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Land and Food Systems, Integrated Studies in

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.Sc.

Members

Professor Emeritus

T. Sullivan.

Professors

R. Barichello, D. Fraser.

Associate Professors

E. Jovel, C. McAusland, A. Riseman, H. Wittman, S. Gulati.

Assistant Professors

S. Smukler, J. Carrillo, J. Black.

Program Overview

The challenge of providing sufficient, safe, and economically accessible food for the world requires researchers and managers able to seek solutions that rely on integrating the traditional agricultural disciplines with those of related areas of knowledge and inquiry.

The objective of the graduate program in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems is to aid students in developing the knowledge base and integrative skills necessary to evaluate food production systems and develop sustainable solutions based on agroecological, economic, and social dimensions.

The Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems program offers opportunities for advanced study and research leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Most students entering the program are expected to have an academic background in agriculture and/or land and food systems, but applicants from other academic disciplines will be considered. Applicants must meet the general admission requirements for master's degree programs set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Acceptance into the program depends on meeting the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and acceptance by a faculty member willing to act as the student's supervisor.

Transfer from the M.Sc. to the Ph.D. program is permitted by Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies regulations.

Program Requirements

All Ph.D. students are required to complete LFS 500 (Graduate Seminar). Additional coursework may be selected in consultation with the student's supervisory committee. All doctoral students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation (LFS 649) meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

Master of Science

Admission Requirements

Most students entering the program are expected to have an academic background in agriculture and/or food, but applicants from other academic disciplines will be considered. Applicants must meet the general admission requirements for master's degree programs set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Acceptance into the program depends on meeting the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and acceptance by a faculty member willing to act as the student's supervisor.

Program Requirements

The M.Sc. degree requires successful completion of LFS 500, a thesis (LFS 549), and a minimum of 15 additional credits of coursework. A maximum of 6 of the 15 required course credits may be taken at the 300- and 400-level.

Contact Information

Graduate Programs Manager
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
University of British Columbia
344-2357 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
Tel: 604.822.4593
Fax: 604.822.4400
Email: lfs.gradapp@ubc.ca
Web: www.landfood.ubc.ca/academics/graduate/islfs/
Shelley Small, Graduate Programs Manager

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