MSc Agriculture in Canada: A Complete Study Guide

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    Masters in agriculture in Canada is offered by over 13 universities as an MS or MA degree. It is mainly focused on advancing the knowledge of students in the field of food, agriculture and natural resources. Some of the best universities offering MSc Agriculture in Canada are the University of Guelph, McGill University and the University of Alberta. The duration of the program in universities of Canada is a 1.5 to 2 year.

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    • Students having a bachelor's degree in a specialization related to agriculture are eligible to apply for MSc agriculture in Canada. 
    • Tuition fees of universities in Canada for masters in agriculture range between 3,500 CAD to 18,000 CAD per year.
    • Students with a Masters in Agriculture in Canada can earn an average of 60,000 CAD per annum. 

    Why Study MSc Agriculture in Canada?

    Canada is among the top 10 countries of the world leading the exports of agricultural products. The country is ranked at 8th position with $65 billion CAD worth of agricultural products exported every year. 

    Masters in Agriculture in Canada

    Students opting for masters in agriculture will have immense opportunities for their career as agricultural sector growth in Canada looks promising, according to the Canadian Agricultural Outlook of 2018. 

    • The average net worth of Canadian farm’s rose to 3.16 million CAD in 2018
    • Cash income from the agriculture sector is estimated to be around 15.6 billion CAD in the year 2018. 
    • It is also estimated that crop receipt and livestock receipt will reach 35 billion CAD and 24.9 billion CAD respectively in Canada for the year 2018. 

    Top Universities for MSc Agriculture in Canada

    According to the QS News Ranking of 2019 for universities offering agriculture and forestry programs, following are the highly ranked institutes that offer Masters in Agriculture in Canada: 

    QS Ranking 2019 University Programs Offered Total Program Fees (in CAD)
    19 University of Guelph (U of G) M.Sc. in Plant Agriculture; MSc Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics $10,257
    45 McGill University M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics; MSc in Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry $34,840
    51 – 100 University of Alberta (UAlberta) Master of Agriculture $21,000
    51 – 100 University of Saskatchewan M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics $36,106
    101 – 150 Laval University Masters in Agroeconomics $29,548
    101 – 150 University of Manitoba M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics, M.Sc. in Agribusiness $22,650
    151 – 200 Dalhousie University M.Sc. in Agriculture $12,057
    251 – 300 Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) M.Sc in Boreal Ecosystem and Agricultural Sciences $6,444
    - University of Lethbridge MSc in Agricultural Studies $18,044

    Some other masters degree available in Canada closely related to agriculture discipline are:

    • University of British Columbia (UBC): MS in Land and Food System; Masters of Food Science
    • University of Toronto (U of T): MS in Forestry
    • University of Manitoba: MS in Soil Science; MS in Plant Science; MS in Food Science
    • University of Saskatchewan: MS in Nutrition; MS in Soil Science

    Course Details of MSc Agriculture in Canada

    Masters in agriculture is designed to help students build an advanced career in research, development, teaching, and extension of knowledge in the field of agriculture. It is offered as both course-based and thesis-based program for students interested to study in Canada

    If a student opts for thesis-based masters in agriculture in Canada, he/she has to submit a research thesis on a relevant topic by the end of the program. It is also mandatory to do teaching assistantship in one of the undergraduate classes in some Canadian universities. 

    Following are some of the popular specialization available to study masters in agriculture in Canada:

    • Plant Agriculture
    • Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics
    • Agricultural Economics or Agroeconomics
    • Agricultural Chemistry 
    • Agricultural Business
    • Agricultural Engineering
    • Sustainable Agriculture

    MSc Agriculture in Canada: Highlights

    Types of Degrees Offered MS, MA
    Number of Universities Over 13
    Specializations Available Plant Agriculture, Food Agriculture, Agriculture Economics, Agricultural Sciences, etc
    Average Tuition Fees 3,500 CAD to 18,000 CAD per year
    Admission Eligibility Bachelors in agriculture or related field with minimum 70%
    Average Salary Offered 60,000 CAD per annum

    Admission Process of MSc Agriculture in Canada

    A 4-year bachelor's degree in agriculture or relevant field is required for admission in masters in agriculture in Canada. Some universities also accept students with a 3-year bachelor's degree or diploma in agriculture. 

    Where to Apply: Canadian universities offering MSc Agriculture accepts application via their own application portal. Some universities located in Alberta and Ontario also accept applications via ApplyAlberta and OUAC application portal. 

    Eligibility for MSc Agriculture in Canada Admission

    • Bachelor's degree in a discipline related to agriculture
    • 70% or above overall percentage at the undergraduate level
    • IELTS or TOEFL scores as a proof of English proficiency

    Following are the minimum score required for admission in some of the top universities of Canada

    University Minimum % Required in Bachelors English Proficiency Requirement
    University of Guelph Bachelors in plant science, biology or equivalent with 73% or above average; IELTS: 7.0; TOEFL (iBT): 95
    McGill University 78% overall or 80% in tha last two years of study IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL (iBT): 86
    University of Alberta 4-year bachelors with 70% or above average in the last two years of study IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL: 90
    University of Saskatchewan 4-year bachelor's degree with 70% average in the last two years of study IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL (iBT): 86
    Laval University Bachelors/Diploma in ag economics or equivalent with 70% or above average Studied in English at bachelors level
    University of Manitoba 4-year bachelors with mathematics, macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL (iBT): 86
    Dalhousie University 70% in bachelors IELTS: 7.0; TOEFL (iBT): 92
    Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) 75% in bachelors IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL: 80
    University of Lethbridge 70% in bachelors IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL: 86

    Documents Required for MSc Agriculture in Canada Admissions

    Although not mandatory for admission in all universities, submission of following documents will increase the acceptance chances of international students:

    • Statement of interest
    • Letters of references
    • GRE test scores
    • Updated CV
    • Personal Statement
    • Work experience in the field of agriculture

    Cost of Studying MSc Agriculture in Canada

    Total fees for studying abroad can be broadly divided into three categories: Pre-arrival Cost, Tuition Fees and Cost of Living.

