The majority of graduate programs are NOT impacted by recent government announcements about tuition increases.

PhD students from the rest of Canada will continue to pay Quebec fees.
International PhD fees will see the same 3% increase as Quebec fees.

Plant Science (M.Sc.)

Program Description

The Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Plant Science (Thesis) offered by the Department of Plant Science in the Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences is a research-intensive program that emphasizes rigorous and advanced learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in academic writing, data collection, and research dissemination to either continue their studies or pursue professional opportunities.

There are several options available in addition to the standard program:

Bioinformatics option: focuses on the interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics, which lies at the intersection of biological/medical sciences and mathematics/computer science/engineering.

Environment option: offered in collaboration with the Bieler School of Environment, the program considers how various dimensions (scientific, social, legal, ethical.) interact to define environment and sustainability issues.

Neotropical Environment option: gives students the opportunity to focus their graduate research on environmental issues relevant to the Neotropics and Latin American countries.

Keywords: Crop and vegetable production, crop physiology, environmetrics, genomics, horticulture, plant pathology, plant breeding, plant-insect/pathogen interactions, weed biology and control; genomics, proteomics, structural bioinformatics, systems biology; sustainability, environmental issues, environmental policy, plant systematics; tropical biology, neotropics, Latin America, interdisciplinary research, Panama.

Unique Program Features

  • Students have benefit from research facilities - both field and laboratory - to conduct investigations in plant breeding, crop physiology, crop management, crop quality, plant ecology, the epidemiology and biology of plant diseases, epigenetics, biosystematics, recombinant DNA technology, mycology, weed biology, tissue culture, plant biochemistry, and bioinformatics;
  • Additional facilities include: the Horticultural Research Centre, the Emile A. Lods Agronomy Research Centre, a variety of greenhouses and growth cabinets, the McGill University Herbarium, a multi-scale imaging facility, a genome editing laboratory, a plant-pest containment laboratory, and field phenomics platform;
  • Students in the Neotropical Environment option complete their core and complementary courses in Panama and their research in Latin America.


University-Level Admission Requirements

  • An eligible Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA
  • English-language proficiency

Each program has specific admission requirements including required application documents. Please visit the program website for more details.

Visit our Educational credentials and grade equivalencies and English language proficiency webpages for additional information.

Program Website

MSc in Plant Science website

Department Contact

Graduate Program gradstudies.macdonald [at] (subject: MSc%20in%20Plant%20Science) (email)

Available Intakes



Application Deadlines

Intake Applications Open Application Deadline - International Application Deadline - Domestic (Canadian, Permanent Resident of Canada)
FALL September 15 January 15 May 31
WINTER February 15 August 1 August 31

Note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please check the application portal for the most up-to-date information.

Application Resources

Application Workshops

Consult our full list of our virtual application-focused workshops on the Events webpage.

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