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Soil Science
Head: Dr. Francis Zvomuya
Campus Address/General Office: 362 Ellis Building
Telephone: 204-474-8666
Fax: 204-474-7642
Email Address: soilsci.gradstudies@umanitoba.ca
Website: http://umanitoba.ca/afs/soil_science
Academic Staff: Please refer to http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/afs/dept/soil_science/people/index.html/
Soil Science Program Info

The Department of Soil Science offers graduate programs leading to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees.

Supplemental Regulations

Individual units may require specific requirements above and beyond those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Students should consult unit supplemental regulations for these specific regulations on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website (http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admin/supplemental_regulations.html).

M.Sc. in Soil Science

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this Calendar. The adequacy of the background of an applicant will be evaluated by the Soil Science Graduate Studies Committee and the Department Head. Normally, a student should have a strong background in soil science and/or a strong background in the basic sciences related to the student’s proposed area of study.

Application Deadlines

Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation (if applicable) by the date indicated in the following table:

Term

Start Date

Canadian/US

International

 FALL

September

June 1

March 1

 WINTER

January

October 1

July 1

 SUMMER

May

February 1

November 1

Applicants should have previously identified a supervisor who has agreed to support their application (see http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/afs/dept/soil_science/grad_programs).

Program Requirements

Research and Thesis

The thesis route will include a thesis and a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework. The minimum of 12 credit hours will consist of:

SOIL 7220 (Principles of Scientific Research and Communication), plus 9 additional credit hours, of which 3 credit hours must be from the Department of Soil Science at the 7000 level.

To meet graduation requirements, all students must have demonstrated, either in their current program or in previous studies:

a) Nine credit hours in fundamental and applied soil sciences at the senior undergraduate level or graduate level;

AND

b) Experimental design and statistical analysis - 3 credit hours at the senior undergraduate or graduate level;

AND

c) Communication skills – in addition to completing SOIL 7220, students normally will present papers at a scientific meeting.

All Students must complete GRAD 7500 Academic Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours). Students newly admitted to a graduate program must successfully complete this course within the first term of registration, unless the course has been completed previously.

Second Language Reading Requirement: None

Expected Time to Graduate: 2 to 2.5 years. See 4.4.7 Time in Program

Ph.D. in Soil Science

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this Calendar.

Application Deadlines

Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation (if applicable) by the date indicated in the following table:

Term

Start Date

Canadian/US

International

 FALL

September

June 1

March 1

 WINTER

January

October 1

July 1

 SUMMER

May

February 1

November 1

Applicants should have previously identified a supervisor who has agreed to support their application (see http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/afs/dept/soil_science/grad_programs).

Program Requirements

Each student’s program is individually tailored, but still must satisfy those requirements prescribed by the Department. Where admission to the Ph.D. is from a M.Sc. degree, the course work will be a minimum of 6 credit hours at the 7000 level or higher of which at least 3 credit hours must be from the Department of Soil Science.

Where admission to the Ph.D. is directly from an Honours Bachelor Degree or equivalent, the coursework will be a minimum of 18 credit hours consisting of a minimum of 12 credit hours at the 7000 level (of which at least 6 credit hours must be from the Department of Soil Science) with the balance of the coursework at the 3000 level or above.

To meet graduation requirements, all students must have demonstrated either in their current program or in previous studies:

a) Twelve credit hours in fundamental and applied soil sciences at the senior undergraduate or graduate level;

AND

b) Experimental design and statistical analysis - 3 credit hours at the senior undergraduate or graduate level;

AND

c) Communication skills – students will have completed SOIL 7220 or a similar course approved by the Department Head. In addition, students will normally present papers at scientific meetings.

All Students must complete GRAD 7500 Academic Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours). Students newly admitted to a graduate program must successfully complete this course within the first term of registration, unless the course has been completed previously.

Second Language Reading Requirement: None

Expected Time to Graduate: 3.5 - 4 years. See 5.5 Time Limits