Graduate Education

The Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (OCGS)

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Graduate education in Ontario has grown tremendously in the past decade. Since 2001-02, graduate enrolment has increased by nearly 80 per cent. Approximately 14 per cent of all enrolled students in Ontario are studying at the graduate level. Currently, Ontario educates the largest number of graduate students in Canada – more than one-third of Canadian graduate students are enrolled at Ontario universities.

University research and graduate education play a critical role in economic growth and development through research and innovation. Graduates of advanced research and professional programs develop skills that are not only required in the current marketplace, but are also necessary to innovate and create future enterprises in the fields of business, science, arts and culture. The master's and doctoral students of today will become leading innovators of tomorrow.

Graduate degrees are one of the best investments students can make in their future. Those who hold an advanced degree have higher earning potential than those with other credentials. By continuing their studies, graduate students gain valuable knowledge and marketable skills that will open the door to new opportunities – from conducting groundbreaking green energy research to financing large capital projects at a Bay Street equities firm.

The Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (OCGS), an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), consists of Deans of Graduate Studies at each university in the province. Together they strive to ensure quality graduate education and research across Ontario.

For more information, please see the links below:

Graduate Studies in Ontario: Information and links related to applying to graduate studies at each university.

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS): Links to each university's web page providing additional information on the application process for an OGS award.

Membership List: Each Dean of Graduate Studies is a member of OCGS. 

MyGradSkills.ca: With the help of funding from the provincial government, the Ontario Consortium for Graduate Professional Skills developed a set of free online professional skills training tools that will help graduate students prepare for their futures.

Advocacy: COU has published a paper articulating its recommendations for expansion of graduate education in Ontario.

Policy: OCGS statement on University-Related Employment for Full-Time Graduate Students.

Ontario Visiting Graduate Students: Information about the program supporting visiting graduate students at Ontario universities.

CONACyT: OCGS administers a scholarship program with the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT) of Mexico.

Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance: While OCGS remains responsible for the promotion and management of graduate education in Ontario, the process of reviewing and ensuring the quality of university programs now resides with the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance (The Quality Council). The Quality Council is a separate arms-length organization created to administer quality assurance.