University of Guelph - Office of Graduate Studies

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Rural Studies (PhD)

University of Guelph - Office of Graduate Studies

Field of Study:City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $2,331

This estimate represents the tuition per semester.

Careers:Urban and Land Use Planners


The Rural Studies PhD Program offers advanced studies on the socio-cultural and biophysical sustainability of rural communities and regions. Faculty engage in research and applied work in Canada and internationally and represent a range of disciplines including: planning, landscape architecture, political science, public administration, geography, adult education, and communications. Successful students are awarded a PhD. We aim for students to complete in 12 semesters. Students must complete 2.00 graduate course credits; they must write and publicly defend a qualifying examination paper and then write and publicly defend a dissertation.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Applicants must have a master’s degree (or the equivalent) from a recognized university in the humanities, socialscience, or applied-science disciplines. Admission to the doctoral program requires a satisfactory baccalaureate and a B- average in a recognized master’s program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to communicate with a potential faculty advisor before applying. All applicants are expected to submit a completed background questionnaire.
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 213] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 89] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 60]

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on November 15, 2022