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U of G launches master of plant agriculture program

September 1, 2023  By Greenhouse Canada

Sept. 1, 2023 – The Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) has launched a new master’s program focused on “cultivating the careers of professionals in the agriculture sector.”

Scheduled to start in Fall 2024, the new master of plant agriculture program is aimed at ” addressing the demands of employers in the private and public sectors who are looking for professionals with advanced expertise in plant breeding, crop production and plant science,” notes a press release from the University of Guelph.

The program is designed to help recent graduates upgrade their education and training “without the need of conducting academic research through a traditional thesis-based program.” Sudents will have the ability to study on full-or part-time basis and to select courses specific to their career goals in breeding and genetics, biochemistry and physiology, or crop production systems for both agronomic and horticultural crops.


An advisory council of agriculture and plant science leaders will help guide program development as well as connect students to employment opportunities.

Students can complete the program in three or four semesters, allowing international students to be eligible to apply for a post-graduate work permit.

The first intake of students to the master of plant agriculture is slated for September 2024 pending approval from the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance.

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