I have submitted and paid for my application, what’s next?

You will receive an email from the University of Guelph in 1-3 business days with information about your University of Guelph WebAdvisor account. Please log into WebAdvisor and upload all of the required documents listed on your application checklist. The department will not be able to make an admissions decision until you have uploaded all required documents to WebAdvisor and sent in any additional required documents (see department website for details about additional admissions requirements).

In the meantime, be sure that your email is set to accept correspondence from and that our email has not been moved to your junk or spam folder.

When is the deadline for submitting an application?

Some departments have specific application deadlines while other departments have rolling admission deadlines. Please review the program website of the department to which you are applying, for information about their application deadline. Please note: in order to be considered for admission, all documents must be uploaded and marked received on WebAdvisor prior to the program deadline.