    Pre-arrival Cost

    An estimate of one-time expenses incurred while applying for masters in agriculture in Canada is tabulated below:

    Type of Expenses Cost (in CAD)
    Application Fees $100 - $150 (approx)
    Canadian Student Visa Fee $305
    Health Insurance $13,000
    IELTS Registration Fee $240 - $247
    TOEFL Registration Fee $208 - $325
    GRE Registration Fee $272

    Tuition Fee of MSc Agriculture in Canada

    The University of Saskatchewan has the highest annual tuition fee for masters of agriculture among the popular universities of Canada. Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) has the lowest annual fee of 3,222 CAD per annum.

    Tuition Fees

    Cost of Living in Canada

    International student’s cost of living in Canada is estimated to be approximately 14,000 CAD per annum. This includes the accommodation cost, books & supplies cost, transportation cost etc. A rough estimate of accommodation cost in Canada is provided below: 

    Housing Type Cost per year (in CAD)
    On-Campus $6,000
    Homestay $9,600
    Dormitory $7,500
    Private $8,400

    Scholarships for MSc Agriculture in Canada

    International students can finance their education with the support of various types of financial aid offered by the universities of Canada, the government of Canada or any other third party agencies. 

    Following are the scholarships for international students in Canada studying masters in agriculture program: 

    Scholarship Awarding Institute Eligibility Award Amount (in CAD)
    Board of Graduate Studies Research Scholarships (BGS) University of Guelph 85% or above in previous year of study Tuition fee waiver
    Ontario Graduate Scholarships Ontario Government 80% or above in last two years of study Varies
    Dean’s Scholarship University of Saskatchewan 85% or above entrance GPA $18,000 for two years
    McGill Financial Aid McGill University Student of full-time program Tuition fee waiver
    Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship University of Alberta 87% or above in graduate program $26,000
    Graduate Fellowship University of Manitoba Masters student $14,000
    CGS-M Scholarship Dalhousie University One year in a masters program $17,500
    School of Graduate Studies Fellowship Memorial University of Newfoundland Enrollment in graduate program $4,000 to $12,000 per year
    Scholarships in Agriculture University of Lethbridge Completion of first year of study in agriculture $700

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    Job Prospects after MSc Agriculture in Canada

    Average salary of a student with MSc Agriculture from Canada is 60,000 CAD per annum. A student having MS in Agriculture Economics and Business degree earns up to 59,000 CAD per annum in Canada. 

    Some of the popular job opportunities in Canada available after completion of masters in agriculture are described below:

    Job Role Responsibility Average Annual Salary (in CAD)
    Agronomist Helps in proper growth of crops by suggesting nutrients, equipments etc $57,047
    Microbiologist Study microorganisms affecting crops $49,829
    Policy Analyst Develop, modify and implement suitable agriculture policies $60,649
    Sales Manager Manages the marketing and selling of agricultural products $69,760
    Operations Supervisor Supervises the day-to-day operations of an agriculture-based organization $60,293

    Canada has a highly prosperous agriculture sector producing seafood in British Columbia, livestock and grains in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba to a variety of fruits in Ontario. Government is also devoting a significant amount of funding to this sector. Thus, the scope of masters in agriculture in Canada is promising in the near future. 


    Ques. Which university is best for studying MSc Agriculture in Canada?

    Ans. According to QS News Ranking of 2019 for agriculture and forestry, several universities are best for MSc Agriculture in Canada including University of Guelph, McGill University, University of Alberta, University of Saskatchewan, University of Laval and University of Manitoba.

    Ques. What is the cost of studying MSc Agriculture in Canada?

    Ans. The annual tuition fee of popular universities offering MSc Agriculture in Canada ranges between 3,222 CAD to 18,000 CAD. Living cost in Canada is estimated to be around 14,000 CAD per annum.

    Ques. Is GRE required for studying MSc Agriculture in Canada?

    Ans. GRE is not a mandatory requirement for admission to masters in agriculture in Canada. However, some universities recommend submission of GRE test scores.

    Ques. Name some of the scholarships available for MSc Agriculture in Canada.

    Ans. Students enrolled in Masters in Agriculture in Canada are eligible for all the scholarships offered by universities to masters programs. Ontario Graduate Scholarship is offered by the Ontario Government to students of this province. 

    Ques. What is the scope of MSc Agriculture in Canada?

    Ans. Students can work as Agronomist, Microbiologist, Policy Analyst, Sales Manager and Operations Manager after completion of Masters in Agriculture in Canada. The average salary offered is 60,000 CAD per annum.