Master of Science in Plant Science (MSc)

Overview

Plant Science graduate program offers advanced study in applied plant biology, with a commitment to development of sustainable managed agroecosystems. Our graduate program offers opportunities for advanced studies in basic and applied research, leading to M.Sc. or Ph.D. degrees, in plant production, plant protection, plant biotechnology, plant physiology and biochemistry, and plant-environment interaction.

Graduate students have the option to develop research programs that address problems through an interdisciplinary approach involving collaboration with faculty members in other graduate programs (e.g. Soil Science, Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, and Forest Science) on campus.

What makes the program unique?

Our graduate program offers students the opportunity to develop their graduate studies uniquely tailored to their professional goals and research interests in consultation with their research supervisor. The diversity of plant agriculture in British Columbia provides excellent opportunities for students to select a cropping system most suitable for their thesis research.  Students have the opportunity and are encouraged to develop their research programs through an interdisciplinary approach involving other departments on campus.

Excellent facilities for thesis research are available on the UBC campus in the MacMillan Building, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm, Totem Field Laboratory, UBC Wine Research Centre, the Michael Smith Laboratories, and the Horticulture Glasshouse. Some Plant Science graduate students also work with our Adjunct Professors, spread throughout the province of British Columbia.

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Science
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Plant Science
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required

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
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21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Supervisor commitment required prior to application?

Yes

Prior degree requirements

Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent.

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

Plant Science graduates (M.Sc., Ph.D.) generally opt for a teaching and/or research career. Some also work for government agencies (Agri-Food Canada, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture), agri-industry, or do consulting work in plant science.

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$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. 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

 20172016201520142013
Applications84687
Offers3121 
New registrations3111 
Total enrolment63234

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 88.89% based on 9 students admitted between 2008 - 2011. Based on 8 graduating students from the 2008 - 2011 admission cohort the minimum time to completion is 2.33 years and the maximum time is 4.83 years with an average of 3.29 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: 9 March 2018]. 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.

  • Castellarin, Simone (viticulture and grapevine physiology; physiological and molecular aspects that underlay fruit ripening and the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites, and how they are modulated by the environment and viticultural practices; molecular viticulture)
  • Jovel, Eduardo (Ethnobotany, mycology, natural product chemistry and Aboriginal health)
  • Kronstad, James (Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Genomics and Proteomics, Pathogenesis of infectious diseases, Medical Mycology, Plant-Microbe Interactions, Fungal diseases of plants)
  • Riseman, Andrew (plant breeding; plant genetics; horticulture; roots; stress physiology, Plant breeding, intercrop interactions, nutrient use efficiency, root physiology, biotic/abtioic stressor)
  • Upadhyaya, Mahesh (Effects of ultraviolet-B radiation on plants; Role of mycorrhizae in plant-plant interaction; Allelopathy; Stress physiology; Seed dormancy and seed banks)
 
 

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
 

Supervisor Search

 

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