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

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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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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$7,263.98$14,341.40
Program Fee$21,791.94$43,024.20
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. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

New registrations3335293018
Total enrolment3841303418
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 22 March 2019]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots.

Further Program Information


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