About the Master of Pest Management (MPM) Program

Issues involving plants, animals, and other organisms as pests continue to occur and affect food production, forestry, health and conservation worldwide. Three recent Canadian examples are mountain pine beetles and salvage logging, mosquitoes and West Nile virus, and sea lice on farmed and wild salmon. Pests have substantial economic, environmental, health and societal implications at local and international levels.

Pest problems offer opportunities for research on the biological processes involving organisms that cause damage to crops and structures or threaten human health. The Master of Pest Management (MPM) program at SFU allows students to access these opportunities in the management and research of pests and furthermore, directly apply this knowledge.

Application Procedure

Potential students are assessed and admitted to the MPM program using the same procedures as for the MSc program. To apply for admission, access the on-line application system, indicating the semester for which you seek entry, together with official copies of all academic transcripts. For further information contact Graduate Studies in the Department of Biological Sciences.

In addition, please enclose an up-to-date curriculum vitae, and any evidence of research and professional accomplishment (reprints, manuscripts, theses, abstracts, reports, etc.). Please give careful attention to indicating your current research interests and your proposed supervisor on the application, and, if needed, provide additional details on a separate sheet.
Applicants should also request a confidential evaluation from three referees who are familiar with and are competent to judge the applicant's academic and research potential.
A faculty supervisor must be identified prior to admission to the MPM program. Any research faculty member of the Department of Biological Sciences at SFU can supervise graduate students in the MPM program. Refer to the faculty list on the SFU biology website for information about faculty and their research interests.
SFU operates on the trimester system; that is, the academic year is divided into three semesters. These commence at the beginning of September (Fall), January (Spring), and May (Summer). New students may begin their programs at the start of any semester.
Suggested deadlines for receipt of completed applications, with required supporting documents, by the Departmental Graduate Studies Committee are:

1 June (for Fall Semester)
1 October (for Spring Semester)
1 February (for Summer Semester)

Applicants from countries where English is not the primary language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum requirement for test scores is TOEFL 570 (230 on the computerized test) TWE 5, TOEFL iBT 100 (internet based test), and I.E.L.T.S. overall band score of 7.0. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission.
A BSc in Biology, or related discipline, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for admission to the MPM program.

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History of the Program

The Master of Pest Management program was founded in 1967 after the establishment of Simon Fraser University in 1965. The program became recognized nationally and internationally for its contributions to the biology and management of pests. Since 1967, the program has provided training to students from over 30 countries. This unique professional degree relied upon valuable contributions from numerous guest instructors and the training provided to MPM students was broad and comprehensive, covering numerous aspects of pest management.
The availability of new technologies, and skills with which pest problems can be solved, provide new research opportunities for both students and faculty alike. In addition, as the complexities of management of pests increase in the face of limited resources and increased awareness of environmental sustainability, we are being faced with ever-increasing challenges. Therefore, new and innovative approaches to management of pests must be developed. There is increased interest, for example, in the areas of biological control, biotechnology, and chemical ecology. In 2003, the MPM program underwent a major revision to provide students with contemporary training and research experiences.

The MPM program continues to provide unique opportunities for students through a combination of basic research with the practical application of pest management strategies. The underlying philosophy is that students graduating from the program should attain a broad and interdisciplinary background.

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External Support

We appreciate the financial contributions from numerous organizations and the cooperation and collaboration of provincial, federal and international organizations, private institutions, and universities worldwide. Their continued support and interest in the MPM program will contribute to the continued success of our faculty and students.
For further information about graduate studies at Simon Fraser University, please contact Graduate Studies in the Department of Biological Sciences.