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Applied Sustainable Ranching Diploma


Earn a Applied Sustainable Ranching Diploma at Thompson Rivers University

The Applied Sustainable Ranching Program at Thompson Rivers University is the first of its kind in British Columbia.

During this program, students will gain the expertise to build and sustain ranching enterprises within BC’s ranching industry and apply that knowledge to agricultural businesses in any region.

Quick Facts

Duration: 2 years
Intake: August, November, January and May
Tuition Fee:

$15,300/ first year

Location: Williams Lake Campus, Williams Lake, Canada


Ranch hand, ranch manager, equipment, irrigation, farm inputs sales, customer service or retail manager. Many First Nations communities have ranching operations as part of their economic development arms and have career opportunities ranging from cowboy to land manager to ranch operations manager. In addition, many new people are moving into the ranching industry through succession planning or through buying ranches for the first time.

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Before coming to TRU, I couldn’t even imagine how fast my life would change here. TRU gave
me all the opportunities I was looking for to unearth my true potential. I’ve met people from
various parts of the world, gained real-world work experience and most importantly, I have
learned more about myself. Being a part of the TRU community has been one of the most
meaningful and rewarding experiences in my life. One of the best things I did in my program
was my co-op. I put my learning into direct practice right away and that helped me secure a full
time position after I graduated.

Tatiana Fedotova, Events Co-ordinator

Courses included

  • Introductory Residency Lab
  • Sustainable Business Enterprise
  • Environmentally Sustainable Ranching
  • Skill Development and Diversification
  • Beef Production
  • Sheep Production


By the end of the program, students will have gained an understanding of ecosystem management in the last intact temperate grassland in the world.

This Applied Sustainable Ranching Program at Thompson Rivers University will give graduates the tool kit for building and managing diversified, resilient ranching operations in BC and around the world, as well as the experitse to apply to any agriculture enterprise in any region.