Renewable Resources Graduate Programs

Program Requirements Master Agriculture

In this section:

6.1. Program Requirements

The Master of Agriculture program is a course-based program for students wishing to obtain a post-graduate education in agriculture. The normal admission requirement is a BSc in Agriculture or a BSc in an allied discipline such as Geology, Biological Sciences, Forestry or Environmental and Conservation Sciences. The program consists of *30 at the graduate level (500 number or higher). Each student’s program will include REN R 906 (a project equivalent to *6) or REN R 912 (a project equivalent to *12), and courses chosen in consultation with the supervisor and the Associate Chair (Graduate Programs) relevant to the topic of the project and within the realm of agriculture.

Throughout their program, students must remain in good academic standing, and they must complete the Professional Development and Ethics requirements of the University of Alberta. For more details refer to Section 2 of this handbook.


6.2. Career Paths

The Master of Agriculture program is designed for students pursuing a career in sustainable agriculture, soil sciences, or land reclamation. A study plan can be developed to partially fulfill requirements to become a Registered Professional Agrologist or a Registered Technologists in Agrology, working in government or industrial organizations or as consultants. The program is normally completed within one year, but may be taken on a part-time basis. The program is targeted towards:

  • Graduates of North American undergraduate programs in agricultural or soil sciences, looking to update their knowledge and obtain an advanced degree in agriculture for professionals.
  • Graduates of undergraduate programs in environmental management who wish to enhance their skill set through a wide selection of courses focusing on reclamation, remediation, and restoration of land and water.
  • International students with an agriculture, soil sciences or environmental management background who wish to broaden their education with a Canadian degree with a major focus on sustainable agriculture, soil science, or land reclamation.
  • The program can be taken as part of an international 2-year Master program leading to dual degrees in Agriculture or Environmental Management at a European and a Canadian institution.

6.3. Scholarships and financial support

Students who enroll in this program are usually self-funded. Typical program costs estimates are provided by FGSR. However, some limited scholarship opportunities exist: For students who pursue an international dual degree through the TRANSFOR-M program, the University Alberta International provides Education Abroad Individual Awards of $3,750 based on merit. Outstanding applicants may be nominated by the Department for a Course-Based Master's Recruitment Scholarship valued at $17,000 plus tuition.

6.4. Study Plan

Normally, a minimum of 12 months of study and research is needed to complete the requirements for the degree. However, the program may be completed on a part-time basis over a maximum period of 6 years. Under a 12 months study plan, students take *12 in the fall and winter term each, and complete their *6 REN R 906 capping research project in the spring term (grade submission June 30th) or summer term (grade submission Aug 31).


6.5. Role of Advisors

Each course-based masters student has an assigned advisor, who helps with the development of a study plan, selection of courses, and grading of a capping research project. An advisor to a course-based master student does not normally provide funding. Upon completion of coursework and research, the advisor has to sign a form of completion of a course based Masters program. The submission deadlines are Jan 31st and Sep 30th for spring and fall convocation, respectively.


6.6. Capping Research Project

The capping research project should have a limited-scope original research component as outlined in the RENR 906 course description. There are no specific guidelines for the research report, but we recommend a traditional format with Title Page, Table of Contents, Abstract, Introduction, Literature Review, Methods, Results, Discussion, References, and Acknowledgements. There are no length requirements, but we suggest approximately 8,000-12,000 words for the main text, plus 40-80 references. The advisor should not be actively involved in the analysis or editing of the capping research project report, but should provide general scientific and writing advice on draft versions.