Admission to the master's program requires approval from the department to which the applicant wishes to enroll. Factors taken into consideration include the number of available places in the laboratories, the number of potential supervisors for the research thesis, and the feasibility of carrying out a research thesis. Applicants must have a university-level exemption from English language studies. Admission to most departments is conditioned on having found a thesis supervisor prior to registration.
1. The following candidates may apply to the master's program:
- Candidates holding a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture Science or Nutrition Science with a minimum final grade of 80, who have secured a supervisor for their thesis, and wish to enroll in one of the following teaching programs:
Nutrition Sciences (712); Field crops and vegetables (713); Horticulture (714); Agroecology and Plant Health (715); Soil and Water Science (716); Genetics and Breeding (721); Biochemistry and Food science 722); Plant Sciences in Agriculture (724); Environmental Quality and Natural Resources in Agriculture (728).
- Candidates holding a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture Science with a minimum final grade of 80, who wish to enroll in Environmental Economics and Management (717).
- Candidates holding a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture Science or Nutrition Science with a minimum final grade of 80, who have secured a supervisor for their thesis, and wish to enroll in Animal and Veterinary Sciences (735).
- Candidates holding a Bachelor's degree in another relevant teaching program (recognized by the teaching committee), who fulfill the conditions to apply for the graduate programs as specified above.
- For the master's program in Biotechnology.
Students may transfer to the non-thesis master's track in the course of their studies given that they comply with the admission criteria for that track.
Candidates lacking the required final grade may apply to the master's program or the preparatory studies for the master's program, provided that they improve their grade to the necessary level. The grade can be improved only within the 5 years allotted for completing the bachelor's degree requirements. The improved grades shall not alter the students' original accreditation of studies, but serve solely for admission to the master's program or the preparatory studies. Applicants should petition the Faculty Teaching Committee, which shall determine their specific course plan. The studies will be held under the Division for External Studies.
Compliance with the minimum grade for application does not guarantee automatic admission.
2. Conditional admission to the master's program:
Undergraduates from the Faculty of Agriculture who completed all required courses, took all exams and have a minimum average of 80 for all completed courses, but are missing grades for a maximum of 30 credits (24 credits for students in department 717) at the time of registration, may apply to be admitted conditionally to the master's program. Students admitted conditionally to the second semester must take first-semester exams at the regular exam dates. They must be eligible for their bachelor's degree no later than the beginning of the following year. Students may hold this status for one semester only, and must meet all admission criteria as listed in section 1 above in order to be admitted to the master's program.
3. Supplementary studies:
Students admitted according to sections 1 and 2 of the admission criteria, who wish to specialize in a different teaching program than that of their undergraduate studies, or who received their eligibility for a bachelor's degree over 5 years ago, might be required to take supplementary bachelor's-level credits from the Faculty of Agriculture as determined by the Faculty Teaching Committee. These supplementary studies shall not exceed a maximum of 20 credits (in exceptional cases, the Study Committee may recommend a higher credit total to the Teaching Committee). The passing grade for supplementary courses is 60; however, these courses shall not count as credits for the master's program and the grades shall not count for the final grade.
Applicants for a supplementary year who do not have a university-level exemption from English language studies may reach this level during their supplementary year. Admission to the master's program is conditional on receiving the exemption.
4. Preparatory studies for the master's program:
Candidates holding a Bachelor's degree as outlined in section 1 above, whose final grade is up to 5 points below the required grade (between 75-80), may apply to preparatory studies for the master's program. The study program shall be determined by the Study Committee and shall consist of 15-30 undergraduate credits (excluding obligatory first-year courses) as specified below. Applicants admitted to the preparatory studies may apply to the master's program only after completing the preparatory program with a minimum average of 80.
Preparatory studies are limited to one year and are not counted towards the master's program.
Applicants for preparatory studies who do not have a university-level exemption from English language studies may reach this level during the preparatory year. Admission to the master's program is conditional on receiving the exemption.
Preparatory courses for the master's program can be selected from the following list:
(courses selected for teaching programs 717 and 735 shall be in accordance with the decision of the teaching program's Study Committee).