Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Agricultural Sciences

The PhD program in Agricultural Sciences through the Faculty of Agriculture is the first doctoral degree in Agricultural Sciences offered in Atlantic Canada. This thesis-based program will allow students to pursue advanced-level knowledge in agriculture and develop expert skills in their discipline of focus, while producing original, high-quality research that will impact audiences ranging from international scholars to local farmers. Through the PhD program in Agricultural Sciences, doctoral students will become independent, competent, critical thinkers who will be ready for a wide range of career options in academia, private industry, and government.

Students in the PhD in Agricultural Sciences program will join an intellectually and socially vibrant university community of professors, instructors, dedicated staff, undergraduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and fellow graduate students. Students enrolled in the program will conduct research in one of the following broad areas related to agriculture and food systems:

  • Animal Science
  • Plant Science
  • Soil Science
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Technology
  • Food science
  • Environmental sciences

The Program

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

All doctoral students who have earned a thesis-based MSc degree (or equivalent), will complete a minimum of two courses: AGRI6700 Research Methods; and, AGRI6XXY Advanced Research Seminar. Additional courses or activities may be required as part of the program of study at the discretion of the Supervisory Committee, as per Faculty of Graduate Studies guidelines. All courses should be completed before the comprehensive exam.

Preliminary exam and Comprehensive exam: Students will prepare and defend their thesis proposal during their preliminary exam within one year of their commencement in the program, and undertake a comprehensive exam within thirty (30) months of entering the program and at least one year prior to the thesis defense.

In addition, doctoral students will complete a teaching assistantship (paid positions) in two half-credit courses at the undergraduate level of study.

Admission

Candidates must satisfy the common admission criteria 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. An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV) [Required]
  2. A Letter of Research Interest [Required]
  3. Abstract of MSc Thesis [Required]
  4. Abstracts for any additional published research papers [Optional]
  5. Confirmation of Supervision [Required]*

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

All additional required documents must be sent directly to:

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

Specific inquiries related to Faculty of Agriculture admission requirements should be addressed to: gradadmissions.agr@dal.ca

All other graduate studies inquiries should be directed to: graduate.studies@dal.ca

Tuition and Fees

Canadian Tuition and Fees

Please note that the annual tuition and incidental fees will vary from year to year. For updated fees please consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies webpage.

*Note that the Health Plan fees are typically paid in full with the Fall semester fees. 

Estimated Tuition and Fees 2019-2020*

Doctoral Program, Agricultural Science

Per Semester

Full Time

Tuition

$ 2,049

Student Fees (estimate only)

$ 478.34

Total

$ 2,527.34

 

 

TOTAL PER YEAR

$ 7,582.01

International Tuition and Fees

Please note that the annual tuition and incidental fees will vary from year to year. For updated fees please consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies webpage.

*Note that Health and Dental are paid in full in the Fall semester fees.

INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENT
Estimated Tuition and Fees 2019-2020*

Doctoral Program, Agricultural Science

Per Semester

Full Time

Tuition

$ 2,049

Student Fees (estimate only)

includes International Health and Dental Plan cost ($728)

$ 566.34

Total

$ 2,615.34

 

 

TOTAL PER YEAR

$ 7846.01


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.