Master of Sciences - Boreal Ecosystems and Agricultural Sciences

2 years
9,666 CAD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
Corner Brook / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

In the context of boreal ecosystems, our M.Sc.  program in agricultural sciences and boreal ecosystems involve intensive, hands-on study of resources and agriculture. The programs emphasize the economics and science of plant, soil, land, and water resources.

The need for food and water security, as well as sustainable forest management and agricultural methods, is rising. We have responded to the worldwide appeal for expertise and comprehension of our boreal ecology. You will get the chance to gain new technical knowledge and management skills at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, with a heavy emphasis on the science and economics of plant, soil, land, and water resources in the context of sustainable boreal agriculture and forestry.

You will utilize the laboratory and field equipment, methodologies, and procedures in the new Boreal Ecosystems Research Facility at Grenfell. Under the direction of eminent experts, you will apply critical thinking to community-engaged research and innovation. You will get experience in a boreal environment.

The MSc programme needs a selection of core and specialised courses, followed by a thesis.

Program structure

  • Issues in Boreal Ecosystems and Agricultural Sciences
  • Graduate Research Seminar
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods for the Natural Sciences
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences
  • Agriculture and Forestry Economics
  • Management of Crop Nutrition
  • Organic Farming for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Plant Physiology
  • Chemical Speciation Modeling for Environmental Matrices
  • Soil Functions Soil as a Bioreactor
  • Environmental Soil Physics
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Advanced Groundwater Management
  • Applied Hydrology
  • Soil and Groundwater Remediation
  • Special topics in Boreal Ecosystems and Agricultural


  • Tuition — 9,666 CAD

OTHER FEES (REQUIRED) amounts listed are for two semesters

  • Student Services Fee — 100 CAD
  • Students' Union — 140 CAD
  • Recreation Fee — 138 CAD
  • Health Insurance — 523 CAD


Requirements for applicants

Students admitted to the program must complete a research thesis under the supervision of a faculty member or members, and a minimum of four courses (12 credit hours) as determined by the thesis supervisor. Three courses are selected from four core courses. A fourth course can be selected from a list of optional courses.

All students must complete three core courses:

  • Issues in Boreal Ecosystems and Agricultural Sciences (3 credit hours). This course will initially be offered during 660 School of Graduate Studies 2016-2017 the Fall semester.
  • Graduate Research Seminar (3 credit hours).
  • Students must also complete one of the two following courses:
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods for the Natural Sciences or
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences (3 credit hours)
  • A further 3 credit hours will be accumulated in elective courses related to the student's research area. Students should view Table 1 Research Areas and Sample Elective Courses for suggestions.

To be considered for admission to the program, an applicant will normally possess a relevant second class or better undergraduate degree in the areas of science, technology, engineering or equivalent, both in achievement and depth of study, from an institution recognized by the Senate. Any other applicant may be considered for admission provided that:

  • The applicant has completed a second-class or equivalent undergraduate degree from an institution recognized by the Senate;
  • The applicant demonstrates a satisfactory level of knowledge of math and science through undergraduate or graduate course.
  • The applicant demonstrates in a statement of interest, a commitment and passion for ocean mapping and related technology through combined efforts of prior technical training in a relevant ocean technology field and employment or experience in field schools, research programs, the ocean technology industry, regulatory agencies or government departments, non-governmental organizations, consulting activities, or other relevant activities.

Completion of additional course work in math, science, and/or related technology may be required.

Applicants who did not complete a baccalaureate or post-graduate degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete either the:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher), computer-based score of 237 (or higher), or internet-based score of 92-93 (or higher); or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher).
  • Information regarding the TOEFL is available from the Educational Testing Services at IELTS information is available at Please note that other equivalent tests acceptable to Memorial University’s School of Graduate Studies will also be considered.

About the university

Memorial University has a unique responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the only university in the province. Memorial University was founded as a tribute to the Newfoundlanders who gave their lives in military duty during globe War I and later conflicts. We take inspiration from their efforts to create a better future for our province, our country, and the globe.

Over 115 different nations are represented among Memorial University's 19000+ students. Programs range from the traditional to the cutting edge, and can be found at any of Memorial's five locations or online. Memorial University's worldwide network of nearly 100,000 successful alums enhances the institution's capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching, and public engagement. Learn more about Memorial University in this quick read.

Vision, Mission

  • Vision — Memorial University will rise to prominence as one of Canada's and the world's top public institutions of higher learning, and it will honor its commitment to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mission — When it comes to education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement, Memorial University is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and excellence. International students and scholars are welcomed and supported at Memorial, and the institution's contributions of knowledge and experience are valued on all levels of society.


More than 19,400 students and 3,800 teachers and staff from more than 115 countries study, teach, conduct research, create, and participate in activities at our campuses and other locations. You can attend classes at one of Memorial University's several campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador or anywhere in the world; we also offer 475 courses online.

  • St. John's campus
  • Grenfell Campus
  • Marine Institute
  • Harlow Campus
  • Signal Hill Campus
  • Labrador Campus

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