This 3-year academic and practical program is offered on the Macdonald Campus and taught by the staff of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of McGill University. The program is funded by the ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec and authorized by the ministère de l’Education et de l'Enseignement supérieur.
Six academic terms are spent on the Macdonald Campus studying a sequence of courses in soil, plant, and animal science, engineering, and management.
The first summer of the program includes a 13-week internship on an agricultural enterprise other than the home farm or an agricultural business where the student learns the many skills related to modern commercial agriculture. Students prepare for their Agricultural internship during both academic semesters of Year 1 through two Stage courses.
During the second summer, students are registered in Enterprise Management 1. During this period, the students are responsible for the data collection to be used in the next two Enterprise Management courses and the Nutrient Management Plan course when they return to the campus for the Fall semester.
These internships will enable the students to relate their academic work to the reality of farming and of the agri-food sector.
Finally, courses in English, Français, Humanities, Physical Education and two complementary courses taken during the program will entitle the student to receive a Diplôme d'études collégiales (D.E.C.) from the ministère de l’Education et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES). Students will also receive a diploma from McGill University stating that they have successfully completed the requirements of the Farm Management and Technology Program.
The FMT program prepares its students to manage and operate a modern agricultural enterprise or for a career in the agricultural and horticultural sectors.
Also see: Educational goals
The educational goals of the program are:
- To make our graduates competent in the exercise of their profession;
- To help the student's integration into professional life;
- To foster professional mobility;
- To foster a need for continual development of professional knowledge.
- Students should have a good practical knowledge of farming under eastern Canadian conditions. One year of experience is recommended, but under special conditions a four-month summer season is acceptable.
- The minimum academic entrance requirements are a Quebec Secondary School Diploma (DES in French), or its equivalent and the successful completion of the following five courses:
- Secondary IV History and Citizenship Education or History of Quebec and Canada
- Secondary IV Science and Technology or Applied Science and Technology
- Secondary IV Mathematics
- Secondary V Language of Instruction
- Secondary V Second Language.
The minimum entrance requirements for students from Ontario are the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), including but not limited to the following courses (these are the minimum required, higher levels in all subjects, particularly math and science are an asset):
-Grade 10 French as a second language (English schools)
-Grade 11 English as a second language (French schools)
-Science: SNC2P (recommended with TCJ20 or TDJ20 or TMJ20) or SNC2D (desired with TCJ20 or TDJ20 or TMJ20)
-Mathematics: MFM2P or MPM2D (higher levels are highly recommended)
For other Canadian students, the minimum French requirement is Grade 10 second language. Please contact the department for more information.
Note: The minimum grade to pass a subject in Quebec high school is 60%. We recognize that a passing grade in another province may be set at 50%, but we maintain the right to base application decisions on grades over 60%.
For international students, a recognized French proficiency test may be required, some examples are the Test de français international (TFI), Test d'évaluation du français (TEF), Test de connaissance du français (TCF). For details about minimum scores accepted contact us. International students may also be required to complete an English proficiency test, with a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, or internet-based composite score of 90 for the TOEFL (other English proficiency tests are also accepted by McGill. For more information click here).
- All candidates for admission must make arrangements to come to the Macdonald Campus for an interview prior to admission to the program.
- Admission to this program is only in the Fall semester.
- We strongly encourage incoming students to acquire their driver’s permit (both for cars and farm equipment) before coming to Macdonald campus. This is first for safety reasons, given that students may work with farm equipment during the first semester. As well, most farmers require their employees and trainees (stagiaires) to drive and possess the appropriate driver’s license.
Attendance in class is compulsory in Year 1. Students with an attendance of less than 80% may not be permitted to write examinations.
Examinations and other work in courses will be marked according to the percentage system. The minimum passing mark in a course is 60%.
Handbook on Students Rights and Responsibilities*
This Handbook is a compendium of regulations and policies governing student rights and responsibilities at McGill University. It is published jointly by the Dean of Students’ Office and the Secretariat. Website: https://mcgill.ca/deanofstudents/students/student-rights-responsibilities
Institutional Policy on the Evaluation of Student Achievement*
This policy has the following objectives:
- To establish and explain the principles followed in evaluating student learning.
- To describe the means of translating these principles into practice and to establish the required procedures.
- To articulate the appropriate responsibilities of students, instructors, departments, and academic administrators.
- To account to students, parents, universities and employers for the standards of learning at the campus.
- To create an environment of awareness and free discussion of pedagogical concerns within all segments of the campus community.
