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What will I learn?

All of this is offered within the specialization in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) in the Department of Environment and Geography.

Because Bishop’s University is located in an agriculturally rich environment, students have opportunities to visit, collaborate with, and benefit from farmers in the Estrie region. In fact, the SAFS program puts a particular emphasis on field experience.

Furthermore, unlike other agricultural programs, the emphasis of the SAFS specialization is on improving the sustainability of all aspects of agriculture and food systems – focusing on the social, economic and environmental aspects of agriculture in order to help students develop a thorough understanding of food systems from farm to table and beyond.

Courses offered will examine many aspects of modern agriculture and food systems, including scientific, entrepreneurial, and social issues, as well as global food security and climate change impacts. The SAFS courses incorporate real-world experiences to develop the skills needed to achieve a successful career as an agriculturalist, entrepreneur, food policy specialist, researcher, or in many other professions.

Possible career paths

  • Agritourism operator/entrepreneur
  • Agribusiness manager
  • Organic farmer/market gardener
  • Agricultural consultant
  • International development agent
  • Food security analyst
  • Agroecology scientist/researcher
  • Coordinator/educator of community agriculture program

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Science

Study options

Full Time (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees
CAD$25,455.50 (US$ 19,763) per year
CAN $848.52 per credit; Compulsory fee: CAN $1,618.87
Start date

Expected January 2023

Venue

Faculty of Arts and Science

2600 College Street,

SHERBROOKE,

Quebec (QC),

J1M 1Z7, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

English Language Requirements: TOEFL minimum overall score of 237 (computer-based) or 90 (Internet – based); IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5; MELAB minimum score o 85; CAEL minimum overall score of 70; Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) minimum score of C; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) minimum score of C; Pearson Test of English: Academic (PTE: Academic) minimum overall score of 61.

For international students

International High School Students: You are considered an international high school student for admission purposes if you: are currently completing secondary school at a country outside of Canada or the USA; or you completed secondary school at a country outside of Canada or the USA within the last two years and you have not studied elsewhere since completing your secondary school studies

Admission Requirements General:

The following requirements should be used as a guideline to be considered competitive for admissions consideration. Each admission cycle, Bishop’s University receives more applications than spaces available. Meeting the minimum posted requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements may be considered on an individual basis. In those cases, the Admissions Office may request additional information in addition to that indicated below.

Normally have completed 12 years of formal schooling and received a secondary school credential that would permit you access to university in that country. If you are studying at or have graduated from secondary school in a country where secondary school finishes after only 11 years of formal schooling your application will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Minimum average required varies depending upon curriculum followed; transcripts are reviewed on an individual basis.

English language requirements: Complete a recognized English assessment with appropriate minimum score:
TOEFL minimum overall score of 237 (Computer-based) or 90 (Internet-based)

IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5

MELAB minimum overall score of 85

CAEL minimum overall score of 70

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) minimum score of C

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) minimum score of C

Pearson Test of English: Academic (PTE: Academic) minimum overall score of 61

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Algonquin College
  • Niagara College
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