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What will I learn?

Graduate students in the microbiology program work within, and often across, multiple disciplines of basic and applied environmental sciences. Specialties within the program range from the study of microbial diversity in extreme environments, either natural or man-induced, to the role of microbes in managed ecosystems, such as in agriculture and forests. Our students typically have exceptionally strong backgrounds in one or more of these specialties and an interest in research that advances our fundamental knowledge about microorganisms and leads to improved efficiencies of our managed ecosystems. After completing their degrees they go on to careers in academia, environmental policy, government agencies, industry, and other fields.

Program Requirements

Includes Micrometeorology, Forest Science, Soil Science, and Wildlife Biology.


A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.

Required Courses

NRSC 701 Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination
NRSC 751 Graduate Seminar 4
NRSC 752 Graduate Seminar 5
NRSC 753 Graduate Seminar 6
NRSC 754 Graduate Seminar 7


  • Bioinformatics

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$16,750.76 (US$ 12,332) per year
CAN $558.36 per credit hour. This fee is for 2021-2022 year, and it may be subject to change in the coming year.
Application deadline

Expected March, August 2023

Start date

4 January 2023, 30 August 2023


Macdonald Campus

21111 Lakeshore Road,


Quebec (QC),

H9X 3V9, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a degree (B.A. or M.A.) from a recognized university, with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 (or equivalent), OR a grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 out of 4.0 in the last two years of full-time studies, according to Canadian standards.

For international students

Candidates are normally required to hold an M.Sc. degree and will be judged primarily on their ability to conduct an original and independent research study.

Some applicants whose academic degrees and standing entitle them to serious consideration for admission to graduate studies, but who are considered inadequately prepared in the subject selected, may be admitted to a Qualifying program if they have met the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies minimum CGPA of 3.0/4.0.

English Language Scores:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum acceptable scores are: The CBT is no longer being offered. CBT results will no longer be accepted as ETS no longer reports these results. N.B. an institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. IBT (Internet-Based Test): 86 overall, no less than 20 in each of the four component scores.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): a band score of 6.5 or greater (Academic module).

Application Deadlines: For Fall Term: March 15 and Winter Term: Aug. 31.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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