Dec 04, 2021  
University of Alberta Calendar 2020-2021 
University of Alberta Calendar 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The Degree of MSc (Renewable Resources) [Graduate]

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of ★8 in coursework and a thesis.


Course requirements for the MSc are based on the student's previous training and the anticipated needs in the student's area of specialization.

  • REN R 603 - Graduate Research Skills  
  • REN R 604 - Graduate Research Seminar  
  • A minimum of ★6 of courses at the 500- or 600- level.
    • Course work should include at least ★2 in research methods, statistics, and/or experimental design.
  • Additional courses may be required at the discretion of the student's supervisor.
  • Courses may be drawn from those listed for the Department of Renewable Resources, and from other Departments within the University.


  • Registration in 900-level THES. Students must prepare an acceptable thesis presenting results of research conducted. Candidates will be examined orally on their thesis results by committees formed according to Supervision and Examinations of this Calendar.

Ethics Requirement

Students must fulfill the FGSR Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Requirement  within the first 6 months of their program through two courses:

  • GET (Graduate Ethics Training), a web-based course offered by FGSR (5 hours)
  • CORE (Course On Research Ethics), a web-based course offered by NSERC (3 hours)

Professional Development Requirement

Students must complete the IDP portion of their FGSR Professional Development Requirement  within the first 6 months for students starting in the fall term, and within the first 12 months for students starting in the winter term. Guidance for developing the IDP is provided through the Graduate Seminar Course REN R 603.

Residence Requirement

The minimum period of residence is two, four-month terms of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta.

Length of Program

Normally, at least two academic years of research are required to complete the MSc.

The maximum time to complete the thesis-based MSc program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is four years.