PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Bachelor of Applied Science degree, majoring in Agribusiness, is the only program of its kind in North America. You can earn while you learn to apply business skills to analyze, debate, and solve current agricultural industry challenges. Olds College is ideally located in the heart of agriculture in central Alberta, and has cultivated an impressive array of agriculture industry relationships.


Entry into the BASc – Agribusiness program requires the completion of a two-year diploma in an agricultural or related discipline. Many Olds College diplomas provide a natural starting point to develop the added knowledge and experience needed to excel in your chosen sector of the agricultural industry. Upon successful completion of the courses, students undertake an eight month Directed Field Study (DFS) with an approved employer of their choice.


The Directed Field Study demonstrates a unique opportunity for academia and industry to provide students with mentored experiential learning. This program attracts students from across Canada representing a variety of livestock, agronomy, and small business backgrounds. Students learn to apply managerial, entrepreneurial and leadership skills to significantly increase their competencies and confidence.


The BASc - Agribusiness program provides an unprecedented career boost, allowing our graduates to enjoy rewarding employment options in a dynamic, growing global industry while earning their academic credentials.


“I strongly recommend this program to anyone wanting to take their career to the next level. With educational and experiential learning in all aspects of the business of agriculture, it helped to prepare me for my future in Agribusiness. Fast-paced, in a focused learning environment with one-on- one training, it gives each student the opportunity for advancement beyond any other program.” -- Melissa Drydyk, 2017 Graduate  (DFS Employer: Wild Rose Co-op, Sedgewick, AB)


This data comes from our academic database and is for the most current academic year.

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PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Lead and work in a team environment.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Consider ethical implications of actions.
  • Evaluate usefulness of information to achieve various ends.
  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to support the agribusiness industry.
  • Identify learning goals and take appropriate courses of action to achieve them.
  • Make strategic management decisions.


CREDENTIAL: Applied Degree




METHOD OF DELIVERY: On Campus Delivery



  • Fall Intake – September program start



  • October 1 for the Fall Intake


SELECTION PROCESS FOR ADMISSION: First Qualified, First Accepted



  • 2.5 GPA in related diploma program or consent of the department.
  • 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)


APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants are required to submit the following information:

  • An application and application fee of $78.75 ($75.00 + GST) online at
  • Current Olds College students can submit an Intent to Return form to apply for this program.
  • A High School and/or academic upgrading transcript of completed courses.
  • Proof of enrolment in any required course(s) not yet completed (e.g.: a timetable, list of courses signed by the counselor/principal, or letter from institution or staff/instructor)






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.



This course in Directed Field Studies (DFS) is the fourth year of study of the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree. Students will develop individualized learning plans for the DFS and complete the DFS based upon their learning goals. Upon completion of the DFS, each student will submit the DFS Report and Career ePortfolio for assessment.


TUITION, MANDATORY FEES, BOOKS, & SUPPLIES: Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for details.


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 Career Coach to help you find the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training.


STUDENT LIFE: Campus activities are an important part of your experience at Olds College. Check out all that the campus has to offer for Student Life and make the most of your time here!


COME VISIT: Take advantage of our many opportunities to come for a campus visit. Contact our Campus Visit Coordinator, Marvin Deitzer, or check out our VIRTUAL TOUR. Further information, including upcoming events and tour dates for both the Olds Campus and The Fashion Institute in Calgary, AB, are available on our website.


Meghan Hayre
Admissions Officer

Phone: (403) 556-8247
Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537
Location: Bell e-Learning Centre

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