Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE)


The Food and Resource Economics (FRE) Group offers both a research master's degree, the Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Agricultural Economics, and a professional master's degree, the Master of Food and Resource Economics (M.F.R.E.). The M.Sc. is designed for careers where research is a main component, while the M.F.R.E. is designed for careers in industry or government.

In both degrees, coursework provides students with rigorous training in applied economics and quantitative methods. In the M.Sc., students develop specialized research skills by working with faculty throughout UBC on important real-world issues. In the M.F.R.E., students combine applied economics with policy analysis and agribusiness management, enabling them to analyze issues in the food and resource sectors.

FRE faculty members have direct experience working in the food and resource sectors, both domestically and internationally in Europe and Asia, particularly with developing countries.

What makes the program unique?

The MFRE degree uniquely combines applied economics with policy analysis and agribusiness management. The program is geared towards graduates and professionals looking to sharpen their skill-sets with more advanced economics, business analysis tools, and real world applications. MFRE courses are offered by faculty members and executives from industry and government, working in the food and resource sectors.

There are more than 150 UBC MFRE alumni from 30 countries across the globe that now hold a world-recognized degree from The University of British Columbia, and the number continues to grow. Many enter the program with several years of work experience, and come from a broad range of backgrounds including economics, commodity trading, agricultural production/processing, corporate finance, management consulting, marketing, and span the corporate, non-profit, and government worlds

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

Research Information

Program Components

The final component of the MFRE program is the graduating project, which students undertake during the summer period. The project can involve working off or on-campus with an approved organization or by developing a self-led research based project. MFRE candidates have spent their summers at top research institutions, think-tanks, investment banks, government ministries, community organizations and businesses in food production and processing/commercialization, healthcare, and commodity trading. Graduating projects can be work-based, research-based, community-based, or even course-based with top partner institutions. The MFRE program works with each candidate to develop an opportunity that meets his or her interests and learning objectives. Students are guided through their project by an assigned faculty member and supported by mentors. The graduating project is an excellent stepping stone that helps experienced candidates transition to a new industry, or younger candidates transition from an academic to a workplace environment.


TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement


IELTS Overall Score Requirement


Career Options

The world demands professionals who can understand and analyze the economic relationships underlying food and resource sectors. The prevalence and complexity of economic issues regarding food security, safety, trade, and the effects of the food sector on the environment imply that these demands are expected to increase. Governments and the private industry in both developed and developing countries want professionals with applied economic skills and knowledge of the institutions, policies and key features of the food and resource sector. Since 2010, the MFRE program has been providing the skills that economic practitioners in these sectors require.

Alumni on Success

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
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)$923.38 (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.

Further Program Information


September 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
11 September 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
24 February 2018
International Applicant Deadline
24 February 2018

Program Information

Application Enquiries

Departments/Programs may update graduate degree program details through the Faculty & Staff portal. To update the application inquiries contact details please use this form.