Lakehead University - Faculty of Graduate Studies

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Dynamic, modern, and highly learner-centred, we acknowledge all of our students as valued leaders of tomorrow, whose education and success are most paramount to our institution. Both campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia promise the total university experience: a blend of academic excellence and opportunity with a rich variety of social and recreational activities. We also promise excellence in research; Lakehead is the proud host to 11 Canada Research Chairs and revolutionary facilities such as our world-renowned Paleo-DNA Laboratory and our Biorefining Research Institute. Nestled under the shadow of the stoic Sleeping Giant, our Thunder Bay campus is among the most picturesque in the nation. Fieldwork and hands-on learning are integral to a high number of our programs, taking advantage of the vibrant, natural laboratories right in our backyard. Our northern landscape also presents ample opportunity for world-class outdoor sports and activities. Students here can opt to take a ski break or hiking trip between study sessions and maintain an ideal work-play balance with ease. At Lakehead University you'll join a community that will push you to defy limitations and challenge conventions. Meet some of the students, faculty, alumni, and members of the university community to understand why Lakehead was the right choice for them - and you!

Areas of Expertise

Lakehead offers 29 graduate programs in both academic and professional disciplines, and we are planning to develop exciting interdisciplinary degrees in the areas of biotechnology, Northern Studies, and applied Health Sciences (Lakehead University is also home to the Western campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine). We have filled six of our seven Canada Research Chairs positions in Aging and Health, Industrial Waste Management, Technoculture Studies, Sustainable Water Management and the Boreal Forest, Molecular Food Microbiology, and Aboriginal Education. Our facilities include the Advanced Technology and Academic Centre (which revolutionizes the interface of learning and technology), the Living Legacy Forest, the Paleo-DNA Laboratory, and the robotics laboratory, as well as a state of the art instrumentation lab.

On Campus Housing

Please see this website for information on housing.

Career Planning


The Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) offers a wide-variety of services, clubs, jobs, and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. It's the place to get involved, take action, and express your opinions.

Special Services

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) coordinates services and facilitates the provision of academic accommodations for students with temporary and/or permanent disabilities/medical conditions. SAS staff collaborates with students, staff and faculty in developing strategies for a successful learning experience while maintaining the academic standards and integrity of the University. SAS offers a supportive atmosphere where our services are delivered in a respectful, confidential manner.

Campus Tour

We look forward to welcoming you and your guest to our Thunder Bay and Orillia campus for an in-person campus tour. As the health and safety of our future students, guests and our community is important to us, we will continue to adjust our plans in accordance with any public health guidelines as required, in order to keep our Lakehead University campuses safe. All guests must register in advance for their tour (providing a minimum of 3 days notice). Registered tour participants may bring as many guests as they’d like. Unfortunately, walk-ins are not permitted.

Modified on July 03, 2023