Length of Program: Diploma + 2 YearsProgram Intakes: Fall Intake (September program start)September 2020
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Bachelor of Applied Science Degree - Agribusiness

Applications Open: October

Length of Program: Diploma + Minimum 16 Months

Program Status: Open

Give yourself the added advantage towards a rewarding career in the dynamic and global agriculture industry with the Bachelor of Applied Science - Agribusiness degree. This two-year program will equip you with the necessary skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving and collaborative investigation, to solve real-world business challenges.

Through industry focused instruction, you’ll spend the first year on campus learning how to apply business fundamentals such as finance, marketing, strategic business management, human resources, applied research, innovation and leadership. During this time you will also develop communication, networking, teamwork and time management skills while completing projects with classmates and industry clients on relevant current topics.

Work-Integrated Learning: Fourth year students of the Bachelor of Applied Science - Agribusiness program will be required to complete an eight-month Directed Field Study, providing you with a unique opportunity to apply both academic and experiential learning in the workplace with the support of identified industry mentorship. 

Program Intake: Fall Intake (September program start)

Applications Open: First Wednesday (9 a.m.) of October

Length of Program: Diploma + Minimum 16-Months

Method of Delivery: On-campus + Directed Field Study

Credentials: Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agribusiness.

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Olds College of Agriculture & Technology has been named in the top 10 of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges according to Research Infosource Inc. The continued growth of the Smart Ag Ecosystem and applied research activities on the Olds College Smart Farm launched the College into the top 10 this year.

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  • "By furthering my learning at Olds College, I was able to gain valuable knowledge and practical learning revolving around the agribusiness sector. The small class sizes and willingness of teachers created a great learning atmosphere for students. During my DFS, I contributed ideas and recommendations from my learning to help with the success and growth of my family business."
    • Emily Hayter, Graduate (DFS Employer: A.G. Hayter Contracting, Parkhill, ON)
  • "Year one of the BASc-Agribusiness program equipped me with the knowledge that is necessary to enter into a professional workplace. Year two allowed me to build the skills necessary for my career which is something that I could not have learned in a classroom setting. Because of this program, I was able to get a head start in my profession and still attain a degree."
    • Morgan Ramsay, Graduate (DFS Employer: Friesen Nutrition, Medicine Hat, AB)
  • "This program is a great way to fast track your education to obtain an Applied Degree. The Directed Field Study of your choice allows you to grow further than a traditional degree program. It is a tremendous way to develop professionally and advance your knowledge no matter where you choose to go in the agriculture industry. It allowed me to grow in my career while adding to my diploma education and building the workplace relationships which have gotten me to where I am today."
    • Mikayla Flinn, Graduate (DFS Employer: Farm Credit Canada, Red Deer and Calgary, AB)
  • "The BASc - Agribusiness program at Olds College proved to be a cornerstone in cementing my career path. The eight-month directed field study provided an enormous benefit to myself and my employer as my learnings were derived directly from the requirements of my job."
    • Ryan McGonigal, Graduate (DFS Employer: DMT Industrial Fabrication, Lethbridge, AB)

Admission Requirements:

  • 2.5 GPA in the 60 credits from an Olds College diploma or a 2.5  GPA or 75% in an equivalent program
  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement

Directed Field Study Required

An 8-month Directed Field Study is undertaken upon successful completion of all third year courses. Students will develop individualized learning plans for the Directed Field Study and complete the study based upon their learning goals. Upon completion of the Directed Field Study, each student will submit all required final assignments.

International Students in this program will require a Co-Op Permit, a Study Permit and a Social Insurance Number for this program.

Transfer Options: Olds College has developed agreements with other educational institutions to allow for transition to Olds College, or to another institution to continue your education. Articulations & Agreements

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.

Tuition & Fees

  • Year 3: Tuition: $5,635 / Fees: $1,370 / Books & Supplies: $1,500

  • Year 4: Tuition: $4,790 / Fees: $820 / Books & Supplies: $0

Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for complete details.

