The MFRE is a unique one-year professional masters program combining economics, policy and business seen from an agriculture, food, natural resources and environmental perspective. The program has three terms: the first two comprise rigorous courses in multiple specialization areas; in the third one, you will enhance and consolidate your MFRE experience through a summer graduating project. This project can take the form of research, a consultancy project or an internship.
Experience relevant curriculum
Immerse yourself in relevant knowledge within some of the world’s most challenging sectors and learn the applied skills to tackle real-world issues. In addition to MFRE faculty, your instructors include industry and government executives working in the food and resource sectors.
Acquire a comprehensive skill set
Integrate the technical skills for solving global issues with the professional skills you need to excel in the workplace. Learn by doing and sharing, through case studies, group work, field trips and site visits, high-level report writing, and close interaction with accomplished faculty and industry professionals.
Plunge into an enriching environment
Gain exposure to more than 180 MFRE alumni from 30 countries who now hold this degree from a world recognized university. Join the global professional network of people committed to a similar passion: working to find solutions to the planet’s food and resource challenges. And do it all while experiencing Vancouver – one the most livable cities in the world.
In order to apply to this program, the following components may be required.
All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:
Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitve process.
Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.
Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:
Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:
A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.
Course-based programs may assign academic advisors to cohorts of students, but usually do not require applicants to reach out to individual professors / faculty members to seek commitment as their supervisor. Please do not contact faculty members if you are applying to this program.
Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.
Each summer between May and August, MFRE students undertake a Graduating Project in which they work with an organization towards a predefined goal, or perform independent research with a specific objective. The graduating project allows students to apply in the real world the concepts and skills acquired over the previous two terms of coursework. Projects can take many forms within private, public and academic sectors, ranging from consultancy; to academic research; to a formal internship and more.
Most candidates choose to carry out their projects in the Vancouver area, however some of our students have completed their projects with the Canadian federal government in Ottawa; others have gone abroad to Asia, South America and Africa.
The MFRE program works with each candidate to develop a graduating project opportunity that meets that student’s particular interests and learning objectives. Students attend various workshops throughout the year to help them prepare for their graduating project, and are carefully supervised and coached by a designated faculty supervisor and a team of mentors.
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$7,409.25||$14,915.05|
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||Not applicable|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$944.51 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $16,954.00 (check cost calculator)|
|Deposit to accept offer (if admitted)|
Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options.
Organizations may provide their employees with tuition benefits as part of an employment package to support lifelong learning of their workforce.
Professional / course-based programs usually do not provide merit-based funding. Some programs may offer bursaries.
Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans.
All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.
Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.
The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.
Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.
Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.
Applicants have access to the cost calculator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.
These statistics show data for the Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.
Food And Resource Economics combines economics, policy and business as understood from an agriculture, food, natural resources and environmental perspective.