What will I learn?

A four-year thesis-based program offers an opportunity for independent research at an advanced level in preparation for careers in research, university teaching, and administration. It often builds on research skills gained in the MSc program.

The Department offers world-class research divisions to compliment graduate studies in primary production and rangeland management, plant and animal sciences, food and agri-food products, and human nutrition and wellness.

Research topics include:

Animal Science

Research on basic animal biology and livestock management with applications in the fields of animal physiology and metabolism, immunology, reproduction, animal housing, health and welfare, as well as genomics, bioinformatics and proteomics.

Plant Science

Studies in plant biology, applied ecology and agronomy within cereal, oilseed, forage and specialty crop production, incorporating plant biochemistry and proteomics, biotechnology, plant breeding and genomics, integrated pest management, as well as plant and field crop physiology.

Food Science and Technology

Food research encompassing chemistry, microbiology, physics, processing and sensory science with areas of excellence in cereal utilization, dairy science, food safety, functional foods and nutraceuticals, lipid utilization, and pre- and probiotics.

Nutrition and Metabolism

Clinical, community, metabolic and public health nutrition, as they relate to nutrition policy, infant and child health, and to chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Animal based programs include livestock nutrition, feed evaluation and processing.

Bioresource and Food Engineering

Engineering applications related to bioresource utilization including food processing, bioproducts, bioenergy, biorefining, and agri-waste management.

Rangeland and Wildlife Resources

Studies in rangeland management and planning, monitoring and assessment, and rangeland improvement and restoration.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$9,465.00 (US$ 6,987) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2020, January 2021, May 2021, July 2021


Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences

2-06 Agriculture Forestry Centre,

University of Alberta,


Alberta (AB),

T6G 2P5, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants are normally required to have completed a master’s degree, or its academic equivalent, from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta. An admission grade point average of 3 on most 4-point grading systems or B on most letter grading systems, based on your most recent two years of full-time study (or equivalent) is required. English Language Requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Minimum score of 550 (paper-based), or a total score of 88 with a score of at least 20 on each of the individual skill areas (internet-based); Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) - Minimum score of 85; International English Language Testing System (IELTS); Minimum overall band score of 6.5, with at least 5.5 on each band (Academic); Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - Overall minimum score of 60, with at least 60 on each subtest; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Overall minimum score of 59.

For international students

Minimum Requirements:

Four-year undergraduate degree (preferably Science or Engineering based), or its academic equivalent, from a recognized institution, and Grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 out of 4.0 or B+ on a letter-based scale in the last two years (approximately 60 credits) of post-secondary study.

English language requirement:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT): Total score of 90 with a score of at least 21 on each of the individual skill areas (internet-based) or equivalent; IELTS: 6.5, with at least 5.5; PTE Academic: 61 with a minimum band score of 60.

The application deadlines: May 15 for September admission, July 31 for January admission, December 1 for May admission, March 15 for July admission.


About this uni

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