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Caroline Begg with 2014 grads Tiffany Nelson, Brandon Arnold, Justine Pouliot

Overview

This 3-year academic and practical program is offered on the Macdonald Campus and taught by the staff of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of McGill University. The program is funded by the ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec and authorized by the ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, Recherche, et Science.

Six academic terms are spent on the Macdonald Campus studying a sequence of courses in soil, plant, and animal science, engineering, and management.

The first summer of the program includes a 13-week internship on an agricultural enterprise other than the home farm or an agricultural business where the student learns the many skills related to modern commercial agriculture. Students prepare for their Agricultural internship during both academic semesters of Year 1 through two Stage courses.

During the second summer, students are registered in Enterprise Management 1. During this period, the students are responsible for the data collection to be used in the next two Enterprise Management courses and the Nutrient Management Plan course when they return to the campus for the Fall semester.

These internships will enable the students to relate their academic work to the reality of farming and of the agri-food sector.

Finally, courses in English, Français, Humanities, Physical Education and two complementary courses taken during the program will entitle the student to receive a Diplôme d'études collégiales (D.E.C.) from the ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, Recherche, et Science (MESRS). Students will also receive a diploma from McGill University stating that they have successfully completed the requirements of the Farm Management and Technology Program.

Program Objective

The FMT program prepares its students to manage and operate a modern agricultural enterprise or for a career in the agricultural and horticultural sectors.

Educational goals

Also see: Educational goals

The educational goals of the program are:

  1. To make our graduates competent in the exercise of their profession;
  2. To help the student's integration into professional life;
  3. To foster professional mobility;
  4. To foster a need for continual development of professional knowledge.

Entrance requirements

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  1. Students should have a good practical knowledge of farming under eastern Canadian conditions. One year of experience is recommended, but under special conditions a four-month summer season is acceptable.
  2. The minimum academic entrance requirements are a Quebec Secondary School Diploma (DES in French), or its equivalent and any other academic requirement set by the M.E.L.S.
  3. As outlined on the MESRS website, the minimum entrance requirements for Quebec High School students into any Cegep program are the Secondary School Diploma, including the following five courses:
    - Secondary IV history
    - Secondary IV Science and technology or Technological and scientific applications
    - Secondary IV mathematics
    - Secondary V language of instruction
    - Secondary V second language.

  4. For Ontario High School students, the entrance requirements are the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, grade 10 French as second language is recommended.

    Students from outside of Quebec and Ontario should contact the department for more information.

  5. All candidates for admission must make arrangements to come to the Macdonald Campus for an interview prior to admission to the program.
  6. Admission to this program is only in the Fall semester.
  7. We strongly encourage incoming students to acquire their driver’s permit (both for cars and farm equipment) before coming to Macdonald campus. This is first for safety reasons, given that students work with farm equipment (Soil Tillage) very early on as they arrive at Macdonald. As well, most farmers require their employees and trainees (stagiaires) to drive and possess the appropriate driver’s license.

Academic standing

Attendance in class is compulsory. Students with an attendance of less than 80% may not be permitted to write examinations.

Examinations and other work in courses will be marked according to the percentage system. The minimum passing mark in a course is 60%.

Handbook on Students Rights and Responsabilities*

This Handbook is a compendium of regulations and policies governing student rights and responsibilities at McGill University. It is published jointly by the Dean of Students’ Office and the Secretariat. Website: www.mcgill.ca/deanofstudents/rights/

Institutional Policy on the Evaluation of Student Achievement*

This policy has the following objectives:

  1. To establish and explain the principles followed in evaluating student learning.
  2. To describe the means of translating these principles into practice and to establish the required procedures.
  3. To articulate the appropriate responsibilities of students, instructors, departments, and academic administrators.
  4. To account to students, parents, universities and employers for the standards of learning at the campus.
  5. To create an environment of awareness and free discussion of pedagogical concerns within all segments of the campus community.
  6. To provide information that will allow students to more fully understand and participate in the educational process.
  7. To provide the framework within which instructors and academic administrators can exercise their professional judgment in a competent, just, and coherent fashion.

Probation/Unsatisfactory Standing

When a student's cumulative percent average (CPA) or semestrial percent average (SPA) first drops below 60%, or they fail four or more courses in a semester, withdrawal is advised. Students who choose to remain in the program are on probation.

