Master of Science in Soil Science (MSc)

Overview

A collaboration between the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and Faculty of Forestry, the inter-faculty Soil Science Graduate Program offers opportunities for advanced study and research leading to MSc and PhD degrees.

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Science
Subject
Agriculture and Forestry
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Soil Science
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required
Faculty
Faculty of Land and Food Systems

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Program Enquiries

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Research Information

Research Focus

Areas of study include biometeorology, forest nutrition and nutrient cycling, mycorrhizal ecology, soil biology, soil quality and fertility, soil-plant interactions, ecosystem services, land an water systems.

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
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21
22
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.

September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
16 September 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 January 2020
Transcript Deadline: 01 January 2020
Referee Deadline: 01 February 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 January 2020
Transcript Deadline: 01 January 2020
Referee Deadline: 01 February 2020

Funding Sources

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.

We encourage all applicants to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund your graduate education. The database lists merit-based scholarships and awards and allows for filtering by various criteria, such as domestic vs. international or degree level.

In addition to scholarships and awards, applicants may be eligible to apply for financial aid or other benefits in the form of loans, bursaries, tax credits, or similar.

Career Options

Graduates of the soil science degree program often obtain positions with government or the private sector. Some graduates decide to continue in the area of research and academia with various universities and colleges. Examples of where some graduates are employed:

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
BC Ministry of Forests
Canadian Forest Service
Consultant
Associate Professor, University of Guelph
Associate Professor, Yale University
Associate Professor, University of Northern BC
Environment Canada
Assistant Professor, University of Bengukulu, Indonesia
Assistant Professor, University of Venda for Science and Technology, South Africa

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$106.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,698.56$2,984.09
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
$5,095.68$8,952.27
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$944.51 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,954.00 (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
Applications810581
Offers4415 
New registrations4415 
Total enrolment1111799

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 80% based on 10 students admitted between 2009 - 2012. Based on 12 graduations between 2015 - 2018 the minimum time to completion is 1.99 years and the maximum time is 5.66 years with an average of 2.65 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: 27 October 2019].

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.

 

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September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
16 September 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 January 2020
International Applicant Deadline
01 January 2020
 

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