The Diploma in Agriculture is a hands on two-year program which prepares students to manage a farm or work in an agricultural business. Courses cover everything from agricultural production to marketing and business management. Students will develop the communication and leadership skills needed to thrive in the industry whether in marketing and financial services, livestock and crop supply, crop management, agricultural merchandising, or managing a farm.
Diploma in Agriculture - 2 years
Interesting courses and unique opportunities
The Cooperative Education option integrates the student’s academic study with practical work experience in industry, government and the farming profession. Cooperative Education in the Diploma of Agriculture incorporates one summer work term after the first year of study.
Exchange and travel opportunities
Exchange opportunities exist for agriculture students to study abroad in countries such as Sweden, Mexico, France, the U.S., China and India.
Diploma in Agriculture students can transfer up to two years of credit into some Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences degree programs.
Admission requirements & prerequisites
Direct entry option
Advanced entry option
Advanced entry is not an option for this program. Diploma students enter the Agriculture Diploma program directly from high school. University 1 is not required.
High school prerequisites
High school prerequisites: English 40S, Math 40S and a Science 40S are required.
Many programs will require or recommend specific high school courses over and above their admission requirements. These high school prerequisites are not always required to enter the program, but they must be completed to enrol in certain university courses within it. If a student does not have a particular prerequisite when they enter the program, they may complete an equivalent upgrading course at university that will satisfy the prerequisite requirement.
More details on admission requirements, application dates and how to apply is available on the Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences apply for admission page.
What is unique about this program at the U of M?
Drawing on the expertise of Farm Management instructors who operate and manage their own farms, students will develop a business plan for a commercial farm or agribusiness as part of the Management Planning Project. This unique project gives students a chance to apply their practical skills in a real world situation before leaving university.
To accommodate students with farming obligations, the program extends over two academic sessions, beginning in mid-September and ending in early April.
Many students without an agricultural background use this program to enter the agrifood industry.
The Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences has its own honeybee operation and poultry barn on campus. Two livestock and crop production research farms are located in Glenlea and Carman, Manitoba.