The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is working to ensure that existing and incoming graduate students, and applicants stay informed of the University’s response to the evolving global impact of COVID-19. The University is continuing to update our COVID-19 page with recent information, answers to FAQs and other resources.
Existing Students: see UPDATE FROM THE AVP GRADUATE STUDIES. For international students with questions relating to your study permit, please connect with your international student advisor; if you have gone abroad or intend to go abroad, and you have new immigration or travel concerns, please consult with your international student advisor.
Incoming Graduate Students: Students expecting to start summer'20 should have received an email outlining your options; if not, please email us. Students expecting to start fall'20 should count on doing so, at least until told otherwise. If you have questions or concerns about meeting the conditions on your offer letters, please email us.
Applicants: We continue to process applicants and issue of offers of admission.
The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is committed to supporting our students. We will work with you to ensure minimized disruption for all current and incoming students.
For admission to graduate study at the University of Guelph, applicants must present the required documents listed below. Some programs may have additional admission requirements. Be sure to review the program/department website for detailed information.
- All post-secondary education (university level) must be declared on your online application. This includes incomplete studies and transfer credit courses.
- Transcripts for all post-secondary education institutions attended must be provided (including any incomplete studies/programs and transfer credit courses).
- Academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended (past and/or current) showing all courses and marks (please ensure all transcript dates/legends/keys/grading scales are included in your uploaded document).
- Applicants from the University of Guelph may upload a copy of their WebAdvisor transcripts for admission purposes. You must declare your academic study at the University of Guelph on your application.
- Transcripts must be in the original language and include a certified translation if the transcript is not in English (uploaded as one document on WebAdvisor).
- When the official transcript is issued in French by a Canadian institution where the official language of instruction is French, no English language translation is required.
- All final documents submitted to the University of Guelph, become the property of the University and will not be returned (transcripts, degree certificates, test scores, etc.)
All transcripts uploaded to WebAdvisor are unofficial. A transcript is considered unofficial if it:
- Has been opened by the student.
- Is a photocopy of the original.
- Was not produced by the school/university.
- Was translated by the student or a non-professional translation service.
- If the original seal of the University envelope is broken, the transcript is no longer considered official.
Official transcripts are only required if the applicant is presented an offer of admission. Transcripts are official if:
- They are sent to the University of Guelph in a sealed University envelope (the applicant can request that the University send us the official documents directly or the student can receive the document and forward it to the University of Guelph unopened).
- Must be in the original language and also include a certified translation if the transcript is not in English
- If the original seal of the University envelope is not broken.
- They must bear an official signature of the appropriate official at your institution, such as the Registrar.
- They must bear the institutional seal.
- Certified true copies must be stamped and signed by the institution.
A final official document includes information such as: when the degree was conferred, program completion dates and awarded degree certificate (if applicable).
Refer to the departmental website to see if a CV Resume is required for your application. If it is a required document it will appear on your WebAdvisor checklist.
- If your first language is not English, you will be required to submit the results of a standardized language test. Learn more about approved English Language tests and scores (individual departments may require higher test scores, please see departmental website for specific information.
- Test scores are valid for two years from the test date.
- Please arrange for an official copy of your test score to be sent directly to the University of Guelph, Institution Code 0892 (you may upload the student version of your current test to WebAdvisor for assessment purposes.
- Letters from your universities stating the medium of instruction is English are not acceptable to meet the University requirement, the department may ask for this information.
- Refer to the International Funded Students website for steps to apply to the University of Guelph.
*Agencies include the Governments of Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Saudi Arabia, or sponsors such as CONACyT or the IITs. Scholarship letters may also include CSC or CBIE scholarship holders.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Some departments require a GRE test score as part of their application. Please see department website for specific requirements (note: some departments require the general test, while other require both general and subject test).
- Education Testing Service (ETS) uses 0892 as the Institution Code for the University and 99 or 01 as Department Codes for the Graduate Studies Office when reporting GRE.
- GRE scores are valid for five years from the test date.
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
- Some departments require a GMAT score as part of their application. Please see department website for specific requirements.
- Institution Code for the University of Guelph is: 0892
- GMAT scores are valid for five years from the test date.
Some departments may require additional information to complement your application package. For example
Studio Art MFA and Master of Landscape Architecture MLA require applications to submit a portfolio. Please submit your portfolio directly to the program you are applying too. The list above may not be inclusive of all programs requiring portfolios. Please see departmental website for specific admission requirements
- A minimum of 2 academic references are required for admission to graduate studies at the University of Guelph (our application allows for 3 references). Some departments require additional references to support an application. Any referees beyond the allotted 3 referees, must be submitted directly to the department. Please see departmental website for more information.
- We recommend you contact your referees prior to submitting your online application to confirm their availability, email address and willingness to provide/submit the Referee Assessment form on your behalf.
- Once you submit and pay for your application, your referees will receive an email in 5 working days with instructions and a link to our Referee Assessment form. Please note: we cannot expedite this process.
- Referees should be advised to complete the Referee Assessment form before the application deadline (review departmental website for program specific deadline).
- Referees will be sent a reminder email prompting them to complete the Referee Assessment form approximately every 14 days if we have not received their assessment.
- Referee Forms do not expire.
- Once your referee submits the Referee Assessment form, this document will be marked as 'Received' on your WebAdvisor checklist (please note: applicants are not privy to the contents/information references provide on the Referee Assessment form).
- Your application will not be forwarded to the department until all referees identified on your application, submit the Referee Assessment form.
- If you apply to more than one program, the referees identified on your application must be the same for both programs. Your referees will receive a request for each program to which you have applied.
- If your referees require more information about the referee process or are having technical problems please visit the Information for Referees website.
- To change a Referee, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Subject Line: Change of Referee:
- University of Guelph ID Number:
- Old Referee Name:
- New Referee Title:
- New Referee Name:
- Complete Institution Address
- Email address
- Confirmation of Email Address
Refer to the departmental website to see if a statement of research is required for your application. If it is a required document it will appear on your WebAdvisor checklist.
Some departments require an additional piece of application material in order to assess your application. Each department may name this document differently. For the purposes of admission, any additional piece of information required to assess your application will be referred to as the supplemental document. Please refer to the departmental website for specific information regarding the details of their supplemental document.
Refer to the departmental website to see if a writing sample is required for your application. Some departments require a second writing sample. If it is a required document it will appear on your WebAdvisor checklist.