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Frequently asked questions

How long is the program?

What can I do with this diploma?

How many internships are there? How long are they?

Where can I work during my stage?

Is stage paid?

Where is the school?

What is the deadline to apply?

What do I need to be admitted?

Do I have to be from a farm?

Where would I live?

How do I book a room in residence?

How much does this program cost?

Is this an undergraduate program?

Can I study part-time or as part of a continuing education program?

What are the advantages of being part of McGill University?

 

How long is the program?

This is a three-year program. It includes six teaching semesters and two summer internships. Students graduate with a Quebec Diploma of Collegial Studies, part of the Quebec CEGEP system. Graduates who go on to own part of an agricultural business within Quebec are eligible to apply for a $50 000 establishment grant.

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What can I do with this diploma?

Most of our graduates are from farms, and they return home after graduation to take over the family business. They can access grants and loans to make improvements to their farms such as increasing herd size, renovations, modernizations and new machinery. Others start their own agri-businesses. Our graduates also find work throughout the agricultural sector in feed sales, seed and fertilizer sales, genetics, as farm managers, horticulturists, and much, much more. Some of our graduates begin undergraduate degree programs in agriculture.

How many internships are there? How long are they?

Altogether, there are four internships, or stages. The first one is in October of the first year and lasts one week. The second is in February/March of the first year, and also lasts one week. The third and fourth stages are during the summer (between first and second year, and between second and third year) and each lasts 13 weeks.

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Where can I work during my stage?

The FMT program has connections to many different farms and businesses, both local and in Western Canada. It is the responsibility of the student to pick his/her desired stage location and make the arrangements. Students who come from a farm at home are not permitted to work at home for the first summer stage, but are encouraged to work at home for the second summer stage.

Is stage paid?

The two one-week internships might be paid, and might not, depending on what training is involved in the work you will be doing. The first summer stage is usually paid. If you work at home for the second summer stage, then payment depends on you and your parents!

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Where is the school?

The Macdonald Campus is located in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, on the western tip of the island of Montreal. We're two hours from Ottawa, two hours from Sherbrooke, and 30 minutes from downtown Montreal.

Island map to Macdonald Campus

What is the deadline to apply?

There is no official deadline. Quebec students can apply through SRAM, whose deadline is March 1. They can also apply through the McGill online application, which remains open after this date.
Keep in mind that after you apply, we must receive all of your supporting documents before we can reach a decision on your application. We strongly recommend all students apply by March 1st.
In order to have enough time to obtain the necessary travel documents, International students must apply before January 15.

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What do I need to be admitted?

Students coming from Quebec need only their high school diploma (commonly referred to as the DES - diplôme d'études secondaires) with Secondary V English and French, and Secondary IV History, Science, and Math.
Students coming from Ontario need their high school diploma (OSSD) plus grade 10 French. Grade 11 and 12 French are strongly recommended.
Students coming from outside of Quebec and Ontario are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Do I have to be from a farm?

No. We have students every year who come from suburbs, large cities or simply non-agricultural rural areas, who go on to establish their own farm, to manage an existing farm or to any number of positions in the agri-business industry. There are opportunities to gain agricultural experience right here on campus.

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Where would I live?

Macdonald Campus has residences on campus, and Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue has many affordable apartments and houses for rent within walking distance. To view some apartments and houses available, visit McGill's Off-campus Housing website and, using the map, select "MAC-around Macdonald Campus" to see what is available.

How do I book a room in residence?

If you are interested in living on-campus, you should indicate this where it asks on the application form. Once you have been admitted, and you have confirmed the offer of admission, a residence application form will open for you in Minerva (McGill's online registration system). You must complete all the steps and pay your residence deposit before June 1 to be eligible.

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How much does this program cost?

Student fees total approximately $1750 per year for Canadians. We recommend budgeting an additional $300 for books and supplies. Living expenses depend on where you live.

Is this an undergraduate program?

No, the Farm Management and Technology program is not an undergraduate (Bachelor's degree) program, it is a collegial diploma program that is part of the CEGEP system in Quebec. It does not lead to a degree, and students should not apply to the program as a means to get into undergraduate programs at McGill. FMT is the only collegial program offered by McGill University.

Can I study part-time or as part of a continuing education program?

No. The FMT program is designed for full-time students only - courses are only offered once per semester, and in one time slot. Because of the sequential nature of the program it is not possible to study part-time, or to complete the program in less than 3 years. It is also not possible to take individual courses from the FMT program for continuing education purposes. Inquiries about continuing education opportunities in agriculture should be made to the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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What are the advantages of being part of McGill University?

As a McGill Student, you have access to all McGill services, including athletic facilities, libraries, Student Services (Career Planning Service, Counselling, Health Services, Off-Campus Housing, Dental and Health plans, Student Financial Aid, Tutorials, and Office of Religious and Spiritual Life [Winter Coat Project and McGill Student Parents’ Network]) on both Macdonald and Downtown campuses. The campuses are connected by a shuttle bus, which is free for students.

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