Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE)


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.

What makes the program unique?

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.

Quick Facts

Master of Food and Resource Economics
Mode of delivery
On campus
Food And Resource Economics
Program Components
Coursework only
Faculty of Land and Food Systems

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Date: Thursday, 01 November 2018
Time: 10:00 to 11:00
Join our first ever Facebook Live Q&A session with our UBC Graduate Student Ambassadors as they share their experiences as international students at UBC. Topics include moving to Canada, settling in, making friends, and more. Watch and participate in the livestream on the UBC Grad School Facebook page, @ubcgradschool. Submit a question for our ambassadors in advance and sign up for a reminder. Please note: we will not be able to answer questions regarding specific application and admissions policies or any that involve personal information.

Research Information

Program Components

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.


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Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
15 September 2018
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 January 2019
Transcript Deadline: 01 January 2019
Referee Deadline: 01 February 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 January 2019
Transcript Deadline: 01 January 2019
Referee Deadline: 01 February 2019

Career Options

The world demands professionals who can understand and analyze the increasingly complex economic relationships underlying the food and resource sectors. MFRE candidates enter the program with their unique portfolios of skills, which are further developed, strengthened and targeted. The world-class MFRE program at UBC is a powerful stepping stone that enables experienced candidates to transition to a new industry, and helps younger candidates transition from an academic to a workplace environment. MFRE grads are available for employment from September onward.

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Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$7,121.55$13,789.81
Program Fee$21,364.65$41,369.43
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) Not applicable
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
Deposit to accept offer (if admitted)
Deposit requirement$600.00$900.00
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

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September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
15 September 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 January 2019
International Applicant Deadline
01 January 2019

Program Information

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