* Please note that international students pay 3.5 times the domestic tuition amount. These fees are provided as estimates only for the purposes of budgeting. All students should refer to the Fee Schedule for the most accurate information and all fees are subject to change.*

Tuition, Fees & Payments

Scholarships & Student Awards

Olds College offers over 450 awards, valued at $500,000+ in scholarships, bursaries and prizes. Thanks to our industry partners, alumni, and friends of Olds College we are fortunate to offer a generous student awards program to students.

For additional information on scholarships, bursaries and prizes at Olds College, visit Scholarships & Awards

Entrance Awards Available!

Entrance awards range from $250 - $1,500 for students applying for the upcoming academic year and have paid the tuition deposit by the deadline.

Awards are selected randomly from those that have applied and qualify based on the criteria.
Award will be applied as a tuition credit to the student's account after the add/drop course deadline, confirming full-time attendance.
Not all that apply will receive an entrance award.

Student Funding

For information on how to apply for government student loans, financial aid or for help with financial planning, visit our Student Funding page.

Course Details

For course descriptions and requisites, view the Academic Calendar.

Academic Calendar: Bachelor of Applied Science - Agribusiness

Term 1
  • Complete all of the following
    • Completed the following:
      • MGT3100 - Financial Management (3-0-0 hrs)
      • MGT3200 - Project Management for Agriculture (3-0-0 hrs)
      • MGT3400 - Strategic Human Resources Management (3-0-0 hrs)
      • MGT3600 - Economics and Risk Management (3-0-0 hrs)
      • MKG3000 - Strategic Marketing (3-0-0 hrs)
    • Completed or concurrently enrolled in:
      • BAS3999 - Introduction to Self-directed Learning (3-0-0 hrs)
Term 2
  • Completed the following:
    • BAS3999 - Introduction to Self-directed Learning (3-0-0 hrs)
    • MGT3333 - Agricultural Innovation and Leadership (3-0-0 hrs)
    • MGT3500 - Applied Research (3-0-0 hrs)
    • MKG3500 - International Marketing (3-0-0 hrs)
    • MGT4000 - Strategic Business Management (3-0-0 hrs)
Term 3
  • Completed or concurrently enrolled in:
    • BAS4999 - Directed Field Study (0-0-0 hrs)
Term 4
  • Completed the following:
    • BAS4999 - Directed Field Study (0-0-0 hrs

Career Opportunities

Olds College has a solid reputation working with employers in the industry! This directly translates into jobs for our graduates. Opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Financial services
  • Agri-services
  • Sales and marketing
  • Value-added agricultural production
  • Government agencies
  • Entry level management

Visit ALIS to find Occupational Profiles with current wages, industry trends and more!

ALIS Occupational Profiles

Admitted Students

Program Dates

Find out when your term start and end dates are, so that you know when you are expected to be in attendance. For more information, please review the Program Dates & Fee Schedule.

Class Registration

You will be registered into your classes automatically. This will happen approximately 1 month prior to the start-date for your program. You will be notified once you have been timetabled into your courses. You will be able to see your class schedule in your My Olds College account. If you need to make any changes to your class registration, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Technology Recommendation

It is required that you come to Olds College with the following technology:

  • A laptop capable of running Microsoft Office is mandatory for this program, as students will be using Excel and other Microsoft Office programs extensively in lectures and classes.

As part of your student accounts, all students have access to Office 365 for the duration of their time with Olds College. To access this you just need to follow these steps:

  • Go to portal.office.com
  • Enter your Olds College email address and password
  • Once logged in there is a button on the right that says "Install Office Apps"

This will give you access to the full Office suite on your computer, for both Windows and Mac based platforms.

Materials & Supplies

The following items are required:

Information on required textbooks and any further supplies will be provided as you attend each class. All books and supplies will be available during the first few weeks of classes in the College Campus Store.

Textbook Order Form

Other Important Information:

  • Time Requirements: This program involves a lot of group work and projects, which will require extra time outside of regular class hours to complete.

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