VIII. Graduate Programs
The Department of Plant Agriculture offers an MSc program in the fields of crop management and physiology, crop breeding and genetics and crop biotechnology. Students will conduct basic and/or applied research on topics within these fields.
Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree in an honours plant science/biology program, or the equivalent, from a recognized university or college with an average academic standing of at least 'B' during the last two years of full-time study (or equivalent). To assist in identifying a suitable thesis advisor(s), applicants should submit a short statement of research interests. Supportive letters of reference are essential and should outline the applicant's strengths and weaknesses. Students may be admitted into the fall, winter or summer semesters. The University of Guelph requires that applicants from some foreign institutions have an MSc (or equivalent) degree before they are considered for admission to the University of Guelph's MSc program.
A program of prescribed courses (at least 1.5 credits of 6000 level courses) and additional courses (if any) is established with the student's advisory committee. All MSc candidates must complete a thesis. Students are required to participate in the Seminar (PLNT*6500) and in one Departmental Colloquium course. In addition, a thesis seminar will be presented in conjunction with the final oral examination and thesis defence. Students are encouraged to participate in the Annual Poster Day sponsored by the Department.