- To provide information that will allow students to more fully understand and participate in the educational process.
- To provide the framework within which instructors and academic administrators can exercise their professional judgment in a competent, just, and coherent fashion.
In their first semester, students who fail half or more of the courses for which they are registered or obtain a weighted average grade below 60% in their first term in the FMT program are placed in unsatisfactory standing and are required to withdraw from the program for a period of at least one semester. If after this period, students wish to be readmitted, they must apply in writing to the Director of the Program.
After the first semester, when a student’s cumulative weighted average grade or semestrial weighted average grade drop below 60%, or when a student fails half or more of the courses for which he/she is registered in any one term, the student is placed on academic probation. Students on probation may be limited to a maximum of 10 credits for the following semester, if the Director and/or the Associate Director believe this action to be in the best interest of the student. Course registration is subject to approval by the Associate Director for the following semester.
Students who are on academic probation for two semesters in a row are placed on unsatisfactory standing and are asked to withdraw from the Program. They may apply in writing to the Director or Associate-Director for readmission after a 6 to 12-month waiting period.
Any student who is readmitted to the FMT Program after having been placed on unsatisfactory standing is automatically placed on academic probation for the semester into which he/she is readmitted. The conditions mentioned in the second paragraph above still apply.
*Copies are available in the FMT library and students are informed of this at registration.
Students in the Farm Management and Technology Program must register on-line using MINERVA for each semester at McGill.
Student Fees: Student services and student societies' fees, as well as course material fees will be charged according to the schedule in effect for all Macdonald Campus students. For the 2019-2020 school year, the fees are approximately $1,890* per year for first year students (paid in two installments, one per semester). All students pay these fees, regardless of residency. Fees are subject to change without notice. See Detailed Fees for more information.
Tuition: For Quebec residents, tuition fees for all full-time students who are eligible for the Farm Management and Technology Program are paid by the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ). Out-of-province and international FMT students starting their full-time studies in year 1 pay an additional tuition fee of $1,375 per semester will apply (two semesters per academic year, total $2,750 per year). Students considered to be studying part-time (less than 8 credits/semester) will be charged half that amount ($687.50 per semester). All fees are subject to change without notice. See Detailed Fees for more information.
*Fees include a health and dental insurance of $262.97 (Students with alternate coverage can opt-out), CPR and First Aid course costs of $85 (mandatory, 1st year students only).
The cost of textbooks and supplies is estimated at $200.00 per semester.
The number of teaching and examination days is set by the ministère de l'Education et l'Enseignement supérieur. The sessional dates vary from year to year. At the present time, each semester has 75 teaching days and 7 days of exams.
Last day for withdrawal or course additions:
The last day to make course registration changes for fall term courses will be September 20.
The last day to make course registration changes for winter term courses will be January 23.
Information and assistance is available daily at the Macdonald Campus Student Service Centre (Centennial Centre CC1-124) for all students concerning government aid programs (includes all Canadian provinces), McGill Loans and Bursaries, and the Work Study Program. During the academic year (September to April) appointments are available with the Financial Aid Counselor for information concerning funding, debt management, budget counseling and the McGill Loans and Bursaries Program. Please call 514-398-7992 for details or to make an appointment with the Financial Aid Counselor.
For more details about: Government aid programs, McGill Loans and Bursaries, Debt Management, Budget Counseling, Work Study Program, Scholarships and External awards, please visit the McGill Scholarships and Student Aid Office.
All applicants for McGill aid must apply for maximum government aid or other assistance for which they are eligible. For Quebec students, please consult Aide Financière aux études (Student Aid) at www.afe.gouv.qc.ca. The program code for AFE student loan applications is 152.B0 and our institution code is 699600 (Macdonald College) specifically for the Farm Management and Technology Program.
The Laird Hall Residence has capacity for more than 250 students. Students living in Laird Hall enjoy comfortable lounge facilities, upgraded safety features, and other amenities to help make their residence life a complete and meaningful part of their studies on the Macdonald Campus. For more information on residence, please visit the Student Housing website (learn about fees, facilities, deadline to apply for residence, etc.).
Application for Residence Accommodation
To indicate your interest in residence accommodation, simply check off "yes" in response to the question regarding residence accommodation on the admission application form. Once you have been offered admission to McGill University, and you have confirmed this offer with your tuition deposit, a full residence application will be available in MINERVA.
The University reserves the right to make changes without prior notice to the information contained in this publication, including the alteration of various fees, schedules, conditions of admission and credit requirements, and the revision or cancellation of particular courses.