Program Information for Future Students

General Admission Requirements

Research in the Biomedical Sciences disciplines is characterized by the interaction of scientists from diverse academic disciplines. Accordingly, there are no specific prerequisite courses for the graduate programs in the Department. Each application is considered on an individual basis, taking into account the applicant's academic background and relevant experience. The decision to recommend to the Dean of Graduate Studies that an applicant be admitted to the graduate program is based on the student's scholastic record and suitability for the proposed research program. Also considered is the availability of a suitable advisor, the availability of funds to support the research program and where necessary, the availability of a stipend for the student.


Applicants should have an Honours BSc in biological sciences or a degree in veterinary medicine (or equivalent), with a minimum average “B+” standing for the last four semesters completed prior to entry into the graduate program. Letters of reference from two of the applicant’s professors must be provided with the application. Students who do not meet this “B+” minimum requirement but do meet the University minimum of “B-” may be admitted into a “provisional” category if there is additional evidence to suggest that the applicant is capable of successfully completing the graduate program (e.g. exemplary letters of recommendation, or evidence of prior work or research experience).


How to Apply

The application deadline for the Fall semester (with a start date in September) is August 1st, for the Winter semester (with a start date in January) is December 1st and for the Summer semester (with a start date in May) is April 1st.


To be considered, an application package must have the following components:

1. An Application Summary submitted through the OUAC website.

2. Official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions.

3. Two letters of reference using the University of Guelph webform.

4. A resume/CV.

5. A Statement of Intent which shall not exceed one page in length, single-spaced, 12 pt font.

6. Proof of English Proficiency if first language is anything other than English.


As mentioned above, a Faculty Advisor is mandatory before you can be admitted into any of our programs.  You should begin contacting Faculty doing research in your particular area of interest to determine if they are taking on new students prior to applying.  You should begin contacting potential Faculty Advisors early to avoid disappointment.



Contact Us

OVC Graduate Programs Services

Christina Voll, Graduate Program Assistant
Stewart Building #45, OVC, Room 2509

Ext. 54780 /