Master’s Degree In Soil Science

Last Updated on July 28, 2023

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Soil Science

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.Sc.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

The Soil Science department is an international leader in field-based, landscape-scale research and faculty are actively involved in research that focuses on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem health—linking basic micro-scale science (involving synchrotron-based, molecular-scale studies to elucidate fundamental processes at work) to real world issues at the landscape (studying the interaction of soil, topographic, and environmental factors to better understand ecosystem functioning) and global (investigating climate change impacts on prairie and arctic ecosystems) scales. The Soil Science graduate program provides core expertise in soil and environmental sciences and offers opportunities for advanced study and research leading to M.Sc. and PhD degrees

Soil Science is a field of study that focuses on the fundamental studies of soil properties and processes and the application of such information to the solution of problems. The subject can be divided in many areas: Pedology, Soil Physics, Soil Chemistry, Soil Biology, Soil Mineralogy, Soil Management, Soil Survey Land Evaluation and more A Master’s in Soil Science (M.Sc) will allow students to gain knowledge in many areas, including biometeorology, forest nutrition and nutrient cycling, mycorrhizal ecology, soil biology, soil quality and fertility, soil-plant interactions, ecosystem services, land and water systems. Graduates of the soil science degree often obtain positions within government or the private sector. Some graduates decide to continue with their area of research and academia with various universities and colleges.

Tuition and funding


All students accepted into the graduate program receive financial support from their supervisor’s research funds and/or scholarships. To be eligible for scholarship funding, students must have obtained at least 80% in the last two years of study. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and are not guaranteed.

Students cannot undertake graduate work without financial support; thus, the supervisor must write a letter stating that he/she will provide the financial support and other resources necessary for you to complete your program. This letter is required before a recommendation can be made by the Department to the CGPS for student acceptance.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China and Mexico.

  • Scholarships
  • International scholarships

All students registered in thesis-based graduate programs within departments in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources receive a minimum level of funding at the beginning of their programs. Students are also eligible to receive other funding (e.g. scholarships and employment) in addition to these levels.

The minimum funding levels are as follows:Minimum* level of financial support for students in a thesis-based Master’s programTwo years of funding at $18,500/yearMinimum* level of financial support for students in a Doctoral programThree years of funding at $22,000/year

* This is a college-level minimum duration and annual funding level. The department-specific minimum levels may be greater than these. Consult the department websites available here.

Any questions about the minimum levels of funding and durations can be directed to [email protected].


Thesis or project-based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project-based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

September 1 – December 31, 2021$1,491.00 CAD$2,698.71 CAD
January 1 – April 30, 2022$1,491.00 CAD$2,698.71 CAD
May 1 – August 31, 2022$1,491.00 CAD$2,698.71 CAD
Total per academic year$4,473.00 CAD$8,096.13 CAD

Student fees

In addition to tuition above, students also pay fees for programs like health and dental insurance, a bus pass, and other campus services. The amount you need to pay depends on if you are taking classes full time or part time, and if you are on campus or not. The table below assumes you are on campus full-time.

Fall 2021Winter 2022Spring 2022Summer 2022
Student fees$759.62 CAD$300.59 CAD$27.50 CAD$27.50 CAD

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

Master of Science

Doctor of Philosophy

Application process

Find a supervisor

Using the list above, find a potential supervisor, read about the work they are currently doing and their past publications. If you think you’d like to work with them, contact them and describe your research interests and past academic experience. If they are accepting students, they will instruct you to begin a formal application.

  •  Tips for contacting supervisors

Submit an online application

Before beginning your online application, be sure that you have carefully reviewed all program information and admission requirements on this page.

During the application, you’ll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • Contact information of your three referees
    • For your letters of recommendation, two of your referees must be academic contacts, and the third may be academic or professional
  • Your complete academic history from all previous post-secondary institutions

The application takes about 30 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $120 application fee. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

  • Apply for the 2021 Spring/Summer or Fall Terms
  • Detailed application instructions

 If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submit required documents

Once you’ve submitted your online application, you will have access to upload your required documents, and provide the contact information for your references. To do this, go to the “Supplemental Items & Documents” tab in your application, and upload the documents outlined below.


Proof of English language proficiency (if required)

Submit additional documents

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