Master of Science in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems (MSc)

Overview

The MSc program in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems provides opportunities for students to broaden their knowledge base and gain research experiences.  ILSFS students work on diverse and often interdisciplinary research topics that address priority food systems questions and challenges ranging in scope from food production, processing, distribution, access, consumption, to management of food waste. Applied research projects in ISLFS often explore sustainable solutions to food systems challenges and often address environmental, economic or social dimensions of food systems. 

What makes the program unique?

The Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems program (ISLFS) is for graduate students wishing to work within emerging interdisciplinary fields.

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Science
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Integrated Studies In Land and Food Systems
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required

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Program Enquiries

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Application Notes

Before you apply, please make sure you meet/exceed the admission requirements and most importantly have a supervisor confirmed.

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

90
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Supervisor commitment required prior to application?

Yes

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

January 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
15 April 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 June 2019
Transcript Deadline: 01 June 2019
Referee Deadline: 01 July 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 June 2019
Transcript Deadline: 01 June 2019
Referee Deadline: 01 July 2019

May 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
15 July 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 September 2019
Transcript Deadline: 01 September 2019
Referee Deadline: 01 October 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 September 2019
Transcript Deadline: 01 September 2019
Referee Deadline: 01 October 2019

Career Options

Graduates from the ISLFS MSc program have the skills necessary to contribute to research, evaluation, policy development, advocacy, and practice.  Graduates may go on to advanced study including PhD work, and often find employment opportunities in governmental or non-profit organizations.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,665.26$2,925.58
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
$4,995.78$8,776.74
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20182017201620152014
Applications71715925
Offers45436
New registrations44434
Total enrolment1010101315

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 50% based on 12 students admitted between 2008 - 2011. Based on 10 graduations between 2014 - 2017 the minimum time to completion is 1.83 years and the maximum time is 5.67 years with an average of 2.95 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 22 March 2019]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 23 September 2018].

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Barichello, Richard (Capitlization of Government program benefits , quota systems and markets, agricultural policy, trade,industrial and agricultural pocliy reform in South East Asian Countries, economics of raw material export)
  • Black, Jennifer (Community Health / Public Health, nutrition, public health, food environments, social determinants of health, food banks, school food environments)
  • Fraser, David (Welfare of animals on farms, animal ethics, animal behaviour, Animal welfare, innovations in animal housing and management, practical and cultural dimensions of applying ethics to animal issues)
  • Gulati, Sumeet (Tax Incentives for Hybrid or Electric Vehicles, Carbon Tax, Cap and Trade, India, Effectiveness of environmental policy, political economy of environmental and trade policy, international trade and its effect on the environment)
  • Jovel, Eduardo (Ethnobotany, mycology, natural product chemistry and Aboriginal health)
  • McAusland, Carol (Interactions between globalization and public good provision, impacts of trade liberalization on environmental politics, potential use of trade policy to stem damages from exotic species introductions and biological invasions Environmental impacts of international trade, implications of skilled labor migration for the global provision of public goods)
  • Riseman, Andrew (plant breeding; plant genetics; horticulture; roots; stress physiology, Plant breeding, intercrop interactions, nutrient use efficiency, root physiology, biotic/abtioic stressor)
  • Smukler, Sean (agriculture, environment, sustainable development, ecosystem services )
  • Wittman, Hannah (Social Movements, Environment and Society, Dynamics of Social Transformations, Agriculture, food sovereignty, sustainable agriculture, socio-ecological systems, agro-ecology)
 

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January 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
15 April 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 June 2019
International Applicant Deadline
01 June 2019

May 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
15 July 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 September 2019
International Applicant Deadline
01 September 2019
 

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