Plant Science

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Plant Science

Location

Location

  • Department of Plant Science
  • Macdonald Campus
  • 21,111 Lakeshore Road
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 3V9
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-7851
  • Fax: 514-398-7897
  • Email: plant.science [at] mcgill.ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/plant

About Plant Science

About Plant Science

The Department offers an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Plant Science with Options in Bioinformatics, Environment, or Neotropical Environment, and provides for study in all fields of plant sciences. Research facilities – both field and laboratory – are available for 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. Facilities include: the Horticultural Research Centre, the Emile A. Lods Agronomy Research Centre, greenhouses, growth cabinets, the McGill University Herbarium, the Applied Biotechnology laboratory, the CT Scanning laboratory, and a Level 2 Quarantine Facility.

An advisory committee is named for each student and has the responsibility for developing the program of study appropriate to the student's background and area of specialization.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Plant Science (Thesis) (45 credits)
This M.Sc. in Plant Science requires approximately two years for completion. The program overall consists of two graduate level courses, seminars, and a research project leading to a thesis. The courses and the research project are chosen and defined with the help of an advisory committee. Subsequent career paths are varied, but include work with government agencies, the private sector, or further graduate studies in a related field.
Master of Science (M.Sc.); Plant Science (Thesis) — Bioinformatics (48 credits)
This M.Sc. in Plant Science requires approximately two years for completion. The program overall consists of two graduate level courses, seminars, and a research project leading to a thesis. The courses and the research project are chosen and defined with the help of an advisory committee. Subsequent career paths are varied, but include work with government agencies, the private sector, or further graduate studies in a related field. This option/concentration has an added emphasis on bioinformatics, including additional courses and seminars.
Master of Science (M.Sc.); Plant Science (Thesis) — Environment (48 credits)
This M.Sc. in Plant Science requires approximately two years for completion. The program overall consists of two graduate level courses, seminars, and a research project leading to a thesis. The courses and the research project are chosen and defined with the help of an advisory committee. Subsequent career paths are varied, but include work with government agencies, the private sector, or further graduate studies in a related field. This option/concentration has an added emphasis on environmental sciences, including additional courses and seminars.
Master of Science (M.Sc.); Plant Science (Thesis) — Neotropical Environment (48 credits)
This M.Sc. in Plant Science requires approximately two years for completion. The program overall consists of two graduate level courses, seminars, and a research project leading to a thesis. The courses and the research project are chosen and defined with the help of an advisory committee. Subsequent career paths are varied, but include work with government agencies, the private sector, or further graduate studies in a related field. This option/concentration has an added emphasis on neotropical environments, including additional courses and seminars. Part of the program takes place in Panama.
Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Plant Science (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)
This M.Sc. in Plant Science requires about 18 months or four to five terms for completion. Overall, the program consists of graduate-level courses, seminars, and a research project. The courses and the research project are chosen and defined with the help of an advisory committee. Subsequent career paths are varied, but include work with government agencies, the private sector, or further graduate studies in a related field.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Plant Science
This Ph.D. in Plant Science requires approximately three years for completion. The program overall consists of seminars and a research project leading to a thesis. Students must also complete a comprehensive examination within their first year of study. The research project is defined with the help of an advisory committee. Subsequent career paths are varied, but include work with government agencies, universities, or the private sector.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Plant Science — Bioinformatics
This Ph.D. in Plant Science requires approximately three years for completion. The program overall consists of seminars and a research project leading to a thesis. Students must also complete a comprehensive examination within their first year of study. The research project is defined with the help of an advisory committee. Subsequent career paths are varied, but include work with government agencies, universities, or the private sector. This option/concentration has an added emphasis on bioinformatics, including additional courses and seminars.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Plant Science — Environment
This Ph.D. in Plant Science requires approximately three years for completion. The program overall consists of seminars and a research project leading to a thesis. Students must also complete a comprehensive examination within their first year of study. The research project is defined with the help of an advisory committee. Subsequent career paths are varied, but include work with government agencies, universities, or the private sector. This option/concentration has an added emphasis on environmental sciences, including additional courses and seminars.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Plant Science — Neotropical Environment
This Ph.D. in Plant Science requires approximately three years for completion. The program overall consists of seminars and a research project leading to a thesis. Students must also complete a comprehensive examination within their first year of study. The research project is defined with the help of an advisory committee. Subsequent career paths are varied, but include work with government agencies, universities, or the private sector. This option/concentration has an added emphasis on neotropical environments, including additional courses and seminars. Part of the program takes place in Panama.
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 11, 2011) (disclaimer)

Plant Science Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Plant Science Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

The minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is 3.0/4.0 (second-class upper division) or a GPA of 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.

Ph.D.

Ph.D. candidates are required to have a M.Sc. degree in an area related to the chosen field of specialization for the Ph.D. program. Outstanding M.Sc. students may be permitted to transfer to the second year of the Ph.D. program following one year of study.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

Applicants for graduate studies must forward supporting documents to:

  • Department of Plant Science
  • Macdonald Campus of McGill University
  • 21,111 Lakeshore Road
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 3V9
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-7851
  • Fax: 514-398-7897
  • Email: carolyn.bowes [at] mcgill.ca

Applications will be considered upon receipt of a signed and completed application form, $100 application fee, and the following supporting documents:

DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED WILL NOT BE RETURNED.

