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Natural Resource Sciences

Programs | Application Procedures and Deadlines

Natural Resource Sciences

Location

  • Department of Natural Resource Sciences
  • McGill University, Macdonald Campus
  • 21,111 Lakeshore Road
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 3V9
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-7890
  • Fax: 514-398-7990
  • Email: gradstudies [dot] macdonald [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/nrs

About Natural Resource Sciences

The Department of Natural Resource Sciences offers programs leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Entomology (includes Environment and Neotropical Environment options), Microbiology (includes Bioinformatics and Environment options), Renewable Resources (includes Forest Science, Micrometeorology, Soil Science, and Wildlife Biology with Environment and Neotropical Environment options available) and an M.Sc. degree in Agricultural Economics. It is also possible for students to pursue doctoral studies through the Department of Economics with Agricultural Economics as a field of specialization. An interdisciplinary option in Bioinformatics for doctoral students is available.

The Department possesses, or has access to, excellent facilities for laboratory and field research. Affiliated with the Department are the Lyman Entomological Museum and Research Laboratory, the Molson Nature Reserve, the Morgan Arboretum, and the Ecomuseum of the St. Lawrence Valley Natural History Society.

Master of Science Degrees

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Agricultural Economics (Thesis) (46 credits)

This program provides students with applied economic concepts and tools to identify, define, and analyze economic problems affecting the performance of the agri-food sector and the environment. The ideal prior preparation is an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics or Economics, including undergraduate courses in intermediate economic theory (micro and macro), calculus, algebra, statistics, and econometrics.

Attention is given to the development of analytical skills in the broad areas of agricultural, environmental, and ecological economics. Students may specialize, by way of their research program, in agribusiness, development, finance, marketing and trade, policy, and resource economics. The program prepares graduates for rewarding careers in research, analysis, and decision-making in academia, private and NGO sectors, and government.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Entomology (Thesis) (45 credits)
Please contact the Department for more information about this program.
Master of Science (M.Sc.); Entomology (Thesis) — Environment (46 credits)
Please contact the Department for more information about this program.
Master of Science (M.Sc.); Entomology (Thesis) — Neotropical Environment (48 credits)
Please contact the Department for more information about this program.
Master of Science (M.Sc.); Microbiology (Thesis) (45 credits)
Please contact the Department for more information about this program.
Master of Science (M.Sc.); Microbiology (Thesis) — Environment (46 credits)
Please contact the Department for more information about this program.
Master of Science (M.Sc.); Renewable Resources (Thesis) (45 credits)
(Including Micrometeorology, Forest Science, Soil Science, and Wildlife Biology as areas of research)
Master of Science (M.Sc.); Renewable Resources (Thesis) — Environment (46 credits)
Please contact the Department for more information about this program.
Master of Science (M.Sc.); Renewable Resources (Thesis) — Neotropical Environment (48 credits)
Please contact the Department for more information about this program.
Master of Science (M.Sc.); Renewable Resources (Non-Thesis) — Environmental Assessment (45 credits)
This program is not offered in 2013–2014.

Ph.D. Degrees in Entomology, Microbiology, or Renewable Resources

(Includes Micrometeorology, Forest Science, Soil Science, and Wildlife Biology)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Entomology
Please contact the Department for more information about this program.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Entomology — Environment
Please contact the Department for more information about this program.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Entomology — Neotropical Environment
Please contact the Department for more information about this program.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Microbiology
Please contact the Department for more information about this program.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Microbiology — Bioinformatics
Please contact the Department for more information about this program.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Microbiology — Environment
Please contact the Department for more information about this program.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Renewable Resources
Please contact the Department for more information about this program.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Renewable Resources — Environment
Please contact the Department for more information about this program.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Renewable Resources — Neotropical Environment
Please contact the Department for more information about this program.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2013-2014 (last updated Jul. 17, 2013).

Natural Resource Science Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

M.Sc. Thesis (Agricultural Economics)

Direct admission to the M.Sc. requires the completion of a B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics or a closely related area, with the equivalent cumulative grade point average of 3.0/4.0 (second class – upper division) or 3.2/4.0 during the last two years of full-time university study. High grades are expected in courses considered by the academic unit to be preparatory to the graduate program.

The ideal preparation includes courses in agricultural economics, economic theory (intermediate micro and macro), calculus, linear algebra, and statistics. Students with deficiencies in these areas will be required to take additional courses as part of their degree program.

M.Sc. Thesis (Entomology, Microbiology, Renewable Resources)

Candidates are required to have a bachelor's degree with an equivalent cumulative grade point average of 3.0/4.0 (second class – upper division) or 3.2/4.0 during the last two years of full-time university study. High grades are expected in courses considered by the academic unit to be preparatory to the graduate program.

M.Sc. in Renewable Resources (Non-Thesis) – Environmental Assessment Option

Applications are not being accepted for the 2013–2014 academic year; the program is currently under review.

Ph.D. Thesis (Entomology, Microbiology, Renewable Resources)

Candidates, normally, are required to hold an M.Sc. degree and will be judged primarily on their ability to conduct an original and independent research study.

Qualifying Students

Some applicants whose academic degrees and standing entitle them to serious consideration for admission to graduate studies, but who are considered inadequately prepared in the subject selected may be admitted to a Qualifying program if they have met the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies minimum CGPA of 3.0/4.0. The course(s) to be taken in a Qualifying program will be prescribed by the academic unit concerned. Qualifying students are registered in graduate studies, but not as candidates for a degree. Only one Qualifying year is permitted. Successful completion of a Qualifying program does not guarantee admission to a degree program.

Financial Support – Financial aid is very limited and highly competitive. It is suggested that students give serious consideration to their financial planning before submitting an application. Normally, a student will not be accepted unless adequate financial support can be provided by the student and/or the student’s supervisor. Academic units cannot guarantee financial support via teaching assistantships or other funds.

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Acceptance to all programs normally depends on a staff member agreeing to serve as the student’s supervisor and the student obtaining financial support.
  • The GRE is not required, but it is highly recommended.

Application Deadlines

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: Feb. 15 Fall: Feb. 15 Fall: Feb. 15
Winter: Nov. 15 Winter: Sept. 30 Winter: Same as Canadian/International
Summer: March 30 Summer: Feb. 28 Summer: Same as Canadian/International

It may be necessary to delay review of the applicant’s file until the following admittance period if application materials including supporting documents are received after the application deadlines. International applicants are advised to apply well in advance of these dates because immigration procedures may be lengthy.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2013-2014 (last updated Jul. 17, 2013).

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