Why Choose Guelph? | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

Why Choose Guelph?

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Consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top Comprehensive Universities by Maclean’s Magazine, the University of Guelph offers over 100 graduate programs recognized as leaders in their respective disciplines.

Faculty Members

Our faculty members are committed to providing a personalized approach to learning for their graduate students. In addition to making themselves readily available for consultations with students, faculty members conduct leading-edge research, use innovative teaching methods, are well connected within their respective professional communities, and are committed to student success. Their dedication creates a personalized, positive and well-rounded academic environment for our graduate students.

Visit the Spotlight on Faculty and learn more about some of our distinguished faculty members.


New and enhanced partnerships have fuelled a 33% increase in new research funding at the University of Guelph, boosting the total annual research compliment to $140 million.

Graduate Funding

The success rate of Guelph students who apply for funding from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program is consistently higher than the national /provincial average.

Program Options

Guelph offers many programs and fields of study that are unique to the University of Guelph. In addition, you may choose to explore collaborative or interdepartmental program options to tailor your specific research interests. Continue to review our website and explore the diverse research interests of our faculty.

Degree Options

Many programs at Guelph have varying degree requirements. At the Master’s level, students may have the opportunity to complete a thesis, a coursework plus major research paper, a course based only or a direct entry into a Doctoral program. Check your department's website for details.

Interdisciplinary Approach

Many programs offer the opportunity to study and conduct research across disciplinary boundaries. With access to professors and professionals from a variety of disciplines, you can tailor your graduate program to your specific research interests.

Field Work

Interested in attaining hands-on experience, no problem! Many graduate programs have strong connections with their respective industry allowing students to attain field-work experience during their program and professional opportunities once they graduate!


As a graduate student, you have access to a wide range of resources through Omni, the best place to discover millions of academic resources from 14 Ontario Universities. The library also offers free workshops and individual consultations designed to support your academic and professional skills. Learn more about the library.

Your Department

Our personal approach to graduate studies is one of Guelph's best attributes. Departments provide a relaxed and intimate environment, and our students feel that the faculty, staff and students are like a second family.


Our beautiful campus is located on 350 hectares of land in the heart of Guelph, Ontario. The self-contained campus is made up of charming traditional buildings and new facilities set amidst spectacularly landscaped grounds, phenomenal green space, and an Arboretum creating an inspiring backdrop to complement your graduate experience. Feel free to check out the campus for yourself with our Interactive Campus Map.


eligible Guelph students have unlimited access to the City of Guelph transit and can use the bus system as often as they like
conveniently located in South Western Ontario, Guelph students have access to surrounding cities via the on-campus GO Bus Terminal, Grey Hound Bus lines or Coach Canada Transit

The Community

We are a friendly, open and caring community that takes pride in the fact that our personal approach to learning benefits students in every academic discipline. We are home to students from across Canada and from around the world. We believe in
employment equity, and welcoming all people including women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized people and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Two-Spirited, Queer, Questioning and Intersex communities.


Students have a variety of affordable housing options. On-campus graduate students may choose to live in a one or two bedroom apartment or a graduate house and graduate students who have families may choose to live in one of 200 competitively priced townhouse units. Off-campus, there are many reasonably priced housing options for students to choose from, including individual rooms, apartments and houses.

Athletics & Facilities

At Guelph you will find a wide range of athletics for your convenience. We have a variety of classes, organizations, clubs, intramural sports and varsity teams.


Twin pad arena
3 dance studios
2 pools
3 gyms
Running Track
5 squash courts
Rock climbing Wall
Cardio machines
Weight training room

Graduate Students' Association

As a full or part-time graduate student, you are a member of the Graduate Students' Association (GSA). Whether in negotiations with university administration, participation on various university committees, or through interaction with other student organizations on campus, the GSA is making sure that the interests of graduate students are taken into consideration.

Student Services

On-campus Medical and Dental Facilities
Centre for Students with Disabilities
On-Site Day Care
Learning Commons
Student Life
Student Accessibility Services
Counselling Services
Financial Services
Alumni Affairs
Career Services