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Graduate Application Process

Biomedical Sciences
Clinical Studies
Pathobiology
Population Medicine

Biomedical Sciences

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.

Clinical Studies

For the DVSc program, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), eligibility for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in Ontario, and a B (73%) average are required. An internship is desirable and required for some programs. The MSc program is open to candidates with either an honours baccalaureate degree or a DVM degree, with an average of at least 70%. Licensure to practice veterinary medicine in Ontario is not required. For the Graduate Diploma Program, a recognized veterinary degree with an average of at least 70% in the final two years is required.

Pathobiology

For the MSc Program, applicants should have either a DVM (or equivalent) degree with at least a `B' average over the four years of the program, or an honours degree in biological sciences with at least a `B' average during the final 2 years. In either case, performance in relevant biomedical science courses, (e.g. microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, molecular biology, etc) at a level above the minimum `B' average is normally expected. Admission requires the prior identification of a faculty advisor and a source of financial support for the student. Supportive letters of reference, based on sound knowledge of the applicant, are essential. Applicants should submit a one-page statement of research interests and career goals in order to assist in the identification of a faculty advisor who has the facilities and funding necessary to support the thesis research, and who can provide a stipend if the student is not independently supported. Applications may be submitted at any time. Students may be admitted in the fall, winter or spring semesters, with a preference for the fall.

The usual requirement for admission to the PhD program is the completion of an approved MSc degree with a minimum `B+' average and strong supportive letters from referees familiar with the background of the applicant. Performance in relevant biomedical science courses, (e.g. microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, molecular biology, etc) at a level above the `B+' average is normally expected. Students may apply for admission into the PhD program before completing the MSc program, providing that they have a minimum A average and a demonstrated capacity for independent research. Some students with demonstrated potential for independent research and a superior academic record during their baccalaureate or DVM programs may be admitted directly into the PhD program. Admission requires the identification of a faculty advisor and a source of financial support for the student. If these have not been arranged by the applicant, a statement of the applicant's interests and objectives and supportive letters of reference are required to assist with the identification of an appropriate faculty advisor and potential sources of funds for research and student support. Applications may be submitted at any time. Initial enrolment can be in the fall, winter or spring semesters, with a preference for the fall.

The Department of Pathobiology participates in the DVSc program which provides a balance of advanced training in a discipline in veterinary medicine, combined with a thesis-research project. Applicants require a DVM (or equivalent) degree with high academic standing from a program that provides eligibility for the practice of veterinary medicine in Ontario. Alternatively, applicants with a DVM (or equivalent) degree can be admitted after completion of an acceptable graduate diploma, MSc, or PhD degree with an upper `B' average. Admission requires the identification of a faculty advisor and a source of personal support for the student. If these have not been arranged by the applicant, a statement of the applicant's interests and objectives and supportive letters of reference are required to assist with the identification of an appropriate faculty advisor and potential sources of funds for research and student stipend. Several stipends for DVSc candidates are available intermittently for training in some disciplines serving the Teaching Hospital. As these funds become available, stipends are awarded to the most qualified applicant(s) based on completed applications for admission to the DVSc program. Applications may be submitted at any time. Initial enrolment can be in the fall, winter or spring semesters.

Population Medicine

There are several items to consider before making a formal application for graduate studies in the Department of Population Medicine, and a procedure you should follow. An application package can be obtained by contacting the Graduate Studies, University of Guelph. Your submission should indicate the program to which you are seeking admission, and should include a letter of intent stating the area/areas in which you have an interest and your career goals. All supporting documentation must be submitted, as detailed in the application. Note particularly that letters of reference and transcripts must have been sealed at source and must arrive unopened