MSc in Agriculture

The MSc program with a specialization in Agriculture is designed to provide a foundation for studies at the doctoral level and for professional careers in research and development, teaching, industry and extension.

The Program

As the program is research centred, all students must complete a research thesis embodying original contribution in the thesis field of study. The thesis is defended at an oral examination.

Students are required to take a minimum of four (4) graduate courses (3.0 credit hours each). The graduate class AGRI 5700.03 Communication Skills and Graduate Seminar is a required class. The remaining three (3) courses are selected by the student in consultation with his or her supervisor.

In addition, students must be admitted to candidacy within the first four to six months of their program, must do a teaching assistantship in at least one undergraduate class in order to gain knowledge and experience in classroom instruction and must present at one Graduate Research Day.


Candidates must satisfy the requirements for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, as well as the specific requirements (see additional documentation requirements below) for the Faculty of Agriculture.

A complete graduate studies application to the Faculty of Agriculture MUST include the following additional documentation for review (incomplete packages will not be reviewed):

  1. Confirmation of Supervision [Required]*
  2. An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV) [Required]
  3. A Letter of Research Interest [Required]
  4. Abstract of "Honours" or Senior Undergraduate Research Project Paper [Required]
  5. Abstracts for any additional published research papers [Optional]

* Please note that Confirmed Supervision by a member of the Faculty of Agriculture is REQUIRED to be admitted to our graduate programs.

Specific documents required must be sent by hard copy mail or email directly to:

Graduate Studies Office
Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University
62 Cumming Drive
Truro, Nova Scotia
Canada, B2N 5E3

Specific enquiries related to Faculty of Agriculture admission requirements should be addressed to:

General enquiries related to graduate studies should be directed to the Faculty of Graduate Studies:

Tuition and Fees

Canadian Tuition and Fees
The annual tuition for 2019-2020 is $9,468 (1st year) and $2,589 (2nd year) for full-time MSc. students. Mandatory incidental fees are $971.01 and DSU Health and Dental Plan fees are $464.

International Tuition and Fees
In addition to the above tuition and mandatory incidental fees, a differential fee of $6,768 is required of all new full-time international students.  Normally, international MSc students pay differential fees for two years. All students must have a valid health plan. The International Health Plan fees are $728 annually.

Health and Dental Coverage
DSU Health and Dental Plan – This is mandatory to all Dalhousie students (Canadian and International) who do not have an alternative medical/dental plan.

DSU International Health Plan
The International Student Health Plan is also mandatory if you do not hold an MSI card or have health coverage from their home country.