Students on probation are normally permitted to register for not more than 10 credits per semester. They are not permitted to be on probation for more than one semester unless they obtain a SPA of 70% or higher. Students who do not raise their CPA to 60% (or obtain a SPA of 70%) while on probation are not permitted to continue. They are required to withdraw from the Program for one year. If after this period, students wish to be readmitted, they must apply in writing to the Director of the Program.

*Copies are available in the FMT library and students are informed of this at registration.

Course Registration

Students in the Farm Management and Technology Program must register on-line using MINERVA for each semester at McGill.

Fees

Tuition fees for all full-time students who are eligible for the Farm Management and Technology Program are paid by the ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ). Student Services and Student Societies' fees, as well as course material fees will be charged according to the schedule in effect for all Macdonald Campus students. For the school year 2013-2014, the fees are close to $1,740* for Canadian students. Those fees are subject to change without notice. See Detailed Fees

*Fees include a health and dental insurance of $206.67 (optional), CPR and First  Aid of $80 (not optional, 1st year students only). 

Textbooks and supplies

The cost of textbooks and supplies is estimated at $250.00 per semester.

Sessional dates

The number of teaching and examination days is set by the ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, Recherche, et Science. The sessional dates vary from year to year. At the present time, each semester has 75 teaching days and 7 days of exams.

Last day for withdrawal or course additions:

The last day to make course registration changes for fall term courses will be September 16.

The last day to make course registration changes for winter term courses will be January 20.

Loans

Information and assistance is available daily at the Macdonald Campus Student Service Centre (Centennial Centre CC1-124) for all students concerning government aid programs (includes all Canadian provinces), McGill Loans and Bursaries, and the Work Study Program. During the academic year (September to April) appointments are available with the Loan Administrator for information concerning funding, debt management, budget counselling and the McGill Loans and Bursaries Program. Please call 514-398-7992 for details or to make an appointment with our Loan Administrator.

For more details about: Government aid programs, McGill Loans and Bursaries, Debt Management, Budget Counselling, Work Study Program, Scholarships and External awards, please visit the Scholarships and Student Aid Office.

All applicants for McGill aid must apply for maximum government aid or other assistance for which they are eligible. For Quebec students, please consult on-line Aide financiere aux etudes (Student Aid) at www.afe.gouv.qc.ca.

Residence

The Laird Hall Residence has capacity for more than 250 students. It accommodates undergraduate, graduate and Farm Management and Technology Program students on the Macdonald Campus. Students under the age of 22 are guaranteed a place in residence if they complete their questionnaire and pay the deposit by the June deadline. Students living in Laird Hall enjoy comfortable lounge facilities, upgraded safety features, and other amenities to help make their residence life a complete and meaningful part of their studies on the Macdonald Campus. The Macdonald Campus Residence operation does not offer a meal plan but students can prepare their own meals in the residence. Meals on campus are paid cash and may be obtained from the Link café found between the Macdonald Stewart building and the Barton library. The Link café is open for breakfast and lunch only, 5 days per week, exclusive of week-ends and holidays designated by the University.

Application for Residence Accomodation

To indicate your interest in residence accommodation, simply check off "yes" in response to the question regarding residence accommodation on the admission application form. Once you have been offered admission to McGill University, and you have confirmed this offer with your tuition deposit, a full residence application will open in MINERVA.

If you have neglected to indicate that you wish to be considered for a space in Residences on the General Application Forms, please contact:

Campus Housing
P.O. Box 192, Macdonald Campus
21,111 Lakeshore
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, H9X 3V9
Tel.: 514-398-7716
Fax. 514-398-7953
residences [dot] macdonald [at] mcgill [dot] ca (E-mail)

Residence Cost

Cost for the academic year (meals not included) 

Room

Double occupancy $ 3,642.00*
Single occupancy $ 3,795.00*
Based on a 8 month lease (Sept.-Apr.)
*2014-2015, subject to change without notice.

The University reserves the right to make changes without prior notice to the information contained in this publication, including the alteration of various fees, schedules, conditions of admission and credit requirements, and the revision or cancellation of particular courses. In normal circumstances, courses will not be offered with less than five registrants.