Transcripts – Two official copies of all university-level transcripts with proof of degree(s) granted. Transcripts written in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by a certified translation. An explanation of the grading system used by the applicant's university is essential. It is the applicant's responsibility to arrange for transcripts to be sent.

It is desirable to submit a list of the titles of courses taken in the major subject, since transcripts often give code numbers only. Applicants must be graduates of a university of recognized reputation and hold a bachelor's degree equivalent to a McGill honours degree in a subject closely related to the one selected for graduate work. This implies that about one-third of all undergraduate courses should have been devoted to the subject itself and another third to cognate subjects.

Letters of Recommendation – Two letters of recommendation on letterhead (official paper) of originating institution or bearing the university seal and with original signatures from two instructors familiar with the applicant's work, preferably in the applicant's area of specialization. It is the applicant's responsibility to arrange for these letters to be sent.

Competency in English – Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English, by appropriate exams, e.g., TOEFL (minimum score 550 on the paper-based test or 86 on the Internet-based test, with a minimum score of 20 on each), or IELTS (minimum overall band 6.5). The MCHE is not considered equivalent. Results must be submitted as part of the application. The University code is 0935 (McGill University, Montreal); please use Department code 31 (Graduate Schools), Biological Sciences – Agriculture, to ensure that your TOEFL reaches this office without delay.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) –The GRE is not required, but it is highly recommended.

Application Fee (non-refundable) – A fee of $100 Canadian must accompany each application (including McGill students), otherwise it cannot be considered. This sum must be remitted by credit card only.

Dates for Guaranteed Consideration

For dates for guaranteed consideration, please consult the following website: www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/programs, then select the appropriate program. 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 dates for guaranteed consideration. International applicants are advised to apply well in advance of these dates because immigration procedures may be lengthy. Applicants are encouraged to make use of the online application form available on the web at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

Financial aid is very limited and highly competitive. It is suggested that students give serious consideration to their financial planning before submitting an application.

Acceptance to all programs depends on a staff member agreeing to serve as the student’s supervisor and the student obtaining financial support. 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.

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.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 11, 2011) (disclaimer)

Plant Science Faculty

Plant Science Faculty

Chair
P. Seguin
Emeritus Professors
D.J. Buszard; B.Sc.(Bath), Ph.D.(Lond.)
R.H. Estey; B.Ed.(New Br.), M.S.(Maine), D.I.C.(Imp. Coll.), B.Sc.(Agr.), Ph.D.(McG.), F.L.S.
W.F. Grant; B.A., M.A.(McM.), Ph.D.(Virg.), F.L.S.
Professors
P. Dutilleul; L.Sc., D.Sc.(Louvain)
D.L. Smith; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Acad.), Ph.D.(Guelph)
A.K. Watson; B.Sc.(Agr.), M.Sc.(Br. Col.), Ph.D.(Sask.)
Associate Professors
J. Bede; B.Sc.(Calg.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.)
S. deBlois; B.Sc.(Agr.)(McG.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Montr.)
D.J. Donnelly; B.Sc.(Agr.)(McG.), M.Sc.(Br. Col.), Ph.D.(S. Fraser)
S. Jabaji; B.Sc.(Beirut), M.Sc.(Guelph), Ph.D.(Wat.)
A.C. Kushalappa; B.Sc., M.Sc.(B'Lore), Ph.D.(Flor.)
P. Seguin; B.Sc.(Agr.), M.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Minn.)
M. Stromvik; B.A., M.Sc.(Stockholm), Ph.D.(Ill.)
M. Waterway; B.A.(Grand Rapids), M.S.(Wisc.), Ph.D.(C'nell)
Assistant Professors
J.-B. Charron; B.Sc.(Montr.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(UQAM)
J. Singh; B.Sc.(Agr.), M.Sc.(Punjab), Ph.D.(Syd.)
Faculty Lecturers
C. Begg; B.Sc.(Agr.)(McG.), M.Sc.(Sask.), Ph.D.(McG.)
S. Lussier; B.Sc.(Agr.)(McG.)
D. Wees; B.Sc.(Agr.), M.Sc.(McG.)
Associate Members
G. Brown (Department of Biology)
T.A. Johns (Dietetics and Human Nutrition)
Adjunct Professors
M. Fortin, S. Jenni, S. Khanizadeh, A. Bertrand
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 11, 2011) (disclaimer)

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Plant Science (Thesis) (45 credits)

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Plant Science (Thesis) — Bioinformatics (48 credits)

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Plant Science (Thesis) — Environment (48 credits)

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Plant Science (Thesis) — Neotropical Environment (48 credits)

Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Plant Science (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Plant Science

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Plant Science — Bioinformatics

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Plant Science — Environment

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Plant Science — Neotropical Environment

Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics (15 credits)

Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 11, 2011) (disclaimer)