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Department of Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Science
4-10 Agriculture/Forestry Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2P5
The Department of Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Science offers thesis programs leading to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, as well as course-based programs leading to Master of Agriculture, Master of Engineering and Master of Science degrees. Departmental graduate program guidelines exist and are summarized in the Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Science Program Handbook.
The Department has active research programs in the following areas of specialization:
- Animal Science: Research on basic animal biology and livestock management with applications in the fields of animal physiology and metabolism, immunology, microbiology, reproduction, animal housing, health and welfare, as well as genomics, bioinformatics and proteomics.
- Plant Science: Studies in plant biology, applied ecology and agronomy within cereal, oilseed, forage and specialty crop production, incorporating plant biochemistry and proteomics, biotechnology, plant breeding and genomics, integrated pest management, as well as plant and field crop physiology.
- Food Science and Technology: Food research encompassing chemistry, microbiology, physics, processing and sensory science with areas of excellence in cereal utilization, dairy science, food safety, functional foods and nutraceuticals, lipid utilization, and pre- and probiotics.
- Nutrition and Metabolism: Clinical, community, metabolic and public health nutrition, as they relate to nutrition policy, infant and child health, and to chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Animal based programs include livestock nutrition, feed evaluation and processing.
- Bioresource and Food Engineering: Engineering applications related to bioresource utilization including food processing, bioproducts, bioenergy, biorefining, and agri-waste management.
- Rangeland and Wildlife Resources: Examination of rangeland ecosystems, emphasizing applications in livestock or wildlife productivity, applied plant ecology, and rangeland or wildlife resources management.
- Bioresource Technology: Application of chemical, thermal, mechanical and biological processes for the conversion of agricultural and forestry feedstocks into bio-based materials, biofuels, platform chemicals, and other value-added commodities of industrial relevance. Research is multidisciplinary in nature, and includes chemistry, enzymology, engineering, materials science, and other areas of specialization.
The Department research facilities at the Edmonton Research Station include: Crops and Land Resources, Alberta Poultry Research Centre, Swine Research and Technology Centre, Dairy Research and Technology Centre, Composting and Feedmill Facilities, the Laird McElroy Metabolism and Environmental Research Centre and Agri-Food Discovery Place. Additional Research Stations an hour drive from campus include the Ministik Wildlife Field Station and the Kinsella Research Ranch used for extensive beef cattle research.
On the North campus the Department is home to laboratory space and equipment including greenhouses, plant growth facilities, a Human Nutrition Research Unit, an Agri-Food Materials Science Lab, an Agriculture Genomics and Proteomics lab, a Food Microbiology lab, and extensive sensory and consumer science facilities.
For an MAg or a course-based MSc degree, the Department’s minimum admission requirements are an undergraduate degree with an admission GPA of at least 3.0 on the 4-point scale from the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification and standing from a recognized institution.
For a thesis-based MSc degree, the Department’s minimum admission requirements are an undergraduate degree with an admission GPA of at least 3.3 on the 4-point scale from the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification and standing from a recognized institution.
For the PhD program, the Department’s minimum admission requirements are a Master’s degree with an admission GPA of at least 3.3 on the 4-point scale from the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification and standing from a recognized institution. Exceptional students may be admitted directly from a bachelor’s degree.
The admission GPA will be calculated on the last 60 units of graded coursework completed, or on the equivalent of the last two years of full-time graded coursework.
Where applicable, applicants must meet the minimum English Language Requirement .
Applicants for the course-based Specializations in Food Safety and Quality or in Meat Quality apply to the Specialization Committee and are not required to have a supervisor. Applicants for all other course-based and thesis-based programs are required to have a faculty member agree to supervise their program prior to applying to their program. See Admission Process on the Department website for further information.
All applicants are also required to submit
- a Curriculum Vitae,
- a Motivation Letter Form (course-based MSc Specializations in Food Safety and Quality or Meat Quality) or a Research Statement Form (all other graduate degrees) (available in the application portal),
- names and contact information of three references.
Application deadlines for all programs in Agricultural, Food, & Nutritional Science are as follows:
- Course-based MSc with specialization in Food Safety and Quality or Meat Quality
March 15 for Fall Term (September)
- Course-based MSc/Mag/MEng
May 15 for Fall term (September)
- Thesis based programs
May 15 for Fall term (September)
July 31 for Winter term (January)
December 1 for Spring term (May)
March 15 for Summer Term (July)
A limited number of assistantships in teaching and research are available to highly-qualified candidates. Most students are either on scholarship or funded by research grants obtained by professors in the Department.
For further information on the graduate programs and financial assistance, prospective students should direct their inquiries to the Department Graduate Student Support Office.
Graduate Program Requirements
Combined Degree Programs
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