The Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE) program is a unique, one-year, course-based masters degree which integrates Economics, Policy, and Business concepts to provide data-driven solutions that meet the challenges and opportunities in the food, agriculture, and environmental sector. This degree offers a strong combination of economic, data and analytical rigour combined with a 4‐month work experience project, and a full year of data analytic and career-ready workshops that provides you with the skills and knowledge to take on real-world issues and opportunities in the food, agriculture, and environmental sector. Concentration options include Strategic Business Management, Data Analytics, Economic Modelling, and Policy Analysis. MFRE graduates have diverse job prospects and an ability to contribute actionable insights to solve global sustainability issues.
Exciting technological progress, global environmental pressures and unprecedented demographic changes are rapidly reshaping the world’s food and natural resources systems.
As local issues become global and require multidisciplinary skills & knowledge, the world is increasingly demanding professionals who can analyze, design, and integrate business, economic and policy variables that help governments, industry, and institutions create and operate better systems.
At the MFRE you will be exposed to the issues and opportunities arising from this dynamic new world, and equipped with the necessary skills to address them.
The MFRE is a 12-month masters program that blends of aspects of an MBA and a MA in Economics. It incorporates applied Economics, Business and Policy aspects within the Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental sectors, helping students acquire a specialized understanding of these sectors and propelling them to pursue careers in academia, consulting, finance management and entrepreneurship.
The program is completed over 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.
In your application to the UBC Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE) you will be asked to submit a Statement of Interest of approximately 650 words. In your Statement of Interest you must clearly describe the following points.
Your connection with the Food / Natural Resources / Environmental sectors. Explain how you got involved in these fields and/or you motivation to further understand them through the MFRE program.
How the MFRE program fits with your future career plans.
Your background, interests and goals. Tell us about yourself!
Admissions September 2021
For Domestic and International applicants.
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. Please review the program website carefully to understand the program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitive 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:
Overall score requirement: 90
Overall score requirement: 6.5
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:
The GRE is not required.
All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.
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 do not have a thesis component. While they may assign academic advisors to students, they do not require applicants to reach out to individual professors / faculty members to seek commitment as their thesis supervisor. Please do not contact faculty members for the purposes of thesis supervision if you are applying to this program.
Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.
All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.
Courses in the MFRE are organized into three pillars or knowledge areas (Economics, Policy and Business, seen from an Agriculture, Food, Natural Resources and Environmental perspective), supported by a set of quantitative & data analysis courses, and enriching professional development workshops.
The program is completed over three terms: the first two comprise rigorous courses in the key MFRE knowledge areas. During Term 3, students complete a 4-month project where they get to apply the concepts and skills learned in the first two terms. This project can take the form of research, a consultancy project or an internship. Visit our Graduating Project page to learn more about this hand-on component. https://mfre.landfood.ubc.ca/graduating-project
Throughout the year, MFRE students participate in activities that develop, nurture and potentiate their professional skills. These activities include voice & speech, writing, and data analysis workshops, as well as seminars by industry figures, site visits, and networking events.
|Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat
|Installments per year
|Tuition per installment
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)
|Other Fees and Costs
|Supplementary fees (once)
|$700.00 Mandatory program fee
|Student Fees (yearly)
|Costs of living
|Estimate your costs of living with our interactive tool in order to start developing a financial plan for your graduate studies.
|Deposit to accept offer (if admitted)
Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options.
1. Teaching Assistantships
Each year there are a few opportunities for MFRE students to TA undergraduate food and resource economics (FRE) courses. These are only available to exceptional students because of the time commitments required by the MFRE program. Please indicate on your application to MFRE if you are interested in a TA position, explaining why you are suitable for a given position and how you would handle the additional workload. TA positions typically range from 30–192 hours/assignment/term and pay between $18-$30 CAD per hour.
2. MFRE Merit-based Entrance Scholarships (No application required)
The MFRE program offers several scholarship opportunities to students. The admissions committee reviews the documents and grades of all incoming applicants to determine if they are eligible to be nominated for these scholarships. The scholarship recipients will be notified by email.
MFRE Scholarship. The MFRE program offers scholarships of a value of maximum $7000 to outstanding students (domestic or international). The criteria for this award include academic merit, student financial need, leadership and the recipient’s potential contribution to the MFRE program. Potential contribution ranges from bringing diversity to the program to bringing relevant professional experience to the program.
MFRE Food and/or Agricultural Sector $7000 Scholarship. Designed for an outstanding student with strong interest and/or first-hand experience in the food and/or agricultural sectors in North America, and who will contribute that experience to the MFRE program. Two of these scholarships are offered in each academic year.
MFRE Environment and/or Resource Sectors $7000 Scholarship. Designed for an outstanding student with strong interest and/or first-hand experience in the environment or resource sectors in North America, and who will contribute that experience to the MFRE program. Two of these scholarships are offered in each academic year.
For Students from China. Canadian Agri-Food Trading Inc. together with the MFRE program offer one annual $1000 scholarship to an outstanding incoming international student from China. This award will appear on the student’s academic history (transcript) as “Canadian Agri-Food Trading Intl. Graduate Scholarship in Land and Food Systems.” Two of these scholarships are offered in each academic year.
3. LFS Awards and Scholarships (No application required)
MFRE students are eligible for a small number of endowed awards with the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. These include the A.F. Barss Memorial Scholarship and the John Schildroth Memorial Scholarship.
4. Other Scholarships (Application required)
MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at UBC For students from Sub-Saharan Africa.
Canada Graduate Scholarships — Master’s Program (deadline: December 1 in the year prior to enrolling in MFRE) For Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
Dr. Karl C. Ivarson Agricultural Scholarship For students from the province of Alberta.
5. Country-Specific Scholarships (Application required)
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.