The Diploma in Equine Studies is an open registration program. Anyone can register in our courses provided you are 18 years of age or have completed Grade 12. You can register and pay for one course at a time. Students can plan a course of study to complete the diploma program or take the courses which interest you.

Students must complete the 6 core or required courses and 4 electives to complete the Diploma in Equine Studies. When you are planning your course of study keep in mind that all courses are not offered in every session. Refer to the schedule of courses as you plan your selection or contact us for assistance. Students can complete the diploma program in 2 - 3 years. Many of our Equine students will complete the diploma in approximately 5 years.

Students can register online, by mail or fax:

Register Online

To register by mail or fax, please use this printable registration form.

Complete the registration form and fax to: 519-767-1114

Mail to:

Open Learning and Educational Support
University of Guelph
160 Johnston Hall
Guelph ON N1G 2T2

Please note that by completing and submitting a registration form, you are not necessarily guaranteed registration into the course, as space is limited and is filled on a first come, first served basis. To avoid disappointment, register early.

Once registered, you will receive confirmation of your registration by email, with further instructions on how to receive your course materials and access the course site.

If you have questions regarding your registration please direct them to or call our information desk at 519-767-5000

Individual course descriptions, learning objectives and required textbooks can be found on the course offering pages. From the "Courses" tab, select the course you are interested in and visit the course offering page for full course details.

Order your textbooks early. Required textbooks for each course are listed on the course offering page. It is your responsibility to purchase the texts prior to the course start date. The University of Guelph Bookstore and the Co-Op Bookstore will be informed of required texts, and they may carry them just prior to the semester the course is offered. These bookstores normally do not carry the required texts year round, so you may wish to purchase the books from any other supplier.

Equine Science Certificate Scholarship

One scholarship, equal in value to the tuition for one equine science course, is awarded annually to a student enrolled in the Equine Science Certificate or Equine Studies Diploma program. The scholarship will be applied to a future equine science course. Those in their sixth course can apply the scholarship towards any future equine-related course, offered jointly by the Open Learning and Educational Support and Equine Guelph.

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Open Learning and Educational Support Bursary

Bursaries are awarded annually to Canadian citizens or permanent residents wishing to enrol in a Open Learning and Educational Support continuing education activity and/or in the Open Learning program (courses, certificates and diplomas).

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Other Equine Studies Online courses

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