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Agricultural Management

"Agriculture provides unlimited value, it means everything! Beef doesn’t come from the back of the store, it comes from a cow. There are lots of processes involved to take a product from producer to consumer. The hands-on learning at Olds College is awesome! I found the agronomy classes very helpful, especially the focus on crop production."

Ryan Cameron, Agricultural Management Graduate (2013)

Agricultural Management students checking cattle

What can you expect from our program?

If you are looking for a career that will help feed, clothe, house or even fuel the world you have found the right place. Olds College’s Agricultural Management diploma program gives you a comprehensive education in all aspects of agriculture. Through a mix of classroom time and hands-on experience on the Olds College farm, students work together in small classes with like-minded peers and learn from instructors who have unparalleled knowledge and experience in the agriculture industry.

What will you learn?

Students in our Agricultural Management program will develop a foundation of business skills, including communication, accounting and marketing strategies informed by surveying global and local policy facing the agricultural industry. You will be exposed to the advancement of agricultural technology, from accounting software to farm machinery. You will gain an environmental understanding in the production of food, feed, fuel and fibre, livestock physiology and health, and the global issues that are currently impacting the industry.

  • Agribusiness management principles

  • Agribusiness technology

  • Beef cattle management

  • Crop production

  • Environmental farm management

  • Farm management

  • Livestock physiology, health and nutrition

  • Livestock breeding strategies

  • Machinery

  • Marketing

  • Pest management

  • Precision Crop Systems

  • Soils and nutrition

  • Workplace communication


Students choose a major to specialize in. Options include:

Agricultural Production - designed for students who plan to work in a production enterprise, its service providers or in the new regulatory environments as auditors and inspectors. You will develop an understanding of how consumer preferences and markets influence agricultural production. Learn about agricultural environment management and sustainability, including the study of plant systems, their dependent ecosystems, and the mechanics of soil and water management.

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Agricommerce - will prepare you for a career in agricultural lending, finance, marketing and sales of service products to the agriculture industry or the agricultural products destined for the consumer's plate. You will develop the skills to successfully develop business plans, marketing campaigns, sales tactics, and strategically manage an agribusiness through applying business principles to achieve goals.

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Program at a glance

Credential: Diploma

Length of Program: 2 years

Method of Delivery: Olds Campus

Program Intakes: Fall Intake (September program start)

Applications Open: October 1 for the Fall Intake

Selection Process for Admission: First Qualified, First Accepted

Tuition, Mandatory Fees, Books, and Supplies: Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for details

  • Year 1: Tuition & Fees: $5,470 / Books & Supplies: $1,400
  • Year 2: Tuition & Fees: $5,470 / Books & Supplies: $1,400

*These fees are provided as estimates only for the purposes of budgeting. Please note that all fees are best estimates and are subject to change.

What do I need to apply?

Admission Requirements:

  • 50% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
  • 55% or better in Math 20-1 or 20-2
  • 50% or better in Two of Biology 20, Chemistry 20, Science 20, OR One of Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Science 30
  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (completed at minimum 3 years of formal education taught entirely in English or provide the results of a recognized English Language Proficiency exam)

Academic Upgrading and High School Applicants: Applicants currently in high school or who are completing academic upgrading must submit proof of enrollment and any available interim/midterm marks. Final marks must be submitted within one month following the completion of the course(s) and no later than one month prior to the program start date.

Alternate Admission Option: Alternate Admission status may apply to students who have not or will not complete one or more of the academic admission requirements. To apply under Alternate Admission Status, please provide the following:

  1. (Required) Transcript(s) showing any completed high school and post-secondary courses
  2. (Required) Letter of Introduction and Intent, outlining the following:
    • Introduce yourself
    • Indicate why you wish to enrol in the program
    • Elaborate on your career goals
    • Detail your experience relevant to this program and the industry
  3. (Required) A resume of your work history, extracurricular activities, volunteer service, etc. for the last 5 years
  4. (Optional) Include copies of any tickets and/or certificates you currently hold (e.g.: first aid, safety tickets, etc.)
  5. (Optional) Letter(s) of reference from current or past employers/coaches/etc. (maximum of two letters)

Out of Province Applicants: Please refer to the Provincial Equivalency Chart for course equivalencies.

International Applicants: Olds College welcomes applications from international applicants and those who have completed their high school education outside of Canada. Please note, it is still necessary to meet all of the noted admission requirements, including English Language Proficiency. Further information can be found on our website under International Students.

Where can I live on campus?

CHOC is the exclusive service provider of on-campus housing for Olds College. Live in Centennial Village, our newest campus living facility featuring 450 private suites (no roommates), or in College Courts our 4-bedroom townhouses. Enjoy a short commute to class, partake in weekly residence life events and enjoy the safety of living on campus.

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I have some more questions. Who do I contact for help?

Our Admissions office can help navigate you through the admissions process and answer any questions you have about your program of study.

Admitted Students

What materials and supplies will I need?

Congratulations! Before your program starts, admitted students will require the following materials & supplies:

Required items:
  • Coveralls
  • Rubber boots
  • Steel toed work boots (CSA approved)
  • Safety glasses

Program Device Preference: A Windows based device, preferably a laptop, is mandatory for this program, as students will be using Excel and other programs extensively in classes.

There may be other necessary items (ie. cold weather attire) that may be required during your time at Olds College.

A copy of your valid driver’s license is necessary to operate Olds College equipment.

Information on required textbooks and any further supplies will be provided as you attend each class.

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What student opportunities are available for this program?

In September 2016 it was announced that Olds College received a 5 year grant to help establish The Olds College Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production (TAC)

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