Admission Requirements | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies


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. 

Admission Requirements

Master’s Degree

  • Four year Honours degree, or equivalent
  • Recognized post-secondary institution
  • Minimum B- average (last two years of full-time equivalent study)

Doctoral Degree

  • Completed a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree
  • Recognized post-secondary institution
  • Minimum B average in their Master’s program (department may require higher standing)
  • Demonstrated strong potential for research.

Applicants who hold the DVM degree (or equivalent) and who are applying to the DVSc program must have achieved an overall average standing of at least high second-class honours ('B' standing) in their program.


Additional Admission Requirements

Some departments may have additional or higher admission qualifications. We recommend that you visit the departmental website or contact the department directly for program specific admission requirements.

English Proficiency

If your first language is not English, you will be required to submit the results of a standardized language test. Please review the English language test chart for acceptable tests and required scores.

Upgrading Information

Applicants who do not meet the minimum admission average or do not hold the appropriate degree, must complete additional courses in order to be considered for admission to a graduate program at the University of Guelph. Review the upgrading website for more information.