Master of Science (MSc) Degree Program

Graduate students attend courses at Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Truro and, on occasion, supplement their program with courses at the Halifax campus. Students may choose to concentrate their studies in any of the following areas:

Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics and Rural Studies:
Consumer Behaviour; Agribusiness and Management; Food Demand; Production Economics; Resource and Environmental Economics; Rural Development; Agriculture, Food and Well Being; Professional Practice

Bioresources and Environmental Sciences:
Waste Management, Environmental Microbiology, Ecology, Pest Management, Agricultural Systems, Resource Management, Food Science, Agricultural Chemistry, Soil Chemistry, Nutrient Management, Soil Fertility, Soil Conservation, Soil Management, Bioproduct Science, Environmental Stress Physiology, Entomology, resource economics

Animal Science:
Nutrition, Animal Behaviour, Genetics and Breeding, Animal Product Technology, Physiology, Animal Management, Aquaculture (Shell-Fish and Fin-Fish culture)

Plant Science:
Cropping Systems Management, Plant Genetics, Nutrition, Pathology, Physiology, Biotechnology, Horticulture

Mechanized Systems:

Precision Agriculture, Mechanical Systems, Sensing and Automation, Innovative Processing Equipment, On-Farm Alternative Energy Production,  Real-Time Data Processing, Water Management Systems

The MSc in Agriculture program is research centred and a student will not receive final acceptance until a supervisor has been identified. 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 graduate courses (3 credit hours each). The graduate course AGRI 5700.03: Communication Skills and Graduate Seminar is a required course. The remaining courses are selected by the student in consultation with his or her supervisor.

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

Scholarships and Financial Aid

A number of scholarships are available to students in the MSc Agriculture Program. Consult the link at or Awards